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Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

Opportunities

Picture yourself working in one of the 6400 PADI centers and resorts in over 183 countries across the world!


Excitement

Adventure, Exploring and stepping out of your comfort zone will all be part of your new routine! 

More than just Diving

Become a great public speaker, increase your confidence, learn how to be a leader and make life long friends! 

WHAT THE COURSE INCLUDES

  • Internationally recognised PADI certification
  • NZQA Student loan approved programme
  • Expert professional tuition
  • Over 100 logged training dives
  • Field trip - including accommodation and transport
  • Continued experience with on-site equipment servicing
  • On-site transport to and from dive sites
  • Lease to Own payment packages
  • Expert equipment fittings
  • Experience working in a real dive shop
  • Dive Buddies for life 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS YOU RECIEVE

The Diploma takes you through from an Open Water Diver to a PADI Specialty Instructor (PADI Open Water Instructor with 5 specialty instructor certifications).

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • 5 x PADI Specialty Instructor Rating 

REAL LIFE EXPERIANCE

  • Assisting on Open Water courses 
  • Being Dive Guides 
  • Working in a fully operational dive shop
  • How to fill dive cylinders
  • How to properly maintain equipment
  • Sell dive gear in a retail environment
  • How to plan and lead dive trips
  • To interpret weather information

FAQ

DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DIVE BEFORE I START THE COURSE?

No experience is required we will take you right through Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction or the National Certificate in Diving Foundation course from beginning to end. We will teach you right from the beginning, starting with basic snorkeling, skin diving and scuba skills.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS AND DAYS THE COURSE RUNS?

Full-time programmes run 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday with some days finishing earlier and some evening sessions to complete night dive training.  

HOW OLD MUST I BE FOR A CAREER PROGRAMME?

Diploma students must be 18yrs old prior to Divemaster. Foundation students must 16yrs old. Leadership students must be 18yrs old.. Instruction students must be 18yrs old.

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 NZHMS Canterbury Wreck, Matauri Bay, Rainbow Warrior Wreck. These are only some of the dive sites and if you are enrolled in the Diploma programme, you will likely be diving on the Poor Knights on one of our Live-a-board trips.

WILL I ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO GET A JOB AS A DIVE INSTRUCTOR?

Yes! There are approximately 5-10 new jobs advertised EVERY DAY on the PADI website alone. These jobs are based in over 180 countries and territories around the world including New Zealand. It's always down to the individual, however, Dive Zone, also has contacts and graduates working around the globe and offers placement assistance in request after you have graduated. We will support you in all your efforts to get your dive career going. 

WHAT IS THE MEDICAL CRITERIA?

All divers in New Zealand, require an RSTC Medical Questionnaire completed and signed off by a Doctor. Professional divers must obtain an OSH medical if working in New Zealand. Aka a COC.

DO YOU DIVE IN WINTER?

Absolutely - we live in the winterless north! The water temp usually gets to about 16deg min so it is still lovely ! 

HOW MUCH DOES THE EQUIPMENT COST?

During your first week, your equipment fit-out 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. It is recommended that you have “hardware” (BCD and Regs) throughout the programme so that you can learn in your own equipment and have that gear to head straight into the industry once certified. 

How do I enrol?

Simply enquire online or instore and we can organise an interview/application process to get you signed up. Contact us in-store on 09 407 9986 or email: info@divezoneboi.co.nz or
text “CAREERS” to 0274634834 and we can give you a call back for a yarn.

Sample Timetable

Term 1 

-PADI Openwater - Beginner dive course qualifying you to dive on scuba to a max depth of 18m.
-PADI Advanced - Advance your scuba diving skills with, Peak performance buoyancy dives, Underwater Navigation, Deep diving to a max of 30m, Night dives, Search and recovery skills, Boat diving and more.
- Poor Knights Dive trip
- Workplace first aid course


Term 2
- PADI Rescue Diver - Learn how to deal with emergency dive situations.
- Emergency Oxygen Provider
- Risk Management Planning 
- Weather interpretation 
- Leadership development

Term 3

- PADI Dive Master, takes you into the professional level of diving
- Risk Management
- Equipment repair and maintenance 
- Filling Tanks 


Term 4
- PADI Assistant instructor training
- Instructor Development course
- PADI Instructor Exam
- PADI Specialty Instructor training

WHERE DO OUR GRADUATES END UP ?

Our graduates end up in diverse places all over New Zealand and around the world. The dive industry is vast and the Diploma in Scuba Instruction is just the beginning. Lots of our graduates decide to look into a Marine Biology or Marine conservation as a pathway. Others get into commercial diving, underwater welding etc. Then there are the ones that are traveling the world Instructing in all corners of the world. 

We are in the process of getting testimonials from previous graduates so watch this space for real life examples of where this Diploma can take you. 

Ready to sign up ? or Still have some questions? Send them through - there is no such thing a silly question! We are Ready for you to come and join us!

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