Internship / Divemaster
How to become a PADI Divemaster: Should you pay for your training or should you obtain it through active cooperation during the course of an internship?
There are several routes to become a PADI Divemaster. Which one is the best for you depends on your personal situation but most of all on your future plans within the industry, that is to say on whether your goal is to work as a Divemaster or if you just want to do the training as part of your hobby or for personal interest.
If you don’t have much time and/or don’t plan to work as a Divemaster in the future, you can enrol in any course offered by one of the many diving schools present on the market and do it in a relatively short time depending on your previous diving education.
On the other hand, if you are planing on working later on as a Divemaster, the option of training against cooperation, that is to say during an internship, is often your best choice.
Training against cooperation during the course of an internship
If your plan is to work within the diving industry and you wish to seek employment as a Divemaster, the option of joining an internship, that is to say training against cooperation, is often your best possible choice.
However, you should aim at finding a bona fide diving school and be wary of dive centres looking for cheap labour during their high season who will lure you with their offer of ‘fasttrack’ two to three months training and maybe some pocket money. We can only warn you against such diving schools: nothing is free-of-charge and, as a rule, your diving experience and your training will not be their priority; instead, you will be employed mainly to carry out other non-diving-related tasks, such as doing paperwork, answering phone calls, replying to emails, filling tanks, cleaning or sorting equipment, and other manual jobs.
Training in exchange for work at Ocean Trek
The PADI Divemaster internship against cooperation at Ocean Trek usually lasts 6
months. Before you start your training with us, we usually recommend you to do a trial week. During this time we can get to know each other and you will get an overall impression of what your work and training with us will be like. Often, our trainees-to-be, start by taking a week’s vacation to spend with us and then come back to embark in their PADI Divemaster training at a later date. Training against cooperation’ means that, as a Diving School, we assume your complete training costs from Open Water Diver to Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and all the way to Divemaster. You will only have to pay for your course materials and the PADI Divemaster fees, which presently sum up to around 400 Euros in total.
As a future PADI Divemaster, you should of course eventually buy your own equipment. With us, you will be able to do this step by step. Furthermore, as a diving center, we acquire equipment at wholesale prices and will pass it on to you at non-profit price. For a complete equipment including wetsuit, buoyancy jacket (BCD), regulator, diving boots, mask, fins and a dive computer you can expect to spend around 800 Euros.
During your internship (training time) you should also be able to support yourself. Ocean Trek offers accommodation for their staff near the center. Depending on availability, it is possible to lodge there with other members of Ocean Trek’s staff for 250€ per month.
Our staff training is very extensive and it truly prepares you for the job as a Divemaster. Usually, during your time with us you will do about 200-300 dives, you will get a lot of experience in dealing with dive students and dive courses and practice in the independent organization and leading of diving excursions. Last but not least, you will learn how to maintain and look after diving equipment and of course how a dive center operates and functions. Divemasters who have completed their training with us can find immediate employment in any dive center worldwide without any difficulty but the choice of which Paradise beach to head off to. Often we also take on to work with us Divemasters who have trained with us.
Many diving schools (also known as “academies” or “colleges”) specialise in the training of Divemasters and generally offer courses of relatively short duration against payment.
While one may think that this option is a ‘time saver’ and even a ‘short cut’ to obtaining the PADI Divemaster Certification, it should be noted that. in this kind of diving schools, Divemaster candidates usually only train among themselves and undergo underwater training for a relatively short period of time, often returning time and again to the same dive site, As a result, while offering a basic theoretical knowledge, this approach hardly provides the Divemaster trainees with any ‘real’ practical experience neither siding scuba diving instructors in the training of diving students, nor in the leading of groups of certified divers in their diving excursions.
Because of this lack of professional experience, divemasters who have done their training in such kind of structures and following such approach are generally not very sought after by dive schools interested in employing PADI Divemasters with at least some basic professional experience.
A PADI Divemaster course against payment will take about 6-8 weeks depending on your previous diving education. Starting ‘from scratch’ (i.e. from the Open Water Diver course) will cost in the region of 2.500.-€ course material included and will comprise between 60 and 100 dives. If you already have some diving experience and/or diving licenses, these can be credited under certain circumstances.
Our aim is to make of you the best-possible prepared professional during this short length of time: siding our experienced instructors, you will learn how to assist them in the theoretical classes of the different diving courses, how to support and cooperate with them in the organization and execution of dives at numerous different sites and how to lead your own groups of certified divers.