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At Dive Otago we pride ourselves of providing professional PADI Divemaster and Dive Instructor training right here in NZ. We offer two Go Pro career programmes depending on your individual career goals and time available.

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cdcDive Otago is New Zealands's only PADI Career Development Centre!

The PADI Career Development Center (CDC) classification is awarded annually to PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers and Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resorts that dedicate their businesses to professional development beyond regular scuba instructor training and meet the highest requirements for training PADI scuba diving leaders. PADI CDCs offer career-oriented training to prepare scuba diving professionals for employment in the dive industry, as well as offering job placement assistance for program graduates.

 

Dive Otago History

 

 

2015


 

3rd Place

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KEEP DUNEDIN BEAUTIFUL AWARDS

 

Nominated

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SEAWEEK NEW ZEALAND OCEAN CHAMPION AWARDS

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    TRACEY CHANNON
    CERTIFIED AS A PADI COURSES DIRECTOR! 

2014


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Diploma iN pROFESSIONAL sCUBA iNSTRUCTION

Feburary 2014 -  GRADUATED December 2014

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DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL SCUBA INSTRUCTION

AUGUST/JUNE 2013 -  GRADUATED MAY 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TROPHY

Awards

DIVE OTAGO

PADI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE DIVE INDUSTRY

DIVE OTAGO

KEEP DUNEDIN BEAUTIFUL - Highly Commended

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Dive Otago became an Aqualung Partner Centre

2013


 

Awarded

DIVE OTAGO

 PADI -Career Develepment Centre

Dive Otago becomes the first New Zealand dive shop to be awarded the PADI 5 STAR Career Development Centre status

 

Highly Commended

DIVE OTAGO

KEEP DUNEDIN BEAUTIFUL - Highly Commended

 TROPHY

 

 
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    Chris Zinsli 
    CERTIFIED AS A PADI STAFF INSTRUCTOR! 

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 February 2013 Group - Graduated November 2013

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August 2012 - Graduated May 2013

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February 2012 -  GRADUATED November 2012 2011 08 

AUGUST 2011 -  GRADUATED MAY 2012 
   

2012


 TROPHY

Winners

DIVE OTAGO

PADI  - Outstanding Contribution to Instructor Development

DAVE WATSON

PADI - Outstanding Contribution to the Dive Industry- 20 Years 

DIVE OTAGO

KEEP DUNEDIN BEAUTIFUL - Highly Commended

 

2011


 

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 FEBRUARY 2011 GROUP - GRADUATED NOVEMBER 2011

2010


  

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AUGUST 2011 -  GRADUATED MAY 2012
 

2010


 


TROPHY

 

Winners

DIVE OTAGO

 PADI -Instructor Development Award 

Finalists

DIVE OTAGO

PADI - Outstanding Dive Centre/ Resort Business Award

 


     

2009


TROPHY

Winners

PADI Award - for Instructor Development

 

   
 

2001

November


A purpose built facility was commissioned in November 2001 and was widely recognised as the best in the country at that time. Facilities included an indoor heated pool, modern classrooms, staff office accommodation, retail store, workshop and client parking. The building is now an icon on the Dunedin landscape as it is passed by about 25,000 vehicles per day. Dive Otago Ltd has for a number of years been the premiere deliverer of tertiary diver education in New Zealand. Recreational training is still an important part of the business mix as are retail sales and servicing. We believe in a strong client and quality relationship focus and maintain a positive relationship with a multitude of clients through this philosophy. Dive Otago Ltd staff contribute to this philosophy and are responsible for maintaining and contributing to the growth of Dive Otago Ltd.

 



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2000

November - Dive Otago


The area franchise was relinquished in November 2000 and Dive Otago Ltd was incorporated on 11 December 2000 and has continued to trade under that name since. New premises were required to meet additional student and staff needs and alleviate the logistical constraints of diver training.

 

1999

August - Dive HQ Otago


In August 1999, Otago Dive Centre became Dive HQ Otago as it aligned with the Dive HQ Franchise.

   
     

1996

November - Otago Scuba School


Otago Dive Centre, with a staff of three (Dave Watson, Mary Watson and the late Bob Begg), was established in November 1996 to cater for all the needs of the local scuba diving and snorkelling population. The business operated from premises in Timaru St and gradually became established with the core business focus moving from recreational to tertiary diver education. As numbers on courses increased so did the need for extra accommodation and this was found in Fox St, South Dunedin where additional space was leased. Staff numbers also increased up to six at this time.

     
     
     

Company Vision

Vision Statement

Dive Otago’s vision is to occupy a niche position in the training of diving career professionals. Dive Otago believes that consistent successful outcomes for students can only be achieved through close monitoring of educational and business performance indicators.

Mission Statement

Dive Otago’s vision is to occupy a niche position in the training of diving career professionals. Dive Otago believes that consistent successful outcomes for students can only be achieved through close monitoring of educational and business performance indicators.

To design and develop quality assured educational programmes in scuba diving, first aid and outdoor recreation that enhance student career prospects and meet future labour market needs.

Design and development encompasses feedback from students, tutors and industry. Quality assurance is assessed regularly through systems and procedures identified in the Quality Management Document.

To market and deliver quality assured educational programmes in scuba diving, first aid and outdoor recreation that enhance student career prospects and meet future labour market needs.

Dive Otago’s business history is evidence of our ability to market successfully for the future. Carefully selected and trained staff deliver quality education to enhance students’ prospects in the labour market.

To continue to monitor, review and uphold procedures and policies that are stakeholder driven and that continue to result in the highest levels of education, conduct and service. Achieved through feedback from stakeholders and moderation.

To evaluate, benchmark and improve delivery of educational programmes on an ongoing basis and ensure that they support the changing needs of students now and into the future.

The business plan is a living document and is continually evaluated and changed to meet the needs of the stakeholders.

To pursue collaboration and co-operation with local Tertiary Providers including the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic and other Private Training Establishments. This company has already responded to the Government’s wishes to forge stronger relationships with other TEIs and will continue to pursue mutual co-operation.

To increase cultural prominence within our programmes and nurture links with local Iwi, Maori community groups and the Pacific Island community.

Dive Otago’s Maori responsiveness plan is contained in the QMD. The Undaria pinnatifida eradication partnership, Nugget Point research programme and links with Akoranga whakakori programme at the School of Physical Education are evidence of our commitment.

To liaise with industry and stakeholders to educate and promote the safety aspects and techniques of participation in underwater and outdoor activities. Representation and communication with associated organisations will ensure that student and tutor safety is promoted and enhanced by example.

To take a leadership role in the preservation of the environment by coordinating and encouraging our stakeholders to participate in local, national and international environmental initiatives. Implementation of our Marine Awareness policy for students and tutors is complete. Dive Otago was contracted to the Department of Conservation to photographs the proposed Nugget Point Marine Reserve and continues to conduct a Marine Research programme on a voluntary basis.

Dive Otago gives support and training to the Otago Girl’s High School Marine algae research Programme on Quarantine Island and has done so since 2003. Since our inception we have been fully committed to the principles of Project AWARE and have conducted an annual beach and ocean clean-up.

To provide educational facilities and equipment that appropriately reflect our status as an industry leader in scuba diving, first aid and outdoor recreation education. Dive Otago now occupies a facility complete with state-of-the-art plant and equipment that reflects its commitment to quality education.

To ensure the long-term viability of the Company for stakeholders by continuing to improve its financial position.

Financial forecasts are prepared three years in advance and demonstrate the ability to grow yet remain viable.

The contribution of all staff is vital to achieving these company goals.

 

About Us

What we do...

 


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Education

We teach people who want to get their first PADI Open Water Diver Certification all the way to people who want to make the ocean their office with our Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction. We also offer "have a go" pool experiences that can let people try scuba diving! Check out our course menu.


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Equipment

We have almost everything you need to enjoy the underwater world. We have entry level right through to high end goods and advice you can trust. We hire quality equipment and also service equipment and tanks to a high standard. We are an Aqualung Partner Centre, recognition that our service and facilities are second to none!


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Experiences

Once you are certified there are a lot of ways you can get out and go diving! We create experiences for every budget. From our $10 local club dives, to our Fiordland dive trips and even 10 day international dive holidays. You can book a birthday party, a corporate event or even a group of friends and family.


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Environment

We are committed to help protect the environment here in Otago and everywhere we dive. We are committed to environmental education and hope to pass our passion on to each student we teach.

 

  


 

Who are we... 

 

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Why we do what we do...

Inspiration

We want to live inspired lives and we want to inspire others. We want to fill our memories and memory cards with interesting colours, textures and experiences. The underwater world is full of unusual, mesmerizing and unique creatures that capture our imagination on every dive. Teaching gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge and introduce others to a truly beautiful world below the surface.

Numbers

We are a bunch of keen adventurers and explorers. Over 70% of the earth’s surface is water. Multiply that by the depth and that’s a whole lot of volume to be explored. It makes sense for us to dive as it means that we can explore as much of this amazing planet as we can.

Water

We love this planet and we understand that water is essential to its future health as well as our own. We heard Jacques Cousteau when he said “people protect what they love”, so we decided to show people what we knew they would love.




 


Where are we...

 Physical Address: 2 Wharf St, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9049

 Postal Address: P.O. Box 11005, Musselburgh, Dunedin, New Zealand

 


How to get in touch

Phone: Call 0800 DIVEOTAGO or +64 3 466 4370

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Send us a Message

Meet the Team

We are all pretty different but we all share one thing, a passion for diving and a wish to share that passion with as many people as we can. 


Environmental Efforts and Policy

At Dive Otago we are committed to serving the diving public of today as well as the generations of divers to come by actively protecting the environments we work in and dive.


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View what we have been up to in our blog

Dive Environment Blog

Causes

Project Aware

Shark Finning

Dive Against Debris 

 



Project Aware - 10 Tips

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Dive Otago has pledged to follow the Ten Tips for Divers to protect the Ocean Planet You should too!

 

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