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Thailand PADI Divemaster Internship

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Thailand PADI Divemaster Internship

Develop your diving skills in the enchanting, crystal clear waters of Koh Tao.

Prices from US$2,745

Thailand continues to be one of the most tempting destinations for those who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking silvery beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins.

Koh Tao is most definitely the jewel in Thailand’s royal crown, famed for its laid back atmosphere and immaculate coral reef diving. However, in recent years the island's land resources and coral reefs have come under increasing threat from rapid, unregulated and unsustainable development. Join our marine conservation and diving project and help protect this beautiful island and its pristine coral reefs for future generations whilst enjoying all this exotic country has to offer the adventurous traveller.

Enter the global scuba diving industry with a professional diving qualification combined with work experience and marine conservation training.


  • Dive in some of the most beautiful locations in the world 
  • Improve your confidence under water 
  • Become a qualified Dive Master


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Must be qualified to PADI Advanced Open Water Level


Location Koh Tao, Thailand
Activities PADI certified Divemaster course
Helping with the day-to-day running of the dive school
Relax on some of the world’s most pristine beaches
Indulge in traditional Thai lifestyle
Transport Make your own way to the project site by ferry
Accommodation Guesthouse 


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Additional dive courses available at extra cost 
Project orientation and training  
In-country emergency support   
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Frontier’s PADI Divemaster internship at this popular marine conservation and diving NGO could open the door to a wealth of career opportunities for you as a dive instructor or future marine conservationist. You will join our fun and exciting team of experienced dive instructors for this 6 week internship on the stunning island of Koh Tao.

Our experienced instructors take you through a carefully planned programme and supervise you throughout to ensure that you get the most out of your internship. The Divemaster training itself is a fantastic experience, and the time that you share with your colleagues learning and enjoying the simple things in life is guaranteed to leave you with some unforgettable memories! 


You will be shown the ropes and introduced to the staff as you shadow the more experienced members of team. The course itself has a range of practical and theoretical elements. There are eight exams to complete under the guidance of your instructor. The exams cover topics such as diving physiology, decompression theory and dive equipment as well as other topics of interest. The course is run as an internship which will see you involved in all aspects of the dive school. You will be required to attend the dive school every day and help with the operation of the school which may include activities such as equipment maintenance and looking after the divers once they arrive in the shop. Of course this also means that you can join our early evening yoga class on the veranda overlooking the bay as the sun sets each evening.

Throughout your internship you will develop your experience supervising general diving activities for certified divers right through to eventually leading certified divers on fun dives. In addition you will assist the instructors with student diver training. The third component of this course is to improve your skills and test your limits in the water. You will be required to perform a variety of swim tests to check your endurance and physical fitness.  You will also learn how to demonstrate dive skills at an instructor level.

The Divemaster internship is a fantastic experience giving you the opportunity to learn and experience the simple things in life with the team. You need to have completed the other courses to advance to this level and once you become a Divemaster the whole world will become your oyster.

The course includes a minimum of 60 dives. 

Please be aware that you should not fly for a minimum of 24 hours following a diving session, so take this into consideration when booking your flights home. Additionally, we recommend checking with your doctor prior to departure to this project, as some medical conditions can prevent you from diving safely, namely; pregnancy, flu, heart and/or lung condition(s), diabetes, asthma, and epilepsy, whilst it is also advised you have a good level of fitness.


The project is located on the beautiful island of Koh Toa off the east coast of mainland Thailand. You could fly into either Koh Samui or Surat Thani airport where you will then use our easy to follow instructions to make your way to the connecting ferry. Will will provide you with all the information you need prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.  Upon arrival at the main island pier you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative and taken to your accommodation!


Whilst participating in this project you will be staying in a simple room at a little family run resort right by the beach in the south of the island, a few minutes walk from the dive school. Local amenities, bars and restaurants are within walking distance from the resort which is surrounded by tranquil gardens making it the perfect place to relax after a fun day of diving.


Food is not provided as part of this programme. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! All meals are based on fresh produce that is purchased from the local area.  Enjoy fragrant Thai specialities, such as mild coconut curries, fragrant steamed rice, or dumplings.  Enjoy your meals alongside your fellow volunteers in the comfort of your peaceful surroundings.

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In your spare time at weekends and in the evenings you have time to enjoy yoga, meditation, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming. You can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. Explore golden temples, with their ancient Buddhist carvings and magical atmosphere. Enjoy a Thai massage, which really will give you a new sense of serenity! As you can see, there will be no shortage of ways to occupy your time off.


6 weeks US$2,745


Weekly, starts on a Monday.  This project does not run throughout December.


before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shire


  • Accomodation
  • Additional dive courses available at extra cost
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Koh Samui (USM), Surat Thani (URT)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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