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PADI Open Water

Why learn to dive with Dive Centre?

  • OM AA smallNZ's highest quality dive courses.
  • Felxible schedule with Weekend, Daytime and Private courses available.
  • You will be a certified PADI open Water Diver when you finish your course with us - BEWARE! If you read on other websites you will receive "An Internationally Recognised Certification" and they don't mention PADI, it's because you won't be getting a PADI certification!
  • All PADI manuals and the full set of Open Water DVD's are yours to keep. Or you can choose the brand new "elearning or PADI Open Water Diver Touch" App for your Apple iPad or Android Device and learn in a truly interactive way!
  • We've trained more divers since 1972 than any other shop in New Zealand, we are the longest running shop in NZ, and there is a reason we are now teaching 3rd generations of families to dive!
  • You don't even have to get wet! You can learn to dive warm & dry in one of our snuggly warm drysuits!
  • You get to do all four dives in the sea at the amazing Goat Island Marine Reserve & Leigh Coast, off one of our two 6 metre inflatables -
    NO difficult shore diving, NO diving at a "local dive site" with nothing to see, and...
  • NO diving in Lake Pupuke EVER!

You only learn to dive once - make sure you do the most fun, professional and safe course available.

Come alive, learn to dive - with Dive Centre!

Book your course online now!

New Zealand has more divers per head of population than any other country in the world, and this great sport is still increasing in popularity. With so much coastline and so many beautiful diving spots (for U/W Photography, just looking or hunting!), it's no wonder that so many New Zealanders are getting into diving! We hope this information answers any questions you have - if not, please call us on (09) 444 7698 or email us now - we are here to help!

What's involved?

PADI Divers and Nautilus - 2 Across

Getting into diving has never been easier or more fun than with Dive Centre and our Open Water Dive Course!

You will complete 5 pool and theory sessions with us, and this will make you comfortable, confident, and ready to complete your four open water dives in the sea at the end of your course!

Once your pool dives have been completed (in a huge indoor 28C heated pool here on the North Shore), you will head north to Goat Island Marine Reserve where there's fantastic safe diving with heaps of fish and huge crays like nowhere else in NZ! A marine reserve since 1975 (NZ's first!), this is a fantastic place for your first four open water dives.

You will do "at least" four dives in the sea with us, but if you need more experience before being certified, you are able to complete as many dives as it takes for us, and for you to be happy in the water; all at no extra cost! We promise to make sure you are comfortable underwater, then as a confident certified Open Water Diver, you can come diving with us whenever you want!

We not only have the best Instructors and equipment, but the biggest shop in New Zealand as well!

When are the classes held?

Many other dive companies try and rush you through your course as fast as they can, and run the course the cheapest way they can! This will never happen with us! We will make this commitment to you, "We will spend as much time with you as it takes to make you comfortable underwater!"

  • Weekend schedules are available for those that are too busy mid-week. This option enables you to complete the whole course and your four open water dives over just two weekends.
  • Daytime classes run Mon and Tues doing all your pool and theory sessions, and your four dives in the sea take place on Wed & Thurs - allowing you to complete all of your training in just four days.

You can click here to see our full schedule.

If your schedule is especially busy, executive private courses can be scheduled around you!

PADI Pool Briefing - 2 AcrossHow much does it cost?

The price for our course is $599pp, whether you choose a daytime, weekend or evening course. For groups of three or more, we provide a reduced rate of $550pp.

Book your course online now!

The most popular way to book onto our course however is to purchase one of our "Personal Dive Equipment" systems; when you purchase one of these, you get the course for free! (See details below).

If you want to stay "really" warm you can learn to dive without even getting wet - just upgrade into one of our warm snuggly Drysuits! (only $100 for all pool and ocean dives!)

However, if you already own Mask, Fins, Snorkel & Boots, want to buy new personal snorkelling gear (from top-of-the-line at around $550 - down to a complete set for only $199!), or if you prefer to hire this gear for the whole course it's only $100 - we cover all the options!

If you're planning an overseas holiday then you can choose to do the Referral Open Water program for only $350pp and then complete your four open water dives at any PADI resort in the world! If you have started the course overseas, and want to finish your four openwater dives here, it costs NZD$350 each including certification and equipment hire!

We will teach children from 12 years old as long as they can fit our smallest wetsuits to keep them warm! Due to PADI standards 10 & 11 year olds will have to be taught on a private course or complete a Referal Course so they can do their dives in the ocean on a family tropical holiday.

If you would prefer a privately scheduled one-on-one course, the cost is $1500 - or $1200pp for two or more.


If you want to start right now, you can sign up for PADI eLearning! It is more expensive to do it this way, but you can finish all the theory sessions online before you come to us for your pool and sea dives! This costs AUD$220 that you pay to PADI directly online but we reduce your course costs by $100 if you sign up to elearning. 

If you want to start learning to dive right now, click the image below to register and start your course right now!


What's Included?

Every person gets their own Open Water Crew Pack, which includes the Open Water Manual, full PADI Open Water DVD set (most shops don't include this, and if they do, they make you give it back!), Dive Log Book and lots of other information. If you choose the new Open Water Touch App for your iPad you just come and book onto the course in the shop as usual and we will tell you how to download the App once you've booked on. If you choose eLearning you don't need to pick up a crew pack, it's all online waiting for you to start right now! (But you still need to book onto the course dates you want with us)!

We also supply your one-piece semi dry wetsuit, regulator (with dive computer), buoyancy compensation device (BCD), cylinders, and pocket weight-belt for all pool and sea dives during your course.

You can also dive in comfort all year round with our "Dive Dry" option and use a drysuit for your course for only $100!

Also included are the boat fees for our 6 metre inflatable boats for your two days' diving in the sea up on the Leigh Coast/Goat Island Marine Reserve! Remember - we will NEVER EVER force you to dive in Lake Pupuke - EVER!

Once you have completed your training, you will receive a Dive Centre Graduation Pack including your PADI International Certification Card and wall certificate. You will also receive special discounts on hire gear for the first 12 months but also because you are a "Dive Centre Diver", we will give you a minimum 10% discount for life off RRP! Whenever you need anything, no matter how big or small, you will get at least 10% off all your equipment purchases!

What do I need to supply?

PADI Turtle & Divers - 2 Across

All you need to bring is your togs, towel, and your personal snorkelling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, and boots) and a completed Dive Centre Ltd New Diver Medical Questionnaire  

Everyone doing a dive course needs to complete a medical questionaire and we recommend doing that before booking onto the course.

When completing the medical questionaire, if the answer is no to all questions on page 1, you can just sign it and it’s done. (Unless the diver is less than 18 years old in which case a parent/guardian must sign as well).

If the answer is yes to any of the page 1 questions it guides you which sections to fill out on page 2 and you must get your normal Doctor (GP) to sign it off on page 3.

This medical is scuba diving specific and must be completed less than 12 months before starting your course.

The form that is used is available from our main store, or you can download it here in pdf format. Dive Centre Ltd New Diver Medical Questionnaire  

If for any reason you fail the Medical, you will be refunded any course fees paid to us, as long as your PADI crew pack is undamaged, complete and you haven't written in the manual.

There is a list of Diving Doctors on the "Introduction page".

For comfort and hygiene reasons, most people prefer to use their own equipment. If you would like the piece-of mind and comfort of your own gear, we can help. Because we are family owned and NZ's largest dive equipment retailer, we only offer equipment you can trust!

Just ask about our special packages, check out the amazing PDE specials below - or you can hire mask, snorkel, fins and boots for $100 if you prefer.

How well do I have to swim?

You will need to show that you can tread water for ten minutes and swim 200 metres in the pool.

PADI Squid and Scooter 1 - 2 Across

How often do courses start?

With Weekend, Evening, and Daytime options, we start several courses every month! Our full schedule is available here and if none of them suit, you can mix and match parts of the course as well! If none suit, please give us a call to organise a one-on-one private course.

Why choose Dive Centre?

Our experienced team are dedicated to ensuring you have the ultimate scuba experience. We are the longest running diving company & the most trusted dive professionals in New Zealand, and we make sure you have fun while learning to dive.

Once you've finished your course we offer dive trips up to 7 days per week so you can get out and discover all that our underwater world has to offer.

You only learn to dive once, so come and see why we have introduced more people to diving than any other company in New Zealand.

Come Alive - Learn to Dive... with Dive Centre!

Book your course online now!

or just call us on (09) 444 7698 or email us now

Get your full Dive Centre Openwater Course paid for, by someone else!

Dive Centre and Aqualung are making it even easier for you to get into this great sport.

Just buy one of these Personal Dive Equipment (P.D.E.) systems and Aqualung will pay for your course! That's right, purchase either of these systems, and you can choose which ever course you want to do from our normal schedule. This is not a different type of course, a cut down version, or a special set of dates, you just get to buy all this equipment and NZ's most popular dive course for one amazing low price!

WARNING! Other companies are trying to copy this system with cheap, lower end product for the same price (or even slightly more than our PDE systems)!

NO-ONE can offer better gear, better value, or teach you to dive like we can! 

Phone us on (09) 444 7698 or email us now and get into diving... EASILY!

SolaFx SmallAqualung SolaFX PDE System

Aqualung SolaFX 8/7mm Hyperstretch Semi Dry One-piece Wetsuit with built in hood, Aqualung Aleutian Kevlar Gloves, Echo 5mm Boots, Aqualung Express Fins, Aqualung Look 2 Mask & Aquilion Snorkel

All for $1399.00 Incl. GST



Aquaflex Small

Aqualung Aquaflex PDE System

Aqualung Aquaflex 7mm One-piece, Aqualung 5mm Semi Dry Hood, Aqualung Kai Amara Gloves, Echo 5mm Boots, Aqualung Caravelle Fins, Aqualung Look 2 Mask & Aquilion Snorkel

All for $1299.00 Incl. GST



Some of our latest unsolicited Customer Feedback:

Robert & Sarah 30th May 2016:

Hi, I just thought that it was worth sending a quick email to compliment you on your Facilities and range of product, but more so on your Staff.

Matt is extremely knowledgeable, and has the patience that I would be proud to have.

Jake, again is knowledgeable and gives exceptional advice.

But the main reason for this email is to compliment you on Suzie, Suzie was the first of your staff that we met, she was extremely customer focused and had our best interests in mind from then on. Suzie was exceptional though out our PADI basic course.

To be able to go on our Advanced Course, with Suzie as one of the instructors would be a god send. Suzie was extremely attentive towards Sarah, as she did have buoyancy issues and for this we thank her.

We initially chose “Dive Centre”, as it seemed the most professional of all of the Dive companies that we had looked at, and the cost of personal safety was a major player in our decision process. I am glad that both Sarah and I made the right choice, with choosing “Dive Centre”.

Thank you for the opportunities that your company and staff have allowed us to take in the future.

Regards Robert and Sarah

4th October 2016

Hi Margaret & Malcolm

I hope you are both well. I wanted to quickly take some time out to send you an email regarding a couple of experiences my husband and I have had with your store.

The first being with Malcolm, such a great guy and so friendly. He helped get Jeremy my husbands gear serviced and then he helped me with getting sorted for the course. I was so nervous when I decided to do the course and Malcolm put me at ease. Very helpful on my initial encounter and spoke a lot about his favorite spots to dive. Thanks you really inspired me. 

Then D-DAY approached on Sat 1OCT and I was nervous as hell. My husband already certified was so happy I was ticked off by the Dr. it only took 4 years to get to this point. So this was a BIG deal. So in I walked and I as hoping that I would get a great instructor one I would be able to connect with and be able to trust. 

Well I was just over the moon. Jake was just awesome! I had a moment in the pool when we were descending for the 1st time and I started to panic. He kept me calm and helped me through it. It was then that I knew I could trust him and I knew then that I would be diving for the rest of my life till my health/age would allow. 

You don't get to chose your instructor/s so I was very very happy to have Jake as my instructor. 

I wanted to also mention Stu was really cool and helped me out heaps. He would always say how well I did something when we came back to the surface. So that was reassuring. 

It was fantastic to have 2 people there I could trust on my 1st day learning to dive. 

When it came to day 2 of the course I was still so very nervous I guess because I don't want to fail at something I had been working so hard to even just attempt. So when I passed the exam and then did the 3rd pool session it was great to know I had someone there I could trust. 

The last thing I wanted to mention which I also found faultless was when I suggested to Jake I would like to do my ocean dives in my own gear he was very helpful and worked with my husband and I to get me geared up with the correct equipment to meet my individual needs.  My husband too had all his gear serviced with you recently and was very happy. Matt actually helped him and also gave us great customer service. 

So overall I'm very happy and a very satisfied customer!

You guys are doing amazing and I can't fault your service and the delivery of just being AMAZEBALZ. 

So thanks from both myself and my husband!

Warm regards


OPEN WATER COURSE - Weekend or Daytime schedules available!


Click here to check out our Open Water Course!

Weekend Courses: Theory Saturday/Sunday (Pool/Theory) 9:00am till approx. 3-4:00pm - Open Water Dives Saturday/Sunday (Two Sea dives each day) 7:00am till approx 3-4:00pm

Dates in "normal text" are Pool & Theory - Dates in "Bold" are Sea Dives (2 dives each day).



W-12B-19 - Sat 7, Sun 8 (9am-4pm) Sat 14, Sun 15 (7am-4pm)



W-1A-20 - Sat 4, Sun 5 (9am-4pm) Sat 11, Sun 12 (7am-4pm)

W-1B-20 - Sat 11, Sun 12 (9am-4pm) Sat 18, Sun 19 (7am-4pm)


W-2A-20 - Sat 1, Sun 2 (9am-4pm) Sat 8, Sun 9 (7am-4pm)

W-2B-20 - Sat 15, Sun 16 (9am-4pm) Sat 22, Sun 23 (7am-4pm)


W-3-20 Sat 7, Sun 8 (9am-4pm) Sat 14, Sun 15 (7am-4pm)
W-4-20 Sat 4, Sun 5 (9am-4pm) Sat 18, Sun 19 (7am-4pm)
W-5-20 Sat 2, Sun 3 (9am-4pm) Sat 9, Sun 10 (7am-4pm)
W-6-20 Sat 13, Sun 14 (9am-4pm) Sat 20, Sun  21 (7am-4pm)
W-7-20 Sat 4, Sun 5 (9am-4pm) Sat 11, Sun 12 (7am-4pm)
W-10-20 Sat 3, Sun 4 (9am-4pm) Sat 10, Sun 11 (7am-4pm)

W-11A-20 Sat 7, Sun 8 (9am-4pm) Sat 14, Sun 15 (7am-4pm)

W-11B-20 Sat 21, Sun 22 (9am-4pm) Sat 28, Sun 29  (7am-4pm) 

W-12A-20 Sat 5, Sun 6 (9am-4pm) Sat 12, Sun 13 (7am-4pm) 


Click here to check out our Open Water Course!

Daytime Courses: Monday & Tuesday (Pool/Theory) 9:00am till approx. 3-4:00pm - Wednesday & Thursday (Two Sea dives each day) 7:00am till approx. 3-4:00pm

Dates in "normal text" are Pool & Theory - Dates in "Bold Underlined" are Sea Dives (2 dives each day).



D-12B-19 - Mon 9, Tues 10 (9am-4pm) Wed 11, Thurs 12 (7am-4pm)



D-1A-20 - Mon 6, Tues 7 (9am-4pm) Wed 8, Thurs 9 (7am-4pm)

D-1B-20 - Mon 20, Tues 21 (9am-4pm) Wed 22, Thurs 23 (7am-4pm)




D-3-20 - Mon 16, Tues 17 (9am-4pm) Wed 18, Thurs 19 (7am-4pm)


D-4-20 - Mon 20, Tues 21 (9am-4pm) Wed 22, Thurs 23 (7am-4pm)

D-5-20 Mon 18, Tues 19, (9am-4pm)     Wed 20,  Thurs 21 (7am-4pm)
D-6-20 Mon 22,   Tues 23, (9am-4pm)  Wed 24,  Thurs 25 (7am-4pm)
D-7-20 Mon 13,   Tues 14, (9am-4pm)  Wed 15,  Thurs 16 (7am-4pm)
D-10-20 Mon 5,   Tues 6, (9am-4pm)  Wed 7,  Thurs 8 (7am-4pm)

D-11-20 Mon 9,   Tues 10, (9am-4pm)  Wed 11,  Thurs 12 (7am-4pm)


D-12A-20 Mon 30 Nov, Tues 1 Dec, (9am-4pm) Wed 2,  Thurs 3 (7am-4pm)

D-12B-20 Mon 14,  Tues 15, (9am-4pm) Wed 16, Thurs 17 (7am-4pm)



While every effort is made to ensure all information is correct, details are subject to change without notice.

Please phone us on (09) 444 7698, or email us now, for availablility and confirmation of course dates.

We are NZ's longest running dive store, since 1972 we have been training divers and now train more than anyone else in New Zealand; we are NZ's most trusted dive professionals. We are dedicated to ensuring you have the ultimate scuba experience. Come and see why our course is so popular.

You only learn to dive once - Come alive - learn to dive... with Dive Centre!