PADI Open Water Diver Scholarship

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PADI Open Water Diver Scholarship

Applications close on Friday 24 February 2023

A key priority area for Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust is Te Taiao (Fisheries/Resource Management and Environmental Sciences).

Rangitāne has partnered with the Blenheim Dive Centre to offer two placements on a PADI Open Water Diver course. Consideration will be given to iwi members (and/or their partners) that have participated or are keen to participate or support iwi events. Applicants must be aged 15 years or older.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the first scuba certification level where a highly trained PADI Instructor will teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home or abroad and be an ambassador for the underwater world. The course includes training on becoming a skilled and confident diver, learning how to use and assemble scuba gear, managing your buoyancy, how to respectfully approach marine life and handling common SCUBA problems.

The course is divided into 3 segments:

1. Theory eLearning (5-10 hours). Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

2. Classroom / Pool sessions

3. Open water dives.

Each scholarship is valued up to $799. 

Applicants must provide the following:

  • Rangitāne o Wairau Membership Number (or your partner’s membership number)
  • Completed application form
  • Scholarship applicants are responsible for the completion of a PADI Medical Statement with your doctor

Applicants MUST:

  • Be aged 15 years or over
  • Have adequate swimming skills – you need to be able to swim 250 meters (any stroke and no time limit) and tread water for 15 minutes
  • Be in good physical health
  • Medically fit to dive (see medical form)

Completed applications must be submitted by –

Post to: Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau, PO Box 883, Blenheim 7201
or Email:

PADI Open Water Diver Application Form
PADI Medical Statement