Career Pathways

A Career in Diving has something for everyone! The Explorer, The Sportsman, The Conservationist, The Scientist, The Artist, The Traveller, The Teacher, The Tradesman.


Dive Instructor

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Dive Instructor

Dive instructors need to be technically skilled divers and creative communicators. They need to instill confidence in their students and at the same time inspire a love of the sea. This job is all about passing on knowledge and enthusiasm to ensure student satisfaction and enjoyment. Dive guiding is a job that a dive instructor will typically also fulfil in a dive centre along with sales, tank filling and equipment maintenance. With scuba training, tourism and the super yacht industries steadily growing, the demand for instructors will only increase.

Recommended Courses:

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction - will teach you expert diving skills, including risk management, cylinder filling and weather interpretation. Graduate as a Scuba Instructor with a minimum of 5 Specialty Instructor Ratings. 

Certificate in Medic First Aid Career Instruction - learn advanced first aid including administering emergency oxygen and first aid in the outdoors; includes assessments up to Pre-hospital Emergency Care, transporting patients and dive related illness.

Industry Opportunities:

Recreational scuba industry, private super yachts, cruise ships and dive resorts.

Divemaster

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Divemaster 

A Divemaster’s primary function in a dive centre is to assist an instructor in dive training, guide certified divers and assist with general dive centre logistics. Divemasters need to be upbeat, positive, approachable and most of all ensure everyone is safe and having fun.

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education. 

Recommended Courses:

National Certificate in Diving (Foundation) - learn to dive, start participating in the adventure based diving activities such as deep, boat, night, underwater navigation, search & recovery, wreck and then progress through to Rescue Diver. Logging 40 scuba dives in Otago will give you the confidence to dive in most environments around the world.

National Certificate in Diving (Leadership) - fine tune your diving skills & the theory behind diving. Learn about dive physics, physiology, decompression theory and equipment. Gain experience supervising students under the guidance of a PADI Instructor, and run daily diving activities both in the confined water and ocean. 

Industry Opportunities:

Recreational scuba industry, private super yachts, cruise ships and dive resorts.

Underwater Photographer/Videographer

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Underwater Photographer/Videographer

Underwater photographers and videographers need a keen eye, technical aptitude and a high level of diving skill and knowledge. They need to research and have a comprehensive understanding of emerging digital technologies as they come on stream and be meticulous with equipment maintenance and servicing.They capture stories, people, shipwrecks, plants and all types of marine life, from macro organisms to massive whales. They need to read forecasts and complex weather patterns to effectively plan for every condition. While not essential in every industry, underwater photographers and videographers are more employable if they are also qualified as Divemasters or Dive Instructors. These qualifications show a deep understanding of many aspects of the diving world and can be more widely utilised by an employer. 

Recommended Courses:

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction - will teach you expert diving skills and train you as a Scuba Instructor with a Digital Photography Specialty Rating.

National Certificate in Diving Foundation and Leadership - will get you to PADI Divemaster level. You will log a minimum of 60 dives giving you the dive skills and buoyancy control necessary to capture that perfect picture.

PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty - learn tips and techniques to capture those amazing underwater moments and intriguing marine life.

Industry Opportunities:

Recreational scuba industry, film industry, private super yachts, cruise ships and dive resorts.

Dive Shop Owner

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Dive Shop Owner

Dive shop owners manage the day-to-day business operations, courses and retail sales within the store. They are responsible for implementing strategies to increase sales and market awareness; facilitate the development of staff and guide members of the team in all areas of store operations. They have the ability to connect with the community and shape the industry in their region.

Recommended Courses:

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction - will teach you expert diving skills, including risk management, cylinder filling and weather interpretation. Through the PADI Instructor Development Course learn about the business of diving, SWOT analysis and the 4 E's selling technique to ensure a successful future in this industry. Graduate as a Scuba Instructor with a minimum of 5 Specialty Instructor Ratings.

PADI Business Academy - Once certified as a PADI Professional you gain access to PADI. You are then eligible to attend such things as their annual Business Academy. You will harness the power of your business and take it to the next level with the PADI Business Academy two-day program. Through hands-on-workshops, the PADI Business Academy curriculum delivers proven tactics and techniques you can immediately implement in your business.

Industry Opportunities:

Recreational scuba industry, private super yacht, cruise ships and dive resorts. 

Boat/Liveaboard Operator

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Boat/Liveaboard Operator

Boat and live-aboard operators manage the day-to-day business operations and staff of a specialty dive boat or live-aboard. They need to be qualified passionate divers with a high level of skill. This position allows you to control your own destiny and is a great way to earn a good living doing what you love.

Recommended Courses:

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction - will teach you expert diving skills, including risk management, cylinder filling and weather interpretation. Through the PADI Instructor Development Course learn about the business of diving, SWOT analysis and the 4 E's selling technique to ensure a successful future in this industry. Graduate as a Scuba Instructor with a minimum of 5 Specialty Instructor Ratings.

Certificate in Medic First Aid Career Instruction - learn advanced first aid including administering emergency oxygen and First aid in the outdoors, includes assessments up to Prehospital emergency care, transporting patients and dive related illness.

Industry Opportunities:

Recreational scuba industry, private super yacht, cruise ships, dive resort and the film industry.

Dive Shop Retail Manager

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Dive Shop Retail Manager

Selling is a skill and a good retail manager must understand customer needs and keeps up to date with new and evolving product technologies. Good organisational skills and marketing techniques are just some of the skills required of a retail manager. As the majority of customers are also divers or potential divers, having an in-depth knowledge of diving and courses allows you to professionally assist them in selecting their equipment.

Recommended Courses:

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction - Will teach you expert diving skills, including risk management, cylinder filling and weather interpretation. Graduate as a Scuba Instructor with a minimum of 5 Specialty Instructor Ratings. You will also learn about the four Es - education, equipment, experiences and environmental awareness. Essential for any retailer to remain competitive and successful in today’s market.

Industry Opportunities:

Recreational scuba industry, private super yacht, cruise ships, dive resort and the film industry.

Commercial Diving

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Commercial Diving

Commercially trained divers require training beyond recreational certifications. However, completing recreational certifications prior to commecial training will provide you with a distinct advantage, valuable skills and most importantly, excellent diving experience. The basic requirements for a commercial diver include the ability to work under stressful conditions, be physically fit and be a strong swimmer. Commecial divers also need to work well with others as most of the work will be part of a team effort and understand things such surface supplied diving, physics, decompression, underwater tools, anatomy, and dive medicine.

Recommended Courses:

National Certificate in Diving (Foundation) - Learn to dive and start participating in the adventure based diving activities such as deep, boat, night, underwater navigation, search & recovery, wreck and then progress through to Rescue Diver. With 40 logged scuba dives under your belt you will have the confidence and skills to progress to a commercial course environment.

National Certificate in Diving (Leadership) - Fine tune your diving skills and the theory behind diving. Learn about dive physics, physiology, decompression theory and equipment. Having a good understanding of dive theory will allow you to fully concentrate on the new skills required for commercial training.

Industry Opportunities:

Salmon and other fish farming businesses, oil rig operators, aquariums and marine science research institutes, commercial diving contractors, underwater photographic and nature film studios, ship-building, repair and salvage firms.

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