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Healing the planet, starts from the oceans and education is a big part of this. That is why our Marine Research and Instructor Internship is the perfect start to a long and successful career in marine conservation. You’ll receive expert guidance and involvement in some of the world’s most complete ocean eco programs.

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 $3780 USD for two months (plus $1050 USD PADI fees)

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Unlimited Diving


Phase 1: You will enroll in an extended-duration IDC of 14 days under a 6:1 ratio. This Instructor Development Course prepares you to become a PADI Dive Instructor.

Phase 2: This step is optional but highly recommended. In our Specialty Instructor program, we will train you on how to teach your favorite specialties. We have a broad range of specialty instructor training courses. Some of our all-time favorites include Enriched Air, Wreck and Sidemount. We also offer marine life and conservation-oriented courses such as AWARE Fish ID, Underwater Naturalist, Dive Against Debris Instructor etc.

Phase 3: the following 2 months is an integration into WSORC, where you’ll begin training and data collection. We concentrate on benthic and fish monitoring studies, whale shark research and identification, lionfish regulation management, and introduction to how NGO’s operate within Marine Protected Areas.


At a maximum ratio of 6 candidates per staff member, you are in very good hands and under a magnifying glass during your PADI IDC. The program’s extended duration of 14 days gives you ample time to get prepared for the Instructor Examination.

You will also get a chance to go through extracurricular workshops such as a PADI Digital Products Presentation (hey, the future is here) and an EVE (Electronic Virtual Employee) and PADI Pro’s Site workshop. This means you will enter your first job with all the experience and knowledge that is expected of a modern day PADI Scuba Instructor.


What is included in the project cost?

  • Pick up on arrival to Utila

  • Accommodation

  • PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

  • Emergency First Response Instructor training

  • Training and scientific surveying dives

  • Coral Nursery management

  • Mangrove Nursery management

  • Lionfish containment

  • Whale Shark monitoring and data management (seasonal)

  • NGO operations

  • Resume Building and Job placement assistance


Certified diver for at least 6 months, 100 logged dives required, and Dive leader certification (PADI Divemaster or equivalent) with current Emergency First Responder (EFR) CPR and First Aid certifications. If any of these prerequisites are missing, please let us know. We can definitely schedule the required prerequisite training or dives prior to the program start date!

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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