About us


The Diving Industry Advisory Group was formed in October of 2015.

DIAG is chiefly constituted against the categories of Certificate of Competence that reflect each of the occupational diving sectors in New Zealand and includes hyperbaric medical experts and the Royal NZ Navy and New Zealand Police.

DIAG’s scope of work is

  • Providing advice to us on relevant sector issues, including regulatory impact.
  • Providing a channel for sector representation, communication and consultation on all matters impacting them and us. 
  • Collaboration on documents for communication across the occupational diving industry and to specific sectors.
  • Providing comment on guidance and good practice material developed for the purpose of improving safety standards in industry.
  • Providing comment and guidance on industry health issues, including but not limited to, health monitoring, reporting of harms, industry practices likely to impact on the health of workers.

Terms of reference

The DIAG’s purpose is to identify and reduce incidences of preventable injury through improve occupational diving sector communications and adherence to good practice. Download DIAG Terms of reference

DIAG members are

  • Chair: Prof. Des Gorman
  • Defence Force representative: Lt Cdr Kelvin J Barrett, Royal NZ Navy
  • NZ Police representative: Snr Sgt Bruce Adams, New Zealand Police Dive Squad
  • Hyperbaric medical specialists: Dr Chris Sames/ Prof. Simon Mitchell
  • Recreational industry: Darrell Bird, Dive Zone Whitianga 
  • Construction diving industry: Shane McDonnell, Commercial Dive Services Ltd 
  • Construction (educational): Mike Pascoe, SubSea
  • Aquaculture: Mark Preece,  The New Zealand King Salmon Co.
  • Science diving (commercial): Crispin Middleton, NIWA
  • Science diving (educational): Daniel McNaughton, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Film and photographic/media: Dave Abbott, Liquid Action Films