As a PADI Five Star Dive Center, we provide the full range of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) scuba diving education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while encouraging aquatic environmental responsibility.
All PADI courses are catered for and customized to suit your needs. Day or evening classes are held depending on your preference.
All classes are conducted with no more than six students per course. This enables our instructors to provide a more personalized diving experience. One-on-one instruction will be provided upon request.
We pride ourselves that all our students complete our courses as fully competent students. Over the years we have found that some students require a little more class time or pool time or even sea time. Within reason this is not a problem and this extra tuition will be given free of charge to ensure you complete your course as a confident and knowledgeable diver. You will not be signed off until your instructor is fully comfortable with your ability.
Foreign Language materials are available for most PADI courses. So, if English is not your first language then please ask our staff for the manual of your choice.
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NOTE: prices quoted here are in NZD and include GST
PADI Freediver Course: $525
Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you.
This course is targeted towards anyone and everyone snorkeling in New Zealand waters from novice to experienced, amateur spear fisherman to commercial paua or kina divers.
Shallow water blackout and drowning is an increasing problem to untrained snorkelers and spear fisherman in New Zealand. Completing the PADI Freediver course will give you experience in shallow water blackout, revival in water resuscitation and allow you to learn about your body's own personal urges to breath and what they mean to you.
Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.
No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.
Open Water Diver
PADI Open Water Diver Course: $750
If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.
Learn to dive in the beautiful sheltered bays of the inner Queen Charlotte sounds. Your training dive sites can include fish reserves, ship wrecks and reefs. Learning to dive in this environment will give you the confidence to continue diving in temperate and tropical waters all around the world.
Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.
No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
Scuba Gear Needed
buoyancy control device (BCD)
ADV Open Water Diver
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course: $750
You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification.
The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.
One of the dives you can choose is diving against debris and take part in cleaning up our delicate Marlborough sounds under water environment - this is a very rewarding and satisfying skill that you can include into all your future dives.
You learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.
During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.
completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive
have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months
Scuba Gear Needed
buoyancy control device (BCD)
SCUBA Refresher Session: $90 or $150
Are you a certified diver but you haven’t been diving for some time?
Then before you jump back into the ocean, we strongly urge you to partake in one of our Scuba Review pool sessions. This course is designed for you to refresh your diving skills and to give you more confidence to undertake an ocean dive.
Do you have staff or employees that scuba dive in the work place?
Are you interested in gaining employment within the Aquaculture industry?
Marlborough has a large aquaculture industry and scuba divers working within it must have a certificate of competency from Work Safe to legally dive in the work place. This course has been designed to meet this need.