Is it Possible to Make a Living as a Divemaster?
How much do divemasters make?
Once you get to know the industry, it’s no secret – the wages are low. Working as a divemaster does not equate to making a lot of money. Divemasters are in it for the lifestyle, their love of scuba diving and the ocean.
However, anywhere you are in the world, a divemaster salary will most likely not be enough to sustain average western standards of living, especially when we take into account visa and work permit expenses, which we’ll get to in a little bit.
Where can I make a living as a divemaster?
For example, in places that are known more as honeymoon destinations, the dive centers are usually integrated with large resorts that take up most of the island. As an employee you don’t socialize outside of the workplace and are mostly restricted to employee quarters, so you are very secluded. It’s also a secluded location geographically, so you aren’t able to explore and travel outside of the island. However, in return you often get free accommodation, food, work permit expenses covered, nice facilities and even a return flight covered. This means that there’s not much to do outside of work, but if you’re looking to save money or to go somewhere with a partner and dive in pristine conditions then it could be a perfect fit.
This is only one example of a more lucrative location for dive professionals. If you are really looking for higher salaries as a divemaster, you’ll have to search in high end dive resorts. But be aware that these employers are seeking more corporate profiles from their divemasters.
How much do divemasters earn working on liveaboards?
Working on a liveaboard has its perks. For example, you’ll be diving in amazing and remote places, all your accommodation and food are included, which allows the divemaster’s salary to be a lot more sustainable. The tips are also really good since guests are already paying a lot of money to be there, and you inevitably spend a lot of time with them, giving you more time to boost those tip points. This is where working on higher-end liveaboards can be a more lucrative divemaster job.
The downside is that you’re living where you’re working. So this means alone time is practically non-existent, and that the workday never really ends and you are pretty much on call all hours of the day.
What do I need to find a job as a divemaster?
TLDR: bringing any other skills you have to the table makes you a much more viable candidate for getting that divemaster job.
You could also just have another job on the side. There are many digital nomads now working as divemasters, as this allows you to have two sources of income while working as a divemaster. There’s a lot of divers out there who have YouTube channels often discussing matters in the industry or reviewing different diving gear which brings in sponsorship money. The same goes for working as a photographer, videographer or social media marketer. There’s always opportunities in the industry to work with other businesses around you for additional sources of income.
Making a living as a divemaster – To Summarize
Having other sources of income on the side can be a game changer towards making the divemaster lifestyle more financially sustainable. You can do this by having a job that is online and can be done remotely.
Lastly, you could accept to work in a more secluded location or on a liveaboard where you’ll have no expenses and only an income.
This is all information we want our current and potential divemaster interns at 3W Dive to know so that they’re ready to take on the dive industry after their training with us.