Divers can work in tourism, construction, commercial seafood gathering, photography, police work, and more. They may be working at sea or in lakes and rivers.
  • knowledge of diving techniques, and excellent diving skills
  • knowledge of diving equipment, and the ability to repair any equipment that breaks down onsite
  • an understanding of relevant health and safety regulations
  • knowledge of underwater hazards such as rips and currents
  • knowledge of first aid and the ability to deal with emergencies.

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  • recreational diving
  • dive industry retail work
  • building industry work
  • engineering, fitting and welding work
  • scientific work such as marine biology or oceanography
  • work on boats or in the boating industry
  • teaching.

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To work as a diver, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a current medical clearance from the Diving Hyperbaric Medicine Service
  • have a Certificate of Competence, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Service of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This must be renewed every 5 years.

Most commercial divers also complete more advanced or specalised dive tickets, up to the level of dive master. Police, navy and customs divers must first enlist with their respective forces. Divers may also need licences for operating heavy machinery, vehicles or boats.

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Senior diver, dive instructor, dive company operator.

Newly qualified divers: $29k - $40k per year. Experienced divers: $40k-$80k per year. Ref: CareersNZ

Information coming soon

10 years
  • New Zealand Certificate in Diving (Foundation) (Level 3) (40-50 credits)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Diving (Supervision) with strands in Dive Vessel Operations, Dive Plant Operator and Service Technician, and Dive Sales and Merchandising (Level 4) (80 credits)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Diving (Level 5) (120 credits) 

Most divers will come from a recreational diving background.

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