HOW OUR COURSE WORKS
Before you enroll we will send you a medical form which you complete yourself & return to us; if you have a medical pre – condition we will send you another form which you need to take to your GP.
Please note, you need to be able to swim (any style) 200m as a prerequisite for our course.
Step 1: Complete the academic sessions.
To enable you to score at least 75% in the International multi choice exam. Our students normally achieve a score of at least 90% in this exam.
The theory requirement is completed in your own time by e-learning – either PC or tablet based. This must be completed before commencing the course. The E-learning module is your text book which you hold forever. These come in a variety of languages.
Step 2: Learn the key dive skills in a deep pool:
at a pool depth that is 25% of the maximum depth you will be certified to dive to. This is necessary to ensure you are fully prepared for the sea dives later in the course. We use the Kilbernie Aquatic Centre’s diving pool – the largest & deepest diving pool in Wellington. The pool measures 25x 16 x 5m and is heated to 26 degrees C. Even so we recommended that you bring at least one polyprop t shirt to wear in the water.
Steps 1 & 2 take one week to complete.
Step 3: Apply the skills you have learned in the sea.
For your international ticket you are required to complete four sea dives under Instructor supervision. Dives normally take one hour and these are completed on two consecutive Sundays (9am to 3:30pm). This means the whole course is completed in two weeks. At this point you are an international certified scuba diver with a lifetime international qualification.
Step 4: Maximise your dive confidence, independence and local knowledge.
Although you are now a certified diver we recommend you take this final step. It’s free, and it is important if you are to maximise your diving knowledge and training.
We will provide all the equipment for you to do an extra eight dives (giving you a total of 12 sea dives) by joining the club’s dives on Saturday morning at 9am and (during NZDST) Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm. Instructors or Divemasters choose the best site for the day. You will be given a full dive briefing at the site before everyone begins their dives. Thursday dives are master diver dives teaching you techniques such as searches & light salvage, navigation, rescue, buoyancy skills etc.
You can choose your dive partner or we can arrange an experienced buddy for you. You can dive with the instructor if you want, but the aim is to get you into a more realistic scenario of diving without an instructor guiding your whole dive. We want you to develop independence and confidence in making dive decisions, so you become a proficient and independent diver. If you have achieved this confidence and proficiency at the end of your course, we have completed our training objective.
The Saturday dives focus on you organising your dives plus (if this is your interest) techniques on how to catch crayfish & scallops. On the way you’ll also find out where paua live. NB crayfish & scallops can be harvested on scuba but paua can only be taken on snorkel without scuba. We’ll try to take you to a different site each week (weather permitting). Some of these dives will be by 4WD. So if you have a 4WD bring it along & we’ll show you some good places off road & some amazing scenery only 30 minutes from the CBD.
These additional club dives are free. You will meet more people interested in diving. You will add another eight dive sites to your local knowledge. All we ask( if you take the optional extra dives is that these are completed within four weeks of you finishing stage 3 in summer (Saturday mornings /Wednesday evenings) or eight weeks in winter (Saturday mornings). This will means your total training is 60 hours with a maximum of 12 sea dive, plus time spent on your e-learning.
Remember you don’t have to do this stage – only 1, 2 and 3 are required for your certification.
It’s a unique dive course ( more dives & more Open water level training than any other course in NZ) – why not check it out?