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Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

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Over a 38 week programme we teach a combination of academic studies with lots of discussion and interaction along with regular practical experience. You will learn as you experience the wonder of scuba diving at our amazing New Zealand dive sites. We get you out of the classroom and into the water doing what you are passionate about.

You do not need any prior SCUBA experience and we will take you from your Open Water Course through Advanced-Rescue-Divemaster-Instructor-Speciality Instructor. Diploma graduates complete NZQA unit standards in a variety of diving areas including Night, Underwater Navigation, Search, & Recovery, Deep, Marine Species Identification, Wreck.

The structure of study for the Diploma means we get you out there into the open sea and diving and you'll have at least 100 dives under your belt when you complete your diploma along with friends and dive buddies you'll have made for life.

We include 5 feild trips to some of the top dive destinations in New Zealand including the Poor Knights, Bay of Islands, Cavalli Islands, Hauraki Gulf and Lake Taupo. On these trips you'll encouter amazing marine life, perform drift dives down rivers and explore famous ship wrecks such as the Rainbow Warrior, HMNZS Canterbury and HMNZS Waikato.

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We offer at least 24 boat dives from our own custom made 8.5m dive vessel - Whakaari Express. Built to the highest standards, surveyed for 14 people and powered by 2 x 200hp engines, Whakaari Express takes you safely, comfortably and quickly to all our offshore dive destinations.

However, our staff are our greatest asset ! All of our 6 Course Instructors are fully qualified PADI Professionals with a combined experience of over 50 years in the dive industry working both locally in New Zealand and abroad. Our Senior Instructor himself is an Academy of Diving graduate. We have Aucklands only full-time PADI Course Director (PADIs highest qualification), Nick Wyatt, on hand throughout the entire course to guide you every step of the way. We also have Aucklands only full-time PADI Tecrec Instructor Trainer, Grant Searancke, opening doors for our graduates into the exciting world of technical diving including rebreathers, sidemount and deep diving.

Learn from the most qualified and experienced team of PADI Dive Professionals in New Zealand - don't settle for less.


Course Type Dates
Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction Full Time February 2019
Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction Full Time August 2019

Now imagine yourself swimming alongside one of the largest fish in the sea, finding a sunken ship wreck or just seeing the joy on people's faces when you introduce them to the underwater world. This could be you!


  • RSTC Medical Certificate signed by a doctor
  • 18 years old prior to the start of Divemaster
  • First Aid Instructor Certification is required prior to PADI issuing you your PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor rating.
  • International students welcome
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  • PADI Specialty Instructor (5 PADI Specialty Instructor Ratings)


Student Loans and Allowances are available to eligible domestic students. Please access the Studylink website at www.studylink.govt.nz for eligibility criteria.


Email: info@divehqalbany.co.nz
Call: Shailina 021 0241 5301
Call: Nick 09 478 2814
Txt: 'career info' to 021 0241 5301

Dive into a new career and enrol now for 2019!

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