One of the primary selling features about life as a scuba professional in Thailand is the low cost of living. For less than 30,000 baht ($1000 US) a month you can enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle that includes: accommodation with A/C, your own scooter/motorbike, majority of meals eaten out at local restaurants and a drink or two after a day of work. This is one of the main reasons of why we consider Thailand to be one of the best places to do your divemaster internship; you just can’t go wrong for the price.
Monthly Breakdown, Cost of Living Koh Tao
To provide an example here is the monthly breakdown of my monthly costs when I was living on Koh Tao.
- Rent for a very nice one-room apartment with A/C, hot water, a small balcony, weekly maid service, TV, a mini-fridge and Wi-Fi. 10,500 baht
- Food, with all meals eaten out at local restaurants and street carts. I also would eat on average on more expensive western meal a week. 7,000 baht
- Drinking, casual drinks most days after work with one or two nights of partying a week. 6,000 baht
- Miscellaneous expenses, Advil, Band-Aids, shampoo, soap, etc. 800 baht
This gives me a monthly living cost of 24,300 baht ($810 US a month). Now this would be the monthly cost if you were living alone. I was there with a friend so we actually split the monthly rental cost, making my monthly cost actually 19,050 baht.
If you wanted to rent your own scooter youre looking at 200 a day, 1000 a week, or 3000 baht a month. You also have to factor in the cost of gas, which is around 50 baht a liter, although scooters use very little fuel (so this will only be around 300 baht a month).
Divemasters going for a night dive
A divemaster internship lets you experience an active, but relaxed lifestyle that others will envy. It’s your first taste of the possibilities of life as a scuba professional. Having experienced it first hand, I can definitely recommend it to:
1. The desk bound office worker, who wants to escape the repetitive day-to-day grind.
2. Students on a gap year, or recent graduates who are fed up with the library and want to learn hands-on applicable skills.
3. The backpacker who needs a break from the road and wants to settle down to truly experience a location.
4. The die-hard diver who would rather be in the water than out and is at their most comfortable 30m under the ocean.
5. Anyone who just wants to shake up their routine and experience something new, while meeting people from all over and making friends who share your interests.
After completing your divemaster internship you will be a certified PADI Divemaster. Working as a divemaster will include: organizing and leading certified divers on diving tours, conducting refresher courses for certified divers who have been out of the water too long and aiding instructors in conducting their courses.
The first step to become a scuba diving professional is taking the PADI Divemaster course. This is accomplished through a divemaster internship, which will provide you with training both in and out of the water, you’ll learn: the business of operating a dive shop, how to lead divers on guided underwater tours, how to assist instructors with their courses (from open water up to rescue dive), how to teach a refresher course, how to properly maintain and care for scuba diving equipment and many other in-water skills. The Instructor Development Course (IDC) can then follow this where you will receive the training to become a certified PADI Open Water Instructor.
Welcome to Scuba Internships Thailand, our goal is to provide you with relevant information that will help you find an internship at a dive shop in Thailand. This is the first step towards becoming a scuba professional and realizing your dreams of turning a passion into a career.
Thailand, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, is a great place to learn the skills you’ll need. It has some of the best dive sites around the globe, with over 2000km (1250 miles) of coastline, hundreds of coastal islands (both inhabited and uninhabited) and 22 established marine parks. Add onto this the low cost of living, amazing food, crazy parties and friendly locals; whats not to love? Thailand is the place to do your scuba internship and begin your career as a scuba professional!
Why Scuba Diving?
Imagine how different your life would be as a divemaster or scuba instructor, working in Thailand. Being a scuba professional means a career doing something you love. No more sitting in a cubicle hunched over a keyboard, counting down the minutes until 5pm. Instead your days consist of: teaching, leading dives, helping customers select the best dive gear and most of all, sharing your passion and love of diving with others. Plus you get to earn a decent income, while living in a place where most people only get to go to on vacation!
This dream can easily be made a reality and we want to help you do it! With plenty of divemaster and scuba instructor jobs across Thailand, now is the time to do an internship. So please, browse our site and make use of our research. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
This is a short introductory course, which will also act as a credit to your open water diving certification course.
In this short course you’ll be shown the basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in the resort swimming pool with our highly trained staff. Price 600 Baht per person
We can also conduct this experience aboard our boat, where you will undertake two dives and see the wonderful underwater environment in a safe and supervised manner. Price 3,250 Baht per person.
PADI open water diver course
This is a three or four day course and will introduce you to the world of SCUBA diving.
This entry-level course includes videos, academic lessons and tests, pool training, and four open water boat dives in some great locations. It does not include PADI books or dive tables, which can be purchased from us at extra cost.
It includes free transfer from any resort on the island, lunch and free soft drinks on the boat, we also provide you with a divers logbook and PADI certification card.