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Become a PADI® Pro and Start Living Your Dream




There are many reasons to become a divemaster or scuba instructor: to work and travel, to share your love of the underwater world with others, or simply for the personal challenge. Along the way, you’ll meet other adventurers like you and work with experienced instructors who will help you find the job of your dreams. Dive Zone offer all of our courses in the beautiful Bay of Islands at our 5 star facility.

Phenomenal diving, warm weather and loads of outdoors fun on offer right on our doorstep for our days off, this really will be the best year of your life! What are you waiting for ?


Beginner to PADI Rescue Diver

  • PADI Open water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • First Aid Course 


Rescue to Divemaster

  • Prerequisite Rescue Diver
  • 2 Intakes per year 
  • PADI Dive Master 
  • Padi Project Aware

DIPLOMA in Professional Scuba Instruction

Beginner Diver to PADI Scuba Instructor 

  • February and August Intakes
  • Full Time: Mondays - Thursdays
  • 44 Weeks total study
  • No Experience required 

Frequently Asked Questions

about our professional courses: 

DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DIVE BEFORE I JOIN ON THE DIPLOMA? No. We will teach you right from the beginning, starting with basic snorkeling, skin diving and scuba skills. If you are 'on the fence' as to whether diving is for you, Come for a “no pressure” Try dive with us and meet the team.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS FOR THE DIPLOMA? The course is Full time - Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm each week with some days finishing earlier and some evening sessions to complete night dive training.

DO I NEED TO BE A STRONG SWIMMER? No, a base line would be good but you will improve while you are on the course. Every student must be able to swim 200m or snorkel 300m and float/tread water for 10mins at the start of the course. We have had non-swimmers learn to swim through the year and pass their swim tests when reaching Divemaster.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED? None in the beginning. Dive Zone B.O.I will provide all of the gear you need for your course. Throughout the year, Diploma students are required to own their own full snorkeling package; this includes a suitable wetsuit/drysuit, mask/snorkel/fins, weights and weight belt, gloves/boots, torches, knife etc. We highly recommend you purchase your own dive gear, and Dive Zone offer great package deals and ‘lease to own’ options. Foundation/Leadership students need just a few basics; gloves/boots, weights and weight belt, torches, knife etc.

WHAT IS THE MEDICAL CRITERIA? For the course we require you to sign a Recreational PADI Diver Medical and be cleared to dive by a GP. 

IF I HAVE ASTHMA CAN I DIVE? This depends and can only be answered by a qualified Doctor.

AM I ABLE TO GET A STUDENT LOAN FOR MY COURSE ? YES, Student Loans and Allowances are available to eligible domestic students. Please access the Studylink website at for eligibility criteria.

HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE ? Diploma/Leadership students must be 18yrs old prior to Divemaster.

HOW DO I ENROL ?  Email Or text ‘CAREERS’ to 0273721245 and Alice will give you a call back to chat.

IS MY QUALIFICATION VALID WORLD WIDE? Yes, PADI is the world’s largest diver training organization and is active in over 183 Countries and territories. Due to NZ diving conditions and the fact we dive all year round. Divers that train with Dive Zone gain experience that will enable them to dive and teach diving in almost any environment in the world.

WILL I ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO GET A JOB AS A DIVE INSTRUCTOR? Yes! Dive shops in NZ and across the world are screaming out for instructors at the moment. There are approximately 5-10 new jobs advertised EVERY DAY on the PADI website alone. These jobs are based in over 183 countries and territories around the world including New Zealand. PADI is the world’s largest training organisation and is active in over 183 Countries and territories worldwide. PADI divers are certified to dive in areas and under conditions similar to those in which they are trained.

WHERE WILL I BE DIVING DURING MY PROGRAMME? You will be diving in the stunning Bay of Islands. Some of the main sites are places that people travel far and wide to dive - we are VERY spoilt to be diving them weekly! Sites include the Deep Water Cove, the HMS Canterbury Wreck, Matauri Bay, Rainbow Warrior Wreck. We also do up to 3 trips away to different dive locations while we are on the DIPLOMA course, to places such as Whitianga, Taupo and The Poor Knights Islands. 

DO YOU DIVE IN WINTER? Absolutely - we live in the winterless north! The water temp usually gets to about 16deg min so we just add extra layers under our wetsuits. Though we don't dive everyday like we do in the summer time.  

HOW MUCH DOES THE EQUIPMENT COST? During your first week, we will talk to a range of suppliers and go through your equipment fit. We will look at what you need specifically for your course and while you are deciding on what to get our students use the hire gear that we have free of charge. You can apply for up to $1000 course-related costs to go towards your equipment. Once certified you will be a professional instructor and it is expected that you have your own dive equipment when you are applying for jobs.


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