Divemaster Internship Pre-requisites
- Candidate must be at least 18 years old
- Certified as a Rescue Diver or equivalent
- 40+ logged dives to commence, and a minimum of 60 prior to certification
- Current diving medical certificate (in last 12 months)
- Proof of CPR and First Aid training prior to certification (in last 24 months)
- A strong work ethic and a willingness to commit
Qualifying as a PADI Divemaster involves the following:
- Dive leader exercises develop candidates’ skills in dive planning, leadership and proper response to common underwater problems
- All standard open water skills are improved to demonstration quality
- Instructor level academic knowledge is developed and tested
- Underwater mapping hones navigation and orientation skills
- Rescue skills are revised
- Watermanship and stamina are evaluated
- Underwater equipment exchange tests problem solving abilities and your ability to stay cool under pressure
Divemaster Internships at Aqua-Marina
The PADI Divemaster Course can be completed in around 8 to 10 days. Naturally, during your internship you will cover all of this training with your Instructor. Some days will be dedicated to training, while other days you will be evaluated on your performance whilst assisting our Instructors in catering for our guests.
You will find that during your Internship your Instructor will take on a role more akin to a mentor – where they don’t simply tell you how to do something (as may have been the case during previous dive courses) rather, they will encourage you to think for yourself to decide the best course of action.
The underwater world is fascinating and beautiful – a place full of wonder – but it is also a harsh and unforgiving environment. To lead a group of divers in the water is to assume responsibility for their safety as well as their enjoyment. Communication can be difficult; problems will arise; some guests will experience fear or stress and how you respond can make the difference between a positive outcome and an emergency situation.
You will be diving from our boat exploring a range of dive sites every day – most often you will be a back-up guide; learning the dive sites and managing the flow of guests both in and out of the water. As you gain experience in this you will gradually be given more responsibility until you have demonstrated that you are ready to take the lead, at which point your Instructor will act as your assistant.
Furthermore, we are a very busy PADI Training facility, meaning that you will gain experience in the complete range of PADI programmes and you will do this alongside several different PADI Instructors, enabling you to learn different methods and preferences from each.
The role of a dive professional does not finish when everybody surfaces after the dive – we will instill in you the value of good customer service, and this is not over until the last guest walks out of the door.
No two days at the dive centre are the same. During your internship, problem-solving and solution-thinking skills will be tested on a daily basis as we adapt to the specific logistical challenges of the day.
Unfortunately, anecdotes abound of Divemaster Interns spending their days mopping the floor and cleaning the windows. We have a cleaning lady who does that! Day to day you’ll help us to keep the dive centre tidy so that our guests form a strong first impression, but primarily your work will be focused on the diving!
Make no mistake – you will be working hard! Whilst completing your internship your role will be much closer to that of our staff than of our customers. This means you will be meeting and greeting guests as they arrive, providing welcome briefings and answering any questions they may have. You will assist our staff in controlling the flow of people and equipment to ensure the smooth operation throughout the day.
You will be expected to assist in all aspects of the daily operation of the dive centre in just the same way that our other staff are – after all that is what this job involves! Working in the dive industry is incredibly rewarding and has innumerable perks, but it is not for the feint of heart. If you are not ready to commit to that then consider a different profession.
Our aim is not to simply put you through the formal PADI training, but to ensure you understand how this training is applied to the working world once you have finished your internship. The experience you will gain from diving every day in a variety of dive sites, providing different activities tailored to specific guests, is the very best preparation you will find for working in the diving industry.
What will we provide you with?
Training to become a PADI Divemaster and all accompanying PADI materials and certification costs
Accommodation – 2 months
2 months experience working in a busy, professional diving operation which will provide invaluable experience for your future career in the diving Industry
Diving almost every day!
Experience in compressor operation
Experience in dive equiment maintenance and repairs
Rental of all standard dive equipment except that listed under ‘Required Equipment‘
Pocket-mask (for providing rescue breaths)
Free water, tea and coffee at the dive centre
Free Wifi at the dive centre
Start dates are entirely flexible – tell us when you’re free: we’ll work around you!
The duration of the Internship is 2 months. (If you wish to shorten or extend the internship period, this is possible but may incur extra charges)
You will be expected to be present at the dive centre 6 days a week, from 08:30 until 17:00.
In addition to the one day off per week which you will have as standard, you will also receive 2 extra days off during the internship period which you can take when you choose (subject to prior arrangement and approval from the Dive Centre).
During your days off you will be welcome to ‘fun-dive’ for free, assuming there is space on the boat.
During your internship most of the basic dive kit you’ll need can be supplied by us if you do not already have your own. Once you become a professional diver, however, you will be expected to own a complete set of scuba equipment (except tank and weights).
To assist you on the way, you will receive a 10% discount on any items from our shop.
There are a few items which we do require our Interns to be equipped with. All are available to purchase from us at the begiining of your internship.
Mask and Snorkel
Delayed Surface Marker Buoy and finger spool or reel
Audible signalling device
Get ahead of the game – complete Divemaster Course theory through PADI eLearning
Knowledge development of the Divemaster Course can now be completed through PADI eLearning, meaning that you can do this in your own time before coming to Tenerife.
This provides two significant benefits:
- You will be better prepared to begin your training when you arrive,
- You will not have to complete knowledge development in the evenings following a busy day at the dive centre.
This is not the cheapest option, however, as you will have to pay PADI for access to eLearning training materials.
There will still be other Training materials which you will need to purchase, which come packaged in the PADI Divemaster Crewpack eLearning.
eLearning is always recommended, but is not mandatory for the 2 month internship program.