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.

Diving Instructor Internship Pattaya

Diving instructor internship Pattaya with Learn-in-Asia

Diving instructor internship Pattaya: Mermaid’s CDC 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 Thailand.

What does the Scuba Instructor internship Include?

  • PADI Open Water Course
  • 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
  • MSD (Master Scuba Diver) certification
  • PADI Dive Master Course
  • PADI IDC Preparation course
  • IDC (PADI Instructor Development Course)
  • PADI I E (PADI Instructor Examination) – ALL fees paid
  • O2 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
  • FULL Set of Diving Equipment (to keep)
  • Accommodation for your entire stay
  • Membership to our Exclusive Diver Job Assistance Program
  • Bangkok Airport Transfer – Arrive any time night or day and we’ll be there to collect you

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.


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. The rooms are of good size and there is a pool. The intern accommodation is just 30 seconds walk from the dive centre.

Included Specialty Courses:

During your recreational training to up to Rescue diver you will be exposed to a lot of specialty diving courses. Within the program you get to choose the 5 Specialty courses that you are mostly interested in. Below are the Specialty Diver courses offered at Mermaids which you can choose from.

  • PADI Underwater Photography
  • PADI Self-Reliant Diver
  • Side-Mount Diver
  • PADI Deep Diver
  • PADI Underwater Navigator
  • Wreck Diver Course
  • PADI Nitrox Enriched Air Diver Course
  • PADI Night Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist Specialty
  • PADI Search and Recovery
  • PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty
  • Equipment Specialist
  • PADI Drift Diver Course
  • PADI DPV Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver
EFRI - Instructor

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. The EFR is usually taken just prior to the PADI Rescue Diver course. The EFR is of course included within the program.

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!

Brand New Equipment:

As a professional diver in training, a diver is expected to have their own scuba equipment. Owning a complete set serves the purposes of allowing the diver to become 100% familiar and comfortable with their exact equipment. Additionally complete set of dive equipment is amongst the tool set required by any diving employer. Employing a dive pro without their own equipment is like employing a carpenter with no tools. Most diving employers will insist that the DM/Instructor possesses a complete set of dive equipment.

To this end Learn-in-Asia Mermaids supply all dive intern equipment within the package. If you already have a full set then you will be discounted. If you have most equipment but missing bits and pieces then we can supply what is required.

Check out the FULL SET of Diving Equipment.

Master Scuba Diver:

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.

Divemaster Certification:

padi divemaster badge

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.

Instructor Development:

scuba instructor internship at Mermaids dive PADI CDC

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.

FFM 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 training divers in FFM since 2005. For many years we’ve liked to keep you in the future!

Oxygen Delivery:

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.

Instructor Specs - MSDT:

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 specialty diving courses that Mermaids offer. Many divers elect to become instructors in the recreational specialty that they chose.

Unlimited 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!

Manuals & Materials:

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.

Diving Internship Costs:

Diver Level Months Price Own Equip
Non-Diver 7 354,800 324,800
Open Water 5 334,800 304,800
Advanced 5 326,800 296,800
Rescue 4 311,800 282,800
Dive Master 3 245,000 215,000

The above prices are in THAI BAHT – Please use an online currency converter to check in your local currency.

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.

Mermaids Dive, the original scuba instructor internship since 2000, 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.

SILVER Diving Instructor Internship Pattaya

The Mermaids diving instructor internship Pattaya offers great value utilising all of the same resources such as boats, materials & dive  equipment to keep, training staff, cooks, lockers, hotel accommodation …. everything – there are simply no additional PADI speciality diver or specialty dive instructor courses included with the SILVER package. The SILVER package offers less courses and diving days to practice and practically apply what you have learned. The GOLD packages offer more time to hone and master all skills and knowledge gained in training. Both packages will ensure you are a hardy trained instructor that can work within the PADI guidelines and gain diving employment if that is your ultimate goal.

SILVER Prices:

  • PADI Open Water Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • Emergency First Response Course – CPR/1st AID with AED for Adult
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • PADI Divemaster Course
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Course
  • PADI Instructor Development Course
  • PADI Instructor Examinations (PADI IE)
  • FULL Set of Brand New Diving Equipment
  • Unlimited diving for your course duration
  • Accommodation on self catering basis
  • Visa Assistance (Paperwork to support a student visa application)

The diving instructor internship Pattaya will still see you as the diver trained to a very high standard within the industry. Mermaids have seen our divers gain work from the SILVER training as well as the GOLD instructor training. If one is determined and pro-active then many different types of dive jobs can be gained.

The Diving Instructor Internship Pattaya has been carefully designed in order to offer a keen prospective scuba diving professional a budget alternative to enter the industry still offering all of the training and tools that would be required for the trade. We train for a “No Shock” entry into the diving industry by gaining invaluable experience around a pro-active PADI FIVE Star CDC. You’ll train along different students at different levels and oversee the dry-side business of the diving industry as well as in water wet activities.

The SILVER package still allows you to look over instructors shoulders and get involved with all that is going on. The divers that are inquisitive and really get stuck in generally tend to gain employment much more quickly than those that require leadership. We are lucky all of our SILVER and GOLD interns have all been professional in their approach and intent to gain dive work. This makes them attentive students, keen to learn and a driven pleasure to be a around.

Level Months Price Own Kit
Non 6 261,446 231,476
O/W 82 days 187,476 157,476
Adv. 77 days 182,476 152,476
Res. 75 days 177,476 147,476
D M 42 days 152,171 122,171

The above prices are in THAI BAHT – Please use an online currency converter to check in your local currency.

Dive Master already? Looking for a Dive Instructor Internship Pattaya?

Congratulations on being a dive professional already at the PADI dive master level. If you have come this far you’ll know the sense of achievement you get from this level and if you have worked in the dive industry already then you’ll know how rewarding it can be. Ever thought about upgrading from Dive Master? For a professional start you could consider a Mermaids dive instructor internship.You can take a PADI IDC anywhere that is an IDC center – you’ll be trained over a 2 week period in instruction and then let loose to find work. You’ll be able to find dive centers aplenty that will offer this. Mermaids however do not like to work this way. We have gained through hard work and dedication to the dive training a great reputation for dive industry ready students. This is built on producing highly employable dive professionals from Dive Master up.

Diving Instructor Internship Pattaya: Attending a dive instructor internship is a solid step forward to achieving a strong career within the dive industry.  All focus is on you and your professional development to gain employment. Mermaids PAD Career Development Centre is a strong choice for a professional advantage.If you are a divemaster and wish to upgrade to instructor then we have a great pro-dive package that interns you as a DM through to instructor over a 3 month period. The training will allow you to be the very best instructor with all of the following included within the package:

  • 3 Months hotel accommodation – Self catered basis
  • Unlimited diving. (Usually netting 80+ dives)
  • ALL Fees to PADI paid for the IDC and the IE
  • IDC Preparation course
  • AI (Assistant Instructor) course
  • IE – Instructor Examination and OWSI certification
  • 5 PADI Instructor Specialty Courses:
  • PADI Enriched Air Instructor
  • PADI Night Dive Instructor
  • Deep Dive Instructor
  • PADI Wreck Diver Instructor
  • PADI Multi-Level Diver Instructor
  • EFRI (Emergency First Response Instructor) rating. (Including Instructor manual and fees)
  • EFR CFC – Care for Children (Including manual – As standard with all Mermaids Pro-packages)
  • 02 Oxygen First Aid for Diving Accidents
  • International Dive Job assistance
  • Visa assistance
  • Airport Transfer
  • ALL Materials, Manuals and Aids for the training
  • The most fun and adventure that you have in a lifetime!

Cost: 245,000 Thai baht


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Sept 18 DL25 BOOKED DL27
Oct 18 BOOKED DL29 DL30
Nov 18 DL31 DL32
Dec 18 DL34 BOOKED DL36
Jan 19 BOOKED DL38 DL39
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Mar 19 DL43 BOOKED DL45
APR 19 DL46 DL47 DL48