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Career Courses

Enrol into a choice of qualifications and enter an exciting new world where you will gain relevant international diving certifications, national qualifications, make new friends and maybe even begin a new career. You will find our great team-learning environment combines academic learning with lots of discussion and practical participation.

Academy of Diving Trust is registered as a Private Training Establishment by NZQA and has approval to subcontract to Dive Wellington. We offer a range of part-time & full time career qualifications at our Wellington location. Our tertiary programmes are student loan approved for NZ citizens and persons who have held NZ permanent residency for a minimum of 2 years.

These national qualifications developed for the diving industry by the Industry Training Organisation (Skills Active Aotearoa) are designed to guide the non diver safely through basic scuba diving, advanced scuba diving, specialties (such as night diving, wreck diving, boat diving and search and recovery) through to competency in advanced instructional and specialty instructional levels, provided all requirements are met. As a graduate, you may choose to either continue tertiary studies, or utilise your newly-acquired skills and work within the dive and outdoor recreation industry.

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. 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.

Course Offerings at Dive Wellington

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction (Level 6)

Looking for a career in the dive industry. Our Diploma qualifications take you from entry level diving, advanced diving, specialty diving, dive supervision and leadership skills through to advanced instructional and specialty instructional levels. Up to 100 dives are included and as a graduate you will emerge a competent and confident diver and instructor.

Programme Features


Leadership - Part Time Divemaster

Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster programme. During this programme you will work closely with a PADI Instructor as you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level.


National Certificate in Diving (Foundation)

The National Certificate in Diving Foundation is an awesome way to learn to dive, gain confidence as a recreational diver and develop skills to assist other divers. This qualification can be an entry point for people working in the dive industry. 


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          432 The Esplanade
          Island Bay
          Wellington 6023
          New Zealand
  • +64 (4) 939 3483 
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