Dive Zone - Tauranga

National Certificate in Diving Instruction


Full-Time National Certificate in Diving (Foundation) Program

This 12 week, full-time programme runs from 11 July 2016 until 30 September 2016, and covers PADI Open Water through to PADI Rescue Diver

…but what does that mean exactly? 

You’ll start off by learning how to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver course.  Then you’ll complete a number of adventure dives including deep, underwater navigation, peak performance buoyancy, boat & more, working towards your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification.  After completing a 1st Aid course (or a refresher if you’re already certified), you’ll get hands on training with some of the more challenging situations a diver can face by completing the PADI Rescue Diver course.


Even if you’ve never dived before, this course is for you!

Prior to the commencement of the course, students need to:

  • obtain a satisfactory RSTC medical stating that they are fit to dive.  This medical must remain valid for the duration of the course of study.
  • be able to swim 200m non-stop (any stroke is permissible), & tread water for 10 minutes.
  • obtain a School Exemption if under 16 years of age at commencement of training.


The National Certificate in Diving (Foundation) is the perfect way to kick start your career in the dive industry, whether you want to continue your education to teach as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, or take the skills you learn on this programme & apply them to any number of opportunities such as:

  • Aquaculture / seafood farming
  • Navy or Police diver
  • Marine conservation
  • Commercial diving


Students are required to have the following essential ‘tools of trade’ within 4 weeks of course commencement:

  • Wetsuit, Weightbelt, Lead, Boots & Gear Bag
  • Mask, Snorkel & Fins
  • Line Cutting Tool & Torch

Dive Zone Tauranga provides an exclusive offer for our tertiary students to make high quality equipment available at an exception price. 

We also recognise that hardware (BCDs, regulators & cylinders) purchases can strain the budget.  In a concerted effort to strongly discourage purchase of cheap equipment or second-hand items which ultimately fail, we offer our students the use of these items at NO charge while they are training. 

Purchase of your own hardware is recommended for training beyond Foundation level, so be sure to talk to us about your options.


To apply for enrolment on this programme, download the RSTC medical statement, enrolment form & course disclosure material as Word documents, or contact us to request them by post or email.  Once completed, please forward these to us together with a copy of your passport or birth certificate to support your residency status in NZ.

If you have any queries at any stage throughout this process, please contact us or give us a call.