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.

PADI Pro MSDT Staff Internships

PADI Pro MSDT & Staff Instructor Internships

Mermaid’s CDC Dive Center Pattaya, was operated since the early ’90s to 2006 by the late Stephen Blumenthal. Steve was a true PADI Pro and 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 pro instructor is a superb achievement. If you trained through a dive internship, certainly Mermaids,  you will find your dive skills and knowledge solidly honed 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 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. Additionally the instructor holds experience in teaching 25 diving students. To the MSDT qualification demonstrates to an 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 Pro 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 you will work on attaining the MSDT. 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 Pro 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 Pro Staff Instructor Internships
“Diving Life” IDC Staff Internship 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.
  • 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.

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 PADI Pro level is the PADI Master Instructor rating.
  • Mermaids CDC have trained professional divers through the ranks to the highest PADI achievement of PADI Course Director. If you have time and the skills this is achievable at Mermaids.