Dive Master Internship

In 1999 Mermaids Dive Centre created the Worlds first Dive Master Internship. The diving industry required a more professional approach to the training of a dive pro and we took the lead. Diving instructor internships followed allowing Dive Masters to progress into scuba diving instruction seamlessly.

All of Mermaids scuba diving internships are FULLY inclusive of agency fees, unlimited diving, full equipment (to keep), dive courses, training, materials and accommodation. Being ALL-Inclusive allows you the professional diver in training to concentrate solely on education and experience. We want you to become the very best diving pro possible and enjoy a wonderful life working in the scuba industry.

Located in Thailand Mermaids offer Dive Master and Dive Instructor training 365 days per year. With a year-long diving season we’re well placed to receive divers any time that is convenient to them. The local diving creates a perfect training ground with several penetrable ship wrecks, deep and shallow coral dives, slack and ripping currents – we have a wide range of diving experiences on our doorstep.

Diving internships allow you the ‘wet-side’ training in order to be a diving professional. Additionally Mermaids operate dry-side scuba repair training in the form of dive equipment maintenance and servicing. We offer a Scuba Engineer Internship that includes diving equipment, compressor strip down, engine rebuild, scuba tank testing and much more. Dry-Side scuba skills are looked at by diving employers very favourably.

If you are looking to become the very best dive pro possible then Mermaids can assist you with your dream. It is our goal to make you as employable as possible as a diver and work prepared. Mermaids have hundreds of ex-interns working throughout the world within the diving industry.

Buoy Project – Hardeep Ship Wreck preservation project

hardeep ship wreck scuba diving pattaya

Buoy Project – Hardeep Ship Wreck preservation project

We have been blessed locally with wonderful training conditions with great recreational scuba diving also. One of the main highlights for both recreational and divers in training is the Hardeep Ship wreck which lies in approximately 28 meters of water in Samesan, Pattaya, Thailand. The Hardeep is a ship with a lot of history and the details can be seen here. As it lays there have been no marker buoys on the wreck and it is now paying the price. When dive boats come in to drop off divers until currently the wreck is anchored to, causing a lot of stress on the boat that was sunk in 1942.

A team of divers for Mermaids carried out a “preservation” project on the Hardeep ship. It has been down for a long time and we wish for it to be diveable for a very much longer time yet.

Headed by Brock and Alex, Mermaids divers assisted with the planning, labour and the diving for the laying of new mooring lines. The “X” marks on the picture above show where the new mooring lines have been laid – we have one at the bow and one at the stern.

Tuesday 31st May 2005 Jeremiah, Alex, Brock, John and a team assisted with the creation of 50 x 50 kilogram concrete blocks. The mixes had to be made on the boat in the fishing port of Samesan as if they were made off of the boat there would have been a lot of fun transferring 1.5 tons of concrete on to a dive boat.

With the two marker buoys in place after a very difficult dive we were ready lighten the load of our dive boat and drop the concrete. Once safely on the bottom we can get on with collecting the blocks to create a hefty download for the “Police Marker Buoys” that had been donated by the local constabulary. We needed to collect 25 in each area and then bind then together to create one large 1250 kilogram weight. On “Twin Nitrox Sets” we had Brock, HMS, Dave and Jeremiah – this was to be our first group of 4. The reason for using Nitrox and twins was to increase the available dive “bottom time” so that the project could be completed without running out of air or available safe time underwater. Details of Nitrox diving can be seen here…

The 2nd group (of 3) heading for the other pile of concrete to be collected and bound, was Phil, Alex, and John. Thip and Pj joined the “twin sets” to document the process (take pictures).

I have to say congratulations to the team from Mermaids. To Brock, Thip and Alex for the overall planning and execution and to John (X-Treme), HMS, Phil, Dave, and Jeremiah for the assistance with the dives. A great job was done and let’s hope that this effort will allow us to train on and pleasure dive this wreck for many more years to come.