5 Klinac Lane, Waipapa. Open 7 days, Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am - 5pm

Scuba Diving for Schools

Dive Zone Bay of Islands deliver safe recreational dive training using the PADI teaching system to Northland schools students. We are able to offer, deliver and award NZQA Unit standards through our association as an audited and approved sub-contractor of the Academy of Diving Trust. 

All Northland kids should learn the life skill of Scuba Diving

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If you would like some more information about our courses, you would like to organise a course for your school or if you are a student and would like us to get in touch with your school.

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Courses available

Students work their way through the first three PADI courses with us. Earning credits as they go. 

They begin with a PADI Open Water Course. 

Course Details: 

  • 4 days

  • $699 (includes gear hire)

  • 8-10 Hours of online learning (to be completed prior to arrival)

  • Certified to 18m max depth

Next students move onto a PADI Advanced Course 

Course Details: 
2 days
$699 (includes gear hire)
6 Hours of online learning (to be completed prior to arrival)
Certified to 30m max depth

Finally, the students complete a PADI Rescue Course 

Course Details: 
2 days
$650 (includes gear hire)
6 Hours of online learning (to be completed prior to arrival)

NZQA Unit Standards and credit values are subject to change, NZQA Unit Standards available are subject to discussion with Dive Zone Bay of Islands regarding candidate suitability, and ability to meet any PADI pre-requisites. 

Example Timetables

Online Theory  

All online theory is completed PRIOR to the dive course. Dive Zone B.O.I. often send an instructor to the school to help the students log-in to their PADI e-learning and get started. Please let us know if you would like this to be arranged for your school.

For the student, When you sign up for the course you will be sent an email from PADI with your online learning.  E-learning means you can study for your dive course from your school, in your own time from our digital classroom. Smart phones are fine for your e-learning, computers or tablets with a bigger screen are even better. We also have computers available in store to complete the online learning if you need. If you have any problems or need help with this, just give us a call. 

Day 1 & 2 of the PADI Open Water Course - Pool sessions

We meet at the dive shop at 8.30am each day, get our gear all sorted and head to the pools. If your school has a pool, we can come to the school and use your pool, if not then we will use the local pool in Kawakawa.  At the pool we will be practicing skills with our experienced instructors. It is a really fun and relaxed environment with plenty of time to perfect the skills. Students will need to Bring togs, towel and lunch.

Day 3 of the PADI Open Water Course, Day 1 of the Advanced Course and Day 1 of the Rescue Courses 

We meet at the dive shop at 8.30am each day. These are our Shore based ocean diving days. For shore diving we head to Matauri Bay or Putataua. This site is an amazing reef structure that heads out around the point. We will see loads of fish such as snapper, schooling koheru sandaggers wrasse, moray eels and maybe some eagle rays. The water temperature ranges from 16c in the winter to a lovely 24c in the summer time. Students will need to bring your togs, towel, lunch and a jacket. For the Open water course and Rescue course we complete 2x dives in the day. For the Advanced course we complete 3x dives in the day.

Day 4 of the Open Water Course, Day 2 of the Advanced and Rescue Courses

Are our Boat diving days. We head out to a very special place in the Bay of Islands called Deep Water Cove, along Cape Brett. Deep Water Cove is an area where a Rāhui has been placed over the cove, so it is abundant with marine life. The sites we explore are full of fish life, sponges and sometimes if we are lucky we see dolphins and whales in the bay. We complete 2x dives out here and have a lot of fun throughout the day. The trip is a 35min steam across in our boat Rika Maru. Bring a wind proof jacket for the trip home.

Further Info


The following forms will be given to the school co-ordinator and must be signed by a parent or caregiver before the student can dive: 

  • PADI Medical Form - GP Signed
  • Liability Release 


All equipment for the courses are provided by Dive Zone. Students do not need to supply any of their own gear. 


Transport to the dive shop here is Waipapa is arranged by the school. Transport to and from the dive sites can be provided by us in our 2x vans. 

Credit Reporting

Credit reporting can be completed by either the school or Dive Zone. This will be arranged with the school co-ordinator.

Home Schooled students

Students that are home schooled can also join us on these courses. Please get in touch with us to find out more.

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