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I’m not a certfied diver, can I do a diving internship

100% yes.

We have had many “non divers” over the years who have gone on to complete their Divemaster and then Instructor internships.

As a non-diver you have the huge benefit of not having any bad diving habits and usually progress very quickly.

 

How fit do I need to be for an internship?

Health & Fitness
You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to join a scuba internship, but should have basic fitness.

Scuba diving is a very relaxing activity, and is significantly less physically demanding than swimming or snorkeling. To be able to take part in one of our diving internships you need to be in basic decent shape, but nothing special!

And stating the obvious, you also need to be able to swim. You don’t need to be an especially strong swimmer, but it’s essential that you can swim and are comfortable in water.

During your diving internship you will be given ample opportunity to practice your swimming and snorkelling and we encourage you to do so, to improve your all-round basic fitness.

Medical Questionnaire for all Scuba Internships
There are many specific medical conditions which have the potential to be unsafe for scuba divers. These are listed in the PADI Medical Questionnaire.

Examples include ear or sinus surgery, drug or alcohol abuse, cancer, heart disease, pregnancy etc.

If you think you may have concern over a particular illness or injury, contact us and we can discuss it with you.

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When can I start a diving internship?

At the Divemaster internship Academy we have no set start dates, so you get to choose when is best for you.

All of our programs are on a rolling start which means you can join when it fits best into your current schedule.

The only restriction you may find is that due to our very unique Divemaster internships we get fully booked very quickly, so we advise to book at least 4 months ahead if you can.

For the instructor internships an additional restriction is your final instructor exams (IE). These are carried out by PADI Examiners who are flown into the island at set dates throughout the year. Obviously you will want to time it so your are ready to take the exams at your best.

We can advise you when the instructor exams are so you will be able to best work out when to start for maximum results.

 

Whats the Recreational Diving internship?

The Recreational Diving internship is something very unique to the Divemaster internship Academy.

Over the years we have had candidates who loved diving, loved Tenerife, loved the camaraderie of an internship but don’t want to be Divemasters or don’t want to study.

So we introduced the Recreational internship. The internship is basically 8 weeks of diving!

Other than diving you will have presentations about safe diving and additional diving theory, but no study, no courses (unless you want to join in on one).

The rest of the internship stays the same, with the only major differences being you will have more spare time and no certification at the end, just lots of dives and life long memories of a great time with fantastic people.

The Recreational Diving internship is cheaper than the normal internships as there are no PADI materials to purchase.

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What happens when I arrive for my internship?

After being collected form the airport you will be taken to your accommodation and settled in. We like to try to ensure on everyone’s first night they get to meet all the other interns and staff and sit down for a drink or perhaps a meal to start to get to know one another.
The next day you will be shown around and given all your PADI materials and equipment. Then its straight on to the training.

All of the PADI courses are a mixture of scuba diving theory, shallow water work developing new skills and of course getting out into the ocean. The entire PADI system is progressional and so you are constantly building on what you have already learnt and progressing towards the ultimate aim of PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor.

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What will I do on an average day on my internship?

As you are starting to realise by now we are not a “typical” Dive Centre, so your day will be very different to interns at other Dive Centre’s!

As an overview for the week, firstly we only work 5 days a week!  And when we say work, we mean train you.

The week is split into diving days and non diving days.
Generally speaking 3 days of the week will be spent diving.
These days start at 9am where you will get your diving equipment together before going off to one of more than 50 dive sites we regularly visit in Tenerife. there will also be ample opportunity for night dives which most people love.

We have many varied sites depending on abilities and certification levels, so whatever your current level we have something to suit you.

Normally you will do  2-3 dives per day. All our PADI dive internships include unlimited diving, so even if you want to take a break between PADI courses, you’re still welcome to head out with the Team for some extra ‘fun dives’ (non-training dives).

When you’re not out diving, we’ll be working through the other components of your PADI courses. This will include scuba diving theory covering all important diving principles (physiology, equipment, physics etc), and brushing up your scuba diving skills to perfection in the swimming pool.

Depending on the individuals and the group, you may have 4 days a week diving and 1 in the pool and studying. Either way the Team are very flexible to do whats best for you.

The day ends around 4pm with all the gear cleaned and put away

And what happens at the end of the day?
It’s not written in stone but generally a beer finishes the day off and you can get to chat with everyone about the days events. Theres never a shortage of “dive stories” to be told by our instructors!

Then its off for dinner. Some days there are BBQ’s, some days we arrange to all go out and have a meal and a few more drinks or if we have a day off the next day perhaps a trip to the see the night life of Tenerife. Everything depends on the next days schedule and the groups at the time.  If you fancy a night in, no problem, no pressure.

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Beginner to PADI Instructor (OWSI)

ZERO to Hero!

Our dive internship includes:

  • All PADI Diving Courses from beginner to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
  • Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI)
  • 24 Weeks Accommodation
  • Your own set of professional scuba diving equipment
  • All PADI Course Materials
  • All Certification Fees
  • Unlimited Dives during dive internship (expect to log between 100 and 300 dives)

Introduction
Take this awesome opportunity to become a PADI Scuba diving Instructor whilst spending 6 months on the gorgeous island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Get qualified to certify new divers anywhere in the world with the PADI system. The PADI Instructor is the most sought after diving professional in 187 Countries!

Within days you will be diving some of the best dives sites in Europe and meeting our international groups of interns and instructors and start making friends for life.;

PADI Instructor Internship:
Imagine getting up in the morning to glorious sunshine knowing you will spend most of the day underwater and with people who’s lives your about to change forever! That’s the day of a PADI Instructor

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most in-demand professionals in the scuba diving industry, and this internationally recognized qualification allows you to work in diving all over the world.

Our 6 month PADI Instructor internship trains you from beginner right through to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, giving you all the training, skills and experience which you need along the way. You’ll get to log hundreds of dives, getting see a huge variety of aquatic life, wrecks, Sting Rays, Sharks and perhaps a few Dolphins.

Best of all, you’ll get to meet and work together with people from all over the world, and as your PADI internship progresses you’ll become a valued member of the dive team, taking on responsibility, becoming an expert level diver, and have a great time in the process. This really is the adventure of a lifetime and will open up many exciting opportunities.

Our PADI internship includes absolutely everything which you need to train through to PADI Instructor – scuba diving training, equipment, materials and accommodation. Let’s look at each in more detail:

Scuba Diving Courses: Open Water to PADI Instructor

The dive internship follows PADI’s scuba courses in sequence, building new diving skills and experience at each stage. Here are the steps:

1. PADI Open Water Diver
First we’ll teach you the basics of scuba diving with training including scuba diving theory, shallow water skills and 4 open water dives exploring the best of our underwater world You’ll get certified to dive to 18M and develop scuba skills which are a foundation for everything to come.

2. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
Next we make 5 more training dives to expand your scuba diving skills and experience into specialised areas of diving. This includes deep diving to a maximum depth of 30 meters, underwater navigation and options for night diving, photography, buoyancy control, search and recovery dives, wreck diving and more.

3. Emergency First Responder and PADI Rescue Diver
Training moves up a gear during the combined EFR & Rescue Diver program.

We begin with a one day CPR/First aid qualification before heading out to the water to learn how to manage and prevent scuba diving emergencies, including both surface and underwater rescue scenarios. You’ll learn and master rescue skills and emergency management, then be put to the test responding to simulated problems. Most people describe this as the best course in the PADI system!

4. PADI Divemaster Internship
Now the step up to dive professional; you’ll develop expert level scuba diving theory, assist with student divers in training and learn to guide certified divers on underwater tours. You’ll be challenged during watermanship and problem solving exercises, create a map of a dive site and conduct a scuba review for a ‘rusty’ diver. You’ll take on real responsibility, becoming a valued diving professional.

You will learn to take certified divers on tours of dive sites, showing them lots of marine life and guiding them safely back, plus you’ll be helping the PADI Instructors train new divers. As you build up experience as a PADI Divemaster, you’ll become a valued member of our dive team and will get a lot of satisfaction being involved in the running a Dive Centre. Along the way you will make an emergency assistance plan, develop demonstration quality scuba diving skills and get to grips with detailed scuba diving theory covering physics, physiology, decompression theory, scuba equipment and more. Being a Divemaster Trainee is a fantastic experience where you’ll learn lots and have a great time.

6. PADI Instructor Development Course
Finally, we’ll train you how to teach diving in the PADI Instructor Development course (IDC). You’ll learn about the standards which we have to work to as scuba diving instructors and we’ll teach you how to deliver classroom, confined water and open water teaching presentations. You’ll learn how to control a group of students in the water, and identify and correct student diver problems, making sure all your students qualify as safe, confident divers. This is an intensive course with a steep learning curve and  you will achieve a real sense of achievement as you raise your level.

7. PADI Instructor Examination
The last step is the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). An external team of PADI instructor examiners visits us from the PADI head office , to evaluate instructor candidates in an intensive 2 day evaluation. You’ll be assessed on your scuba diving knowledge, classroom teaching, shallow water skills presentations and open water teaching. You’ll be required to deal with simulated problems and show that you’ve got what it takes to work as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. Your PADI Internship will have you more than ready for this examination – once the IE is complete you’ll be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and there’ll be a bit of celebrating!

Unlimited Scuba Diving
And, throughout your PADI internship you can make as many dives as you want. At any stage throughout the internship, you can take a break from the training and enjoy some ‘fun dives’. You’ll pair up with other intern’s or one of our Divemasters and head out to the dive sites, enjoying the underwater terrain and aquatic life. This is a great way to develop your navigation skills and get familiar with the dive sites.

PADI Internships: Scuba Diving Equipment Package
Your dive internship includes your own set of scuba diving equipment.

You’ll receive:

Mask
Snorkel
Regulator Set (First Stage, Primary and Alternate 2nd Stages, Gauges and LPI hose)
Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
Diving fins
Wetsuit booties
5mm Wetsuit
Stainless Steel Dive Knife
Underwater Wrist Compass
Safety Marker Buoy (SMB)
Pocket Mask
Underwater slate
Whistle

PADI Dive Course Manuals and Certification Fees
The PADI Internship includes all the PADI manuals, slates, cue cards and *certification fees which you need to train through to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor:

PADI Open Water Diver:
Open Water manual & Recreational Dive Planner, Table Version

PADI Advanced Diver:
Adventures in Diving manual, Underwater navigation slate

Emergency First Responder:
EFR Candidate Manual

PADI Rescue Diver:
Rescue Diver Manual and Diving Accident Flow Chart

PADI Divemaster Training:
Divemaster manual
Encyclopedia of Scuba Diving
Divemaster Knowledge workbook
DM cue cards and electronic dive planner – multi level version.

Instructor Development Course (IDC):
PADI IDC Candidate Workbook
PADI Instructor Manual
Lesson Preparation Slates
Instructor Cue Cards
Student Exam Booklets (OW, Rescue, DM)
Emergency First Response Instructor Manual

This is the complete set of PADI materials for the serious professional.

Accommodation for your PADI Internship
For the 6 months of your PADI Internship you’ll be staying in an apartment near the Academy. The accommodation is fully fitted with all mod cons. You have the option of your own apartment, or to make your internship cheaper sharing an apartment or even sharing a room which really reduces the cost.

Start Dates & Internship Booking Procedure
We run our scuba diving internships all year round as a rolling program so you can begin whenever you prefer.

Interested? Want to change your life forever?

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Booking procedure for internships

Are you ready to reserve your internship place?
You have 2 options either drop us an email and let us know which scuba internship you’re interested in.
We’ll answer any questions which you have about our internships, diving equipment, accommodation etc, or any random questions you may have.
Or complete the form located here to get a personalised cost for your chosen internship package.

Dive Internships start dates / end dates
Please check our availability here for 2015 and here for 2016.
Due to our popularity there can be periods when we are already full.
The minimum stay is 4 weeks (for the Fast Track internship) or the standard 8 weeks internship. You can extend your stay with us for as long as you want by selecting your required option when completing the form.

Dive Internship Booking Deposit
We’ll ask you for a small deposit of €100 to book your place on the scuba diving internship. You can choose between PayPal or Bank transfer.

Once that’s done, you can go ahead and book your flights to Tenerife. Current airlines are Ryanair, Monarch, Easyjet, Jet2, British Airways to mention a few.

Dive internships Payment Balance
After we have received your deposit we will contact you and confirm when the balance is due. This is usually split into 2 equal payments.

Whats next?
After you have confirmed your reservation by sending your deposit we will contact you with a payment schedule, registration pack and finally a helpful “what to bring” list.

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Why choose the Divemaster Academy for your internship?

The Divemaster internship Academy is simply the best place to come for your PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor internship. We run our internships totally differently from any other Dive Centre. We have radically changed the whole methodology behind scuba diving training for the professional and put YOU first! Add to this our beautiful surroundings with great weather almost 365 days a year and cheap flight connections to all of Europe and the family atmosphere and you will start to understand why we are number one for internships.

Here are some of the reasons that the Divemaster Academy is special:
Internship Training Academy
We are not a Dive Centre that also tries to do internships. We are an Academy for internships! That means a dedicated team of instructors to teach, train and inspire YOU.

With a limited intake of interns and a high ratio of Instructors to interns we believe we are in the best position to give you a fantastic time during your scuba diving internship.

Having trained a huge number of PADI Divemasters and PADI Instructors we have listened to all the feedback and taken all “the best bits” and combined them into one Academy for your best experience and highest possible standards.

Want a job? We only employ Divemasters and Instructors who have been trained by us, why? Because of our very high standards no other Dive Centre matches our expectations. Once you have completed your internship you are welcome to stay on for more experience and if exceptional there is always a strong possibility of employment with us.

The Divemaster internship Academy has a friendly and fun atmosphere with lots going on and a great social scene. We believe you should work hard and play harder!

Because we train diving professionals from all levels you will get to experience and chat to all kinds of divers from all over the world.

Best location in Europe? We think so!
We are located in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. With almost daily connecting flights to most of Europe and the “budget” airlines flying to Tenerife, flights are very affordable.

In Tenerife we have everything from Europe’s largest Water Park, a stunning volcano, long sandy beaches, beautiful warm blue Atlantic ocean and 1,000’s of bars, restaurants, cafes, and so many things to do, on your days off you will be spoilt for choice.

Experienced Instructors
At the Academy we have a team of very experienced PADI scuba diving instructors, with many years of teaching experience behind them. Our emphasis is on making you a safe, competent diver and dive leader .

Our Instructors are able not only to teach you to be a PADI Divemaster and PADI Instructor but also give you the extra knowledge to get into employment quickly and how to avoid the pitfalls that a lot of newly certified Divemasters fall into when trying to find work.

The whole team are committed to high standards of service and safety, demonstrated through our excellent safety record. Since opening we have never hand a serious diving related incident. Something we are very proud of and rigorously strive to maintain.

Safe, Fun & Friendly Scuba Internships
Staying safe is the most important thing when scuba diving, and we’ll make sure that you clearly understand all the PADI training that you receive and act as a safe and responsible diver.

But we also remember why people get into scuba diving – to have fun! The tone of our dive internship programs in general is to enjoy ourselves whilst staying safe.

Social Environment
Our team of PADI instructors, Divemasters and interns such as yourself makes for a great social crowd where there’s always something fun going on.

Once you arrive in Tenerife for your dive internship you’ll be sure to settle in quickly, make lots of friends and become part of the Divemaster internship Academy Team.

During the day even though you will be busy with diving, diving theory or practicing your pool skills, fun is never far away. The training Director who has experience with training in many fields, not just diving, firmly believes people learn better and quicker whilst having fun, and this is seen throughout the Academy.

In the evenings you have time to relax and enjoy yourself. The training Team will show you the best places to go, the most exciting things to do and where the best deals are. The nights will vary from chilling with a BBQ, to dancing the night away in Tenerife’s top bars and clubs.

At the Academy we have a 5 day week, unlike most who work a 6 day week, so you will have plenty of time to relax, explore and have fun.

Whats next?
Following the links below to contact us or complete the form with your details to get a personalised cost of your internship package.

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Beginner to PADI Divemaster

Our dive internship includes:

  • All PADI Diving Courses from beginner to PADI Divemaster
  • 8 Weeks Accommodation
  • Your own set of professional scuba diving equipment (If you wish)
  • All PADI Course Materials
  • All Certification Fees
  • Unlimited Dives during dive internship (expect to log between 60 and 100 dives)

Introduction
Take this awesome opportunity to become a PADI professional whilst spending 8 weeks on the gorgeous island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. With almost daily flights to the UK and only 4 hours flying time, flights are very affordable.  Within days you will be diving some of the best dives sites in Europe meeting Turtles, Sting Rays and a huge variety of aquatic life. Meet our international groups of interns and instructors and start making friends for life.

PADI Divemaster internship
Working as a PADI Divemaster (the first professional rating in the PADI system) is one of the most enjoyable diving jobs in the scuba diving industry. Once certified as a Divemaster you can lead divers on underwater tours of the underwater world, coordinate dive trip logistics and taking on a leadership role as a professional diver.

Our 8 week scuba diving internships combine absolutely everything you need to train from beginner to PADI Divemaster; all scuba diving courses, PADI materials and fees, accommodation and if you want even your own set of scuba diving gear to keep.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. You’ll be working through PADI courses in sequence, logging many dives and becoming part of our Dive Team. On your dives, which will be almost daily as part of your internship you will start by learning and gradually increasing your dive knowledge and confidence until finally taking on responsibility of leading dives and having a great time along the way.

What’s involved in the scuba diving internship?

PADI Dive Training
Our scuba diving internship follows PADI’s diver education program in sequence.

Dive training proceeds in gradual steps with our expert Team of experienced instructors who will ensure you are comfortable and competent at each stage.

Here are the key steps:
1. PADI Open Water Diver
First we’ll teach you the basics of scuba diving with training including scuba diving theory, shallow water skills and 4 open water dives exploring the best of our underwater world You’ll get certified to dive to 18M and develop scuba skills which are a foundation for everything to come.

2. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
Next we make 5 more training dives to expand your scuba diving skills and experience into specialised areas of diving. This includes deep diving to a maximum depth of 30 meters, underwater navigation and options for night diving, photography, buoyancy control, search and recovery dives, wreck diving and more.

3. Emergency First Responder and PADI Rescue Diver
Training moves up a gear during the combined EFR & Rescue Diver program.

We begin with a one day CPR/First aid qualification before heading out to the water to learn how to manage and prevent scuba diving emergencies, including both surface and underwater rescue scenarios. You’ll learn and master rescue skills and emergency management, then be put to the test responding to simulated problems. Most people describe this as the best course in the PADI system!

4. PADI Divemaster Internship
Now the step up to dive professional; you’ll develop expert level scuba diving theory, assist with student divers in training and learn to guide certified divers on underwater tours. You’ll be challenged during watermanship and problem solving exercises, create a map of a  dive site and conduct a scuba review for a ‘rusty’ diver. You’ll take on real responsibility, becoming a valued diving professional.

Unlimited Diving
Between these PADI courses and during the Divemaster phase of the internship, you can also fit in some non-training ‘fun-dives’.

You’ll pair up with other intern’s or one of our Divemasters and head out to the dive sites, enjoying the underwater terrain and aquatic life. This is a great way to develop your navigation skills and get familiar with the dive sites.

Scuba Diving Equipment
As part of the scuba internship you have the option of buying your own full set of brand named, professional quality scuba diving equipment at a huge discount. As a professional you will be expected to own all your own kit, however If you choose not to purchase we loan most of it to you for free!

Internship Course Materials and PADI Fees
The diving internship also includes all required PADI materials and certification fees for your training.

PADI materials included;
PADI Open Water Diver Manual
PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
Emergency First Response Manual
PADI Rescue Diver Manual
PADI Divemaster Manual
PADI Instructor Manual
Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook
PADI Recreational Dive Planner (Table and electronic version)
Emergency Management Slate
Adventures in Diving Slate
PADI Divemaster Cue Cards

Accommodation
With our internships we include two months accommodation, which can be extended if you wish.
We offer 3 options depending on your budget; Your own apartment, your own room in an apartment or a shared room.

Already Certified? Get credited on your internship package
If you are already a certified diver or have some of your own dive equipment, let us know. We’ll be able to give you full credit for whatever dive certifications or diving gear you already have.

Just let us know by submitting the following form and we’ll send you a customized quote.

After Qualifying as a PADI Divemaster
Qualifying as a PADI Divemaster opens a range of exciting new options & you’ll be well-prepared to take advantage.

You could put your new PADI Divemaster rating to use by seeking employment within the recreational diving industry. Otherwise you could further your training through to PADI Instructor, which enables you to certify new divers. Or you could diversify into specialized diving activities such as underwater photography or videography, deep/technical diving or marine conservation.

The good news is that if you decide to continue your training, you can simply pay the difference to upgrade to one of our longer dive internship programs. So there’s no disadvantage in opting for the 8 week Divemaster internship to begin.

Internship Start Dates & Booking Procedure
Here at the Divemaster internship Academy we don’t tell you when to start. We run our scuba diving internships as a rolling program so you can arrive whichever date you prefer. We just need some notice to get everything lined up ready for your arrival.

To secure your spot we will require a small deposit.

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Whats the difference between Budget internship and All inclusive?

With our Budget option internship the main differences are you will share a room with another intern, use recycled diving manuals, and buy limited amount of dive kit. The rest of your dive kit we loan you for free!

With the All inclusive option you have your own room, or apartment if you want, new PADI manuals, and a full set of diving equipment of your very own to keep.

The Mix and Match option allows you to choose which elements of the All inclusive option you want to add to the Budget option.

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I have no experience of diving at all, is that a problem?

That’s not problem. We will take you from having no diving certifications at all to the first of the PADI Professional ranks, the PADI Divemaster.

Many of our most succesful Divemaster candidates have started with no diving experience.

The most important attribute for any Divemaster or diving professional for that matter is……………………. Attitude!

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