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How much do you earn as an instructor in NZ?

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by jmcd16, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. jmcd16

    jmcd16 Angel Fish

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    I've scored a working holiday in NZ -- I'm wondering approximately how much dive instructors make over there. I was earning an hourly rate of about 16-24 (depending on the company) in Australia -- plus commissions. What can I expect from a NZ job if I land one?

    Cheers for the help,
    Jen
     
  2. AndyNZ

    AndyNZ Instructor, Scuba

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    Hi Jen,

    It depends on where you go, what time of year and so on. Some shops are notioriously bad payers - in fact, some expect their instructors to work for free!!! Go figure!

    It also depends on whether you are working full time or are a part time/casual instructor. I've only ever worked as the latter - generally the pay is comparable, but the conditions aren't always as good as a casual. It's rare to get the courses that run on liveaboard trips, for example.....!

    Typically, a casual instructor will earn somewhere between NZ$100-150 per day. Everywhere I have worked uses either a daily rate or a course rate, rather than hourly. For some courses, the hours in a day aren't enough!! On a big OW course in summer, I would typically start work at 6am getting the boat ready, split my 8 students into two groups, do 2 dives with each group, drive home, wash the boat etc. I'd get home around 8pm. $100 / 14 hours = $7 p/h, less than the minimum wage.

    Some shops now pay a course fee and a per-student top up, e.g. $200 for an OW course plus $50 per student. This is a bit more fair than a daily rate for large courses.

    Commission??? As a casual instructor, not a chance. Even for full timers that would be rare..... also don't expect tips (if you work for a charter), NZ is even less of a tipping culture than Aus.

    When are you thinking of coming over? We are headed in to winter now - a lost of casual work will dry up and the chance of getting a full time job is slim.

    Don't be put off, though - the diving here is spectacular and whilst you wouldn't necessarily earn that much it is a fabulous country to be in. You just need to make sure you shop around and get a position that suits.

    Feel free to drop me a PM if you want some insider info on where and where not to work.
     
  3. supergaijin

    supergaijin Dive Shop

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    Have fun in NZ but don't expect to make too much money!

    Both seasons I worked there I was making around NZ$10 an hour or a flat rate of $115/day. depending on how regularly you're working makes a big difference at the end of the week.

    When the weather closes in you're a bit stuffed unless you're doing courses in a pool/lake. The Pacific is a bit of a beast and the Tasman sea can be fierce as well.
     

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