NZQA DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL SCUBA INSTRUCTION COURSE
Never Dived Before? No problem.
Give us a call or email us and if you want to give it a go first we can organise for you to have a no obligation trial.
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Never dived before?
You do not need any prior scuba experience. We will take you from your Open Water Course through Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster, Instructor, all the way to Speciality Instructor.
Structure of Study
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.
Student loan approved
Our tertiary programmes are student loan approved for NZ citizens and persons who have held NZ permanent residency for a minimum of 2 years.
Our Course Instructors
Our fully qualified PADI instructors and our Senior Instructor himself is an Academy of Diving Graduate. Our instructors are experienced in working with amateur divers, and eaching them everything they need to grow their skills to being instructors themselves.
If you love being near the water, on the water and in it and feel you have what it takes to be a great Professional, then get in touch today!
What you'll learn
Our Course Tutors are fully qualified PADI instructors and our Senior Instructor himself is an Academy of Diving Graduate. Here at Dive HQ Westhaven, we pride ourselves in providing instructors who are passionate, enthusiastic AND experienced PADI dive professionals!
We are an established dive centre, and we work with the students to develop their professional skills and training. Dive HQ is the largest scuba retail group in NZ and is a well known and respected business both in NZ and overseas. Download our info pack here.
A good balance
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're passionate about.
No previous experience?
You do not need any prior SCUBA experience and we will take you from your Open Water Course through Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster, Instructor to Speciality Instructor. Diploma graduates complete NZQA unit standards in a variety of diving areas including Night, Underwater Navigation, Search & Recovery, Deep, Marine Species Identification, and Wreck.
Structure of Study
The structure of study for the Diploma gets 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.
AMAZING CAREER PROSPECTS & OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
“I completed my Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction course in 2003. The course included everything I needed to walk directly from graduation into my dream job as a PADI Dive Instructor at a dive resort on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast! Diving every day, seeing amazing underwater scenery, marine life and Mexico’s famous Cenote’s this is still one of my favorite memories.
After years working as a Dive Instructor and then becoming a PADI Course Director, I am now the PADI Regional Manager - My job is to support Dive Professionals and PADI Retail and Resort Association members by passing all the knowledge gained in my diving career along with my enthusiasm for our industry and environment to help them become more successful.
I highly recommend anyone thinking of a career in the dive industry to complete the Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction course, as it provides an incredible base of knowledge and skill to kick start an amazing life, where the ocean really does become your office!”
PADI REGIONAL MANAGER New Zealand & Fiji
WHAT OUR ACADEMY OF DIVING STUDENTS SAY...
“The highlights for me were definitely the trips. Being able to travel around, diving some of the most well regarded dive sites in the country, such as the Rainbow Warrior and Canterbury Wrecks and the Poor Knights. That’s one of the great things about being in Auckland.
Spending field trips away as a group every few weeks was a good way to unwind and escape for a few days at a time. The HMNZ Canterbury wreck was incredible. Descending down into 20m+ visibility with dolphins circling us is certainly an experience I will never forget.
Another highlight was Northern Arch out at the Poor Knights. It’s almost too hard to describe what it is really like. Being down around 30m and looking up and clearly being able to see the birds flying above the surface is a surreal feeling.
Diving really does open up a whole new world to you.
The I.E (PADI instructor’s exam) itself was in a strange way actually a highlight of the year, too. After the anticipation for 9 months, it was by far the climax of the year and it was so satisfying to qualify and to have everyone in my group do so well too was a pretty cool feeling."
Academy of Diving Graduate 2013