About Saltwater Eco:

Saltwater Eco are a social enterprise that use recreation and marine education to engage and connect people to their natural environments.  Our tagline surf, snorkel, sustain includes the eco ‘sustain’ arm of the organisation that develops and delivers activities to minimise waste, change behaviours and enable the community to get involved in environmental projects in their rohe.

We pride ourselves on offering quality eco-focused products with purpose. Our unique Saltwater Offerings are designed to excite, energise and most importantly connect our clients to New Zealand’s incredible natural environments.

Established in early 2014, Saltwater Eco is owned and operated by fellow surfer mermaids Lyds and Kirst who together have over 15 years’ experience and expertise in:

  • Marine Biology & Ecology
  • Eco and Adventure Tourism
  • Creating & Coordinating Conservation & Volunteer Programs
  • Event & Project Management
  • Surf & Snorkel Coaching
  • Teaching: Outdoor and Curriculum

Saltwater Eco Co Founders:


Originally from the UK, Lyds started her Saltwater career early becoming obsessed with the ocean from the age of 4. Since then she’s actively pursued her passion by being in, on and under the ocean ever since. An experienced Marine Biologist and Divemaster, Lyds has worked with an array of ocean beauties worldwide. And in 2017 Lydia set up Manta Watch New Zealand, a National Citizen Science and Research Project focusing on Oceanic Manta Rays in New Zealand.

She’s also pretty nifty on a surfboard, having become and avid surfer and experienced surf coach . When not immersed in the Saltwater Lyds has worked as an Ecologist, and Project Leader; running numerous volunteer conservation programs and tours in New Zealand and overseas. In her spare time Lyds managing a local native re-vegetation project that feeds into Saltwater Eco’s plant a native commitment’.


Originally from Aussie, Kirst grew up on the Gold Coast and surfing soon became her way of life. Having surfed for over 25 years and coached worldwide for 18 of them she’s pretty solid when it comes to helping people learn or improve. When Kirst isn’t surfing she loves traveling and adventure. She successfully combined the two whilst working as a Program Coordinator creating and running overseas adventure and voluntourism programs in New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia and Fiji. Kirst recently completed her Post Grad in Education and in her spare time, works full time for the Department of Conservation.

Join the Saltwater Eco Team:

We’re always on the look out for like minded, exceptional humans to join our Saltwater Dream Team.

So if you are a leader who is personable, passionate about but also super switched-on in marine environments, who loves variety and can think on their feet…. we’d love to hear from you.

During the season we have casual and fixed term positions available in both our surf and snorkel disciplines, which often cross-over into our outside education programs. The larger your Saltwater Skills Set the more work we can offer.

Prerequisites include:

  • Experienced Surf Coach with current qualification
  • Experienced Snorkel Guide with a minimum certification of PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent
  • Community Surf Life Saving certification or equivalent
  • Current First Aid certification
  • Outdoor Education/outdoor guiding experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and a good team player
  • Own transport and accommodation
  • Valid NZ work visa