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.


Dive Internships

Dive Internships – Mermaids Creation

Dive Internships at Mermaids Dive Pattaya, Thailand

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. The full focus of the training 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.

Divemaster Internships

The PADI Divemaster certification is the first rung on the professional diving ladder. Being a certified Dive Master you will be able 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 available for the well-trained and mature Dive Master.

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

‘Dry-side’ qualifications are increasingly required by employers. Air and scuba tanks are essential to every scuba dive operation and someone has to be responsible for the maintenance. 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 a certified dive master or diving instructor also. Dive engineers should be able to strip down and rebuild an air compressor, hydrostatically and visually inspect dive cylinders and 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.