Is it Possible to Work as a Divemaster Full-Time?
It’s important to have a basic understanding of the industry before exploring the different job options out there. So we’re going to try to break it down for you here and answer this question.
Here’s how it works
Being a divemaster is the most fun diving job because you’re there to guide people who already know how to dive. You get to take people under your wing and show them the sites you’ve come to know.
The flip side is that a divemaster doesn’t make as much compared to instructors. Even though the pay is better, teaching is much different than guiding, and teaching isn’t for everyone.
Who gets to work as a divemaster?
Another is that the divemaster certification is more accessible to locals, due to the expenses of the instructor course. This is why the instructor role is more often filled by foreigners.
Divemaster jobs on liveaboards
Speaking many languages is also a super strong asset when it comes to finding a job in the scuba diving industry and makes you a much more likely candidate for getting hired on a boat.
Doing your divemaster with 3W
3W offers an internship rather than just a course, meaning you’ll spend a lot more time on your training and in return gaining much more experience. By spending 4 months doing your training, you’ll have the time to really become a part of the team and see what it’s like to be working at a dive shop.
3W strongly believes in the importance of time spent underwater, so you’ll have access to unlimited diving and accumulate as many dives as you can. You’ll form close relationships with your instructors and gain real experience working with guests. You also experience life on Gili Air and what it’s like to live in a tight-knit expat diving community. The internship itself does not create a job but offers 4 months of training and valuable experience you get to take with you as a dive professional.
Can I work as a divemaster at 3W?
You’ll see what being a divemaster is actually like, learn how to be organised and leave the internship work ready. This is why we offer the possibility of staying up to 4 months! We want you to get as many dives under your belt as possible and of course to learn the tricks of the trade by integrating you into our tribe on the operational side of things.
We also want to stress the importance and advantage of knowing multiple languages in this industry. As a dive professional who knows at least 3-4 languages, it makes finding a job much more attainable. Again: instructor + languages = job (most of the time; experience is important too but we all have to start somewhere).
3W’s divemaster internship offers 4 months of unlimited diving, which is worth… well you do the math, and a look into the life of a divemaster. You get real experience with real guests and get to know the dive sites in the Gilis. This gives you a huge advantage if you want to find a job as an instructor, and there is always a chance to be hired later if you decide you want to do your instructor course afterward. Ultimately, if you’re interested in gaining more experience diving, it’s a perfect fit.