Dive Zone Whitianga

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Dive Zone Whitianga

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    Become a PADI Dive Instructor - If you are serious about a career in diving, the Diploma qualifications are for you!

    Dive Zone Whitianga is the largest training PADI Instructor training facility in New Zealand. We are able to offer all of your training to be done in some of New Zealand's best dive locations as they are right here on our doorstep - the eastern seaboard of the Coromandel Peninsula with all its coves, marine reserve and offshore islands. In addition to this we take our students to offsite practicums where you may experience diving at altitude (Lake Taupo) or maybe a wreck (Northland).

    Enrolling now for August 2021 or February 2022

    This course meets the Governments Fees Free Policy criteria for eligible students.

    The course is 1 year (or rather, 44 weeks including 4 weeks of study leave) and we will take you from non diver through to Internationally recognised PADI Specialty Dive Instructor and qualify with a Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction. Our next intake will start August 2021 or February 2022.

    We dont require you to own your own gear to start the course and we do offer excellent discount rates for our students to purchase gear during the course.

    As we are a training facility and we deal with large groups of recreational dive training, you will also have the opportunity to have hands on experience alongside our Senior Instructors.

    Dive Zone Whitianga is OutdoorsMark certified as an Adventure Activity Safety Audit approved facility. We are also rated as a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre and have our own PADI Course Director on staff - (highest rating in the PADI system). We have our own 12 metre, purpose built dive boats, "Scubadoo and Mystery Machine" and an additional dive purpose RIB.

    Our programmes meet the criteria for the Government’s Fees Free Policy and eligible students can benefit from the new Government policy. Student loans and allowances may also be available. If you are 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.
    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


    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 try dive experience on our purpose built dive boat with one of our awesome Instructors. We reckon you will love it! How could you not 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 enrol in the Diploma course. Phone: 027 433 9433 Email: darrell@divethecoromandel.co.nz

    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.

    We belong to the Academy of Diving Trust. Academy of Diving Trust is registered as a Private Training Establishment by NZQA and has approval to sub-contract to Dive Zone Whitianga

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Dive Zone Whitianga

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