Dive Zone - Whitianga

10 Campbell St, Whitianga,3510

PADI Divemaster Partime Training


Even if you’re studying or working this year, you could still get your PADI Divemaster qualification by December 2018 – just by studying every second weekend!

DID YOU KNOW we’re not just a dive shop…we are also one of New Zealand’s leading educational providers of tertiary diving qualifications.

Our part time PADI Divemaster course runs every second Saturday and Sunday, starting 10th March. It runs for 40 weeks, finishing up around mid-December. You’ll also complete a National Certificate in Leadership as part of the course.  All of our career training programs meet the criteria for the fees free policy and eligible students can benefit from the new Government policy (criteria applies). 

As a qualified PADI Divemaster you’ll get to mentor and motivate other scuba divers. The course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. And not only will you get to dive all the time, but you’ll also get to experience the thrill of seeing others enjoy diving and discover the world beneath the waves.

Want to know more? Give Darrell a call today on 027 433 9433 or email

Here’s some more information about becoming a PADI Divemaster

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessments, you’ll develop the skills to organise and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organisation in the world – PADI.

You could even use your diving qualifications alongside other skills and interests, such as underwater photography or videography, underwater engineering and marine conservation.

What You Can Teach

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling experience
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Reactivate program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of PADI Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
    • surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
    • when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor .
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist Aqua Mission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course

Why study with Dive Zone Whitianga?

There are certain things that make Dive Zone Whitianga stand out from other training facilities. Here’s why these things should be important to your diving qualifications...

1. We own our own boat and we’re out on the water all year round.

Our boat SCUBA DOO carries 9 divers and crew comfortably. It has two custom-built entry/exit platform railings and ladders, which means getting in and out of the water couldn’t be easier.

The best part about being a student at a facility with their own boat, is the increased number of opportunities to get out on the water and get more dives under your belt. Plus, because we’re taking trips of recreational divers out to learn to dive, you get to practice your training on real life people – all year round. “Learning by doing” is our motto, and because of the way we’ve set up our facility, you get more time in the water and more hands on experience all throughout your training.

2. Our perfect location means weather conditions don’t get in our way.

Whitianga is situated in the magnificent Mercury Bay and is at the hub of diving locations on the Coromandel Peninsula. Spoilt for choice with beautiful islands and secluded bays, you’re bound to find a sheltered spot here when the weather elsewhere would normally prevent you from diving. Our Dive Zone office is right next to the marina, literally a stone’s throw away from a multitude of boat and land-based dive spots. Living a life less ordinary starts right here.

3. The more you dive, the more confident you become, and the more attractive you are to future employers.

It’s important to us that you finish your course feeling experienced and confident, with the opportunity to have a higher number of dives under your belt than the standard course requirements. Because our shop is open 7 days a week, and we’re always taking new recreational divers out, there’s definitely no shortage of opportunities to get out on the water and interact with real learner divers.

Quality dive gear is so important, and you need to be able to trust the gear you work with 100%. That’s why at Dive Zone Whitianga we’re strict about the gear we use and what we’re willing to sell to our customers and students. We keep a wide range of top quality dive gear all year round, and make sure it’s kept in great condition.

What’s even better for you, is that we think it’s only fair that our students get to use our gear, in their free time (with conditions), free of charge.

If you want to discuss how you could get onto this Divemaster training program, contact Darrell Bird – our in-house PADI Course Director on mobile 0274-339433 or at the store on 07-8671580 or email