Go Pro - Careers in Diving


Text "careers" to 021 0250 8990 and we'll call you, or send an enquiry to receive a free information pack.

We offer a range of courses and studying options:

  • Full Time Diploma courses - February and August intakes.
  • Part-time National Certificate courses - work through the PADI courses at your pace.
  • Summer Holiday courses - ideal for university students to continue studying for additional qualifications over the Summer Break. 

Our Academy of Diving tertiary programmes are student loan approved for NZ citizens and persons who have held NZ permanent residency for a minimum of 2 years.


Where are you going to take your future?

“What else can you do in 36 weeks?”

Gain internationally recognised qualifications and find a job in over 183 countries & territories in the world. Have the satisfaction of teaching the joys of scuba diving to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Go on to work in Conservation or Eco tourism, Research or Aquaculture. Become an Underwater Photographer or Underwater Camera Technician. Work on one of the amazing super yachts and crew around the world, or enter the New Zealand job market with all the skills ready to make you the perfect addition to a busy Dive Centre here in our own beautiful New Zealand.

Go Pro - Careers in Diving | Dive HQ Westhaven

“Since 2006 over 85% of the Academy of Diving Trust graduates have found employment in their chosen profession.” - The Academy of Diving Prospectus

Once certified as a PADI Divemaster (about mid way through the course) you have access to PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) employment page with new jobs advertised from around the world daily.

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The Course

We have courses running all the time. Get in touch and we can find something that fits with your schedule.

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.

Our Course Instructors are fully qualified PADI instructors and our Senior Instructor himself is an Academy of Diving Graduate.

Dive HQ Westhaven | Careers in Diving

Be part of our Dive HQ 5 Star Dive Centre community whilst you study and experience NZ Diving at it's best. Our Academy of Diving classroom and recreation area is above our busy Auckland City Dive Centre in the heart of Westhaven Marina. You will really feel you are already part of an exciting and varied industry, whilst studying with us. You will have plenty of opportunities to meet Commercial Divers, Superyacht Crews and other Scuba and Marine Industry Professionals whilst you study in this great area of Auckland's Marina. Once trained as a Divemaster (after 6 months) you can join our recreational training courses as Divemaster, help out and get valuable experience you can use in your future career.

With great access to bus and train links from the Greater Auckland area and also being conveniently located to the 1 Motorway we are easy to get to and can get you out to the best NZ Diving, quickly and comfortably. All transport to NZ dive sites included in the course fees along with acommadation for field trips around the North Island.

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!

Train to be a PADI Dive Instructor with Dive HQ Westhaven

Academy of Diving Trust is registered as a Private Training Establishment by NZQA and has approval to sub-contract to Dive HQ Westhaven in Auckland CBD. We offer a range of part-time & full time career qualifications at our Auckland city delivery site. Come and visit us and have an informal chat.

Our tertiary programmes are student loan approved for NZ citizens and persons who have held NZ permanent residency for a minimum of 2 years.


“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!”

Jen Clent


“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

PADI Scuba Diving Career Courses offered at Dive HQ Westhaven

Contact us now!

For further information, a full prospectus or to have a chat with someone who completed the course please:
call: Mike 021 0250 8990

email: info@divehqwesthaven.co.nz

or text "careers" to 02102508990

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