Open Water Dive Course – Learn to Dive in Wellington


HOW OUR COURSE WORKS : our objectives are

* to train in small groups,

* train beyond the minimum standard

* provide this training at a reasonable cost.


Step 1: What you need to do prior to the course

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Email us ( and we will send you four documents including a medical, course dates and a program. On return of these plus a successful medical      (self completed) we ask for a $200 deposit.  You then enroll on the eLearning program for the course academics. This must be completed before course start date. Courses run at least once a month right through the year.

We provide all the equipment you need as part of the course cost. If you want to buy after the course, we will give you a special rate as our students. Or you can hire our gear if you prefer.


Step 2: Learn the key dive skills in a deep pool:

island bay dive training scuba diving course wellington We use the Kilbernie Aquatic Centre’s 5 m diving pool – the largest & deepest diving pool in Wellington. The pool measures 25x 16 x 5m and is heated to 26 degrees C. The pool training is run over a week for four evenings of a couple of hours each.

All the skills you need for Open Water level qualification are taught in the pool. Please note, you need to be able to swim 200m as a prerequisite for our course, any swim style, non stop, no time limit..


Step 3: Apply the skills you have learned in the sea.

island bay dive training scuba diving course wellingtonFor your international ticket you are required to complete four sea dives under Instructor supervision. Dives normally take one hour and we do two dives a day. The required sea dives are completed on two consecutive Sundays (9am to 3:30pm).

This means the whole course takes a week plus another Sunday. At this point you are an international certified scuba diver with a lifetime qualification recognised world wide..


Step 4: Maximise your dive confidence, independence and local knowledge ( an optional, extra step).

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Although you are now a certified diver we recommend you take this final step. It’s free – we will provide all the equipment for you to do the optional extra eight dives – on Saturday mornings at 9am. This will mean your total Open Water training is 60 hours with 12 sea dive, plus time spent on your e-learning.

These eight dives must be completed within 8 weeks of finishing your course.  Instructors or Divemasters choose the best site for the day. You will be given a full dive briefing at the site before you begin your dive.


You will meet more people interested in diving and you will add another eight dive sites to your local knowledge.

It’s a unique dive course ( more dives & more Open water level training than any other course in NZ) – why not check it out?

Contact Island Bay Divers for more information or to book your dive course

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