Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

Gain internationally recognised qualifications and find a job in over 183 countries & territories in the world. Have the satisfaction of teaching the joys of scuba diving to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Become an instructor or go on to work in Conservation or Eco tourism, Research or Aquaculture.

Become an Underwater Photographer or Underwater Camera Technician. Work on one of the amazing super yachts and crew around the world, or enter the New Zealand job market with all the skills ready to make you the perfect addition to a busy Dive Centre here in our own beautiful New Zealand.

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NZQA DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL SCUBA INSTRUCTION COURSE

 

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Never dived before?

You do not need any prior SCUBA experience and we will take you from your Open Water Course through Advanced-Rescue-Divemaster-Instructor-Speciality Instructor.

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Structure of Study

We get you out there into the open sea and diving and you’ll have at least 100 dives under your belt when you complete your diploma along with friends and dive buddies you’ll have made for life.

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Student loan approved

Our tertiary programmes are student loan approved for NZ citizens and persons who have held NZ permanent residency for a minimum of 2 years.

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Our Course Instructors

Are fully qualified PADI instructors and our Senior Instructor himself is an Academy of Diving Graduate.

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Still interested?

If you love being near the water, on the water and in it and feel you have what it takes to be a great Professional then get in touch today!

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What you'll learn

Our Course Tutors are fully qualified PADI instructors and our Senior Instructor himself is an Academy of Diving Graduate.Here at Dive HQ Westhaven we pride ourselves in providing instructors who are passionate, enthusiastic AND experienced PADI dive professionals! We are an established dive centre, and we work with the students to develop their professional skills and training. Dive HQ is the largest scuba retail group in NZ and is a well known and respected business both in NZ and overseas. 

A good balance

A good balance

We teach a combination of academic studies with lots of discussion and interaction along with regular practical experience. You will learn as you experience the wonder of scuba diving at our amazing New Zealand dive sites. We get you out of the classroom and into the water doing what you are passionate about.

A good balance

No previous experience?

You do not need any prior SCUBA experience and we will take you from your Open Water Course through Advanced-Rescue-Divemaster-Instructor-Speciality Instructor. Diploma graduates complete NZQA unit standards in a variety of diving areas including Night, Underwater Navigation, Search, & Recovery, Deep, Marine Species Identification, Wreck.

A good balance

Structure of Study

The structure of study for the Diploma means we get you out there into the open sea and diving and you’ll have at least 100 dives under your belt when you complete your diploma along with friends and dive buddies you’ll have made for life.

Student Testimonials

AMAZING CAREER PROSPECTS & OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

“I completed my Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction course in 2003. The course included everything I needed to walk directly from graduation into my dream job as a PADI Dive Instructor at a dive resort on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast! Diving every day, seeing amazing underwater scenery, marine life and Mexico’s famous Cenote’s this is still one of my favorite memories.

After years working as a Dive Instructor and then becoming a PADI Course Director, I am now the PADI Regional Manager - My job is to support Dive Professionals and PADI Retail and Resort Association members by passing all the knowledge gained in my diving career along with my enthusiasm for our industry and environment to help them become more successful.

I highly recommend anyone thinking of a career in the dive industry to complete the Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction course, as it provides an incredible base of knowledge and skill to kick start an amazing life, where the ocean really does become your office!”

Jen Clent
PADI REGIONAL MANAGER New Zealand & Fiji


WHAT OUR ACADEMY OF DIVING STUDENTS SAY...

“The highlights for me were definitely the trips. Being able to travel around, diving some of the most well regarded dive sites in the country, such as the Rainbow Warrior and Canterbury Wrecks and the Poor Knights. That’s one of the great things about being in Auckland.

Spending field trips away as a group every few weeks was a good way to unwind and escape for a few days at a time. The HMNZ Canterbury wreck was incredible. Descending down into 20m+ visibility with dolphins circling us is certainly an experience I will never forget.

Another highlight was Northern Arch out at the Poor Knights. It’s almost too hard to describe what it is really like. Being down around 30m and looking up and clearly being able to see the birds flying above the surface is a surreal feeling.
Diving really does open up a whole new world to you.

The I.E (PADI instructor’s exam) itself was in a strange way actually a highlight of the year, too. After the anticipation for 9 months, it was by far the climax of the year and it was so satisfying to qualify and to have everyone in my group do so well too was a pretty cool feeling."

Academy of Diving Graduate 2013