My name is Mitchell Thorburn, I am currently a Rescue Diver entering the world of being a PADI Professional by becoming a Dive-Master. I’m doing my Internship with the awesome team at Waiheke Dive and Snorkel, based in Oneroa on the beautiful Waiheke Island.
Me on my first independent scuba dive (2013)
I first started scuba diving when I was 16, at that time I was the only one in my social group (2013) that got a Open Water Certification. As years went by, I did my Open Water Advanced and Rescue Diver Courses. In 2016 I started working for Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland, it was at that time I experienced what it was like to be scuba diving for both work and fun, (plus I get to learn more about marine life and the roles they play in our world).
Me feeding one of the resident Sand Tiger Sharks (Carcharias taurus) in the Oceanarium. (2018)
In the last 6 years of exploring what NZ has to offer in the underwater world, I’ve been surrounded more than ever by the elements of our oceans. This has led me to take up both photography and videography.
Scuba diving does run in the family (along with other maritime elements) and I want to continue that.
I’m surrounded with friends that also like scuba diving and share the same ideas as well. The ocean is and has always been my passion.
This year I will begin the chapter that will lead to more adventures and progress towards becoming a Dive Master. This is the first of many blogs to come.