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Become a PADI Dive Professional!

Choose the most recognised dive certification agency in the world - PADI and New Zealand's largest dive training group - Dive HQ. Enrol in one of the most comprehensive Dive Prpfessional training programmes in New Zealand. Our courses will not just enable you to gain your certification but also teach you the skills required to gain employment in the dive industry worldwide. Our staff have years of experience in the industry, have worked around the world and understand the roles of Dive Masters & Instructors within the wider dive industry.

Become a PADI Dive Master!

A Divemaster is primarily a “dive leader”, who leads and is responsible for the safety of other certified divers.  They organise groups, logistics, and manage any issues that might occur. Dive Masters are responsible for the planning, dive briefings, rental gear allocation, boat coordination as well as the activities underwater.  PADI Divemasters are also able to assist Instructors with courses, and run ReActivate & Skin Diver programs.

Dive Like A Pro! 65% percent of Divemasters wanted to increase their dive knowledge and skill set.

Programme Overview

Knowledge development is covered on line and in class discussions, workshops, & practical assessments are run in both the pool and open water. You will develop the skills necessary to organise and run a variety of scuba diving activities working alongside other Dive Master Candidates, Staff and our Divers. Sessions are evenings and weekends and we will design a schedule to meet your time frames and availability.

Entry Requirements
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • 18 years old 
  • A minimum of 40 dives is required to enrol
  • RSTC Medical Certificate signed by a doctor
  • Current First Aid Instructor Certification 

New! Introduction to Divemaster

This FREE eLearning pack lets you discover what it means to be a PADI Divemaster today!


Become a PADI Dive Instructor!

A PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is able to teach PADI's core training courses from Open Water Diver up to PADI Divemaster level. Although the primary role of an Instructor is to teach you may also have responsibilities with guiding certified divers and in retail advising on courses, trips and equipment.

If you are a people-person and you like to teach, then this is the role for you.

Programme Overview

The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You'll be able to organise and present information, conduct skill sessions and control open water dives.  Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling
Entry Requirements
  • Dive Master Certification
  • 18 years old 
  • A minimum of 80 dives is required to enrol
  • RSTC Medical Certificate signed by a doctor
  • First Aid Instructor Certification is required prior to PADI issuing you your PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor rating.


Why Learn With Dive HQ Wellington?

Our staff definitely make the difference - we love diving and we have the skills, knowledge and experience between us to ensure you get the most out of your training. Our primary role is to prepare you to share your love of diving as you guide divers and teach a range of courses here in New Zealand and around the world.

Claire has 20+ years in the industry and has just been awarded Gold Status as a PADI Course Director for  her work in Instructor Development for 2020. Paddy & Matt are both PADI Staff Instructors, keen free divers and technicians (neither of which Claire knows anything about).

After successful completion of your IDC:
  • We will provide you with the opportunity to gain teaching experience towards your first 25 diving certificates  required for your MSDT rating by team teaching with our experienced instructors,
  • Free Speciality Instructor Training for Oxygen Provider & DSMB Instructor Ratings
  • Join a Dive HQ Wellington Club Holiday and recieve free training for 3 extra Specialty Instructor Ratings to meet the requirements for your MSDT rating. 

“Go for it, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!”

Ben Brodie PADI Instructor (currently in Fiji)

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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