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.

Side Mount Diving Configuration

Side Mount Equipment Configration

Side Mount Diving Configuration

Side Mount Diving Configuration

Side Mount Diving is a tank configuration in which two tanks are arranged on either side of a diver and not on their back. The Side Mount Diving Configuration is used today in sport, technical and especially cave diving applications.


Scuba diving with a side mount diving configuration simply means that you carry your tanks at your sides instead of on your back. This can reduce drag and is more comfortable for many divers. Sidemount divers often dive with two smaller tanks that are attached in the water. This makes carrying tanks and donning equipment easier and hence safer. Sidemount helps those who have difficulty lifting or walking with a back-mounted tank. Technical divers typically need to carry extra cylinders, and believe that using a sidemount setup is the best option.

The PADI Side Mount Diver course introduces divers to side Mount techniques for recreational scuba diving. The Tec Side Mount course teaches technical divers to mount at least four tanks for their technical diving adventures.

Standard Features
  • BCDs (buoyancy control devices) used for sidemount are usually wing style with a harness and different tank attachment points than backmount BCDs.
  • Tanks attach at the hip and on the upper chest, at armpit level on either side.
  • Most configurations use an elastic system (bungee, tubing, etc.) to hold tanks in place, or clips that attach to chest D-rings.
  • One / two regulators with submersible pressure gauges to match the tanks. At least one must have a low pressure inflator hose that hooks into your BCD.
Side Mount Optional Features

Many harnesses are padded for comfort and have pockets for weights to balance your trim. Many have crotch straps to keep the harness properly positioned.

Some harnesses and BCDs allow you to change out parts hence allowing you to use the system for sidemount.

For cave diving, some BCDs have hoses that attach near the bottom of the bladder instead of the top.
Cylinder-mounted weights allow you to fine-tune weight position during the dive by loosening and sliding the band up or down the tank.

How to Choose Diving Equipment Configuration

There are many side Mount diving systems available. Your PADI Side Mount Instructor can give you with the best advice regarding which sidemount will work for you.

A few Side Mount Diving configuration considerations:
  • Where you dive and what kind of tanks you use affect how much lift you need from your BCD.
  • You need to be able to easily and comfortably handle all clips and attachments. If you’ll wear thick gloves while sidemount diving, it’s a good idea to try putting on and taking off tanks with your gloves on.
  • If you plan to boat dive with your Side Mount system, make sure you’ll be able to quickly secure and release tanks on a moving platform or in choppy conditions.

To keep your sidemount equipment in good shape, follow the three general maintenance procedures:

  • Rinse thoroughly with fresh water after each use – both the outside and inside or your BCD.
  • Let it dry completely – out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
  • Partially inflate the BCD and store in a cool and dry place. Don’t leave weights in the harness weight pockets.