Other Professional PADI Courses At Dive HQ Auckland

As well as offering the NZQA full time diploma in professional scuba instruction at Dive HQ Auckland we also offer various part-time, and courses available to those in full time studying or working.

Part-time Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

Part-time Certificate in Scuba Diving Foundation L3 PADI Rescue Diver

Part-time Certificate in Scuba Diving Foundation L4 PADI Divemaster

Summer School Foundation or Leadership

National Certificate in Scuba Diving Foundation


  • PADI eLearning (online theory) & classroom
  • PADI Internationally recognised certifications: Open Water, Advanced and Rescue
  • NCEA Levels 1—4 Unit Standards in Diving, First Aid and Risk Management
  • Student loan approved programme
  • Minimum of 40 logged dives
  • Expert professional tuition


  • Real world experience within the diving industry.
  • Be part of our busy dive centre and scuba community
  • On site transport to and from dive sites
  • Great "Lease to Own" payment packages
  • Expert equipment fittings
  • Dive Buddies! Join the dive club.
  • Free airfills & chance for extra diving through the course

Field trips-including accomodation & transport

Price for National Diploma in Scuba Diving Foundation

Domestic price: $4697

International price: $7167

Studylink-NZQA Approved Course which means you can add this amount onto your Student Loan.

The programme meets the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Service’s Limited Certificate of Competence, which allows entry into dive sectors such as Aquaculture, Film and Photographic. They also allow entry to further training for underwater professional activities, such as Scientific or Dive Tourism sectors. It is also the prerequisite qualification for the National Certificate in Diving (Leadership) and PADI Divemaster qualification - the first professional level certification in the PADI System.

Exit Qualification: PADI Rescue Diver

RSTC medical Certificate-to be signed by your doctor

National Certificate in Scuba Diving Leadership

Continue the adventure of diving with the National Certificate in Leadership Programme. Designed to work around your schedule, the Leadership programme allows you to do the things you enjoy and work at the same time!

If you are PADI Rescue Certified and want to learn how the diving industry works on a professional level, then we can show you the way. The Leadership programme is the next step from the Foundation Course and takes you from a Rescue Diver to a certified PADI Dive Master.

Learn to your schedule. Weekends. Days off & holidays. Come diving with us and train at the same time.


  • PADI eLearning and all dive theory material
  • Internationally recognised PADI Divemaster Certification
  • NCEA Levels 2-5 Unit standards in diving, diving development and adventure based learning
  • Log a minimum of 20 dives
  • Confined water workshops with real students
  • Open Water dives, both on course and with other students
  • Develop course specific skills in confined water training workshops.
  • Master skill demonstration during confined water training.
  • Expand your knowledge in search and recovery scenarios with a particular emphasis on knot tying skills.
  • Many opportunities to assist on recreational dive courses and build up your experience.


  • Work under the direct supervision of experienced instructors which provide the essential mentoring role.
  • Develop knowledge of our core open water environments as you complete on site management, direction and gain real world experience.
  • Working with real students on a variety of course levels including Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Courses.

Price of the National Certificate in Scuba Diving Leadership

Domestic Price: $5539

International Price: $9053

Studylink-NZQA Approved Course which means you can add this amount onto your Student Loan.

Exit Qualification:

PADI Dive Master


  • PADI Rescue Certification or equivalent
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Current Dive Medical (conducted within the past 12 months)
  • Be trained and hold a current first aid certificate with CPR within the past two years

Why Dive HQ Auckland?

We're not your average dive shop. That's all we'll say. Do your own research. Ask us questions. We can make your diving goals work for you. We're adaptable, approachable and we love what we do and want to share our knowledge and expertise with you!

Summer School at Dive HQ Auckland

What if I told you there was a way you could go scuba diving all summer break AND keep your Studylink assistance and allowances going. YOU CAN! If you choose to enrol on one of our NZQA approved Certificates running this summer break.

What better way to spend your Summer?

Summer School Classes are held Monday to Thursday from 9am till 5pm.

Dive all Summer! It's our busiest time of year for diving. So there's a great energy in the stores.

Start Nov- xmas break- Complete Feb

THe best way to spend your Summer. And the great thing is you get to keep your living allowance while you study

A good balance of elearning, classroom and practical on all professional courses

Boat Dive Field Trips

Summer School Graduates

"Doing this was the best thing I have ever participated in, it helped with my mental and physical health. The teachers are great and welcoming, plus great for a good laugh! I would recommend this to every person possible, even my 9 year old brother can not wait to do this course! Totally worth it"

Darianna Wilde

Graduation BBQ at Dive HQ Auckland.

See the PADI Continuing Education Chart Below....This is only the start of your adventure.....

Continuing Education with PADI

More dives, more diving, more buddies, pay as you go gear schemes.

Academy of Diving Trust is registered as a private training establishment by NZQA & has approval to sub-contract to Dive HQ Auckland.


Dive HQ Auckland, New Zealand

09 307 3590


Created By


Chris Hailey- PADI Course Director @ Dive HQ Auckland