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PADI Divemaster

Our in-class lessons are always accompanied by a strong practical in-water component, either through a snorkeling session on one of Utila’s scenic sites or diving! Throughout your internship you will conduct a total of 30 dives with different objectives that will consolidate everything you have learned in class.

Our High-Quality PADI Instructor Development Course runs monthly and includes:

✔ All required PADI materials

✔ Dive Theory prep session

✔ Job Placement Assistance

✔ Extended Duration of 2 months

✔ Accommodation Included

The complete course costs $3049 USD for two months (plus $130 USD PADI fees)

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Unlimited Diving

In partnership with Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center,  this program is designed to perfectly integrate the highest standard of dive training with current conservation projects here in Utila. This 3-month internship will develop all the skills necessary for furthering a career in marine conservation studies and professional diving.

What skills will you learn?
  • PADI Divemaster qualification

  • Caribbean reef fish, reef associated organisms and coral identification

  • Research dive training

  • Coral reef surveying techniques

  • Whale shark population monitoring skills

  • Experience working within a marine research institution

  • Experience coordinating and leading ecotours

  • Community outreach and environmental education skills

  • Experience of conservation and eco-tourism issues on a Caribbean island

What is included in the project cost?
  • PADI Divemaster training

  • Training and scientific surveying dives

  • Pick up on arrival to Utila

  • Accommodation (includes wifi, cable TV, full kitchen, water bills)*

  • Welcome meal and goodbye cocktail mixer

  • Lionfish Management and Spearing Workshop

  • Boat orientation workshop

  • Tshirt
    *Accommodation conditions are subject to change


40 logged dives required, and PADI (or equivalent) Rescue Diver certified with current Emergency First Responder (EFR) CPR and First Aid certifications. These are non-negotiable prerequisites.

Please Note: Candidates who have the required number of dives but are not certified to Rescue Diver + EFR level may opt to arrive one week early to the internship to complete those certifications at Bay Islands College of Diving, and bundle the cost with the Dive Master internship. Please email for more information about this option.

  • Must be at least 18 years old by start of internship

  • Experience studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field is preferable but not essential

  • Owning your own dive gear is essential

  • Ability to work in tropical conditions within a hot and humid climate

  • Confident swimmer

  • Comfortable at sea and working on boats.

  • Interpersonal skills, initiative, enthusiasm and the ability to work within a team

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