GUE Instructor resumé

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Classes I teach:
GUE Fundamentals
Doubles Diver
Drysuit Diver

Serena Cox

Wellington, New Zealand



  • Marine Biologist with the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research NZ (NIWA)
  • NIWA Diving Safety Officer
  • NIWA Marine Biodiversity Group Manager


  • PhD Biological Sciences (2004), University of Auckland

Diving Qualifications

  • GUE: T1, Fundamentals, Gas Blender
  • ADAS Part 1 R
  • Worksafe New Zealand Occupational Diver
  • NIWA Scientific Diver
  • Instructor: GUE Fundamentals
  • NIWA Scientific Dive Instructor
  • PADI Open water, Specialty (Dry suit, DPV) and EFR
  • DAN Oxygen and First Aid Instructor

Diving Experience

  • 1000+ logged dives
  • DPV
  • Mixed gas
  • Occupational/Scientific

Community Involvement

  • I designed and led the data collection of a Project Baseline project in New Zealand which investigated the effects of marine debris on the health of marine benthic communities in a marina in Wellington.
  • I was extensively involved with Ghost Fishing NZ for 3 years. Ghost Fishing NZ was a GUE-focused clean-up team which promoted GUE diving practices and philosophies in their work. During this time I played a significant role in large scale clean up efforts around Wellington and New Zealand, removing hundreds of tonnes of rubbish from the marine environment. I delivered a TED talk on the importance of removing rubbish from the environment and the initiatives to achieve long-term clean up efforts in New Zealand.

Special interests

  • I love being in the water so when the swell rolls in (and I cant dive) I'll be out surfing. And if I'm not in the water I'll probably be out for a ride on my motorbike! Have a wee addiction for superbikes, having just owned an Aprilia RSV4RR and now a Honda CBR1000RR.

Additional languages

  • English

Additional Info

I'm based in Wellington