PADI MSDT & PADI Staff Instructor Internships Pattaya

PADI MSDT + PADI Staff Instructor Internships

Mermaid’s CDC Dive Center Pattaya, was operated since the late 80’s to 2006 by the late Stephen Blumenthal – once the worlds’ youngest PADI Course Director. Steve knew the importance of continued education to be successful. With an IDC (Instructor Development Course) and IE (instructor Examination) monthly it is a great place to further qualifications conveniently.

Mermaids dive professional MSDT & PADI Staff InternshipsTo be trained as a PADI diving instructor is superb and if your training was through a dive internship, certainly one of ours then you will find your dive skills and knowledge very well honed ready for a dive career.

Some new dive professionals would rather have some experience behind them for confidence prior to approaching possible dive employers for scuba work. They have the scuba diving instructor license but now they feel that they are at the bottom of the list of instructors out there as have yet to teach a dive course. This is not always the case as many of the new diving instructors can be more focused on everything in front of them that they need to teach. Many new dive instructors with no experience will blow you away as their control and knowledge is all 100% fresh and they are really trying to prove something to both themselves and the dive students.

Whilst it is true that you can get to work directly from the internship with confidence some do prefer to have real life dive teaching experience under their belts. Please note that the dive resort business training (ROS) can be added to either the MSDT or the STAFF packages.

Mermaid’s use the superb PADI system and have the PADI MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) Starter program, the MSDT Diving Life Internship and the Staff instructor programs as internships – please see below.

The “Diving Life” Specialty Instructor (MSDT Starter) Package

PADI Instructors enrolling in this option will receive a CD-ROM including 23 PADI Specialty Instructor outlines. Instructors will present lectures to a PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer and field questions pertaining to those Specialties. The course is designed to prepare you to teach at least 5 PADI Specialty Courses of your choice (extra specialty ratings may be available on request for a small fee). Some goals you will accomplish:

  • Present Specialty Course lectures to a PADI Course Director (Specialty IT), and discuss standards and marketing for 5 PADI Specialty Diver Courses.
  • Achieve 5 PADI Specialty Instructor ratings of your choice.

Cost: 30,000 Thai baht - Includes PADI Fees for 5 Specialty Instructor Courses and 5 Specialty Instructor Course Outlines.

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Certification – Full Package

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating is awarded to a PADI diving instructor that can teach a minimum of 5 PADI specialty courses and has experience in teaching 25 students dive courses. To hold this diver qualification demonstrates to a dive employer that you have good experience in teaching diving and also can teach a range of specialty diver courses. This makes a dive center more likely to offer you a dive job.

If you are looking at entering the realm of technical dive instruction then the MSDT will be useful. Many technical agencies require the certification level for MSDT to be achieved prior to a technical instructor level being held. DSAT require you to be an MSDT if looking at becoming an instructor in DSAT Tec Deep or the DSAT Tri-mix courses. Technical dive jobs require the MSDT rating.

The MSDT Internship – PADI Instructors enrolling in this option will be taken on as part of the Mermaids Dive Center staff for a period of 2 months after the IE and post-IE courses have been completed. During this time you will have access to all the benefits of a member of Mermaid’s instructor team. Some goals you will be able to accomplish:

  • Record at least 25 PADI teaching certifications.
  • Achieve 5 PADI Specialty Instructor ratings.
  • MSDT or Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification in FULL.
  • 80++ dives for experience and pleasure (un-limited).
  • Add 2 month’s diving work experience at a PADI Five Star CDC to your CV.

Cost: 84,800 Thai baht – Includes: 2 month lodgings, 5 PADI Specialty instructor Outlines and ALL PADI Fees

The PADI Staff Instructor Certification

PADI IDC Staff Instructors are PADI Instructors moving towards instructor-level training or teaching the Instructor Development Course (IDC). IDC Staff Instructors can independently train and certify PADI Assistant Instructors as well as help train PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. At this level you are beginning to direct instructors how to instruct.

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Award Emblem

The “Diving Life” IDC Staff Internship / Traineeship. PADI Instructors enrolling in this program will be taken on as part of the Mermaid’s Staff for a period of 3 months after the IE and post-IE courses have been completed.  During this time you will have access to all the benefits of a member Mermaid’s instructor team. Some goals you will be able to accomplish:

  • Record at least 25 PADI Certifications.
  • Achieve PADI Specialty Instructor ratings.
  • Achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating. (as above).
  • Achieve the PADI IDC Staff rating.
  • 120++ dives for experience and pleasure (un-limited).
  • Add 3 month’s scuba work experience at a PADI Five Star CDC to your diving CV.

3 months TOTAL – Cost: 127,300 Thai baht – (Individual cost 66,500 Thai baht – if not taking the MSDT also).

Includes: 3 months lodgings, 5 PADI Specialty Instructor Outlines, PADI C/W and O/W Evaluation Slates and all PADI Fees for Specialties, MSDT and IDC Staff ratings.

Notes on Internships:

  • Internship Fees must be paid in full before the start of the PADI IDC.
  • Interns are working on a non-salaried, work for experience, basis ONLY.
  • The next Professional diver level is the PADI Master Instructor rating.
  • Mermaids Career Development Center have been responsible for professional divers training through the ranks to make the highest PADI achievement to PADI Course Director. If you have time and the skills this is achievable – New PADI Course Directors here.


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!

We’ll have to ...

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.

Read More Testimonials »

News Categories