The Divemaster Internship: What The Hell Even Is It?
So, a divemaster is the first professional level in the diving industry. The next level after having completed the stress and rescue course. It’s a great thing for anyone who loves to dive. Maybe you have some time off, are a little confused on what is next in life, or just need a break from the 9-5; whether you want to make it your profession or not.
Those pesky requirements
What do divemaster trainees actually have to do?
What tasks and skills do divemaster trainees have to complete?
- 100m tow – wearing full scuba equipment, the trainee’s gotta tow an exhausted diver on the surface.
- 400m swim – without mask and fins, no stopping!
- 800m swim – with mask and fins, but no use of the arms!
- 15 minute water tread – without any equipment, the trainee must tread water and stay afloat.
- Scuba skills circuit – demonstrate scuba skills as you would to new divers. Including: mask removal, replacement and clearing, regulator recovery and clearing, free flowing regulator breathing, remove and replace scuba unit, neutral buoyancy, and some more.
- Equipment exchange – removing, exchanging and replacing all your scuba diving equipment with a buddy. Not your wetsuit and weight belt, though!
- Rescue scenario 7 – this is also a part of the stress and rescue diver course. This exercise goes through what a diver would do if they were to find an unresponsive diver at the surface.
- Dive site mapping – draw a birds-eye view map of a local dive site. Including depth and interesting points of reference, to use in a dive briefing.
- Dive site set up – activities such as being boat master and checking current at the dive site.
- Skin diver – pretty much snorkeling! Swim on the surface, clear water from the snorkel and do some effortless surface dives.
- Emergency plan – visit all local dive shops and take note of several factors such as manager’s phone number, number of boats, oxygen tanks and AEDs. This is important info in case of an emergency.
- Search and recovery – find a dropped item using search patterns and compass skills.
You ain’t going solo ‘til you’re ready! The following tasks are under the supervision of an instructor (as are all of them):
- Fun dive briefing – prepare and present a fun dive briefing for open water certified divers
- Lead a dive – it’s in the name, lead a dive!
- Scuba review – refresh divers who have been out of the water for a while.
- Try Scuba Diving and Open Water course confined water skills – demonstrate the scuba skills to students taking those courses.
While a divemaster trainee has gotta get this stuff done, to us at 3WDive becoming a divemaster is about way more than ticking these boxes. We want your personality to shine through as you become a dope diver.
So, divemaster training is definitely an awesome thing to do if you love diving and want to do an insane amount of it. If you already know you are, or think you could easily become a scuba addict, then what are you waiting for?
Diving… but so much more too!
Want some extra-curricular activities? We got that covered too. 3WDive run eco-awareness projects and clean ups with Trash Hero. And what’s more, divemaster trainees also have the opportunity to get involved with marine conservation during their internship.
Divemaster trainees also have the opportunity to live in awesome, tropical countries like Indonesia. And scuba dive in great places like the Gilis. The 6 months we give trainees to complete their training means that they become an essential member of our tribe, which is important to us.
Intrigued? Well, you know how to get in touch! We’ll be waiting.