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Internship packages offer a development process that allows the candidate to receive intensive and thorough scuba training in an effort to realize a career in the diving industry.
Likened to an apprenticeship, the scuba diving internship is a tough and scheduled commitment to getting that dream job.
The fierce competition for most employers vacancies of Scuba Instructor and/or Dive Master jobs, emphasizes the numerous advantages of an internship package that maximizes hands-on training and a variety of different diving experiences that helps to make you more ‘dive employable’.
Internships can last just a few months or they can take up to a year to complete, depending upon your current level of dive training and your ambitions for the end result.
The most popular intern request in the industry is the so called ‘zero to hero’ deal, typically taking six months to complete for a non-diver and would normally include all of the study materials and certifications for each course, a full set of scuba equipment to keep and very often your accommodation would also be part of the package.
Generally speaking, the three main elements of a scuba diving internship would include the costs of the courses, the equipment and the living accommodation. Very often the price for these expenses must be paid for in total, prior to the start on the internship and is almost always non-refundable.
At an average costing of US$10,000 the financial cost of failing to complete the internship could seriously ‘damage your wealth’. Reasons for not completing could include illness, accident, personal situation changes or maybe the unthinkable - not everyone is meant to be a dive professional.
The scuba equipment that you get to keep is usually rental standard and normally not of the highest quality gear on the market. Very often it needs upgrading or replacing sooner than later, and as you try out different manufacturers models and begin to choose favorites for quality and reliability, the likelihood is that you will buy newer gear during your courses.
Depending on where you choose for your tuition, your accommodation could be shared with other interns but usually close to the training facilities and is of appropriate quality for the situation.
Internship programs tend to be offered by larger Dive Schools and Career Development Centers because of the resources and facilities that are needed to conduct prolonged and intensive training, with regular student courses for you to assist.
A steady weekly supply of real customers taking real and varied courses is a huge advantage that smaller dive shops can’t always accommodate, so it’s worth considering the quantity of expected entry level and advanced level courses that would be anticipated during your Scuba Diving Internship.
The experience of being involved in a development process of this type is one that provides excitement, challenge and a steep learning curve that has obvious long term benefits for anyone with aspirations of becoming a dive professional.
The PADI Master Scuba Diver internship is normally conducted over a period of two months. Non-certified and certified divers can join this program that culminates in a scuba ranking of the highest nonprofessional diver status in recreational diving.
The courses that would be included are the open water course, the advanced course, rescue diver and cpr/first aid courses and five PADI specialty diver courses with a minimum of 50 logged scuba dives.
A 3 to 6 month internship could put you at the primary ranking level of professional instruction - Dive Master.
Gaining excellent diving skills using real exercises that are not usually simulated, the preparation for working in diving from this Divemaster program is invaluable and extremely rewarding, allowing you to start your dive career with best possible leadership attributes - A Qualified Scuba Divemaster.
This rating is the foundation of a teaching career in diving. An internship to this level will take a minimum of six months from non-diver to a teaching status Open Water Scuba Instructor and very often will include accommodation, a set of dive gear to keep, course study materials and certifications, membership fees and additional specialty course instructor ratings.
This complete package thoroughly prepares the individual to work as a trainer and certifying course instructor.
Professional Level Training
Internship training beyond instructor level is also possible. Extra specialty diving areas can be developed such as Nitrox Diving (EANx), Night Diving, Wreck Diving and Underwater Photography.
The main advantages for these extra ratings are to increase the employment opportunities and help to avoid ‘burn out’ by increasing the variety of courses that you are eligible to teach.
Staff Instructor Training offers opportunities to work in a CDC (career development center) which allows individuals to help train the next wave of new scuba instructors.