Dive Into a New Career

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What's it All About?

Who is it for?
If you love adventure, the ocean, working outside, meeting new people and dream of a career a little less ordinary, and you can study full time for 44 weeks then this is the course for you.  


Entry requirements 
-You need to be at least 18 years old
-You need to pass a RSTC medical 

Good skills to have
Be able to swim 200m
Be confident in deep water
Be able to snorkel

The Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction will take you all the way from beginner diver to PADI Speciality Dive Instructor all in one year.
This programme encompasses everything you need to become an employable dive instructor including but not limited to - 
filling scuba cylinders,
maintaining scuba gear,
sales and retail,
weather interpretation,
risk management,
advanced first aid,
boating skills,
planning and guiding dives.

Throughout the year you will gain experience in
deep diving,
wreck diving,
night diving,
marine life identification,
boat diving,
navigation diving,
search and recovery diving,
rescue diving,
guiding and supervising,
and diving instruction.  
Graduates are registered internationally and are immediately able to apply their knowledge and skills in the dive industry, both in New Zealand and around the world. 
You’ll complete at least 100 dives, both in the Bay of Islands and at other amazing dive sites throughout New Zealand. Our Students get free access to our high quality hire equipment during the course year, and can even make use of it during their free time and weekends (conditions apply). 
Here at Dive Zone Bay of Islands we have our own dive boat and are lucky to have our own PADI Course Director on site. We have some of the best dives in NZ with both the Rainbow Warrior and Canterbury wrecks on our door step and the Poor Knights Islands only a short trip away.
Small class numbers means more focus on you and developing your skills and a more personal experience. 
The goal is to help you succeed and to come out ready to step into the job of your dreams or move on to further study. We will assist you in putting together your CV and in applying for jobs.
Programme Features:
44 weeks full time.
At least 100 dives - and many of these from boats and in some of NZ's best dive locations.
Free access to hire equipment during the course year (conditions apply).
Offsite practicums at other amazing New Zealand dive sites 
Graduate as a PADI Speciality Dive Instructor with five speciality ratings.
Whats included?
-All your learning materiel's, 
-All required dives, 
-Certifications with PADI, 
-Use of rental gear for the course,
-Transport to and from dive sites 
-Trip to the Poor Knights Islands

This course has been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for Student Loan and Allowance eligibility. 

Fees Free?
Our NZQA approved courses qualify for the Governments "Fees Free Policy". If you are eligible, you can get up to $12,000 Free. 


Why come Study in the Bay of Islands?
The Bay of Islands is simply stunning with mild winters and incredible summers this is the place for outdoor and water enthusiasts. With awesome surfing and fishing the Bay of Islands also offers kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, sky diving, parasailing, sailing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking and so much more. Steeped in history with the historic Waitangi treaty grounds and NZ's first Capital.
All this gives you the chance for some amazing experiences out side of course and also for many job opportunities after course. We have some of the warmest waters in NZ with amazing marine life, including King fish, dolphins, whales, rays, marlin, and snapper.    
Warm water
Huge range of outdoors and water activities
Great surfing and fishing
Awesome dive sites including the Rainbow Warrior and Canterbury wrecks.
Our own boat
On site Course Director
Small classes
Custom built facility  

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