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Careers in diving

Become a PADI instructor and stride into a fantastic new career.

Gain the option to travel internationally with recognised qualifications, or work here in New Zealand.

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The Academy of Diving Trust offers a range of career qualifications and pathway programmes on a full and part-time basis, allowing you the flexibility to make your passion your profession.

With the Academy you will make friends for life, gain internationally recognised qualifications and have the time of your life doing it.

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Make friends for life

Academy of Diving Trust is registered and accredited as a multi-site Private Training Establishment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Academy of Diving Trust is accredited to provide education and training in an exciting range of subject areas: scuba diving, first aid, outdoor education, retail, adult education and snow sport technical skills. The Academy was first registered by NZQA in 1991 and is the oldest registered tertiary dive provider.

The Academy’s tertiary programmes are Student Loan approved to NZ citizens and residents, and international students are catered for. The Academy’s tertiary programmes are strategically relevant and approved for funding by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

Our learning environment combines academic learning with lots of discussion and practical application of skills.