Meet the Crew

Craig Johnston

Craig grew up in the Bay of Islands and learned to dive when he was 15 years old. He then started working at Paihia Dive filling tanks and working in the shop on weekends, and diving has been his life ever since. Craig worked as a senior skipper for ‘Dive! Tutukaka’ for 9 years, and returned to the Bay in 2010 to run the dive shop that he grew up in. Craig has dived around the world and brings over 25 years and 9000+ dives experience into running Paihia Dive. 

Lisa Johnston

Lisa is the other half of the Paihia Dive team. Lisa met Craig when she was holidaying in the Bay of Islands and after they got married in England moved back to the beautiful Bay of Islands. She runs the shop and their three boys. Sons Hamish, Toby and Vinnie are Dive Masters and Skippers in waiting!

Ben Brodie

Ben having worked a summer for Paihia dive 6 years ago, has now come back full time as Skipper/Instructor. Ben became a Dive Instructor in 2011 in Christchurch, NZ. Since then has worked in NZ, Fiji and in the superyacht industry. Living in the Bay of Islands with his partner and daughter since October 2017 he now calls the Bay of Islands home. Ben enjoys underwater photography, golf and mountain biking in his spare time.


If you have questions or if you would like to speak with one of the dive team please feel free to contact us.

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