M otivational and entertaining speaker
A uthor of books and stories
R eal estate investor
S ea creature photographer
H eart by-pass success story
A dventure mad
L ynne’s wonderful husband
L oves all sea activities
Wellington is located on the Southern most end of the North Island of New Zealand. We have a very beautiful harbour which is surrounded by hills. There are a couple of islands in the middle and a peninsular – the Eastern suburbs.
The Eastern Suburbs peninsular has some nice little sandy beaches, rocky out crops and several little jetties. This area of the sea has dominated my life. At age 9 I floundered through my 50 yards swimming certificate, after which my parents allowed me to go fishing down at the Patent Slip jetty and to the nearby frog ponds to catch frogs. At about age 12 one of the local kids turned up on Seatoun beach with a new fangled invention; a mask with snorkel attached. I borrowed it and from the moment I saw what was under the sea, I was fascinated and obsessed by the underwater world.
Through the years most of my spare time has been taken up with snorkeling and diving. I’ve haunted the Wellington coast and Cook Strait, catching fish, crayfish and shellfish, exploring the many shipwrecks and have taken many underwater photos. I have carted Lynne all over the world, always carrying dive gear to dive wherever there is water. We have been to exotic places such as the Great Barrier Reef, many Pacific Islands and to any other place in the world we manage to get to. I even dived in Russia one day when the water temperature was minus 2 degrees C.
In 1975 and again in 1976 I won the New Zealand Spearfishing Championship. After the second win I thought I’d proved a point and never bothered to dive in such events again. My attention then turned to photography of the fish and the underwater world I love. I must say, capturing fish on film is a lot more difficult than killing them!
The sea between the North and South Island of New Zealand is called Cook Strait and is a very dangerous stretch of water. Strong tides, erratic wind and ocean swells make diving difficult much of the time. But when the conditions and tides are right, there are plenty of fish and great colour to be seen. If you are interested to look, we have included several of my local (Wellington coast) photos on this web site. Please look!
Specialist Ocean Photographer, Writer & Motivational Speaker
“Rob has lived through an exciting period of time in underwater exploration. Being an ever inquisitive adventurer, and pioneer in free diving, he has written stories about his adventures ‘for the grandchildren’, which have been loaned to a couple of youngsters and they love them, and keep asking for more. He is also a popular speaker for clubs and groups.”