Instructor Course

PADI Instructor Course

Are you interested in becoming a PADI Professional? Do you want to share your passions for Scuba Diving with others, mould minds and experience new adventures?

We have both Part time and Full time options for our Instructor Programmes. The NZQA Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction and National Certificate Courses are specificially designed to prepare divers with the knowledge, techniques and skills required for a career in diving. All our careers courses are student loan approved.

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Diving Instructor Course | Dive HQ Westhaven

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is your key to a new career and a new lifestyle! The IDC begins with independent learning and encompasses both the Assistant Intructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) progamme.

PADI Assistant Instructor:

The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course prepares divers for everything they need to know to become an instructor. It expands your knowledge, skills and experiences to provide a safe diving environment for instructing students.

During this programme, you will learn the PADI System of diver education.
  • Standards and Procedures
  • Effective academic teaching presentations
  • Confined Water skills and techniques
  • Cconducting Open Water training dives
  • The business of diving and addional related topics.

The PADI Assistant Instructor rating allows divers to function as instructional assistants and independently conduct certain PADI programmes. In order to teach and certify Open Water students, divers must complete the OWSI programme.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor:

When you complete the IDC, you will have been trained and prepared to successfully attend the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). This is the final step toward you Open Water Scuba Instructor certification.

PADI Instructor Examination (IE)

The PADI IE is held over 2.5 days and evaluates what you learnt during the IDC programme. After the completition of the IDC (where you completed both the AI and OWSI programmes) the PADI IE allows you to become an Open Water Scuba Instructor.

During this programme you will be evaluated on:
  • Dive Theory
  • Knowledge development presentations
  • Confined Water teaching
  • Open Water teaching
  • General diving skills and professionalism

The PADI IE, ties the instructor development section together, allowing divers upon completion, to Instruct Open Water Divers. The start of the instructor levels in the PADI Professional Development.

PADI Instructor Course | Diver with Octopus | Dive HQ Westhaven



Start Date Classroom Dates Pool Dates Openwater Dates Course Type Store  
National Certificate in Diving (Foundation)
November 2022
15/11/2022 NZQA (Foundation) Uni Student SUMMER SCHOOL Fees Free & Study-link Available Living Allowance Continues National Certificate in Diving (Foundation) Auckland Full Course Info
National Certificate in Diving (Leadership)
November 2022
15/11/2022 NZQA (Leadership) Uni Student SUMMER SCHOOL Fees Free & Study-link Available Living Allowance Continues National Certificate in Diving (Leadership) Auckland Full Course Info
Open Water Diver
August 2022
27/08/2022 e-Learning 27/08/2022 - 28/08/2022 03/09/2022 - 04/09/2022 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
September 2022
10/09/2022 e-Learning 10/09/2022 - 11/09/2022 17/09/2022 - 18/09/2022 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
24/09/2022 e-Learning 24/09/2022 - 25/09/2022 01/10/2022 - 02/10/2022 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
October 2022
08/10/2022 e-Learning 08/10/2022 - 09/10/2022 15/10/2022 - 16/10/2022 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
22/10/2022 e-Learning 22/10/2022 - 23/10/2022 29/10/2022 - 30/10/2022 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
November 2022
05/11/2022 e-Learning 05/11/2022 - 06/11/2022 12/11/2022 - 13/11/2022 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
19/11/2022 e-Learning 19/11/2022 - 20/11/2022 26/11/2022 - 27/11/2022 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
December 2022
03/12/2022 e-Learning 03/12/2022 - 04/12/2022 10/12/2022 - 11/12/2022 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
Open Water Scuba Instructor
August 2022
16/08/2022 NZQA Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction 4 days a week All trips included Open Water Scuba Instructor Auckland Full Course Info