Dive Zone - Bay Of Islands

5 Klinac Lane,Waipapa,

NZQA Training Programs

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction


Enrolling now for  February 2019

This course meets the Governments Fees Free Policy criteria for eligible students


Fancy working in the tropics and exploring the world’s most beautiful places?

Become a PADI Dive Instructor and open up a world of awesome job opportunities!

All it takes is 1 year (or rather, 44 weeks including 4 weeks of study leave) and you’ll qualify with a Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction. Our next intake will start August 2018  It is great to be able to advise that all of our programmes meet the criteria for the Government’s new Fees Free Policy and eligible students can benefit from the new Government policy.  If you are still thinking that training to qualify as a PADI dive professional is for you then contact us to discuss how this will relate to your study fees.


Wondering if diving could be the career for you? Come to Dive Zone Bay of Islands, check out our facilities and if you are interested in our tertiary training course. We can also organize try dive at heated swiming pool in Kawakawa!



Heard enough? Get in touch with Tara to book your free dive experience or enroll in the Diploma course.

Phone: 09407 9986 Email: Or read on for more info.....                                                                                                                                                                                              

When you graduate, you’ll be registered internationally and are immediately able to apply your knowledge and skills in the dive industry, both here and overseas. 

Once certified as a PADI Divemaster (about half way through the Diploma) you have access to the PADI employment page with new jobs advertised around the world daily.

As a qualified PADI Dive Instructor the world is your oyster. Not only can you travel the world and work in the world’s most amazing places, there are some awesome job opportunities available. Qualifying as a PADI Dive Instructor opens the door to having adventure packed careers in jobs like:

  • Safety diver on film sets in the American film industry

  • A dive guide for the rich and famous on superyachts

  • Marine care diver at an aquarium

  • Owning and operating a Diving Charter Boat and/or Dive Shop

  • Underwater Photography/Videography

  • Creating and marketing specialised dive gear

  • Marine Conservation and Aquaculture

  • Police or Rescue Diver

  • Commercial diving (wrecks/underwater infrastructure/engineering)

Programme Features:

  • 44 weeks full time.

  • At least 100 dives - and many of these from boats and in some of NZ's best dive locations.

  • Free access to hire equipment during the course year (conditions apply).

  • Offsite practicums at other amazing New Zealand dive sites - giving our students breadth in their experiences.

  • Graduate as a PADI Specialty Dive Instructor with five specialty ratings.

Class sizes are limited to ensure individual attention and to help create a positive team environment. 

Successful completion of the Diploma will see you trained to enter the dive industry as a competent and confident PADI specialty instructor. 

You can choose a Diploma qualification that includes a variety of adventure based outdoor pursuits.  These activities provide the essential skills in confidence building, teamwork and leadership you will need as a dive instructor.

On successful completion of one of our Diploma qualifications, you will be able to facilitate and lead outdoor adventure activities. You will start as an entry-level diver and progress through the diver certification levels:

PADI Advanced  -  PADI Rescue  -  PADI Divemaster  -  PADI Instructor  -  PADI Specialty Instructor 

Diploma graduates complete NZQA unit standards in a variety of diving areas, including night, search & recovery, computer aided diving, deep, drift, altitude, marine species identification, wreck and hunting and collecting.

* Academy of Diving Trust is registered as a Private Training Establishment by NZQA and has approval to sub-contract to 

Dive Zone Bay of Islands. Student loans and allowances may be available.