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.