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.