STAR Courses

In our Star Dive Courses, students will gain NZQA Unit Standards while also studying towards a PADI Dive Certification! These courses give students a taster of our Tertiary Career Programmes as well as teaching a wide range of other life skills including responsibility, teamwork, physiology, physics, ecology, navigation, boating and marine biology.


PADI Open Water Diver (STAR)

  • Introduction


    A one week course is designed to introduce secondary school students to the world of diving. The PADI Open Water Dive Course is the entry level qualification required to dive independently of an instructor to a depth of 18m.

    During the course students will learn the theory behind what happens to their bodies while underwater, how scuba equipment works and how to plan dives safely. They will do this using PADI's interactive online learning tool as well as through practical application. 

    They will practise dive skills in our heated indoor pool. Once they are ready, we will take them to the ocean for four scuba dives over two days. In the ocean they will demonstrate skills they have learnt in the pool and then go for a guided dive with our instructors.

    The STAR PADI Open Water Course gives students a taster of both our Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction and National Certificate in Diving Foundation Course.

    Next School Holiday Course Starts:

    Jul
    10

    10th July 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm



    Next Public Course Starts:

    Jul
    7

    07th July 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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    STAR Fees: 

    • $475 +GST per student

    Duration: 

    • 12-15 hours theory online
    • 5 days onsite practical training

    Entry Requirements:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Print an Information Sheet

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  • Course Content



    Knowledge DevelopmentelearningLogo

    eLearning – 12 - 15 hours of independent online study prior to the course in our digital classroom. You will be presented with videos and slides to teach you what you need to know before moving on to the practical stuff.

    Unit Standards

    We will complete 2 Unit Standards during your course. Unit Standards 4384 and 4403

    Confinded Water Dives (Pool)

    Two days practicing in our heated dive pool. We will practise and complete all the skills you will use in the ocean under the guidance of one of our experienced instructors. Leaning is fun and at your own pace.

    Open Water Dives (Ocean)

    Now for the real fun and excitement! 4 ocean Dives over 2 days at one of our amazing training sites. Aramoana has shipwrecks and beautiful kelp forrests and is an easy site for all abilites. Whellers Rock on the other side of the harbour is complete with sponges, fish life and the very rare New Zealand Hooker Sea Lions. (See our Marine Life and Dive Sites)

  • Equipment Requirements



    As a minimum when you start your course, you will want your own mask, fins and snorkel, boots, gloves and a knife. While we can provide these items FREE of charge for you course, these items do have a very personal fit and you will be more comfortable in your own equipment. 

    For the duration of the course we provide all of the equipment you need but you can of course choose to provide your own and it is much better to learn in equipment you intend to use as a diver. 

    Dive Otago has a wide range of scuba equipment for sale and your instructor can help choose the best gear for your diving needs. We will give you expert advice and help you make sensible, informed choices. We can put together tailored packages to suit your individual diving needs and budget. 

    Recommended To Own

    - Gloves and boots
    - Dive knife
    - Wetsuit or Dry suit 
    - Mask, Snorkel and Fins
    - Torch 
    - Underwater slate and pencil 
    - Safety sausage 
    - Whistle

     
  • Schedule


    Option 1 - Holiday Programme 

    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday

    8:30am - 5:00pm 
    8:30am - 5:00pm 
    8:30am - 5:00pm 
    8:30am - 5:00pm 
    8:30am - 5:00pm 

    Theory Quiz & Confined Water 1
    Confined Water 2 and 3
    Confined Water 4 and 5
    Open Water 1 and 2
    Open Water 3 and 4

    Option 2 - Regular Course (Weekends)

    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    Theory Quiz & Confinded Water 1
    Confined Water 2 and 3
    Confined Water 4 and 5
    Open Water 1 and 2
    Open Water 3 and 4

    Option 3 - Regular Course (1 Week)

    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    6:00pm - 9:00pm 
    6:00pm - 9:00pm 
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    6:00pm - 9:00pm 
    8:30am - 5:00pm 
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    Theory Quiz & Confinded Water 1
    Confined Water 2 and 3
    Confined Water 4 and 5
    Confined Water 5
    Open Water 1 and 2
    Open Water 3 and 4










    Check out our STAR Calender to see when our next course starts. 

    Please note this is only a guide and may slightly change due to weather or class size.

  • Get Ready



    All of these thing must be completed prior to your course. If you have any questions please call us on 0800 DIVE OTAGO or 03 4664370

    Get Your Paperwork Sorted

    Information Sheet (Please Read)

    Get Your Medical Sorted

    Important Information on Diving Medicals 

    RSTC Medical Questionnaire

    eLearning

    Register your eLearning Pass (Issued once you have booked)

    eLearning Login


    Notes

    Please read and sign these forms and bring to the first day of your course. If you are under 18, please get a parent or caregiver to co-sign each document.

    For Teachers

    School Programme Brochure (Read online)
    Online Booking Form
    Memorandums of Understanding and Agreement

 

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5 Pool Dives

Onsite indoor heated dive pool.

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4 Ocean Dives

Explore shipwrecks or spy a seahorse!

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Equipment

All equipment is expertly maintained

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Unit Standards

11 Credits (Level 3)

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PADI Certified

Get a Worldwide Certification

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Transport

Transport to and from the dive sites 



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Testimonial

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Dive Otago provides our students with an extraordinary opportunity. Our young students all return to school positive and excited about the experience they have had. The photographs that come back with the students are enlightening and we use them in our school newsletter or the community newspaper. The staff are very helpful and understanding with any enrolment problems that arise, making the enrolment process easy.

 
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Helen-May Burgess
Gateway/ STAR Coordinator
The Catlins Area School

 


 PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (STAR)

  • Introduction


    Gain confidence and experience. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course will increase student’s confidence and develop their scuba skills so they can become even more comfortable in the water.
    This course builds on what they’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing them to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

    Students will complete the following dives as part of this course: Boat, Deep, Underwater Navigation, Underwater Naturalist, and Wreck or Peak Performance Buoyancy.

    The STAR PADI Open Water Course gives studnets a taster of both our Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction and National Certificate in Diving Foundation Course.

    Next Public Course Starts:

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    STAR Fees: 

    • $375 ex GST
    • $350 ex GST Per person when booking 5 or more students.

    Duration: 

    • 6-8 hours theory online
    • 2 days onsite practical training

    Entry Requirements:

    Book Now

  • Course Content


    Knowledge DevelopmentelearningLogo

    eLearning – 6 - 8 hours of independent online study prior to the course in our digital classroom. You will be presented with videos and slides to teach you all you need to know before moving on to the practical stuff.

    Unit Standards

    We will complete 2 Unit Standards during your course. These will include Units 4385, 4402 and 4400.

    Shore Dives

    Saturday 8:30am 5:00pm

    • Navigation Dive
    • Naturalist Dive
    • Wreck or Peak Performace Buoyency (Depending on the dive site)

    Boat Dives

    Sunday 8:30am 5:00pm

    • Boat Dive
    • Deep Dive


    Please note this is only a guide and may slightly change due to weather or class size. If your course is a STAR course, group course or private course your timetable may be different from the options above.

  • Equipment Requirements



    As a minimum when you start your course, you will want your own mask, fins and snorkel, boots, gloves and a knife. While we can provide these items FREE of charge for you course, these items do have a very personal fit and you will be more comfortable in your own equipment. 

    For the duration of the course we provide all of the equipment you need but you can of course choose to provide your own and it is much better to learn in equipment you intend to use as a diver. 

    Dive Otago has a wide range of scuba equipment for sale and your instructor can help choose the best gear for your diving needs. We will give you expert advice and help you make sensible, informed choices. We can put together tailored packages to suit your individual diving needs and budget. 

    Recommended To Own

    - Gloves and boots
    - Dive knife
    - Scuba Equipment 
    - Wetsuit or Dry suit 
    - Mask, Snorkel and Fins
    - Torch 
    - Underwater slate and pencil 
    - Safety sausage 
    - Whistle

     
 

 

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2 Boat Dives

Complete 2 dives of our Boat, Seahorse! 

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3 Ocean Dives

Explore shipwrecks or spy a seahorse.

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Equipment

All equipment is expertly maintained

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Unit Standards

11 Credits (Level 3)

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PADI Certified

Get a Worldwide Certification

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Transport

Transport to and from the dive sites 

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