DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DIVE BEFORE THE COURSE?
No. We will teach you right from the beginning, starting with basic snorkeling, skin diving and scuba skills.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS?
Full time courses either Mon to Thurs or Tues to Thurs each week with some days finishing earlier and some evening sessions to complete night dive training. Part-Time courses are usually held every other weekend 9am to 4pm. There will also be some evenings to allow for night dive training.
HOW STRONG A SWIMMER DO I NEED TO BE?
Every student must be able to swim 200m or snorkel 300m and float/tread water for 10mins at the start of the course. Professional level divers (Divemaster) and above will need to be relatively competent swimmers. We have had non-swimmers learn to swim through the year and pass their swim tests when reaching Divemaster.
WHAT EQUIPMENT MUST I HAVE?
This depends on the course you are enrolling on. Diploma students are required to own their own full snorkeling package; this must include 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 HQ Albany 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 ARE THE MEDICAL CRITERIA?
All divers in New Zealand require having an RSTC Medical questionnaire completed and signed off by a Doctor. Professional divers must obtain an OSH medical if working in New Zealand.
IF I HAVE ASTHMA CAN I DIVE?
This depends and can only be answered by a qualified Doctor.
WHERE DO YOU DIVE?
Here at Auckland we are lucky enough to be surrounded by marine reserves all along the Harauki gulf. We have our own dive boat and more than 25% of your dives will off our boat at some of New Zealands top dive sites. We dive mostly around Leigh; sites include Goat Island Marine Reserve, Tawharanui Marine Reserve, Ti Point, Mathersons Bay, and further afield to Tiri Tiri Islands, Little Barrier, Great Barrier and much more. This is not including all the extra field trips we do.
WHAT FIELD TRIPS DOES AUCKLAND SCUBA DO?
We do FIVE dive trips in the year; including destinations such as Lake Taupo, Cavalli Islands (Rainbow Warrior Wreck), Bay of Islands (Cape Brett and Canterbury Wreck) & The Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Transport, accommodation and boat dives are all included.
IS IT EASY TO GET A JOB AS A DIVE INSTRUCTOR?
It's always down to the individual but, there are approximately 5-10 new jobs advertised EVERYDAY on the PADI website alone. These jobs are based in over 180 countries and territories around the world including New Zealand. Dive HQ Albany also has contacts and graduates placed around the globe and offer placement assistance, on request, after you graduate. We will support you in all your efforts to get your dive career going. Visit: www.padi.com to see some of the amazing careers that lead of from becoming a PADI Professional Scuba Instructor.
DO YOU DIVE IN WINTER?
Yes, our Diploma programmes run over 36 weeks starting in February, March and August each year. The equipment you will purchase/rent from Dive HQ Albany, will be suitable for diving in our local environment, throughout the year.
HOW OLD MUST I BE?
Diploma/Leadership students must be 18yrs old prior to Divemaster.
HOW DO I ENROL?
You need to make an appointment with the Tertiary Team for an interview and complete an application. You can make an appointment by calling Dive HQ Albany 09 478 2814 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW MUCH DOES EQUIPMENT COST?
You can apply for up to $1000 course related costs to go towards equipment. For the minimum gear required for the Diploma it will cost you approximately $1750. As you will be graduating as a professional level diver it is advisable to consider upgrading to avoid having to do this once working as an instructor. This may cost you a little more depending on your specifications but will last not only for your training but well into your career in the dive industry. We recommend our Diploma students purchase a scuba hardware package since you will require this once you graduate. That's why most students take up or excellent 'lease to own' packages. For the Foundation and Leadership courses you will be looking at around $699. Dive HQ Albany is fully stocked with great equipment and will give you sound advice at the beginning of your course.
IS MY QUALIFICATION VALID WORLDWIDE?
Yes PADI is the world's largest diver training organisation and is active in over 180 Countries and territories. PADI divers are certified to dive in areas and under conditions similar to those in which they are trained. Due to NZ diving conditions and the fact we dive all year round. Dive HQ Albany trained divers gain experience that will enable them to dive and teach diving in almost any environment in the world.
HOW MANY OF YOUR GRADUATES ARE WORKING IN THE DIVE INDUSTRY NOW?
Dive HQ Albany's current success rate for the Diploma Course is 91% employed in the diving industry, after graduating. Most of those had employment within weeks of completing their Diploma. Other graduates and part timers decided to take internships overseas, or went onto to further studies in Marine related disciplines.
HOW MUCH THEORY AND CLASS WORK IS INVOLVED IN DIVING?
This depends on which course you complete. You need to have a good understanding of the theory behind diving to keep yourself and others safe. Most courses have a manual, that you read and then complete knowledge reviews. Once you reach Divemaster (professional level) and above the theory increases. You learn about the physics of diving, physiology, decompression theory and a few other subjects. You are supported in your learning and will be given good time to review your material and complete assignments.
CAN I TRY DIVING BEFORE I APPLY?
Yes, if you are seriously considering applying to complete a course but would like to make sure you will like diving then call one of our Tertiary Team at Dive HQ Albany to arrange a try dive.
WHAT IS A UNIT STANDARD?
Unit standards are the specific tasks that need to be achieved to complete a qualification in NZ. Each Unit standard has a particular focus and will be worth a specific number of credits. Unit standards are developed by experts in their fields and registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.(NZQF) find our more at www.nzqa.govt.nz
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF COMPLETING THE NATIONAL QUALIFICATION INSTEAD OF JUST THE PADI CERTIFICATIONS?
With the National Qualification you obtain many other industry skills, which will aid you in your career in the dive Industry. PADI training alone does not necessarily cover these. You will complete more dives than the PADI courses alone because of field trips and also extra unit standards, which require additional dives. Unit standards assess extra skills such as assessing compressor use, tank filing, weather interpretation, risk management and creating a dive focused CV, along with many more essential skills. You are 'job ready' at the end of the Diploma course. Our Diving Academy is linked to a fully operational and busy group of Auckland dive centres and their diving communities and clubs. Dive HQ Albany's graduates are well respected both here in New Zealand, the Pacific and Overseas.