Who We Are
Founder & CEO
Ian learned to dive in Auckland, New Zealand in his early teens. In 1990 he decided to make diving his full time career working for a number of Auckland dive shops.
In 1995 he made the move to Australia, eventually arriving in Cairns. In 2003 he started The Diving Company.
Ian has been a member of the NASDS - NAUI - MDEA - PADI - SSI and TDI training agencies. He is currently a Course Director with Scuba Diving International and a Universal Diver Training Master Instructor.
Pete learned to dive in 2002 in Brisbane. After completing his Dive Master training he worked as a service technician and Dive Master before heading north to complete his Dive Instructor training in the Whitsunday Islands. Arriving in Cairns he worked as a Dive Instructor on the Great Barrier Reef.
After starting his own company, Stingray Scuba, Pete became an independent instructor working on a number of dive boats before teaming up with Ian Johnson and The Diving Company.
Pete has held Instructor ratings with PADI - SDI - TDI and is currently a Master Instructor with Universal Diver Training.
Gordon started diving in Seattle, USA in 1978 in fresh water that was only 6 degrees -- so as he says he "didn't do a lot of diving back then."
Jump forward a few years to the clear warm waters of the Cayman Islands where he completed his Advanced certification.
After moving to the Sunshine Coast he completed his Rescue and Dive Master training with The Diving Company.
Gordon has spent the past four-plus years exploring the shallow reefs around the Caloundra coastline, assisting on scuba courses and leading beach dives.
He can also be found most days in The Diving Company's retail shop or workshop.
The Diving Company was conceived in Cairns in 2003 by Ian Johnson as an avenue to teach and promote the Scuba Diving International (SDI) diver courses.
The Diving Company started importing scuba equipment from the USA in 2006. In 2014 we moved to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast and opened that area’s first SDI - TDI training facility.
In late 2018 The Diving Company moved across the Bruce Highway to Landsborough. From this new location The Diving Company will offer scuba diver training from both Scuba Diving International (SDI) and Scuba Schools International (SSI) along with equipment training courses through Universal Diver Training (UDT).
The Diving Company’s retail shop stocks products from XS Scuba, Mares, Trident, Tilos, Adrenalin and Mirage.