Dive Internships – Mermaids Creation
In 2000 the very first scuba dive internships were created at Mermaids Pattaya by Stephen Blumenthal and Peter Scott. All internships are designed with your employability in mind. Full focus is on making you as ‘dive industry ready’ as possible. We want you to be successfully employed within the dive industry and live your dreams. Mermaids have an incredible amount of ex-students working all over the world.
With your employment in mind we offer both ‘Wet-Side’ Professional Diver Training and ‘Dry-Side’ Scuba Engineer Training. A professional diver that has both wet and dry side skills is truly a key member of any dive team.
Mermaids dive internships offer full course content and much more experience on top. Emphasis is on safety allows you to gain good professional habits. All of the skills and knowledge obtained will be practically applied daily hence leaving you thoroughly trained. Which ever Pro Diver or engineer level you wish to achieve – you can and more.
Mermaids offer thorough dive internships for all level of divers and those that have never dived before. Let me break down the professional levels and what they can do for you within the dive industry.
Dive Master Internships
The PADI Dive Master certification is the first rung on the professional diving ladder. This International Professional dive qualification will allow you to assist dive instructors in teaching, plan and run dive trips, lead trial dives, organize dive logistics and work within a dive centre in day-to-day diving. The PADI Dive Master rating is internationally recognised and definitely the first passport to travel. There is a lot of scuba work for well-trained and mature Dive Masters.
Dive Master Internship at Mermaids.
PADI Dive Instructor Internships
PADI Dive Instructors can perform all of the duties of a Dive Master but additionally teach students to dive. To become an instructor you must be trained to Dive Master and then take the IDC – Instructor Development Course. As a PADI Diving Instructor you will be able to teach Open Water, Advanced, EFR, Rescue and Dive Master courses to students. As long as they are fit and able you can literally teach anyone to dive. Again, the PADI Instructor qualification is internationally recognised.
Mermaids PADI Instructor training is the most popular of the dive internships. As Dive Instructor you can command a good living wage. Some dive centres only employ diving instructors and above.
Check out Mermaids Diving Instructor Training
MSDT / PADI Staff Instructor Internships
Mermaid’s Dive Centre is a long standing PADI CDC (Career Development Centre) sanctioned to offer dive career development.
A Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) is a professional diving instructor that has experience in teaching and can teach a minimum of 5 speciality dives. Specialty dives such as night diver, wreck diver, drift diver, deep diver etc.
Put simply, if you’re a PADI Instructor who has taught and certified 25 students and learned to teach 5 or more specialty dives – You’re an MSDT.
An instructor with MSDT rating is attractive to an employer as it shows that the instructor has experience. More over, as an MSDT can teach more courses – the employing dive centre now has more courses that it can offer. As an MSDT you will also enter dive employment seasoned with a minimum of 25 students taught.
A PADI Staff Instructor is an MSDT with a lot more student certifications under their belt. Staff Instructors additionally train to assist on a PADI Instructor Development Course. A PADI Staff Instructor can now work with Course Directors in training Instructors (to be instructors). As a PADI Staff Instructor you’re not just teaching divers to dive … But now you’re teaching divers to teach diving (and begin their dive careers).
See info on Mermaids PADI MSDT and PADI Staff Internships
Scuba Technician / Dive Equipment Internships
Increasingly dive ‘dry-side’ qualifications are are required by employing dive centers. Every functional dive centre needs compressed air and scuba tanks. Dive centres require well maintained diving equipment for a smooth and safe operation. Dive operations require compressors which all require engines to operate them. Remote dive centres need to have in-house facilities to keep their operations running – hence they require scuba engineers.
A scuba engineer is often dive master or diving instructor. Dive engineers should be able to strip down and rebuild an air compressor unit and hydrostatically and visually inspect dive cylinders. An engineer would be able to service and maintain a wide range of diving equipment. If you can couple your ‘wet-side’ skills with ‘dry-side’ skills then your skills are extremely desirable within the dive industry. Holding both Wet and Dry-side skills makes you an all round dive pro and a key part of a dive business.
Mermaids operate Dive Engineer Training for employment within the diving industry.