Ever dreamed of turning your hobby into a career?
Our Divemaster internship program gives you the experience to become a PADI diving professional that goes beyond the course requirements to give you a broader range of skills to make you employable in the dive industry. The program is structured to ensure you get hands on experience with all aspects of diving. During the internship you will also be involved in the day to day activities of the dive centre, including filling tanks, selling diving retail, and equipment maintenance/repair.
PADI Divemasters (DMs) are qualified to work in the dive industry all over the world and there are opportunities for Divemasters here on Roatan. Confined Water skills are refined to demonstration standard and you learn how to provide assistance to PADI Instructors while they teach PADI courses. Divemasters can also conduct a select number of courses. The course involves both theory and practical modules. Full details on the course can be found on the PADI website and the theory portion can now be completed in advance via E-learning.
Our program lengths are flexible (6 weeks to 3 months) and structured to help you not only get the certification but the hands on experience needed in order to be employed. The length of your program will depend on a number of factors including your current certification level, number of logged dives, and dive experience. If you are looking to turn your diving hobby into a career a longer internship will be more beneficial, allowing you to gain practical work experienced as a Divemaster before seeking employment or becoming a PADI Instructor.
Why Choose Us?
West Bay divers has a small number of friendly staff dedicated to personalised service and helping you improve your diving skills. Our DM programs are limited to small numbers of students at any time, ensuring that you work entirely with real customers and are involved with the day to day activities of the dive centre. We also know that getting that first job can be hard in the dive industry so we go beyond the requirements of the ordinary DM course and equip you with skills not normally covered by other dive centres. These include equipment repair, use of compressors, boat operations, and shop management. We also have staff on hand that are certified PSI cylinder inspectors that can show you how to assess the safety of tanks. Oh, and did we mention that while you are training to be a DM you can get as much FREE DIVING as you like!
How Long is the Course and What are the Prerequisites?
The length of your program will depend on a number of factors including your current certification level, diving experience, personal goals and of course, your budget. The prerequisites for starting the DM course itself are holding Rescue Diver and EFR qualifications but you can sign up for the course not having dived before, quickly completing the courses leading up to DM beforehand. If you choose this ‘zero-to-hero’ option we can offer cheaper deals on the other courses, please contact us for more details.
The core aspects of the Divemaster program take on average 6 weeks to complete. Any additional time spent working at the dive center will further prepare you to work in the dive industry, whether it be working as a DM on our daily trips or continuing your dive education. Students do not need to have their own diving equipment and are welcome to use our rental gear for the duration of the
program. However, all students must have their own watch or dive computer in order to keep track of dive profiles and a safety marker for drift and training dives. We encourage students to invest in their own dive gear and we have equipment deals for interns including regulators, BCD’s and dive computers.
What about Living on Roatan?
Living expenses on Roatan are low (typically $300-400/month for accommodation) and it isn’t difficult to sort out somewhere to live once you arrive. Most interns choose to live in West End and walk or go by boat taxi to West Bay. Our staff will be glad to help you organize somewhere to stay.
How much will it Cost?
The basic 6 week Divemaster course alone is $1150. This price includes tax, use of our diving equipment (excluding watch and surface marker buoy), and as many free fun dives as a student can fit in while they are on the course. Multiple alternative options are available so please contact us for details. These include longer internships to gain more experience, adding on a DSD instructor qualifications (allows DMs to teach Discover Scuba Diving), and various deals incorporating earlier courses. It is also certainly possible to start the DM and course and then swap to another option after you have started if you decide to do more.
Have a look at the Internship options below and if you have any questions please contact us.
- Minimum Age: 18 years
- Duration: 1 to 3 months
- Price: $1150
- Includes: Gear Rental and Tax
PADI Divemaster with O² Provider and Nitrox
- Minimum Age: 18 years
- Duration: 1 to 3 months
- Price: $1400
- Includes: Gear Rental, O² & NX Courses (w/NX Dive), and Tax
After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorised to:
- Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
- Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
- Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
- Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
- Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
- Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
- Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
- Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
- surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
- when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
- Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
- Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
- Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
- Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.