Dive Zone - Tauranga

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction


If you are serious about a career in diving, the Diploma qualifications are for you!  

These groundbreaking programmes have been designed to produce Dive Instructors with the qualifications and skills necesary in this dynamic and exciting industry. 

Graduates are registered internationally and are immediately able to apply their knowledge and skills in the dive industry, both here and overseas.  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.  Courses include a variety of adventure based outdoor putsuits which provide the essential skills in confidence building, teamwork and leadership that you will need as a Dive Instructor. 

On successful completion of our Diploma qualification, you willl be able to facilitate and lead outdoor adventure activities.
You'll start as an entry-level diver and progress through the diver certification levels: Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster, Dive Instructor & finally Speciality 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.

Programme Features:

  • Full time (4 days per week) over 44 weeks (including 4 weeks study leave) 
  • At least 100 dives
  • Offsite practicums at amazing New Zealand dive sites
  • Graduate as a PADI Speciality Dive Instructor with five specialty ratings

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.

You may be eligible for one year free tertiary through the governments tertiary  fees free scheme , check your eligibility here.

Want to know more or discuss your options?  
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