Dive Training & Dive Courses in Wellington

Snorkeling Course

dive training and courses in wellington with island bay diversThis is a snorkeling course suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by parents) which teaches the basic skills required to confidently enjoy snorkeling.

The course is in two sections:

  • Section 1: a video, and lecture session, which will cover the academic aspects of equipment, physiology & correct diving practices. Then  a pool session in a deep (5m) heated pool at the Kilbernie aquatic Centre. ; course cost is $100, if you require hire gear this is an extra $27. This module takes about 3 hours.
  • Section 2: a sea session practicing the exercises learnt in the pool. If you want, we’ll show you where the paua and crayfish are and how to catch them.  Includes a session on fisheries regulations and first aid for injuries from marine life.  Tuition $50, hire gear plus suits, belt and gloves can be hired for an extra $50. This module takes about three hours.

Minimum numbers apply – four students required. All candidates need to be able to swim 200 m.

If you want to purchase your own equipment before the course rather than hire you should ring the shop & book a time for a fitting.

Section 1 is mandatory,  and section 2 is optional but recommended.

Beginner snorkelers/ freedivers/ spearos  welcome on club dives every Wednesday afternoon.

Contact us now to book a Snorkeling Course


Open Water Course (Learn to Dive)

dive training and courses in wellington with island bay diversPADI certification $559.00 (includes all materials & equipment required)

The first step is for you to return your self questionnaire dive medical form. These are  available from the shop or via email – ibdivers.co.nz.

Once we have checked that you are fit for diving we will enroll you on the PADI e-learning  for completion of the academics section of the course. Completion should be before course commencement. Please note that PADI will no issue a refund if you do  not complete this part of the course.

Pay us a $100 deposit to enroll on the course. This is fully refundable up to two weeks from the start of the course.

Complete the pool dives. These are run  four evenings over a week and are a couple of hours each session.

Complete the four sea dives required. These are run over two Sundays. On the final day there is a short multi choice exam based on the e-learning program. On passing this you will be an scuba diver with a lifetime international certification and your card will be processed before you leave that day.

You can then do an extra eight sea dives with us on club dives with all gear provided. This is not a requirement of your PADI certification but a optional extra we offer to our students to ensure they are very competant & confident scuba divers.  See the ‘more OW information’ link just below


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Click here for more information about the Open Water course


Refresher Course

dive training and courses in wellington with island bay diversIf you haven’t dived for the last 6 months, many training agencies recommend that you do a refresher course. Changing technology and new techniques require training updates. If you learned in the tropics and you are diving in temperate waters for the first time a refresher may be a good idea, as well.

If you want to complete a refresher we offer the following :
DVD media based theory sessions backed up with shop staff support if required
4  pool sessions
4 sea dives
If you wish you can resit the exam (but this is not a requirement).
You choose which sessions you wish to attend.

As you already have the textbook & a logbook these are not part of the course.

Cost is $195.00 . Plus an extra for gear hire if you require wetsuit, weight belt & scuba gear, mask, snorkel & fins. You must show your open water certification before enrolling.

Contact us to book your refresher course now

Freediving Course.

Contact the shop for information. We recommend the Lazy Seals course.

Entry level Spearfishing Course.

This is a two day  course run on demand. The course has an academic sessions – videos/ lecture on fish species, the environment, hunting techniques and specialist equipment, plus pool session to evaluate equipment, safety techniques and equalization procedures and sea dives. Contact the shop for a program

The cost of the course is $450.


Continuing Education

dive training and courses in wellington with island bay diversOnce you have completed your Openwater qualifications our instructors can certify you to more advanced qualifications. Some of the courses available:

  • Advanced Diver http://www.ibdivers.co.nz/dive-training/advanced-diver-course/
  • Rescue Diver  http://www.ibdivers.co.nz/dive-training/rescue-diver-course/
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Drysuit Diver
  • Nitrox Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Wreck Diver
  • Hunter Collector
  • Underwater Photographer
  • Search & Recovery
  • Boatmaster
  • VHF Radio Licence
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Boatmaster
  • Small Dive Boat Skipper
  • Diver First Aid
  • Boat Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Altitude Diving

N.B. Minimum numbers apply for courses.

Course details
dive training and courses in wellington with island bay diversThe core courses are Advanced and Rescue Diver (their programmes are highlighted). For the other courses outlined, proposed dates and course costs are available by contacting us via phone or email. On successful completion of the courses curriculum you will receive a qualification card. The card will be accepted internationally and will be issued by either NAUI, PADI or CMAS.


Contact us to discuss continuing education

Dive Agencies

scuba diving courses padi wellington new zealandThe Professional Association of Diving Instructors was created in 1966 in America. PADI is now the world’s largest diver training agency. The association has also developed a complete curriculum to train divers from beginner levels to professional, supported by a huge variety of high standard educational materials.

The association emphasises the self study of divers, and their instructors are taught to interact minimally with their students on knowledge development.
Visit PADI’s website

scuba diving courses naui wellington new zealandThe National Association of Underwater Instructors. Founded in 1960 in the United States, NAUI organized the first ever non-military instructor course in America. It is the second biggest training agency in the world

This association is a non-profit association and provides arguably the highest standard of recreational diver & leadership training, greater academic freedom for its instructors, as well as high quality books and educational materials. NAUI training features more dives and more rescue training than any other association for all levels of certification. The association is best summarized by its long recognized mottos: “Dive Safety Through Education” and “the Quality Difference”.

For these reasons NAUI is NASA’s choice for training the astronauts in their EVAs simulation in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas.
Visit NAUI’s website

scuba diving courses cmas wellington new zealandConfederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques or the World Underwater Federation was created in the mid-50’s by well known Jacques Cousteau and early diving enthusiasts in Europe.

This association represents the affiliated underwater federations of any of its country members. Scuba diving is one among other activities such as free diving, u/w photography, fin swimming, u/w hunting, and u/w navigation, u/w hockey which are organized yearly into regional and world championships by local federations. To respond to more international demand and in the wake of unifying the standards of practice of the scuba diving federations, the association created its own courses curriculum with international recognition.
Visit CMAS’s website