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 Self Reliant Diver Thailand

Self-Reliant Diver Training

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Training Mermaids Pattaya Thailand

PADI Self Reliant Diver

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course in Pattaya

The purpose of the PADI Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving in Pattaya or Samaesan.

Why take the PADI Self-Reliant Diver course?:
  • To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary.
  • To sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

The program offers an introduction to self-reliant diving that helps student divers develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to rely on themselves first, whether or not they are diving with a partner. This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need to compensate for those situations, including dive planning, life support system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility.

Course Prerequisites
  • 18 years of age or older
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • Minimum 100 logged dives
  • Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a Mermaids PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor
Required Dive Equipment:
  • SMB or lift bag with 30 meters of line
  • Redundant air source – pony cylinder, twin cylinders with isolation valve or sidemount configuration. Redundant gas supply must be configured so that the diver can access with one hand (we provide all equipment during the course)
  • Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer. (Available to rent in Pattaya for 500 baht/computer/day)
  • Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible)
  • Knife or line cutting tool
  • Slate and pencil
  • Back-up mask (strongly recommended)
You’ll Learn:
  • The value and application of the buddy system
  • The philosophy of, and motivation for, diving without a partner
  • Potential risks of diving alone, and how to manage those risks
  • The value of equipment redundancy and what back-up equipment is needed
  • Dive planning and gas management
Self-Reliant Diver Course Content:
  • 2 days of diving, 4 Open Water Dives in Pattaya or Samaesan
  • Maximum depth 30 meters