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.

Michael Nichols

Michael Nichols

(in Memory of) Michael Nichols Underwater Treasure Hunt

Michael Nichols - top bloke and sorely missedYes, 13th, would you believe it. The Treasure Hunt has been a Memorial for a great friend of Mermaids, Michael Nichols. Michael was a dive intern with Mermaids Dive Center and tragically died in a traffic accident. Since this happening Stephen Blumenthal, the late PADI Course Director dedicated the annual treasure hunt to Michael.

The Underwater treasure hunt is always over a weekend with chances to win great prizes on both days. Some of the prizes included a Live-Aboard Trip, D6 Dive Computer, and T-Force BCD – very nice prizes indeed.

Treasure pots are planted under water at an undisclosed island until the day – that island was Koh Nok, Pattaya. All divers get to dive 1 or both days to recover a maximum of 2 treasure pots each – 1 each day. Many of the divers from the Saturday returned for the treasure dive on Sunday also. Both the Saturday and the Sunday saw almost 50 divers diving for prizes.

The evening of the Saturday we had a large buffet and prize award at the Captain’s Corner Hotel in Jomtien and the Sunday evening a party at Shooters to give away the last of the bounty. Have a look at some of the pictures from the 2007 Michael Nichols Memorial Treasure Hunt.

SPONSORS

MERMAIDS Dive Center – PADI COURSES / DAN COURSES / DIVE KNIVES / BACKPACKS / RASH VESTS / EANX DIVES, CAPTAINS CORNER – MEAL FOR 2 X 2, DIVE SUPPLY – D6 Dive Computer / SCUBAPRO T FORCE BCD / BODY WARMER / BACKPACK, TDS – MINI B / HYDRO OPTICS Diving MASK / CLEANING SYSTEMS / FUNKY FINS, SEA KING Divers – LIVEABOARD TRIP, TOM ROSSETTI – BUNGY JUMP VOUCHERS, SIMPLE SIMONS – MEAL FOR 2, SHOOTERS BAR JOMTIEN – BOTTLE OF SANGSOM/10 BEERS/5 BEERS, BELL HELICOPTERS – STATIONERY PACK, MANHATTENS STEAKHOUSE/ALAN VERNSTEIN – 2000B MEAL VOUCHER, ROSKILDE – BOTTLE OF SANGSOM, TQ2 – BOTTLE OF WHISKEY, UP2UBAR – PERSONAL PARTY, SHOOTERS, SOI DIAMOND – 500B DRINKS VOUCHER, TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT – WAKEBOARD SET X 2

AFTER PARTY HOSTS

CAPTAINS CORNER – Residence Garden Jomtien & SHOOTERS BAR Soi Diamond, Walking Street Pattaya

OTHERS

Mrs. NICHOLS – allowing us to remember Michael with the Treasure Hunt – PATTAYA PEOPLE – Advertising, SLINKY – Great T Shirts, JOHN ELLIOTT – Rallying the troops, STEVE DAMBROGGIO, PHIL LIU, DUSTIN MCPHERSON AND RICHARD WILSON – Running the boats, EVERYONE – For attending