Dive Into a New Career
What's it All About?
Who is it for?
If you know you want to fast track your career to become a PADI Scuba Instructor and you can devote 4 days a week for a full 10 months then this is the course for you.
-You need to be at least 18 years old
-You need to pass a RSTC medical (you can download from this page)
-You need to hold a first aid instructor rating (this can be done in conjunction with your diploma course, talk to us how)
Good skills to have
Be able to swim 200m
Be confident in deep water
Be able to snorkel
Are you a people person? Do you love to travel? Do you thrive on adventure?
If you answered yes then a career in diving is perfect for you, and we are here to help you get there.
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.
Our goal is to help you succeed and to come out with a job or move on to further study. We will assist you in putting together your CV and in applying for jobs.
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 Specialty Dive Instructor with five specialty ratings.
-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. Click on the button to the left to see if you are eligible?
Our NZQA approved courses qualify for the Governments "Fees Free Policy". If you are eligible, you can get up to $12,000 Free. Click the button to the left and see if you are eligible?
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 Kingfish, dolphins, whales, rays, marlin, and snapper.
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
Custom built facility