A Divemaster is the first professional qualification in the PADI framework of dive education. Attaining this level indicates that the diver has excelled in dive skills, knowledge, management & leadership.
The primary role of a PADI Divemaster is to guide other certified divers. Yet, Divemasters are also able to supervise refresher courses and can, with the correct training, conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience for people who have never dived before.
Additionally, Divemasters fulfil many other functions behind the scenes. They are involved with the daily running of dive operations, assisting PADI Instructors, preparing & maintaining equipment, organising & planning dive excursions, helping customers and liasing with suppliers.
The PADI Divemaster certification is a passport to travel the globe. Divemasters are in demand anywhere there is water and divers who want to go diving.
Enrol in a PADI Divemaster Internship with Blue Guru on Koh Phra Thong and you too can be a member of the elite rank of professional divers - visiting exotic destinations, meeting new people, learning, working and having exciting adventures along the way.
Location: Blue Guru Diving, Koh Phra Thong, Thailand
Internship duration: 8 weeks +
Internship price: from 64,000 Bt (approx. £1,360 equivalent)
Start dates: Four intakes - Nov 2013, Dec 2013, Jan 2014, Feb 2014
The Blue Guru PADI Divemaster Internhsip on Koh Phra Thong incorporates a full array of PADI courses, excursions, training exercises, lectures and additional education modules. You will also receive thorough training and work experience 'in the field'. This will include giving dive briefings & leading dives in the Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock and Koh Tachai as well as compressor operation, boat handling and kit maintenance.
Also included in the price is accommodation on Koh Phra Thong, This is available to you for the duration of your internship.
Further, Blue Guru offer a host of additional PADI & propietary educational options. Our PADI Course Director can teach 20 PADI specialties including eco distinctives such as Shark Conservation, Whale Shark & Turtle Awareness.
As we recognise the value of practical experience and training beyond the industry standard, Blue Guru has an extended PADI Divemaster Internship package of 8 weeks for the 2013-2014 season. This additional development affords our PADI Divemaster graduates the edge when it comes to finding employment.
Download the full details of Koh Phra Thong Divemaster Internship and discover the scope of this program for yourself.
Koh Phra Thong is located in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand. The closest town is the port town of Khuraburi, situated on the mainland about 10km east.
Koh Phra Thong is the middle link in a chain of three islands. It is largely flat with expanses of inland savannah. It has long uninhabited beaches, fringed by coconut palms. The island is home to a broad diversity of plant, animal & bird species whilst the surrounding waters provides essential habitats for a vast array of marine life.
To the north is Koh Ra. It is a long mountainous island covered with ancient rainforest. The terrain is quite inhospitable to humans but does house a large number of animal species. This makes it an interesting trekking venue and gives a striking view looking north from Koh Phra Thong.
The southern island of Koh Kho Khao is similar to Koh Phra Tong. However, just to the south of Koh Kho Khao is the highly popular beach holiday location of Khao Lak. Koh Kho Khao is already a burgeoning tourist destination as Khao Lak veterans spill northwards looking for less crowded, more interesting destinations.
Further south still is the world famous island of Phuket. It is over 100km away from Koh Phra Thong and has the closest international airport. We recommend flying into Phuket and transferring by bus or taxi to Khuraburi as the most efficient way to reach the island. The cheapest way to get to Kuraburi from Bangkok is by overnight bus – approx. 600Bt for 10 hour journey
- PADI Divemaster training over 8+ weeks
- Accommodation for duration of your courses & internship.
- Surin Islands, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock dive trips
- Exploration of newly discovered off-shore dive sites near Koh Phra Thong
- Unlimited local diving at Koh Phra Thong
- All PADI materials & certification costs on courses preceding Divemaster
- 2 return boat transfers between Kuraburi & Koh Phra Thong
- Lunch & soft drinks on Surin Islands, Koh Tachai & Richelieu day Trips
- Discounts on further dive courses & liveaboard trips
- Discounts on equipment rental or purchase
- Divemaster Materials (order upon booking – see below)
- PADI Divemaster Application fee (payable direct to PADI on completion of Divemaster course)
- Diving equipment* (choice of rental or purchase packages)
- Dive accessories (PADI requires that Divemaster own a knife, safety marker buoy & reel, slate, compass, whistle)
- Dive extras (All Divemaster candidates should also have eRDPml, pocket mask** & timing device)
- Food & drink (budget 300Bt+ per day)
*included with 'Early Bird Discounts'
**included with PADI Rescue course
Offering one of the most extensive Divemaster Internships in Thailand, Blue Guru Diving will fulfil your dive education needs. Under the stewardship of PADI Course Director Helen Macnee and her Blue Guru’s recreational dive staff team you will receive the most thorough training & guidance.
Koh Phra Thong is an idyllic location to train as a dive professional. Aside from the sensational scenery and nature on the island, Blue Guru Diving at Koh Phra Thong offers a number of unique advantages for the aspiring Divemaster.
- Outstanding price for a PADI Divemaster training + accommodation package
- Unlimited easy access local diving from the shore - Grab a buddy & dive
- Off the beaten track paradise island. Clear beaches & exclusive dive sites
- Closest dive centre to world top ten dive location Richelieu Rock
- Regular scuba day trips to the sensational Surin Islands & Koh Tachai
- Workshops on SMB (submersible marker buoy) use, dive site management, dive boat management, dive briefings, search & recovery, DM conducted programs
- Full diving insurance for 1 year by scuba insurance specialist Indepths.org*
- CV writing & job application support with experienced HR manager
- Opportunity to learn how to handle small boats
- Optional eco-specialty courses at significant discounts
- Opportunity to get involved in marine conservation activities
- Broad range of PADI Specialties* on offer
- Continuing professional development available for certified DMs
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The Blue Guru Divemaster training internships are designed for beginners as well as those with previous diving experience. Even if you have never dived before - As long as you are over the age of 18 with medical clearance by a physician you are able to join an internship on Koh Phra Thong. New divers would normally join us for an 11 week internship whilst those already Rescue Diver certified might consider an 8 week program.
You do not need to be a certain “type” to be considered suitable for the Divemaster program. You should however be an environmentally-conscious individual with a desire to learn more about diving & help others enjoy our underwater world. You should also have a professional manner, be a good communicator and strong team player.
There are many reasons why an individual would choose one of our programs. One of the most common themes is for people who are looking to make a break from the normal 9-5 that so often invades our lives, leaving us bored & uninspired.
Another typical reason is the 'Gap Year' candidate looking to travel to exotic destinations to find adventure. Within this group there are a number who may also be looking to utilise some of the training towards their University education or future vocation.
And in recent years there are many who join us because they have become increasingly disillusioned with how we lead our lives, as out of control consumers with scant regard for the environment with our governments cheering us on.
For these reasons (& many more) a Blue Guru Divemaster internship on the tropical island of Koh Phra Thong could be just the ticket to energize your life.
Savings of up to 40% on PADI Specialties & eco-diving courses booked with any DM internship.
Any PADI Specialty - 20% Off
5 PADI Specialties - 40% Off
FREE MSD application in 2012
10% discount off continuing professional development:
- EFR Instructor
- Assistant Instructor
- Instructor Development Course
- Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Instructor
Savings of 25% on selected equipment package purchases with any Divemaster internship.
Divemaster basic Scubapro set.
BCD, first stage, regs, console
Normal price 36,900 Bt
Now only 27,675 Bt - Save 25%
Divemaster pro Scubapro set.
BCD, first stage, regs, console
Normal price 64,045 Bt
Now only 48,030 Bt - Save 25%
Dive Supply 2013-2014 Catalogue
All of our Divemaster Internship packages include accommodation in a house in Lions Village (Baan Lions) for the duration of your course(s). Baan Lions is situated at the north end of Koh Phra Thong near to the Koh Ra channel.These are shared houses for the exclusive use of Divemaster trainees, their partners & Blue Guru staff.
Each house has 2-3 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, outside communal area and upstairs balcony. Each Divemaster candidate will have their own bedroom. There are larger bedrooms available for couples if necessary.
Baan Lions has small shops where you can buy a range of local produce. Rice, packet foods & snacks, soft & alcoholic drinks are also available as they are brought over from the mainland by longtail boat on a regular basis.
If you prefer to eat out then there is a small restaurant run by a delightful lady called Lam Yong. As is common with Thai people, she is a culinary wizard and creates tasty banquets on a nightly basis. Alternatively, many Divemaster trainees often choose to take 1 or more of their daily meals at Mr.Chuoi's Bar & Huts which is situated closer to Blue Guru Diving on Golden Buddha Bay.
Accommodation upgrade to Mr.Chuoi's Huts is available for an extra 12,000 Bt per month per Hut. PT Bay Bungalows which is only a 2min walk from Blue Guru Dive Centre is priced at 18,000 Bt per month. All accommodation upgrades must be booked in advance to qualify for these discounted rates.
Book your Divemaster Package before 1st September 2013 for all these amazing extras...
- FREE 1 Year scuba insurance
- FREE 1 month equipment rental
- FREE 1 month dive computer rental
- FREE Emergency First Response training**
- FREE Coral Watch Training
- Unlimited FREE kayak rental
Saves you more than 25,000 Bt!
Book your Divemaster Package before 1st November 2013 for all these amazing extras...
- FREE 1 month equipment rental
- FREE 1 month dive computer rental
- FREE Coral Watch Training
- Unlimited FREE kayak rental
Saves you more than 17,000 Bt!
**no further discounts offered if candidate already has EFR training
Often rental equipment is the cheapest available. Not at Blue Guru. We have noticed over years diving in Asia that the rental equipment is frequently substandard and this can be frustrating for any diver. It makes a huge difference to have good quality, more expensive equipment and we are proud to bring you a superior line of rental equipment.
The equipment that you use can make or break a dive. Regular divers invest in their own equipment because they know that it will make for better, safer diving. Blue Guru feels the same way. Our high quality equipment is regularly serviced and replaced to ensure that you have the best underwater experience possible.
Many Divemaster trainees choose to buy their own set from the outset. You can take adavantage of one our exclusive equipment offers or if you prefer to wait then you can rent our equipment for only 7,500 Bt a month (normally 500 Bt a day). Both of our 'Early Bird' offers give 1 month's free equipment rental.
High quality diver training & equipment are the first line of defence in scuba safety. This is one of the reasons why our PADI Divemaster internship is longer than those normally offered. This extra time and our unique local sites will enable you to develop your practical knowledge & hone your skills to perfection.
Supervised deep diving experience, creation of an emergency action plan and search & recovery exercises will add to your education in diver safety principles & practice. Optional courses such as PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider & Equipment Specialist will further deepen your knowledge and skills.
All this extra training supports your development as a confident, safe PADI Divemaster; most important when you will soon be guiding your own divers under the water.
PADI Divemaster crewpak is a requirement for all trainees.
PADI Divemaster manual,PADI Instructor Manual, Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, Divemaster slates Divemaster application form & course documentation, Divemaster emblem, Divemaster hologram
Price: 9,100 Bt Including. Pro Bag
Price: 8,350 Bt Without Pro Bag
The following items are necessary for all PADI Divemaster trainees
Dive knife, compass, safety marker buoy, reel, dive slate.
Basic Divemaster essentials pack. Normal price 4,800 Bt
Now only 3,850 Bt - Save 20%
De-luxe Divemaster essentials pack. Normal price 9,525 Bt
Now only 7,620 Bt - Save 20%
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The coral reefs at Koh Phra Thong & Surin Islands have been in the wars in recent years. Having recovered substantially from the 2004 tsunami they have recently been affected by the SE Asia bleaching event in 2010.Blue Guru supports global & local coral reef conservation efforts by participating in the following activities:
Not only are these surveys a great way to engage in some real environmental work & make a worthwhile contribution to marine conservation, your participation will also add weight to your CV and increase chances of employment with environmentally orientated dive centres.
For Divemaster interns, the Coral Reef Conservation & Project AWARE specialties are priced at 20% discount for 1 course (2880Bt); 25% discount for both courses (5400Bt) or up to 40% discount if signing up to 5 specialty courses, thereby also attaining Master Scuba Diver.
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Blue Guru brings you the PADI Whale Shark specialty where you will have the opportunity to learn about, search for & identify migrating whale sharks.
Graceful, rare & mesmerizing, whale sharks can grow up to 12m long weigh upwards of 13.6 tonnes & live for 70 years.
The most elusive & largest fish in the sea is found in warm tropical waters & it is believed to have originated 60 million years ago. Currently listed as a vulnerable species by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are frequently targeted by commercial fisheries.
Relatively little is known about this magnificent fish & even less known about their mating habits, migration patterns & actual living population size. Our Whale Shark Program’s objective is to raise awareness about whale sharks & help protect this rare species.
Blue Guru will develop your knowledge through the PADI Whale Shark specialty course.
You’ll learn about;
- whale shark’s biology, distribution & behaviours:
- how to safely & passively interact with them;
- how to help identify specific creatures using their unique spot patterns.
You’ll also be given guidance on how to;
- take photos & record data on whale shark sightings
- submit photos & data to online libraries so you can help in their research & protection.
Blue Guru Diving is a registered operator for Project AWARE's Whale Shark Project
Find out more on the PADI Whale Shark Specialty page
Koh Phra Thong and the nearby Surin Islands are home to 4 types of turtles: Hawksbill, Leatherback, Green & Olive Ridley. During your internship we also offer the opportunity to learn more about turtles, which nest in the long stretch of beach in front of the Golden Buddha Resort where Blue Guru Diving is based.
These species of turtles have survived since the age of dinosaurs and yet sadly numbers are in decline. Participants will learn about the threats turtles face from man & nature and have the chance to join a daily early morning walk to monitor the beach for turtle nests. They can also visit the small museum run by the turtle project staff in Lions village.
In the PADI Turtle Awareness specialty course you’ll learn about:
- the role of turtles in the ecosystem
- seven species of sea turtles, their habitats and population statuses
- issues contributing to population decline
- key characteristics of turtles found in the area
- responsible dive and snorkel practices when observing sea turtles
- how you can promote sea turtle conservation
Find out more on the PADI Turtle Awareness Specialty page
PADI Specialty courses broaden & deepen your diving skills, knowledge & experience in a range of different diving environments & areas that interest you.As a Divemaster, having specialty certifications evidences your:
- enhanced skills, knowledge & experience
- commitment to continuing education
- passion for particular aspects of diving
Complete 5 PADI Specialty courses in addition to the Rescue certification & logging 50 dives and you can apply for PADI’s highest recreational diver certification: Master Scuba Diver. This is a great addition to your CV!
Blue Guru’s Eco Master Scuba Diver Program offers Divemaster Interns the opportunity to gain the highly regarded Master Scuba Diver certification by focusing on development of eco-orientated diving knowledge & skills. Everyone does Project AWARE & Coral Reef Conservation Specialties. These are 2 non-diving certifications but Blue Guru provides extra value by including:
- opportunity to get involved in conducting a clean up dive
- instruction in use of Coral Watch survey tool
- opportunity to conduct a Coral Watch survey dive
Individuals also have choice of 3 other eco-specialties from 6 below:
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Fish Identification
- Underwater Naturalist
- Turtle Awareness
- Whale Shark Awareness
- Shark Conservation Diver
Blue Guru offer an amazing 40% off regular prices on the Master Scuba Diver program + FREE MSD application & certification card in 2013 for Divemaster interns .