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Thailand PADI Divemaster Internship

Thailand PADI Divemaster Internship

Develop your diving skills in the enchanting, crystal clear waters of Koh Tao.

Prices from $2,745

Thailand continues to be one of the most tempting destinations for those who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking silvery beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins.

Koh Tao is most definitely the jewel in Thailand’s royal crown, famed for its laid back atmosphere and immaculate coral reef diving. However, in recent years the island's land resources and coral reefs have come under increasing threat from rapid, unregulated and unsustainable development. Join our marine conservation and diving project and help protect this beautiful island and its pristine coral reefs for future generations whilst enjoying all this exotic country has to offer the adventurous traveller.

Enter the global scuba diving industry with a professional diving qualification combined with work experience and marine conservation training.


  • Dive in some of the most beautiful locations in the world 
  • Improve your confidence under water 
  • Become a qualified Dive Master


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Must be qualified to PADI Advanced Open Water Level


Location Koh Tao, Thailand
Activities PADI certified Divemaster course
Helping with the day-to-day running of the dive school
Relax on some of the world’s most pristine beaches
Indulge in traditional Thai lifestyle
Transport Make your own way to the project site by ferry
Accommodation Guesthouse 


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Additional dive courses available at extra cost 
Project orientation and training  
In-country emergency support   
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Frontier’s PADI Divemaster internship at this popular marine conservation and diving NGO could open the door to a wealth of career opportunities for you as a dive instructor or future marine conservationist. You will join our fun and exciting team of experienced dive instructors for this 6 week internship on the stunning island of Koh Tao.

Our experienced instructors take you through a carefully planned programme and supervise you throughout to ensure that you get the most out of your internship. The Divemaster training itself is a fantastic experience, and the time that you share with your colleagues learning and enjoying the simple things in life is guaranteed to leave you with some unforgettable memories! 


You will be shown the ropes and introduced to the staff as you shadow the more experienced members of team. The course itself has a range of practical and theoretical elements. There are eight exams to complete under the guidance of your instructor. The exams cover topics such as diving physiology, decompression theory and dive equipment as well as other topics of interest. The course is run as an internship which will see you involved in all aspects of the dive school. You will be required to attend the dive school every day and help with the operation of the school which may include activities such as equipment maintenance and looking after the divers once they arrive in the shop. Of course this also means that you can join our early evening yoga class on the veranda overlooking the bay as the sun sets each evening.

Throughout your internship you will develop your experience supervising general diving activities for certified divers right through to eventually leading certified divers on fun dives. In addition you will assist the instructors with student diver training. The third component of this course is to improve your skills and test your limits in the water. You will be required to perform a variety of swim tests to check your endurance and physical fitness.  You will also learn how to demonstrate dive skills at an instructor level.

The Divemaster internship is a fantastic experience giving you the opportunity to learn and experience the simple things in life with the team. You need to have completed the other courses to advance to this level and once you become a Divemaster the whole world will become your oyster.

The course includes a minimum of 60 dives. 

Please be aware that you should not fly for a minimum of 24 hours following a diving session, so take this into consideration when booking your flights home. Additionally, we recommend checking with your doctor prior to departure to this project, as some medical conditions can prevent you from diving safely, namely; pregnancy, flu, heart and/or lung condition(s), diabetes, asthma, and epilepsy, whilst it is also advised you have a good level of fitness.


The project is located on the beautiful island of Koh Toa off the east coast of mainland Thailand. You could fly into either Koh Samui or Surat Thani airport where you will then use our easy to follow instructions to make your way to the connecting ferry. Will will provide you with all the information you need prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.  Upon arrival at the main island pier you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative and taken to your accommodation!


Whilst participating in this project you will be staying in a simple room at a little family run resort right by the beach in the south of the island, a few minutes walk from the dive school. Local amenities, bars and restaurants are within walking distance from the resort which is surrounded by tranquil gardens making it the perfect place to relax after a fun day of diving.


Food is not provided as part of this programme. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! All meals are based on fresh produce that is purchased from the local area.  Enjoy fragrant Thai specialities, such as mild coconut curries, fragrant steamed rice, or dumplings.  Enjoy your meals alongside your fellow volunteers in the comfort of your peaceful surroundings.


In your spare time at weekends and in the evenings you have time to enjoy yoga, meditation, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming. You can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. Explore golden temples, with their ancient Buddhist carvings and magical atmosphere. Enjoy a Thai massage, which really will give you a new sense of serenity! As you can see, there will be no shortage of ways to occupy your time off.


6 weeks $2,745


Weekly, starts on a Monday.  This project does not run throughout December.


before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shire


  • Accomodation
  • Additional dive courses available at extra cost
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Koh Samui (USM), Surat Thani (URT)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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