New Zealand Diploma in Professional
Scuba Instruction

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

Over a 10 month programme 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.

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.

Our courses are NZQA approved so student loans are available (if required) provided you meet Studylink eligibility criteria. International students are welcome.

Our NZQA approved courses qualify for the Governments "Fees Free Policy". If you are eligible, you can get up to $12,000 Free.

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

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.

We include 5 feild trips to some of the top dive destinations in New Zealand including the Poor Knights, Bay of Islands, Cavalli Islands, Hauraki Gulf and Lake Taupo. On these trips you'll encouter amazing marine life, perform drift dives down rivers and explore famous ship wrecks such as the Rainbow Warrior, HMNZS Canterbury and HMNZS Waikato.

Seal at the Poor Knights

We offer at least 24 boat dives from our own custom made 8.5m dive vessel - Whakaari Express. Built to the highest standards, surveyed for 14 people and powered by 2 x 200hp engines, Whakaari Express takes you safely, comfortably and quickly to all our offshore dive destinations.

Whakaari Express dive boat

However, our staff are our greatest asset ! All of our 6 Course Instructors are fully qualified PADI Professionals with a combined experience of over 50 years in the dive industry working both locally in New Zealand and abroad. Our Senior Instructor himself, Nick Wyatt, is an Academy of Diving graduate. Nick is our full-time PADI Course Director (PADIs highest qualification), on hand throughout the entire course to guide you every step of the way. We also have our full-time PADI Tecrec Instructor Trainer, Grant Searancke, opening doors for our graduates into the exciting world of technical diving including rebreathers, sidemount and deep diving.

Learn from the most qualified and experienced team of PADI Dive Professionals in New Zealand - don't settle for less.

Program Start Dates

NZ Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction Full Time August 2024
NZ Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction Full Time February 2025

Now imagine yourself swimming alongside one of the largest fish in the sea, finding a sunken ship wreck or just seeing the joy on people's faces when you introduce them to the underwater world. This could be you!


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Entry Requirements

  • RSTC Medical Certificate signed by a doctor
  • 18 years old prior to the start of Divemaster
  • First Aid Instructor Certification is required prior to PADI issuing you your PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor rating. Course available through us.
  • International students welcome

Exit Dive Qualification

  • PADI Specialty Instructor (5 PADI Specialty Instructor Ratings)

Student Loan and Allowance Eligibility

Student Loans and Allowances are available to eligible domestic students. Please access the Studylink website at www.studylink.govt.nz for eligibility criteria.



Email:  study@aucklandscuba.co.nz
Call: Shailina 021 0241 5301
Call: Nick 09 478 2814

Txt: 'career info' to 021 0241 5301

Dive into a new career and enrol now for 2024 and 2025!

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