Dive into a marine career by becoming a PADI Divemaster. Getting this certification as you carry out an internship in marine conservation in some of the most spectacular dive locations in the world is an aquatic dream come true.
What is PADI Divemaster?
As the first level of professional dive training, the PADI Divemaster qualification is designed to equip you with the skills you’ll need to teach other aspiring divers. As well as imparting more advanced dive knowledge, the course will guide you through supervision, leadership, and rescue skills. Once you’re a qualified divemaster, you’ll be able to mentor others, sharing your passion for the deep blue.
PADI Divemaster requirements are that you need to be a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent, be at least 18 years old and have logged a minimum of 40 dives. To complete the divemaster certification, you’ll need to log at least 60 dives.
We’ll make sure you receive all the training you need to reach PADI Divemaster level, including the opportunity to achieve any prerequisite diving course qualifications such as the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver certifications.
Why choose a Divemaster course?
A PADI Divemaster course can prepare you for a career as a scuba instructor, or help you become a more skilled diver and get the most out of your time in scuba gear.
You’ll be able to spend more time underwater, as PADI Divemasters can assist with diver training and supervise dives.
This certification will also help you find scuba diving jobs in countries around the world, as PADI is the most widely recognised and respected dive organisation around. You could work and be paid to dive in some of the world’s most biodiverse diving locations.
Taking your PADI Divemaster course as part of an internship in the Seychelles, Thailand, Fiji or Mexico is a great way to get a taste of day-to-day life in the diving industry, as well as gain insight into related careers in marine conservation.
As a PADI Divemaster trainee with GVI, you’ll have the chance to participate in marine conservation while you study towards your certification.
As you become a professional diver, you can also explore your passion for protecting the saltwater ecosystems where you dive, and earn a PADI certification exclusive to GVI – the PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality.
And, on a PADI Divemaster course with GVI, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a positive impact in the ocean and adding to your employability as a diver.
PADI Divemaster courses with GVI
Take your pick of some of the world’s most sought-after diving locations; GVI offers PADI Divemaster internships in four different countries across four different continents.
You can choose to earn your certification on an island in the Seychelles, in the warm Caribbean waters off the coast of Mexico, in a sea studded with limestone pillars in Thailand, or in a lush Fijian archipelago.
All these courses follow a similar structure that includes:
12 weeks of studying marine environments and dive skills
12 weeks of a work placement with GVI or a local partner organisation.
Take the first fin-clad step in your diving career with one of these three ways to earn your PADI Divemaster certification.
1) Take part in marine conservation as you earn your PADI Divemaster
This program brings together remote island adventures with critical marine research and allows you to travel from Africa to Asia.
Scuba diving in the Seychelles is an opportunity for nature lovers to grow both personally and professionally. The internship is carefully designed to maximise your dive centre and Divemaster experience. You’ll also learn how to live in basic conditions and minimise your impact on the environment.
This project is at the forefront of data collection efforts in Seychelles, feeding into important decisions on reef management. As part of earning your PADI Divemaster certification, you’ll learn about marine conservation and take part in day-to-day operations at a conservation centre.
And, after skilling up in the waters along the Seychelles coastline, you’ll get to dive into the sea in Thailand too and gain valuable work experience. Travelling from Seychelles to Thailand’s Phang Nga province offers interns the chance to clock up tons of practice dives in two different ocean settings and broaden their understanding of the global ocean environment.
In both of these locations, you’ll be keeping a close eye on the health of coral reefs while lending a hand with beach clean ups and educational awareness projects in the local community.
2) Become a PADI Divemaster as you help protect the underwater environment in Fiji
You’ll be diving in the glassy waters around the Lomaiviti island group – a string of 20 volcanic islands ringed with white sand. Whether in or out of the ocean, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty.
Over the course of 12 weeks, you’ll gain intimate knowledge about Fiji scuba diving and marine ecosystems. You’ll then have the chance to put your diving skills to good use as you assist in gathering and compiling marine research.
Once you’ve completed this part of the dive instructor internship, you’ll move on to a 12-week work placement. Working at a local dive centre, you’ll learn more about daily operations and guide other divers through the underwater world.
And, you’ll learn more than just diving techniques. The soft skills you’ll gain from the course, such as leadership and presenting yourself as a role model, are easily transferable to any career path. Whether you stick with diving or choose an entirely different profession, this internship will set you up for success.
3) Learn about the marine ecosystem in the Yucatan Peninsula as you earn your PADI Divemaster
This 24–48 week dive internship will give you all the experience you need to become a PADI pro diver. You’ll visit research dive sites and carry out underwater surveys.
And, you can enjoy the colourful coral reefs all the more knowing you’re adding to their preservation. This project plays an active role in monitoring and managing the health of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Participants have assisted in building a significant database on the reefs in the area.
The project is also a valuable opportunity to gain a more in depth understanding of the importance of coral reefs and their conservation, as well as the wider coastal area in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
After you complete your internship, GVI will assist you in finding a work placement at a dive centre or conservation organisation along Mexico’s Caribbean coastline.
This means that your adventure diving in Mexico could last for long after your internship ends, since placements may be extended depending on how well you take to the work and the organisation’s capacity to keep you on.
Zaytoen Domingo is a content writer and editor based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently enrolled in the Masters program in English at the University of the Western Cape. After graduating with an Honours Degree in English and Creative Writing, Zaytoen completed a skills-development program for writers and became an alum of the GVI Writing Academy.