PADI Instructor Course

Live a life more extraordinary

Become a PADI Dive Instructor!
Choose the most recognised dive certification agency in the world - PADI and New Zealand's largest dive training group - Dive HQ. Enroll in one of the most comprehensive dive professional training programmes in New Zealand.

A PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is able to teach PADI's core training courses from Open Water Diver up to PADI Divemaster level. Although the primary role of an Instructor is to teach you may also have responsibilities with guiding certified divers and in retail, advising on courses, trips and equipment.

Our courses will not just enable you to gain your certification but also teach you the skills required to gain employment in the dive industry worldwide. Our staff have years of experience in the industry, have worked around the world and understand the various roles of Instructors within the wider dive industry.

If you are a people-person and you like to teach, then this is the role for you.

Why Learn With Dive HQ Wellington?
Our staff definitely make the difference - we love diving and we have the skills, knowledge and experience between us to ensure you get the most out of your training. Our primary role is to prepare you to share your love of diving as you guide divers and teach a range of courses here in New Zealand and around the world.

Claire has 20+ years in the industry and has been awarded Gold Status as a PADI Course Director for her work in Instructor Development. Paddy is a PADI Master Instructor, keen free diver and technician.

After successful completion of your IDC we will provide you with opportunities to gain the teaching experience required for your PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating by team teaching with our experienced instructors.
Free Specialty Instructor Training for Oxygen Provider & DSMB Instructor Ratings
Join a Dive HQ Wellington Club Trip and receive free training for 3 extra Specialty Instructor Ratings to meet the requirements for your MSDT rating.  

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Programme Overview
The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You'll be able to organise and present information, conduct skill sessions and control open water dives. 

Key topics include:

PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
Risk Management and Diver Safety
The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

Entry Requirements
Dive Master Certification
18 years old 
A minimum of 80 dives is required to enroll
RSTC Medical Certificate signed by a doctor
Current first aid certificate
First Aid Instructor Certification is required prior to PADI issuing you your PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor rating.

“Go for it, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!”

Ben Brodie PADI Instructor

Now imagine yourself swimming alongside one of the largest fish in the sea, finding a sunken ship wreck or just seeing the joy on people’s faces when you introduce them to the underwater world. This could be you!