Mission Bay Watersports is one of Auckland’s longest running paddle sport centres and is run by a world class team of sea loving educators. We employ instructors who, like us, are experienced sea kayakers and SUP paddlers with a personal commitment and passion for conservation and paddling. Irrespective of their own experience, new staff undergo a detailed training programme specific to the Hauraki Gulf conditions. As paddlers who love the ocean, we are at our best when we are on the sea sharing with others our skills, experience, knowledge, passion and commitment.
Mission Bay Watersports is owned and operated by Paddle Sport enthusiast Nic Mead who has been paddling and playing on the Hauraki Gulf for over 30 years.
Nic is a current board member for Sea Kayak Operators Association of New Zealand, (SKOANZ) and is very active in the new Adventure Activity Regulations which was rolled out in 2014 by WorkSafe NZ.
He also holds an Inshore Launch Masters commercial skippers qualification, member of the NZ Outdoor Instructors Association, qualified Surfing New Zealand SUP instructor and International Surfing Association (ISA) Stand Up Paddleboarding Instructor, is a qualified Coast Guard Boating Education teacher, guest lectures at Tertiary Education level and can be seen out in a sea kayak or SUP board most days of the week. Nic is passionate about the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and the various conservation projects that are happening around the Gulf.
“Owner-operator Nic Mead is an unofficial custodian of the Waitemata Harbour. The environment-conscious paddler grew up overlooking the waters he now paddles daily, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm while leading one of Auckland’s most rewarding outdoor experiences” – Chris Chilton, Sunday Star Times.
History of Mission Bay Watersports
Mission Bay has long been a base for adventure in Auckland. During WWII, the beach was used as a pilot training area where ‘would be’ fighter pilots learned to fly in sea planes. When the craze of windsurfing hit New Zealand in the 1980’s, Mission Bay Watersports became part of the furniture on the white sand when the first windsurf shop opened and operated a training school around 30 years ago.
Throughout it’s proud history, Mission Bay Watersports has provided safe, expert instruction in both sail and paddle sports. It has always been operated by professionals who are highly skilled, registered and well-recognised within the industry. We are proud to continue our services, which have proven to be major asset to one of Auckland’s greatest natural assets! Break Free from big city life and come paddle with us at Mission Bay today!
About Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding is a fast growing sport that everyone can enjoy! Centuries ago Hawaiians used paddle boards for fishing and traveling short distances. In recent years surfers in Hawaii made the sport known to the public. Nowadays the best board shapers are utilising the latest materials and technology and can produce a stable and fun board for virtually anyone!
That First Glide is a great movie about the sport of Stand Up Paddle: