Welcome to the Survive the Dive certification programs

Test and reinforce your safe diving knowledge or upskill supervisor and boating knowledge to gain an NZUA-endorsed certificate valid for two years.

Join a community of over 5,000+ New Zealand divers

How do the certificates work?

Gaining an NZUA-endorsed Survive the Dive or Recreational Dive Supervisor certificate is a four-step process.

Step One
Choose your certificate
We offer two certificates - Survive the Dive for all SCUBA divers, spearfishers and snorkelers - and Survive the Dive Recreational Dive Activity Supervisor, for all skippers, supporters and observers of dive activities. Hit the Play Quizzes button to get started.
Step Two
Play your chosen Quiz
Each quiz offers 10 randomly generated questions from the NZUA dive safe database. Save your high scores to test your progress aiming to consistently score greater than 8 out of 10.
Step Three
Take an Exam
When you can confidently score 80% or better on the quiz questions, progress to taking your chosen exam. Each exam consists of 20 questions. Some questions have a single correct answer, some have several correct answers to be selected so pay attention! Submit the completed exam.
Step Four
Receive an emailed certificate
The NZUA will review your exam submission and approve a certificate if the score is 80% correct or better. You will receive an email and link to either download the certificate or try again for a pass mark. The NZUA-endorsed certificates are valid for two years.

Frequently asked questions.

Which certificate is right for me?
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We currently offer two certificate options:

The Survive the Dive certificate is for all divers, including SCUBA, spearfishing and snorkeling. It's purpose is to give you a strong overview of the best practice safety processes that apply to all participants in underwater activities.

The Recreation Dive Activity Supervisor certificate is for people who may be skippering or supporting dive activities as an observer. Regardless of your level of experience, the basics of safe boat and diver management are covered including emergency response.

Why is there a quiz and an exam?
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Good question. The purpose of the quizzes is to train you on the course content in a fun and competitive manner. The quiz consists of 10 randomly generated questions from the complete course material. You can take the quiz as many times as you like, saving your high score with each attempt. Only proceed to the exam when you are confident of an 80% or better pass rate. The exam consists of 20 questions. It is essential you read each questions carefully, answering as per each question's required format.

How much does it cost to get the certificates?
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Absolutely free! Thanks to our awesome sponsors Water Safety NZ, Maritime NZ and Air Purity LTD, at this time we are able to provide the quizzes, the exams and downloadable certificates at no cost. Please tell your friends and family. The purpose of the certificate is to ensure the whole NZ underwater community has access to safe diving information and survives the dive!

What pass rate is required to pass the final exams?
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An 80% pass rate is required to receive the NZUA-endorsed certificates. It is important you test your knowledge with the quizzes before attempting the final exams. It is also important to read each exam question carefully before answering.

How long is the certificate valid? Do I need to renew and why?
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Currently, the certificates are valid for two years. This is consistent with similar safety-related certificates such as first-aid courses. We recommend renewing the certificates every two years to ensure you are across the latest best-practice diver safety procedures.

How do I get a copy of my certifcate?
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If you pass the exam, the certificates will be made available via an email to your registered address, from which you can download and print your documents. On-going status of the certificates, your exam scores and expiry dates can be found be logging in to the website.