Mermaids PADI GOLD PADI Dive Instructor Internship

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Gold Instructor Training


Scuba instructor internship: Mermaid’s CDC Jomtien, Thailand, offer the “Diving Life” scuba instructor internship (Est 1999). This incredible all-inclusive instructor internship takes you from recreational diver (or non-diver) to open water scuba instructor in 3-7 months (experience dependent). The scuba Instructor internship includes all PADI dive courses required, PADI certification fees, unlimited diving, Full set of brand new professional scuba dive equipment and accommodation for up to 7 months in one of the most exciting cities in the world – Pattaya, (Jomtien) Thailand.

What does the Scuba Instructor internship Include?

Package Overview:
  • PADI Open Water Course
  • PADI Advanced Course
  • PADI EFR Course
  • EFR CFC – Care for Children
  • PADI EFRI (Emergency First Response Instructor) rating
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • 5 PADI Diver Specialty Courses
  • PADI MSD (Master Scuba Diver) certification
  • PADI Dive Master Course
  • PADI IDC Preparation course
  • PADI IDC (PADI Instructor Development Course)
  • PADI I E (PADI Instructor Examination) – ALL fees paid
  • DAN (Divers Alert Network) – 02 Oxygen First Aid
  • PADI Full-Face Mask Divers Course
  • 5 PADI Instructor Specialty Ratings
  • ALL Fees to PADI and DAN paid
  • ALL Course manuals and materials to keep
  • UN-limited Diving
  • scuba dive kit for employment
  • Accommodation for your entire stay – Mermaids Talay Wi-Fi Divers Hotel Pattaya
  • Membership to our Exclusive Diver Job Assistance Program
  • Bangkok Airport Transfer – Mermaids Dive Centre or Mermaids Hotel (depends if you land night or day)
All Recreational Courses:
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The most comprehensive all-inclusive program in the industry. All inclusions are discounted from the program if you already possess anything we add.

Arrive from any level or like many of our professionals in training with no experience at all.

If you are already certified as a diver you are welcome to take refreshers in the courses that you have already taken. As you are already qualified we do not need to rectify you. You simply take the course again refreshing all of the skills and knowledge.

5 PADI Specialty Diver Courses


During your recreational training to up to Rescue diver you will be exposed to a lot of specialty diving courses. These are special areas of diving such as Night diving, Deep diving or Wreck diving. Within the program you get to choose the 5 areas that you are mostly interested in. Some of the specialties can be seen below. By waiting until you are here to choose your specialty courses you can get a good feel if they are right for you.

PADI EFRI (Emergency First Response Instructor)
EFRI manual with Mermaids scuba instructor internship

As part of your diver training you are required to hold a current EFR (emergency first responder) certificate. You gain the EFR at Mermaids during the training.

Additionally as part of your Instructor training you are required to be an EFRi (emergency first responder trainer) allowing you to teach the EFR to students. The EFRi is also included within the Mermaids package.

Being able to teach the EFR course allows you to be able to teach a student all of the way from non-diver to Divemaster without having to pass to another instructor!

Master Scuba Diver Certification

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The Master Scuba Diver certification is the highest non-professional dive certification that it is possible to achieve. At this point you should be a very well rounded diver.

Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating. When you flash your Master Scuba Diver card, people know that you’ve spent time underwater in a variety of environments and had your share of dive adventures.

Dive Master Training and Certification
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Full Internship training to the Dive Master certification. Over a couple of months you will train in all of the skills and knowledge required to be a first class dive master. The DM features very heavily in the instructor examinations also and hence you’re always working towards your goal of instructor.

During the DM you’ll learn skills to demonstration quality, all of the knowledge and confidence to operate as a dive master.

You will be certified fully as a dive master and gain your professional diver number that will stay with you for your diving career with PADI.

PADI Instructor Development Training and Certification
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Full Instructor Development Course with preparation included. This 12 day program hones all of the skills and knowledge that you have been practicing over the last several months. Immediately after the IDC there are the PADI 2 day examinations (PADI IE).

Upon successful completion of the PADI IDC and IE you will be certified as a PADI OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor!!!)

This is what you have been building up to. At this level now you can get directly into a scuba diving instructional job. If you are like many students you’ll have something lined up already.

PADI Full Face Mask Training

Mermaids train you thoroughly in the realm of underwater audio communications with the Full Face Mask training. You’ll get to speak to communicate with your buddies underwater and support crew on the surface.

Mermaids have been active in raining the FFM since 2005. For many years we’ve liked to keep you in the future!

PADI O2 (Oxygen) Provider Training
O2 provider kit

Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

5 x PADI Instructor Specialty Courses
As standard the Mermaids GOLD package comes with 5 specialty courses included that you will be able to teach on qualifying as an instructor.

A diving instructor that can teach a minimum of 5 specialty areas is on the road to the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) certification. Having the ability to teach specialty courses is extremely favourable to employers. The more you can teach the more courses the centre you work for can offer.

You can choose to become an instructor in any of the following PADI specialty courses.

Un-Limited Diving
All of your air fills are completely covered. You can dive any day that you are here. You get to dive with the training and you are welcome to dive for fun on your days off. Dive as much as you wish – get the most from the program!
ALL Manuals and Materials Included

ALL Materials and Fees Included

Every manual, for every course is supplied for you to keep. Open Water, Advanced, EFR/EFRI CFC, Specialty course, Divemaster, IDC, Instructor manual, Instructor Specialty outlines – everything.

All certification fees, PADI fees and any other agency fees are covered for your training. The Divemaster and PADI Instructor certification and first annual fees are also included.


Up to 7 months self catering accommodation in Pattaya very close to the dive centre.

The rooms are secure and your private home-from-home whilst here for the training. Each room has double bed, air conditioning, cable TV, free WiFi, wardrobe, dresser/desk, private bathroom/toilet and bedding.

Mermaids scuba instructor internship equipment list

Receive a BRAND NEW full set of your very own scuba diving equipment to keep. On arrival you are taken around the show room with one of our experience staff to get you fitted out. You are geared up with all brand new kit from the shelves to your perfect size.

The equipment is all top quality brands and complete for an instructor. Everything that you require to become a dive pro is included. You can see the equipment on the equipment page.

Scuba Instructor Internship Equipment list:
  • Buoyancy Control Device BCD – SCUBAPRO T-ONE
  • Dive Regulators: APEKS US4/AT20 Regulator and Octopus
  • Apeks SPG – Compact Pressure Gauge
  • COMPASS – Wrist Compass + Hose mount
  • COMPUTER – Suunto Zoop
  • WETSUIT – Deep Blue Short Wetsuit
  • Fins – SCUBAPRO Jet Sport
  • DIVE SLATE – Slate with quick connector
  • TORCH – Waterproof LED Torch
  • SMB – Safety Balloon
  • GEAR BAG -Mermaids Gear Bag
  • LIFT BAG – 25kg Object Lifting Bag
  • REEL – Wreck Reel 45meter
  • POCKET MASK – Pocket CPR Rescue Mask
  • DRY BAG – 10Ltr Dry Bag
  • 2 x T-SHIRTs – Mermaids Diving Life & Mermaids Dive
  • WEIGHT BUCKLE – Plastic Weight Belt Buckle
  • WEIGHT BELT – 1.4 Meter Webbing for Weight Belt
  • Snorkel – Silicone Snorkel
  • Boots – Deep Blue Boots
  • Knife – SAEKODIVE
  • Gloves – DEEP BLUE Gloves
Certification Level Duration All-In Price Price W/O Equipment Price W/O Hotel W/O Equip & Hotel
Non-Diver 7 months 354,800 324,800 318,800 288,800
Open Water Diver 5 months 334,800 304,800 310,800 280,800
Advanced Diver 5 months 326,800 296,800 302,800 272,800
Rescue Diver 4 months 311,800 282,800 294,800 264,800
Dive Master 3 months 245,000 215,000 233,000 203,000
Prices quoted in Thai baht. Any equipment or certification owned prior to arrival will be discounted.
Scuba Instructor Internship Availability
2016 / 17 OWSI Internship Start Date Availability
Date 5th 15th 25th
Mar 2017 DLI77 DLI78 Fully Booked
Apr 2017 DLI80 DLI81 DLI82
May 2017 Fully Booked DLI84 Fully Booked
JUNE 2017 DLI86 Fully Booked DLI88
JULY 2017 DLI89 DLI90 DLI91
Aug 2017 DLI92 DLI93 DLI94
Bits and Pieces…

Mermaids aren’t going to leave you at the airport on your arrival! Included within the program is your arrival transfer collection from Bangkok. The taxi journey is approximately 1.5 hours. We’ll collect you on arrival any time of night or day and ensure that you get to us safely.

We will assist you with your visa application for the training. In over 2000 applications from divers to visit Mermaids we have never had a diver fail to receive a visa.

Mermaids Dive, the original scuba instructor internship since 1999, will give you the experience of a lifetime AND scuba training that will be useful for the rest of your life. At the end of the dive trainee program the an active dive job assistance service will help the successful candidates find their first scuba job in the rapidly growing dive industry! Life really can be a beach! Get a scuba diving career by joining our scuba instructor internship! We’ll do all we can to assist you with divers jobs.

If you wish to see some ex-intern references and diver testimonials for Mermaids please check the diver testimonial pages.


NOW Working at Mermaids!

When we decided to travel to Thailand to do an Internship, everyone said to us you must be crazy!!! Sure with an 8 month old baby, we almost thought the same thing. Choosing the right Dive School was crucial for us to make our new life work and after many ups and downs searching for the right place and at the point of almost giving up our dream we contacted PJ and within hours joined up with Mermaids. Wow, they helped us with everything including finding us a fabulous nanny and a great apartment (all this before we even arrived) We have been here 7 months and are working on our MSDT and IDC Staff.

During this time, we’ve had great advice and instruction on all of our courses and ...

Good Times Leading to a Great Career!

Hey everyone, I just want to thank you all for a great 8 months in Pattaya. When I saw the website offering a scuba diving internship in Thailand I was a bit skeptical, but I have to admit it was one of the smartest moves I have made up to this point in my life. When you consider that I had NEVER been diving before coming to Thailand, and now I am a PADI professional, it is unbelievable. The hands on training provided by mermaids staff is second to none. They went out of their way to take the time to make sure I mastered the skills necessary to become not just a competent diver, but to excel and that’s what made it so special. So thanks to all you instructors, Russell, Claus, Manx, Dave...

Repeat Offender!

This is the second time I have been to Mermaids first was to do the Divemaster course which was very good and now the second which I have just done was OWSI!! All courses a taught to a very hi in the sky standard, the Course Directors, well they are the best around that’s for sure so Hats off to you Russell and Desi!! It’s been a pleasure to be part of Mermaids and I am sure I will be back!!

Divemaster Internship

After much internet research we contacted Mermaids to inquire about a divemaster internship, we received prompt and informative replies to all our questions, we also stopped by the centre on a quick visit and after seeing the operation and diving with the mermaids staff we were sold! We came to Mermaids initially for 3 months (that was 6 months ago) and after completing our DM course, we decided to stay for open water instructor training. The training at mermaids really is fantastic and having now successfully completed our OWSI training we decided to stay just a little bit longer to become specialty instructors. Not bad considering we only ever intended to be DMs!

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OWSI/MSDT Training with Mermaids

It's been 2 years since I finally completed my OWSI/MSDT training with Mermaids (I was one of those repeat offenders that just kept coming back!!)

Having now worked in the "real world" diving industry I cannot thank the amazing crew at Mermaids enough. I believe that you offer the best diver internship going around.

Several instructors I have worked with since have completed what is billed as "zero to hero" internships yet none of them have come out of their program with the kind of hands on experience and skills that I gained working under the likes of Russell, Desi, Ian B and Slinky and the awesome support staff at Mermaids.

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