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Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction
If you like people, have a passion for the ocean
and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI
PADI Instructors are the most soughtafter dive
professionals around the world because they’ve
completed the program that sets the standard for
training dive professionals. You earn a PADI
Instructor rating through hard work and commitment,
but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share
incredible underwater adventures with others –
transforming their lives for the better and enriching
If you are serious about a career in diving, the
Diploma qualification is for you. This groundbreaking
programme has been designed to produce dive
instructors with the qualifications and skills
necessary in this dynamic industry. Graduates are
registered internationally and immediately able to
apply their knowledge and skills in the dive industry,
both in New Zealand and overseas.
Approved programme for
student loans and allowances
Class sizes are limited to ensure individual attention and to
help create a positive team environment. You will start as
an entry level diver and progress throughout the diver
certification levels: Advanced Rescue Divemaster
Instructor Specialty Instructor.
You complete a variety of NZQA unit standards providing
you with additional skills employers are looking for. You
will learn things like how to maintain equipment, fill dive
cylinders, interpret weather, plan and lead dive trips, and
how to participate in a retail environment. The course also
includes a practicum to a North Island dive destination
where you will apply your knowledge and skills. You will
also learn a range of other valuable skills such as
Advanced First Aid and how to produce a CV to kick start
your new career.
Once certified as a PADI Divemaster (about halfway
through the Diploma) you have access to the PADI
employment page with new jobs advertised around the
Log a minimum of 100 dives,
including boat dives
The world's most recognized
SCUBA training agency
Practicum to a North Island
PADI Open Water Scuba
Instructor with 5 Specialties
36 weeks (1 year) Full Time
No experience needed
18 years of age (before term 2)
PADI Open Water Diver
The skills learnt in this course set the foundation for the remainder of your
programme. Once completed you will be certified to dive to a depth of 18m
independent of an Instructor
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
You will gain experience in many different types of diving like Deep, Night,
Wreck, Search & Recovery, Marine I.D., and Navigation. Once completed you
will be qualified to dive to 30m.
PADI Rescue Diver & Basic First Aid
You will learn to deal with minor injuries as well as how to respond to an
unconscious diver underwater.
You will fine tune your diving skills while learning more about the theory behind
diving. We will touch on physics, physiology, equipment, and the dive
environment. Here, you will start to gain experience working with students.
Dive Practicum and Unit Standards
You will learn how to instruct specialist dive courses such as Deep, Night, Hunt
& Collect, Altitude, and many more. We head to a North Island dive destination
where you will apply your newly learnt skills in a controlled environment.
Open Water Scuba Instructor
You will begin the Instructor Development Course where you will learn to teach
the PADI core courses. You'll organise and present information, conduct skill
development sessions, and control Open Water dives. You will sharpen your
public speaking skills and learn about student diver safety. Once qualified, you
will be able to teach in more than 180 countries and territories worldwide.
Completing the PADI Specialties will give you additional qualifications and
employment opportunities. Specialty areas you are qualified in will keep your
teaching interesting and fun.
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