Marine Academy

The Marine Academy course provides both Y12 and Y13 students with the knowledge and skills required to safely enjoy scuba diving.

Experienced professional dive instructors located at Dive Zone, Whitianga, provide all necessary equipment and training. Students follow the widely recognised PADI system of diver education gaining both PADI certification and NCEA credits. Diving theory will take place in the classroom using a variety of teaching resources including textbooks, DVD and PowerPoint presentations. Practical work begins in the swimming pool and progresses to shore dives quickly followed by boat dives. A range of experiences including a dive expedition and specialised diving techniques are available as students gain confidence and advance their skills. Through progressive training students will follow courses on night diving, deep diving and rescue diving. There will also be opportunities to learn about the marine environment as students identify fish species and carry out basic underwater research tasks using still and video cameras.

Career Opportunities & General Life Skills

PADI Instructor, Commercial Diver (e.g. Aquaculture Diver) and an appropriate background for marine biology, eco-tourism and the fisheries industry. Students will develop respect and trust in others and will learn to work collaboratively and safely in a marine environment. Students will also be expected to take on responsibility and meet the challenges of learning new technical skills.

Year 1 Marine Academy NCEA Level 3/4

This programme is open to both Y12 and Y13 students who have little or no diving experience. Prerequisite: A satisfactory pre-dive training medical to be completed by your GP. Recommendation by your Dean. Recoveries: $2500.00 New Zealand resident/$4500 Non-resident. PADI qualifications include:

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Year 2 Marine Academy NCEA Level 3/4

This programme is open to Y13 students who have successfully completed Year 1 of the Marine Academy. Alternatively, Y12 and Y13 students who have not completed Year 1 but who already hold the PADI Advanced Open Water certificate and have logged at least 10 dives will also be considered following interview. Prerequisite: As Year 2 is a more demanding course students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of fitness for performing diver rescues and will have also shown commitment, responsibility and aptitude to further advance their knowledge and skills.

Co-requisite: Y13 students who wish to take Marine Academy at either Year 1 or Year 2 must gain approval from both his/her dean and the school principal. Some students choose not to follow the programme for a full academic year and may gain a PADI qualification with associated NZQA credits in one or two terms only. This option reduces the cost. Speak to Mr Smith for further details. Recoveries: $2500.00 New Zealand resident/$4500 Non-resident. PADI qualifications include:

  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver

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