Shotover Jet boss jumps ship


Shotover Jet boss Clark Scott is about to steer another top Queenstown adventure tourism product.

Scott - known as ‘Scotty’ - has leapt at the opportunity to head award-winning tandem skydive operation NZONE.

NZONE and its sister operation, Glenorchy-based Skydive Paradise, were bought last October by Aussie giant Skydive the Beach Group for $17 million.

After starting as a Shotover Jet boat driver in 1993, Scott, 51, has run the world-renowned jetboat company, owned by Ngai Tahu Tourism, for almost 10 years.

Skydive the Beach boss Anthony Ritter says he “brings experience, industry knowledge and great business acumen to NZONE”.

“He is a well-regarded and well-renowned industry figure and we’re certain he can easily make the transition from jetboats to planes and from life jackets to parachutes.”

Aussie Ritter, whose company operates 16 drop zones across the ditch, says NZONE’s flourished under its new owners.

“We have a goal of becoming the world’s biggest adventure tourism company and Scotty’s appointment will help ensure our New Zealand operation is firing on all cylinders.”

Scott, who’d originally wanted to fill in as a summer jetboat driver in 1993 before another season ski instructing, says: “I have been so fortunate to be part of such a brilliant tourism organisation for over 20 years at Shotover Jet and [since 2001] Ngai Tahu Tourism.

“I can’t thank the people of that business enough for the personal development and opportunities I have been given.

“I am sure all other people in Queenstown have been like me in looking at NZONE from afar and being ever so impressed with the quality product and experience that NZONE provides its customers.”

Set up in 1990, NZONE is NZ’s first and largest tandem skydiving operation, having jumped more than 250,000 customers.

Scott - who takes over in two months’ time - has yet to jump with his new employer but says he’s completed two skydives in Taupo.