We’re a marine conservation organisation. That means a lot of our work involves being in the ocean. It feels natural that part of what we do should be training people up to be ambassadors and professionals within the scuba diving industry to educate others about conservation. Scuba diving is one of the best ways to showcase the marine environment and inspire generations to care for it.
For this reason, we now a 4 week Divemaster internship every month throughout our field season, starting the 1st of every month.
If you’ve volunteered with us before and would like to do the Divemaster Internship, click here.
Internship Fee: £1750
You must be 18 years or older at the time of the program start date.
You must be PADI Advanced Open Water to start the internship.
You must have 40 dives logged to start. Don’t have this? Don’t worry, enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make a plan.
Physical fitness: students will be leading an active lifestyle. Diving regularly and long days means you need to be physically fit.
Swimming ability: you will need to be able to swim 800m and tread water for 12 minutes unaided as per PADI requirements.
Our LTO Divemaster Internship is available to everyone. We want to give our volunteers the opportunity to experience LTO and complete their Divemaster qualification with our partners, Jay’s Pro Dive Centre while working alongside our Marine Biologists and Research Volunteers.
During the 4-week internship you will help with our conservation efforts by assisting with data collection, learn how to teach scuba diving, and of course, enjoy unlimited wonderful diving experiences! Here is an overview of some of the skills you can expect to gain (NOTE: not all activities included are listed here, please enquire for more info):
Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.
The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.
As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.
The LTO Divemaster Internship has been specifically designed so you can both attain your qualification and expand your scientific knowledge. This aspect of the internship has been developed based on feedback from volunteers who said this would have helped them at University.
Volunteers who have previous experience in this area can help LTO develop new projects, tweak and adjust current methodologies, and design new surveys to aid our conservation efforts.
Conservation science is very complex so at Love The Oceans we aim to provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to allow you to go on to develop your own projects and continue with Conservation Science. In your first week with us you’ll have the option to attend a series of educational lectures based around our specific areas of work within Conservation Science and this will be especially relevant to the diving industry as a whole.
Gear maintenance and repair of scuba equipment is an essential part of becoming a Divemaster. Living so close to the sea and dealing with equipment that is submerged in salt water on a regular basis means rust and wear and tear is a real threat to the functionality of the equipment. These workshops that you will go through will be very useful for your scuba career.
You’ll have a theory session on how to photograph megafauna for a successful ID shot. You’ll be learning about humpback whales and whale sharks, with some manta ray IDs too.
Your skills will then be put to the test on ocean safaris where you can practise taking ID shots. You will also be taught why the conservation of these species is so important, which is crucial to know as a Divemaster so you can responsibly educate your customers.
Every PADI Dive Centre has strict diving guidelines they must abide by for the safety of their customers. You’ll spend time getting to know these guidelines and will help enforce them with customers.
Jay’s Pro Dive Centre is partnered with Love The Oceans which is a British organisation under the BS8848:2014 legislation. You will get to grips with the health and safety surrounding British organisations and the legislation that would be applicable to you if you were to start your own dive centre or British NGO. You will learn how to develop risk assessments and implement risk management. These are incredibly useful life skills for any career.
You will also become familiar with the voluntary ethical guidelines both Jay’s Pro Dive Centre and Love The Oceans abide by when it comes to wildlife interaction. We pride ourselves on only taking memories of the reef with us and leaving only bubbles.
Working at the centre is an important part of the internship as you learn the ins and outs of the scuba diving business, how a dive centre should run, you improve your customer service skills, and learn basic office administration.
An integral part of what we do at Love The Oceans is our marine research. As a Divemaster Intern you will not be participating in our volunteer program but will be helping out in other ways like data handling. This will mainly focus around database organisation. We will show you how to do basic analytics on data and how to handle large data sets.
We believe we’re in a biodiversity hotspot and we need coral reef data to prove our area is worth protecting. LTO is collecting this data to develop a robust dataset which will be used to lobby for a Marine Protected Area. After initial training, you will have the chance to help with LTO surveys on your dives.
Surprisingly few local children are confident in the water. Part of our commitment to the local community is teaching local school children to swim on Saturday afternoons.
We do this to improve water safety skills in the community, with the aim of igniting a passion for the marine environment in the younger generations. We hope for a future where the local community both want, and are able to, experience the underwater world for themselves.
On Saturday afternoons you will have the opportunity to help LTO staff and volunteers teach swimming lessons to the children in the local community, learning how to assist qualified swimming instructors.
We work with Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). During you’re internship you will learn about:
- Boat manoeuvring
- Boat launching and handling
- Basic boat engine principles
- Boat radio protocol
You will also do a Care for your Craft workshop. All of these skills are essential when working with RIBs and are transferable to other vessels. Having these skills makes you more employable and desirable when it comes to dive centres employing Divemasters.
We stay on the stunning Guinjata Bay beach on the side of the Indian Ocean. Our accommodation is rustic and rooms will hold a maximum of 4 people (genders will be separated). Running water, hot water and electricity is available at all times… with the exception of a few power cuts! Mosquito nets are provided.
Your program is fully catered, however you may want to bring money for internet, drinks and treats. Bring a network unlocked mobile phone with you in order to buy a local sim for internet as there is no wifi available. The local shop is a short walk away and holds a few western treasures.
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