Recreational

Snorkeling

The SSI Snorkeling program may be your first step in becoming a freediver or even a scuba diver. Most people enjoy it so much, that they enroll in a complete beginner training program afterwards. Through the SSI Freediving Level 1 or SSI Open Water Diver program you can complete your training and get credit for what you have already accomplished in your Snorkeling program, so you do not have to do things twice.

Minimum Age: 0
Certification Prerequisites: None
Academic Sessions: Optional
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Optional
Open Water Dives: Optional
Maximum Training Depth: 6 meters / 20 feet
Suggested Duration: None suggested
Try Scuba

The SSI Try Scuba or Try Scuba Diving program is your introduction to the underwater world. This entry-level program gives you the opportunity to experience the underwater world, in either a confined water or open water setting, without committing to a longer certification program. You will earn the SSI Try Scuba or SSI Try Scuba Diving recognition rating.

 

 

 Minimum Age: 8/10
Certification Prerequisites: None
Academic Sessions: Try Scuba Pool/ Try Scuba Diving
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 1/0
Open Water Dives: 0/1
Maximum Training Depth: 5m/15 ft / 12m/40 ft
Suggested Duration: None

 

Are you in love with the sea? Are you interested in experiencing the enchantment of the sea using only your fin kicks and a single breath? Then let SSI introduce you to the captivating wonder that only comes with FREEDIVING. From clear freshwater lakes to warm tropical oceans, SSI Freediving offers something for everyone.
Immerse yourself into a personal challenge, be suspended in exhilarating action, or settle into the calm and peaceful rhythms of the ocean. Whichever experience you seek, SSI will prepare you for the "Ultimate Freediving Experience"!
Open Water Diver

Why choose NZ Dive school to start your Underwater Adventure?

  • Professional & fun dive team
  • Max 6 students per instructor
  • High quality SCUBA equipment for training
  • Neutral buoyancy training, no kneeling on the bottom nonsense
  • We offer all of our students a discount on all dive equipment bought from us before and after your course

 Course schedule 

  • Home study online study before your course 
  • Friday: Pool session 
  • Saturday: 2 Open water dives 
  • Sunday: 2 open water dives 

What to expect once you book your course

  • Once registered we will send your SSI online training with everything you need to know 
  • It is important that you complete the medical questionnaire if any Yes is marked you must be signed off by a medical physician stating your are fit to dive.
  • Leave yourself enough time to complete the SSI online training prior to the course start date.
  • Have your mask, snorkel, and fins in good working condition for the course we have options to hire these items (contact us) or we offer discounted packages here:
  • And of course if you have any questions then we are only a phone call or email away and always happy to help.  
Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: None
Academic Sessions: Online Program
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 6
Open Water Dives: 4
Maximum Training Depth: 18 meters / 60 feet (age 15+)
Suggested Duration: 16 - 32 hours

 

A Scuba Skills Update provides you with the opportunity to review and practice necessary scuba skills that you learned in your original Open Water Diver program under the guidance of an SSI Dive Professional. The Scuba Skills Update is often a required for continuing your diving training after a long period of time away from the sport. You will be issued an SSI Scuba Skills Update recognition cardYou will earn.

Wreck Diving

Where the past meets the present, experience the rush of excitement that few other dives can duplicate, the challenge of discovering, exploring and entering wrecks is something few divers can resist.

 

 

 

Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: Online training
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 1 Optional
Open Water Dives: 2
Maximum Training Depth: Varies with age
Suggested Duration: 6 - 10 hours
 

 

Sidemount

Divers jumping into the water with no cylinder on their back can be found in images of vacationing divers, as well as in scientific journals.

As is the norm in wreck and cave diving, sidemount equipment configuration is now being discovered by more and more divers. The simple, pleasant and weightless dive without the burden of the diving equipment to weigh down on the back - who wouldn't want to experience this?

To make these kind of dives safely, it requires special training. Unfortunately, these dives are often carried out without the necessary preparation and knowledge, which often leads to a safety risk. Therefore, it is necessary to have the knowledge, skills and training to make Recreational Side Mount dives safely. You will learn everything about the background, history, benefits and equipment of sidemount diving. In practice, you will learn how to configure your equipment and manage it in the water, recognizing that buoyancy and movement brings you a new diving experience.

An SSI Recreational Sidemount course is made up of short academic sessions, with practice in the water to ensure comfort and safety with this new equipment configuration. With the proper training, you can enjoy recreational sidemount diving anytime.

Perfect Buoyancy

It's what separates great divers from good divers, extend your bottom time, interact longer with marine life, spend longer exploring the underwater world, prolong the life of your dive gear.

 

 

Minimum Age 10
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: Online Learning
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 1+
Open Water Dives: Optional
Maximum Training Depth: Optional
Suggested Duration: 6 - 10 hours

 

 

Advanced Adventurer

If you want to increase your confidence, explore more of the underwater world and develop more of your scuba diving capabilities then this is the course for you. Most people assume that the Advanced adventurer course is for 'advanced' divers and that they need vast amounts of dive experience to take part. In essence this course is aimed at the not just the experienced diver but also at the new diver.

This course is designed to maximize your in-water learning (there's no classroom learning or exams), and it's a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of one of our experienced instructors, so that by the time you have finished the course you will be a better and safer diver. You will be introduced to a range of different diving types under varying conditions so it's a great way to get a taste of the various Specialty courses that you can undertake to continue your diving education.

Course overview:

This course involves 5 FUN dives with a knowledge review to be completed before each dive. You can choose 5 out of a variety of dives such as:

  • Deep Dive - this dive will be up to a depth of 30m (for Junior Open Water Divers 21m)
  • Navigation Dive - you will learn natural and compass navigation skills
  • Nitrox - diving enriched air lets you safely extend your no decompression limits, which means more time underwater and shorter surface intervals - so you can get back in the water sooner!!
  • Perfect Buoyancy - this dive will improve your buoyancy skills so that you have more control and also better air consumption.
  • Limited Vis Night - on this dive you will plunge into a mysterious environment and see the marine life in a 'new light'!
  • Wreck - this dive is at the HMS Canterbury wreck and it will dive you a taste of what is a popular and adventurous area of diving.
  • Search & Recovery - learn to search and lift that dropped outboard or bulging bag of scallops safely to the surface.
Minimum Age: 10; 12 if Deep Diving dive is included
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver

Note: max depth is 30m/98 ft if Deep Diving dive is included.
Academic Sessions: Online learning
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Not more than 5
Open Water Dives: Not more than 5
Maximum Training Depth: Varies
Suggested Duration: 6 - 10 hours

 

Ever wanted to experience underwater flying? Then this is the course for you. The sheer exhilaration is something all divers should try, once you try it, you want to do it on all your dives.

Dry Suit Diving

This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely and comfortably dive while using a dry suit. You will learn the special requirements for dry suit diving, how to use your new equipment, the benefits of a dry suit, and how to deal with emergency situations that are unique to dry suit diving. You will earn the SSI Dry Suit Diving Specialty certification after completing this program.

 

 

Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: 6
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 1 mandatory before Open Water Dive
Open Water Dives: 2
Maximum Training Depth: 30 meters / 100 feet (12-14 year-old: 18 meters / 60 feet)

 

Diving enriched air lets you safely extend your no decompression limits, which means more time underwater and shorter surface intervals - so you can get back in the water sooner!!

The most common misconceptions about Nitrox is that it is for divers wanting to go deeper and that you need special equipment. However, nitrox is most beneficial at depths of 5 to 30m with NO special equipment required.A short course is all that is required to begin using nitrox immediately.

 

 

Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver if in-water training is included
Academic Sessions: Online learning
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Optional
Open Water Dives: Optional
Maximum Training Depth: Optional
Suggested Duration: 6 - 10 hours
Specialized Equipment: Knowledge Program

 


18-40m. Its not as some people think, mysterious and intimidating, in fact, this course teaches you how to plan & carry out deep dives safely and confidently. From historic shipwrecks to dramatic walls, training as a deep diver opens up a whole world of exploration.

 

 

Minimum Age: 15
Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Academic Sessions: 1
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Optional
Open Water Dives: 3
Maximum Training Depth: 40 meters / 130 feet
Suggested Duration: 6 - 10 hours

 

Advanced Open Water Diver

SSI Advanced Open Water Diver is the next recognition rating on the path to becoming an SSI Master Diver, and includes four SSI Specialty program Digital Kits. After completing the four SSI Specialty programs that interest you, as well as 24 logged dives, you will automatically receive the SSI Advanced Open Water Diver recognition rating, along with your SSI Specialty program certifications.

 

 

Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: See individual prerequisites.
Academic Sessions: Varies
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
Open Water Dives: 24
Maximum Training Depth: Varies
Suggested Duration: Varies

 

Master Diver Bundle

The much sought-after SSI Master Diver is the final step in your recreational diving career. The SSI Master Diver Digital Kit Bundle is composed of four SSI Specialty program Digital Kits and the SSI Diver Stress & Rescue Digital Kit. By completing the five specialty programs, and logging 50 open water dives, you will automatically earn the SSI Master Diver recognition rating, as well as the SSI Specialty program certifications.

Minimum Age: 15
Certification Prerequisites: Prerequisite for this program is the SSI Open Water Diver certification or its equivalent. Further prerequisites vary depending on the programs included.
Academic Sessions: Varies
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
Open Water Dives: 50
Maximum Training Depth: Varies
Suggested Duration: Varies

 

Search and recovery

Whether you are looking to recover family heirlooms, sunken treasure or grandpa's dentures, this course will teach you appropriate search patterns along with different methods for recovering and bringing to the surface lost or sunken objects.

 

Private SSI Open Water Diver course
If you would prefer to do a private course with your own instructor we can put together a customized training programme to suit your schedule.

Children under the age of 12 are advised to do a private course

  • Fully private course – private instruction with two of your open water dives conducted in a local lake and or a local marine reserve  – NZ$1,399 for 1 person, NZ$799 each for 2-3 people, or NZ$699 each for 4 or more people. If you prefer we can also run this course off your own boat.
  • A part private/part group course – private instruction for your theory and pool sessions and then group instruction for your open water dives. Note that in order to do this option the timing of your open water dives must coincide with our group dive course schedule – NZ$749 for 1-3 people, or NZ$649 for 4 or more people.
Tuesday 5 March 2019
Event Date Wednesday 1 January 2020
Event End Date Monday 1 February 2021
Register By Monday 6 December 2021
Individual Price $1,399.99
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$1,399.99
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