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 specifically 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 Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) programme.

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
  • Conducting Open Water training dives
  • The business of diving and additional 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 your 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  
Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction
August 2024
13/08/2024 NZQA Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction Fees Free & Study-link Available Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction Auckland Full Course Info
February 2025
10/02/2025 NZQA Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction Fees Free & Study-link Available Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction Auckland Full Course Info
Junior Openwater Diver
July 2024
06/07/2024 e-learning 06/07/2024-07/07/2024 13/07/2024-14/07/2024 Junior Openwater Diver Auckland Full Course Info
National Certificate in Diving (Foundation)
November 2024
26/11/2024 NZQA (Foundation) Uni Student SUMMER SCHOOL Fees Free & Study-link Available Living Allowance Continues National Certificate in Diving (Foundation) Auckland Full Course Info
Open Water Diver
March 2024
02/03/2024 e-learning 02/03/2024-03/03/2024 09/03/2024-10/03/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
16/03/2024 e-learning 02/03/2024-03/03/2024 09/03/2024-10/03/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
April 2024
06/04/2024 e-learning 06/04/2024-/7/04/2024 13/04/2024-14/04/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
15/04/2024 Mid week Holiday Programme 15/04/2024-16/04/2024 17/04/2024-18/04/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
20/04/2024 e-learning 20/04/2024-21/04/2024 27/04/2024-28/04/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
May 2024
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June 2024
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July 2024
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August 2024
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28/09/2024 e-learning 28/09/2024-29/09/2024 05/10/2024-06/10/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
30/09/2024 Mid week Holiday Programme 30/09/2024-01/10/2024 02/10/2024-03/10/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
October 2024
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November 2024
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30/11/2024 e-learning 30/11/2024-01/12/2024 07/12/2024-08/12/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
December 2024
09/12/2024 Mid week Holiday Programme 09/12/2024-10/12/2024 11/12/2024-12/12/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
14/12/2024 e-learning 14/12/2024-15/12/2024 21/12/2024-22/12/2024 Open Water Diver Auckland Full Course Info
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