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Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions?

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What is the primary role of a Dive Instructor?
To teach others to dive safely and to look after their buddy, their gear and the environment.

What is the primary role of a Dive Master?
To guide others underwater, to assist students & to promote diver safety and environmental awareness.

How do I enrol?
It’s easy, all you need to do is email us and we’ll organise a time to meet and chat about the course.

What if I want to do a part time course?
Our PADI Dive Professional courses are run over weekends and evenings and we can help design a course to suit your schedule and other commitments.

How old do i need to be to apply?
You need to be over 18 to enrol on a dive professional program

What are the costs for the course?
Divemaster training costs $1400 including materials + PADI Application Fee
The Instructor Development Course costs $1800 + Materials + PADI Fees
(PADI fees include their Application & Examination fees)

What other costs will I face?
PADI Membership Fees - yearly fee based on your professional qualification
Liability Insurance is required if working overseas
First Aid Instructor Rating required for certification
Worksafe Certificate of Competence required in NZ
Yearly Medical

What is the Certificate of Competence?
The Worksafe approved Certificate of Competence is a requirement to work as a professional diver in NZ. It involves a comercial dive medical and an application to Worksafe with evidence of your dive qualifications and dive referees. Click here for more details.



Where do you dive?
We are lucky in Wellington to have access to a great variety of dive sites, within the Taputeranga Marine Reserve along the south coast, in Wellington Harbour and over on the west coast. Boat dives open up more oppurtunities including the F69 Wreck. Our dive club is also very active with regular trips around New Zealand.

What equipment do I need?
Candidates are required to own their own scuba equipment; this includes a suitable wetsuit/drysuit, mask/snorkel/fins, weight belt, gloves/boots, surface signalling devices - 1 audible and 1 visual, compass, torch and line cutting tool. Ask us about suitable packages and purchase options.

What are the medical criteria?
All candidates are required to have passed a current diving medical undertaken by a Doctor or Physician. This medical must remain valid for the duration of the course of study.

If I have asthma can I dive?
This depends on your situation and needs to be discussed with a Registered Diving Doctor.

Do I need to be a good swimmer?
Dive professionals must be comfortable and confidentin open water. You do need to be able to swim 400m, snorkel 800m and float/tread water for 15mins as part of your watermanship evaluations.

Is it easy to get a job as a dive instructor?
Our graduates are sought after and usually find their dream position with ease. We pride ourself on getting you job-ready, so you can easily move onto yor next adventure. The PADI Pro site has an active job board so you can find jobes here in NZ and around the world.

What other skills can help me in the dive inductry?
Social Media Skills - Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Blogging
Boat Skippers and/or boat experience
Sevice Technician - to help maintain regulators/BCDs and cylinders
Air Fillers Certification
General Office Skills - Data entry, basic accounting and computing skills