National Certificate in Diving | Instruction


Take the final step to becoming a PADI Dive Instructor. Our Instructor Development Course and Specialty Instructor Training is run over 12 Weeks giving you plenty of time to set yourself up for a great career in the dive industry.


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Exit Dive Qualification:

  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor + 5 Specialty Ratings 


  • 12 Weeks Full-Time
  • TBC (Part-Time)

Prerequisite Certifications:

  • National Certificate in Diving (Leadership) or equivalent experience
  • First Aid Instructor Certification

Entry Requirements:

  • 18 Years of Age
  • RSTC Medical

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National Certificate in Diving | Instruction

  • Programme includes

    Studnet Loan-10

    NZQA Approved

    Approved programme for Student Loans and Allowances


    Worldwide Certification

    The world’s largest scuba diving training agency


    Expert Tuition

    Study at NZ’s Premier diver training facility. We are a PADI 5 STAR Instructor Development Centre


    Two Intakes

    Start your Full-Time training in either March, September or in Summer School


    Boat Training

    We have a dedicated dive boat that you will dive from during your studies


    Equipment Packages

    We put together equipment packages with special prices just for our students


    Indoor Heated Pool

    Unlimited use of our indoor heated pool once certified during your studies


    40 Training Dives

    Log a minimum of 40 dives throughout your programme



    Transport to and from dive sites and any off site training locations is provided 



    The National Certificate in Diving Instruction Programme is your final step towards becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. It is here that you’ll make lifelong friendships. It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you. Watch divers take their very first breaths on Scuba and pass on your enthusiasm and knowledge. Most Instructors say this is their favourite part of being a Dive Instructor.

    The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) programme is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor programme. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

    After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programmes from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You will then go on to completing a PADI Specialty Instructor Course with a PADI Course Director. You can obtain work in more than 180 Countries and Territories worldwide.

  • Career Opportunities

    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.

    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.

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  • Prerequisite Certifications



    National Certificate in Diving - Leadership 
    Students with a National Certificate in Diving - Leadership meet all the certification requirements for entry into this programme.

    PADI Divemaster with equivalent knowledge and skills
    Students without a National Certificate in Diving - Leadership can apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Students who may be eligible for a RPL, or are interested in applying for RPL, should talk to the Course Director about what is required. Applications for RPL will only be accepted if made prior to commencement of study. 

    First Aid Instructor Certificate 
    To be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you also need to be certified as a First Aid Instructor. If you do not hold this certification, we can provide this training for you. 

  • Testimonials

    Chris Brooks | Commercial Diver | Graduated 2011 

    How did your Dive Otago training prepare you for your dive career? 

    "The Dive Master training at Dive Otago has helped me a great deal with my commercial diving career. It has provided me with confidence in many different situations, especially working in tight places underwater and in zero visibility. It taught me to trust my gear and provided me with the skills to look after it properly so in turn it looks after you. 

    The team building side of my Divemaster training has been invaluable in the commercial diving industry. A huge amount of trust is necessary in this industry and completing a dive job requires every team member to work together. You need to trust your whole team from your colleagues on the surface who look after your breathing gas and the power for the underwater tools, to the person driving the crane that gets you in and out of the water and even the person that gets you a warm drink after a long dive. 

    The communication skills that I learnt during my time at Dive Otago have also been invaluable. Even in good underwater conditions, it can be really hard to provide updates to the team on the surface. I learnt from my Dive Master training to stay calm and talk to slowly and clearly because miscommunication with the surface could result in an injury to myself or my work mates." 

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  • Documents

    50120 UK

    Career Programmes Frequently Asked Questions 
    International Students
    Studying in Dunedin
    Career Opportunities
    Dunedin Dive Sites
    Graduate Stories and Testimonials
    About Dive Otago


More Resources

  • Study-Dunedin

    Study in the Student Capital of New Zealand!

    This city is set up for students. With a large proportion of the population under 25, Dunedin offers everything a student needs and its natural features include everything an adventurous student wants...

    - Cheap rent
    - Easy to get around
    - Great nightlife
    - Some of the best surf in New Zealand
    - Close to NZ's best ski fields

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    Dunedin dive sites offer a huge variety for all experience levels

    Explore our interactive map of the area, download info sheets and advice about diving in and around Otago. Explore our interactive map of the area, download info sheets and advice about diving in and around Otago.

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  • Graduate-Stories

    Chris Garroway - Dive Instructor

    "I've dived with Manta Rays nearly every day for the past 2 and a half years. In over 1200 dives I've seen Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads, hundreds of turtles and many other amazing marine creatures. Last year I dived the President Coolidge in Vanuatu, getting down to 60m in the process. All this was made possible by the dedicated crew at Dive Otago who opened the door to our underwater world, and a life less ordinary. Thank you so much."

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  • Compare-Courses

    Compare our Courses

    Choosing the right course is an important concideration. Please think carefully about where you want to go with your diving career and the best path to get you there.

    Have a good think about:

    - What career goals do you have?
    - What is your availability?
    - What skills are important for you to learn?
    - What is your current experience level?

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    About Dive Otago

    Dive Otago is a Dive Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand. Find out more about what we do and who we are.

    In 2013 Dive Otago became New Zealand's first and only PADI 5 STAR Career Development Centre.

    In 2012 Dive Otago was the recipient of an award from PADI in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Instructor Development.

    In 2012 Dive Otago Owner and Course Director Dave Watson received an award in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry.

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Dive Otago is an audited and approved sub-contractor of Academy of Diving Trust