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Explore underwater worlds and sea-based careers with one of GVI’s PADI Divemaster internships.

Dive into a marine career by becoming a PADI Divemaster. Getting this certification as you carry out an internship in marine conservation in some of the most spectacular dive locations in the world is an aquatic dream come true.

What is PADI Divemaster?

As the first level of professional dive training, the PADI Divemaster qualification is designed to equip you with the skills you’ll need to teach other aspiring divers. As well as imparting more advanced dive knowledge, the course will guide you through supervision, leadership, and rescue skills. Once you’re a qualified divemaster, you’ll be able to mentor others, sharing your passion for the deep blue.

PADI Divemaster requirements are that you need to be a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent, be at least 18 years old and have logged a minimum of 40 dives. To complete the divemaster certification, you’ll need to log at least 60 dives.



We’ll make sure you receive all the training you need to reach PADI Divemaster level, including any additional diving courses such PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Rescue Diver.

Why choose a Divemaster course?

 PADI Divemaster can prepare you for a career as a scuba instructor, or help you become a more skilled diver to get the most out of your time in scuba gear. You’ll be able to spend more time underwater, as PADI Divemasters can assist with diver training and supervise dives.

This certification will also help you find scuba diving jobs in most countries, as PADI is the most widely recognized and respected dive organization around. You could work and be paid to dive anywhere in the world.



Taking your PADI Divemaster course as part of an internship in the Seychelles, Fiji, or Mexico is a great way to get a taste of day-to-day life in the diving industry, as well as insight into related careers in marine conservation.

GVI offers the unique experience of participating in marine conservation while you study toward your divemaster certification. As you become a professional diver, you can also explore your passion for protecting the saltwater ecosystems where you dive. When choosing a PADI Divemaster course with GVI, you get the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference.


PADI Divemaster courses with GVI

Take your pick of incredible diving locations: GVI has three PADI Divemaster internships available. You can choose to earn your certification on an island in the Seychelles, in the warm Caribbean waters off the coast of Mexico or in a lush Fijian archipelago.

All three courses follow a similar structure that includes:

  • 12 weeks of studying marine environments and dive skills
  • 12 weeks of work placement in an operating dive center

Take the first fin-clad step in your diving career with one of these three ways to earn you PADI Divemaster.

1) Take part in marine conservation as you earn your PADI Divemaster


Our PADI Divemaster Internship in Seychelles brings together remote island adventures with critical marine research.

Scuba diving in the Seychelles is an opportunity for nature lovers to grow both personally and professionally. The internship is carefully designed to maximize your dive center and divemaster experience. You’ll also learn how to live in basic conditions and minimize your impact on the environment.

This project is leading data collection efforts in the Seychelles, feeding into important decisions on reef management. As part of earning your divemaster certification, you’ll learn about marine conservation and take part in day-to-day operations at the conservation center.

As well as keeping a close eye on the health of the reef, you will lend a hand with beach clean ups and educational awareness projects in the local community. These components of the internship mean you will have a more holistic understanding of the ocean environment.

2) Become a PADI Divemaster as you help protect the underwater environment in Fiji


GVI’s PADI Divemaster Internship in Fiji combines comprehensive dive training with in-depth education on tropical coral reefs and fish species. You’ll be diving in the glassy waters around the Lomaiviti Island Group – a string of 20 volcanic islands ringed with white sand. Whether in or out of the ocean, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty.

Over the course of 12 weeks you’ll gain intimate knowledge of Fiji scuba diving and marine ecosystems. You’ll then put your diving skills to good use as you help to compile research.

Once you have completed this part of the dive instructor internship, you’ll move on to a 12-week work placement. Working at a local dive center you’ll learn more about daily operations and guiding other divers through the underwater world.

You learn more than just diving. The soft skills you’ll gain from the course, such as leadership and presenting yourself as a role model, are easily transferable to any career path. Whether you stick with diving or choose an entirely different profession, this internship will set you up for success.

3) Learn about the marine ecosystem in the Yucatan Peninsula as you earn your PADI Divemaster


The PADI Divemaster Internship in Mexico brings together diving and marine studies with enviable travel opportunities and lifelong friendships with others on the program.

This 24-week dive internship will give you all the experience you need to become a pro diver. You’ll prep the dive boat, visit research dive sites and carry out underwater surveys.

You can enjoy the glorious reefs all the more knowing you are helping to protect them. This project plays an active role in monitoring and managing the health of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Volunteers have helped to build a significant database on this reef system. This is a valuable tool in understanding and protecting the reef, as well as the wider coastal area in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

After you complete the full 24 weeks of the internship, GVI will help you find work placements at dive centers along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Your adventure diving in Mexico could last for long after your internship ends.

Ready to plunge yourself into a PADI Divemaster internship? Get in touch for more information or check out GVI’s other marine-related internships and volunteer programs.

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