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Advanced Diver Development Program



The Advanced dive program will build on your foundation skills already acquired & give you the knowledge to achieve your own adventures.

The SDI Advanced Diver Development Program was created to make truly Advanced Divers. If you’ve taken your Open Water Scuba Diver course and are now ready to expand your knowledge but would like to see what is out there first, then the this course is for you!

During this program, you will be taken through four SDI specialties — such as deep, navigation, photo, and video — covering all the necessary skills and subjects to leave you comfortable conducting more advanced dives. 

Two of the required specialties are the Deep Diver and Navigation Diver specialties which are the foundation of continuing diver education, skills and knowledge.

Who this course is for:

This course is a perfect next step for certified open water scuba divers, including:

  • Those wishing to expand their dive knowledge and skillset,
  • Those who would like to advance their dive training,
  • Those with SDI Advanced Adventure diver qualifications who would like to receive more experience in their specialities.
What can you expect to learn?
  • This course allows an opportunity to experience several SDI, TDI, or ERDI specialties at the sport level
  • Continued diver education, skills, and knowledge
  • Ability to enrol in and complete selected specialties

Once you have logged your 25th dive (these can include any and all training dives), visit your local SDI facility with your logbook and four specialty certification cards and you will be awarded the SDI Advanced Scuba Diver certification. 

By earning this certification, you will increase abilities and comfort in the water and be ready for the next step, SDI Rescue Diver.


Diving is an adventure activity that includes risk to your person. Under New Zealand law we are we required to notify you of the following statement.

You accept that this activity inherently involves risks and potential hazards. The risks and hazards include, but are not limited to breathing compressed gas, marine traffic, marine life, decompression sickness, drowning, barotrauma, air embolism, decompression illness, dehydration, gas narcosis, malfunctioning equipment, ear problems, sun damage, hyperthermia, hypothermia, sea sickness, and adverse weather events.

These activities are run in the outdoors on the ocean, so may be exposed to sudden natural disasters such as, but not limited to Tsunami, Earthquakes, Slips Landslides or Rock Falls, or Volcanic Eruption. I am aware that participating in the activities offered by New Zealand Diving Limited can be hazardous even if they are conducted with care, control, and responsibility. You acknowledge that these risks could result in my injury (physical or mental) or even death.



Please read our terms & conditions found on our website page, frequently asked questions before booking:

Sometimes our activities may have to be rescheduled due to situations outside of our control, such as poor weather. Please note we reschedule in such situations, as described in our terms and conditions.

Overseas participants are advised to carry travel insurance in case rescheduling is unsuitable.

All participants must be of good health and complete a medical declaration. This is available on our website:

All participants must be diving certified to dive on a charter or undergoing a diving course with New Zealand Diving Limited.

All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 200m, unassisted.


Contact New Zealand Diving about our Advanced Diver Development Program schedules.


While New Zealand Diving will provide all necessary diving equipment, you will need to bring sunscreen, swimwear, a towel, and a change of clothes to each session.


The SDI Advanced Program consists of four speciality courses: Deep, Navigation and two electives.

Final recognition is upon achieving 25 logged dives. Achieve five certifications within the program.

Become a true, advanced diver!

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • SDI Advanced Diver Program
  • 4 Days
  • $1,500.00

Enquire about a course or charter:

Please complete the form below including the name of Charter or Course you are interested in.