Dive Zone - Whitianga

10 Campbell St, Whitianga,3510

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction


Enrolling now for August 2018 or 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 Whitianga, check out our facilities and if you are interested in our tertiary training course, we’ll take you out for a FREE DIVE EXPERIENCE on our purpose built dive boat with one of our awesome Instructors.  We reckon you will love it!  How could you now love a year of diving on the Coromandel Peninsula with offsite practicums as well!


Heard enough? Get in touch with Darrell to book your free dive experience or enroll in the Diploma course. Phone: 027 433 9433 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 Whitianga. Student loans and allowances may be available.


Students from Dive Zone Whitianga are sought-after employees

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out what Shona has been up to since she graduated...

 “When I left school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. So I told my parents I was moving to the beach for a year, and off I went to Whitianga. It was there that I discovered Dive Zone Whitianga and decided their Wilderness Adventure Tourism Diploma (the precursor to the new Diploma course) was the perfect fit for me. And it was the best year of my life. I really loved it and would recommend it to anyone wondering ‘where to from here?’ It was an amazing course, that even though the main component was diving, it also gave me lots of other outdoor experiences.

After my course, I stayed on at Dive Zone Whitianga and taught dive courses before eventually leaving and travelling around Indonesia and Australia. It was in Australia that I came across an advert wanting divers to go out with tour groups and that started my adventure with Mike Ball Diving Expeditions. I’ve spent the last two years going out on live-aboard dive expeditions aboard the Spoillsport - a 30m catamaran custom-built to provide superb dive and guest facilities. We live on the boat for three weeks out of the month doing expeditions to the Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef and the Torres Strait. I cannot believe I am here doing what I love, and getting paid for it!

One of the more intense jobs I’ve had was for a promotional video where I had to go down and open the feeder boxes to attract tiger sharks, so divers could get up close with them. The tigers knew the routine and there were always some waiting for the food. The only hiccup I had was once when the box wouldn’t open and they thought I was being a bit slow, so gave me few a nudges. I have never been scared diving, but that sure gave me a great adrenaline rush!

On leaving Dive Zone Whitianga, I’d become a qualified PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and now I have over 2000 dives under my belt. At the moment, a group of us are planning our ‘Ultimate Dive Adventure’ - we’re planning to drive from London to Cape Town and dive all along the East African coastline and document it as we go.  After that, I want to get my skippers ticket, and I might throw in some engineering training in the mix too. Right now, I’m just taking each glorious day as it comes.”

  • Shona Whittaker


Whitianga in the Mercury Bay on the Coromandel, NZ is the perfect location to undertake your Dive Career Training!

Situated in the magnificent Mercury Bay, Dive Zone Whitianga is the hub of diving central on the Coromandel Peninsula and of the Coromandel Ranges. With easy access to multitudes of both boat and land based dive spots and magnificent mountains why would you want to go anywhere else?!?!

We are able to dive any time of the day or night, in almost any weather condition providing some of the best dive spots in New Zealand. All in close proximity to our departure point of Whitianga.

The Coromandel Peninsula is one of the North Islands top tourist destinations. Whitianga is situated only 2.5 hours scenic drive from Auckland. And only 2 hours from Hamilton or Tauranga.

During students down time both Dive Zone and the whole of the Coromandel Peninsula offer a wide variety of active or sedentary activities. Game fishing, bush walking, climbing, surfing, kayaking, sightseeing, or ropes courses to keep your body and mind busy. Or for a relaxing time, talk a walk or sun bathe on many of our white sand beaches, visit Hot Water Beach and soak in the geothermal water, relax in one of our many cafes, or sit back and catch a movie at our local movie theatre.


How would you like a $200 credit to spend with Dive Zone Whitianga?  If you know someone who would love a career in diving, simply refer them to us and when they sign up for their Diploma In Professional Scuba Instruction starting in 2018, you’ll get a $200 voucher to spend in store or on-line.   Just get them to contact Darrell and let them know your name and number

We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our students.  If you are considering whether a dive career is for you, we invite you to come out with us and we will give you an introduction to dive free of charge.

Want to know more or discuss your options? Contact Darrell at or call/text to mobile 027 433 9433.




Talk to our expert team about our NZ recreational scuba diving courses run from our from our PADI 5 Star development center in Whitianga, Mercury Bay, Coromandel Peninsula.

 If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, then the PADI Open Water Diver course is for you. The world’s most popular scuba course, the PADI Open Water Diver course consists of Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills followed by Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore.