Taking the decision to become a divemaster can be an exciting time. The prospect of diving every damn day is certainly enough to get our blood rushing. But it’s important to take a moment to research the options available to you. That way, you’ll not only ensure your divemaster internship is the amazing experience you hoped it would be, but also that you are confident and work-ready when it finishes. Here are the key things to consider when choosing your divemaster internship.
1. Location, Location, Location
Climate is fairly self-explanatory. Can you manage several months in a hot, humid country? Or are you more suited to milder temperatures? Equally, while some colder climates offer incredible diving, you need to be confident you can both live and work in such temperatures.
Sealife is a biggie, we are divers after all. Research the animals, coral and landscapes of each destination on your list. Which of those could you see every day for months and still be stoked every time? If you’re anything like us, it’ll be all of them, which is awesome! As a divemaster, your enthusiasm for a dive site and the marine life that live there can make or break a customer’s experience, so it’s important that you’re enjoying yourself.
A lot of this will depend on your own personality. Are you more of a toe dipper or do you like being thrown in at the deep end? Of course, conditions can also vary, so you can’t make any guarantees. But as a diver, you’ll recognize the importance of having an appreciation for the environment you are about to enter.
Another locational consideration is the proximity of dive sites. Are they close to the dive center or do they require long boat rides? Some centers do several dives a day, returning home after each one, while others stay aboard the boat for the whole day or even more. Both have their charms, it’s simply a matter of preference. That said, a long, bouncing boat journey is enough to put most people off a dive before it’s even begun, so it’s good to have an idea of typical sea conditions.
4. The dive center
When choosing a divemaster internship, you also need to identify where you’re likely to get the best education. That is what you’re signing up for after all. And if you’re paying for a service, you want to be confident that you’re getting your money’s worth. Checking out their social media and testimonials can help you to get a feel.
Become a Divemaster with 3W
We’re fortunate enough to call the beautiful island of Gili Air home. Life here is slow, the water is warm, and you never have to travel more than 30 minutes to get on a dive site. And once you’re under the water, things get even better as visibility can go up to 35 meters with a 29° degree water. Indonesia is renowned for diving, especially if you’re in the mood for awesome macro stuff like pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs. The Gilis are also a top spot for everybody’s favorite, sea turtles.
From the moment you step foot onto Gili Air, we’ll welcome you as part of the tribe, with full access to the shop and some diving for as long as 6 months! During this time you will live on an authentic paradise island, make lifelong friends and sip cold drinks in front of breathtaking sunsets.
If you think this sounds like the perfect divemaster course for you, get in touch and arrange an interview. Our internship is on an interview only basis to ensure we’re a perfect fit for one another. Because once you’re part of the tribe, together, we’re in it for the long haul.