Career Programmes

Dive Professionals are needed all over the world! Start your career at New Zealand's only PADI Career Development Centre in New Zealand's favourite student city.


Scuba Diving Career Programmes - Student Loan Approved

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Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

Beginner to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor  1 Year full-time

The Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction is designed to train and prepare students for a career in the dive industry. Designed by industry experts, the Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction prepares students to enter the dive industry with the highest level of training and qualifications needed to be employed in New Zealand and abroad.

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National Certificate in Diving - Foundation

Beginner to Rescue Diver  pART OR FULL-TIME 

The National Certificate In Diving (Foundation) programme is an awesome way to learn to dive and gain confidence as a recreational diver, practise skills to assist other divers and it can also be your first step towards a career in scuba diving.

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National Certificate in Diving - Leadership

PADI Rescue Diver to Divemaster PART OR FULL TIME

The National Certificate in Diving (Leadership) will fine tune your diving skills whilst introducing you to 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.

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Dive Students   

National Certificate in Diving - Instruction

PADI Instuctor Development Course PART OR FULL TIME

The National Certificate in Diving (Instruction) is your final step towards becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. It is here you’ll make life long 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

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  • 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.

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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.

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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...."

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  • Compare-Courses

    Compare our Courses

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


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    Dive Otago

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

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