We offer a wide range of PADI dive courses with experienced instructors who have logged thousands of hours underwater. Our instructing staff include marine biologists, naturalists, tech and wreck specialists and award-winning photographers.
If you have a desire to improve your diving skills and increase your affinity with the underwater world, talk to us about tailoring an education program to suit your needs. Through education comes understanding and enjoyment.
Dive! Tutukaka is a Five Star PADI IDC Centre, offering training from Open Water through to Instructor rating.
New Zealand's only National Geographic Dive Centre, and the only New Zealand operator to have won several prestigious PADI Member Awards.
We do not have a timetable for OPEN WATER courses run over the winter, so just email us and let us know what YOUR plans are. We will fit in as best we can with you!
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Our Dive Courses
The PADI Open Water course is the beginner course and all you need in order to dive as a qualified diver.
If you have done all your theory modules and confined sessions then you can complete the last four (or two) dives of your Open Water Course with us at the Poor Knights Islands.
Study in your time, dive on ours! Get the theory done before hand,and spend your time diving at the Poor Knights Islands.
The Advanced Open Water course may be taken by certified PADI Open Water divers (or individuals with an equivalent qualification).
The PADI Divemaster course is the first step to being a dive professional. It expands your knowledge past that of any previous course enabling you to gain valuable experience and work in the world of diving.
The EFR course provides basic training in emergency care. CPR and other important emergency first response skills are combined.
The PADI Rescue Diver course is an important and crucial step in expanding a divers knowledge and experience beyond a recreational level.
Complete a PADI Divemaster course, but take your time, spend time alongside our crew, and get some more dives under your belt. We guarantee to get you up to 100 dives for this price!
The Project AWARE Specialty program is designed to familiarize divers and nondivers with the plight of worldwide aquatic ecosystems.
It also describes what individuals can do to help protect aquatic resources. The program is a nondiving course that only contains classroom presentations.
This PADI course is ideal for teaching the fundamentals of underwater photography - you'll learn how to correctly compose, expose and capture that spectacular fish that nobody believed you saw!
This one day course will take you to the unique Poor Knights Islands marine reserve to not only develop your personal conservation and preservation ethics but to also appreciate and study the enormous variety of fauna, fish species and encrusting life that the islands have to offer.
This course builds and extends your knowledge and experience with regards to wreck diving.
Learn how to teach PADI courses, and further develop your professional diving career.
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Freephone us in New Zealand on
0800 288 882.
John Jory and Melissa Wheeler
Thank you for an outstanding, world-class dive at Poor Knights Islands on New Year’s Day. We have enjoyed many quality recreational experiences during our global travels, including recent diving in Fiji. However, the quality of your dives supported by a friendly, fun, knowledgeable and caring staff provided us with a memory of a lifetime. Skipper Craig was very hospitable and his passion for his work is contagious. The crew were great, including Lori, Evan and Jenny, and Kate fit us in at the last minute. Thanks and we look forward to diving with you again.