PADI Diving Instructor Internship Koh Tao

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All Inclusive Koh Tao PADI Diving Instructor Internship

Our extensive PADI Diving Instructor Internship program is well structured and will take you from novice diver to a knowledgeable and highly skilled PADI Instructor on the beautiful island of Koh Tao.

Conducted by the most experienced professional level development team in recreational diving, our all-inclusive Dive Instructor Internship is a great foundation for anyone serious about working in scuba diving.

PADI Diving Instructor Internship Koh Tao Thailand
PADI Diving Instructor Internship Koh Tao Thailand

Learn to teach Scuba Diving as a PADI Dive Instructor

PADI Diving Instructors require unique attributes to enable them to appropriately deal with common problems encountered while teaching student divers.

Those same qualities and attributes are also required when dealing with an international customer base around a busy Diving Center on a day-to-day basis.


What it takes to become a PADI Diving Instructor

As a PADI Diving Professional, you need a range of qualities and skills to be successful within the diving industry:

  1. A positive and excellent attitude
  2. Interpersonal skills – are you able to listen and communicate clearly as an individual or in a group?
  3. Interest in Marine Conservation – are you able to work in an ocean environment?
  4. Are you adaptable and can you demonstrate leadership skills?
  5. Display exemplary and responsible behaviour

If you have answered yes to the above questions and have an avid and passionate interest in teaching scuba diving, marine conservation and meeting people from around the world, we would like to hear from you.

If you are a non-diver and are considering a change of career or a completely new lifestyle, our PADI Instructor Internship will provide you with all the training and tools you need to achieve your ambition.

If you are a certified scuba diver who has not dived in a while or hold an entry level certification and dream of becoming a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor (OWSI), we can elevate your level of training to help you achieve your goal.

Award Winning PADI Pro Level team

What we ask you to bring to us, is an open mind, enthusiasm and a commitment to participate in our team-based learning programs to their fullest, along with the attributes listed above.

We have trained thousands of entry-level to pro-level candidates over 20 years, many of whom are now working in exotic locations around the world teaching scuba diving.

Our pro level team are led by an award winning PADI Course Director team, who have trained many of our previous candidates up to PADI Course Director, who are themselves now dive industry leaders in their own right.

Change of Lifestyle or a New Career

Of course, teaching scuba diving as a PADI Diving Instructor comes with the added bonus of fun, adventure, ongoing training, enormous respect and hundreds, if not thousands of new friends from around the world.

If meeting new people throughout the world and/or living on a tropical island in a warm climate teaching scuba diving appeals to you, send us a message.

Our PADI Diving Instructor Internship Package Prices (please refer to our pricing page for more details)

All Inclusive Full Cost: 180,000 baht (non divers)


PADI Courses Included in our Diving Instructor Internship

PADI Materials Included in our Diving Instructor Internship

  • PADI e-learning for Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR & Rescue diving courses
  • Divemaster Digital Crewpak & Slate Pak
  • IDC Crew Pack
  • EFR Instructor manuals

Included in the PADI Divemaster Digital Crewpak & Slate Pak

Divemaster Digital Crewpak

  • Divemaster e-Learning
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Digital Divemaster Slates
  • Digital DSD Cue Card
  • Digital e-RDPml (Recreational Dive Planner)
  • ReActivate e-Learning

PADI Divemaster Slate Pak

  • PADI Laptop bag
  • PADI Instructor Manual with 3-Ring Binder
  • Divemaster Aquatic cue cards
  • PADI Logbook

All scuba equipment rental is included. However, there are pieces of required equipment that we include for you to keep.

  • Wrist slate & pencil
  • Compass
  • SMB & reel
  • Whistle
  • Black Turtle Dive T-shirt (Ocean Explorers | Marine Protectors)
  • Ceramic Line Cutter
  • Rescue breathing pocket mask

All PADI Educational Materials & Certification Costs

  • First Year PADI Membership
  • Diving Medical
  • 1 year ‘DiveAssist ScubaMedic Classic (IDEC)’ International Diving Insurance Cover
  • IDC/PADI IE fees (includes EFRI & Dive Against Debris – DAD) ($AUS 1,697)
  • PADI IE Pass Guarantee**
  • Visa Assistance

**We offer a pass guarantee to all our IDC Candidates that successfully complete the Black Turtle Dive Instructor Development course. To be offered our pass guarantee, all candidates must meet all the performance requirements throughout the program.

PADI Diving Instructor Internship IDC Crew Pack

The PADI IDC Digital Crew Pack includes:

  • IDC e-learning
  • PADI Guide to Teaching
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • PADI Quizzes & Exam Booklets (Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster)
  • Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
  • PADI Open Water Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides

The PADI Physical IDC Crew Pack includes: 

  • PADI Backpack
  • Dive Lesson Planning Slates [Confined and Open Water)
  • PADI Dive Planning & Skill Practice Slate
  • Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster course Instructor Cue Cards


PADI Diving Instructor Internship Additional Extras Included

Buoyancy Lab Fluid Mechanics Workshop

To ensure your buoyancy skills are excellent and of an exceptionally high standard, we include Levels 1-3 of our unique Fluid Mechanics buoyancy workshop with our PADI Diving Instructor Internships.

Our Buoyancy Workshop Goals

  • Super fine tune your buoyancy
  • Perfect control and streamline your trim
  • Teach you advanced propulsion & manoeuvring techniques
  • Perfect your back finning
  • Teach you how to perform dive leadership quality descents and ascents

Reef Ecology And Conservation Training Program (REACT)

As a dive leader, you play a central role when it comes to promoting conservation and ocean well-being. It is very important that you understand how a coral reef functions and supports an entire ecosystem.

During our Reef Ecology And Conservation Training Program (REACT), you will learn about the marine ecosystem, coral reefs and the threats the coral reefs are facing and how our conservation efforts can truly make a difference.

We will also teach you a basic understanding of the marine life we see in the Indo-Pacific and specifically here in Koh Tao & the Gulf of Thailand. You will participate in one or more of the following conservation activities that we are conducting on a regular basis:

  • Reef Ecology & Coral Reef Presentation
  • Coral Watch Presentation
  • Introduction to fish and invertebrates species presentation
  • Beach clean-up & Dive Against Debris
  • Fish and Invertebrate Identification dives
  • Coral Health monitoring survey dive

Social Media & Online Marketing Workshop

Our social media & online marketing workshop is designed as an introduction into effectively marketing yourself as a dive professional online.

You will have the opportunity to learn how we use different social platforms to promote scuba diving and the various techniques we adopt.

An optional portion of this workshop is for you to complete your own social media project with our full support.

**Buffet Lunches Included throughout our PADI IDC**

PADI Diving Instructor Internship Package Price: 180,000 baht

Already a Certified Diver?

  • Already an Open Water Diver – 172,000 baht
  • Already an Advanced Open Water Diver – 163,000 baht
  • Already a Rescue Diver – 152,000 baht – Accommodation Option

Additional and Optional Extended MSDT Internship

Become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer – add 32,000 baht**

** Our MSDT add-on includes MSDT Prep & Internship Program & ALL PADI fees


Details of our PADI Diving Instructor Internship

Our Diving Internship program will teach you way more than the basics of being a respected PADI Dive Instructor and in all aspects of the program, we teach above and beyond what is expected by PADI, including the exams.

We offer a personally tailored extended Diving Internship, for you to gain first class, role model academic classroom presentation skills and in-water demonstration skills whilst maintaining neutral buoyancy.

We are firm proponents in the belief that all our dive professionals should be able to demonstrate dive skills in a realistic manner, given the nature of the marine environment they will be working in.

Diving Instructor Skills – Neutral Buoyancy

To achieve this, we work closely with you through each part of our internship, so that you are able to complete our skill circuits comfortably whilst maintaining neutral buoyancy.

We address these skills early on in your Internship to encourage good muscle memory through repetition to create maximum efficiency and this forms part of our unique fluid mechanics buoyancy workshops.

We train our student divers to master skills in a realistic way, which most often means the diver is in a normal diving position and neutrally buoyant and we expect our Professional level candidates to conduct skills in this way.

Diving Instructor Internship – Marine Conservation

Our Dive Instructor Internship includes our Reef Ecology workshops that are aimed at providing you with the necessary knowledge to understand how a Coral reef and Marine Ecosystem functions.

You will be taught about the different relationships between marine animals and the threats our Coral reefs are facing.

This way you can better inform your scuba divers about what they are actually seeing underwater and be able to answer any questions they may have. 


Learn about the Marine Environment

Our philosophy is that the more our student or certified divers know and understand about the marine environment, the more enjoyment they will get from their dives.

If our students and customers receive correct information, the more likely it is that they themselves will become responsible marine protectors and aspiring marine conservationists.

Business of Diving – PADI Dive Instructor Internship

Our Diving Instructor Internship is not only about diving, as the modern diving professional needs to understand the business of diving, just as much as they need to learn how to dive.

Our training philosophy is to train every Dive Instructor candidate to the same high level of expertise that we expect from our own staff.

The Black Turtle Dive Diving Instructor Internship is not designed to tick boxes, it has been created to give you the tools you need to succeed and provide you with a competitive edge.

Start a new Career as PADI Diving Instructor

Our extensive Internship is the perfect start to a new career and is for people who are serious about working in the diving industry or for individuals who are seeking training and work experience as part of their Gap Year.

A Diving Internship is ideal for anyone seeking a personal development program, offering candidates an educationally stimulating program that will achieve far more than just develop your skills as a scuba diver.

Our structured program will develop your organizational abilities and capacity to work as part of a team, foster leadership and role model behavior and expand on your interpersonal skills.

With Marine Conservation as important as ever to each one of us, our Internship will expand on your Reef Ecology knowledge, develop your skills as a marine life educator and help you realize your dreams and aspirations as a scuba diver.


Why Choose Koh Tao for a Diving Instructor Internship

Koh Tao is known as a scuba diving mecca and is the preferred destination for aspiring scuba divers from around the world.

Situated in the Gulf of Thailand and 70 kilometres east off the southern mainland, Koh Tao is an idyllic tropical island with a sub tropical climate.

The island is small at 7 kilometers in length and 2 kilometres wide, which makes it all the more amazing that more scuba divers are certified here than any other location in the world, year on year.

Pristine Coral Reef

Koh Tao is surrounded by over 8 kilometres of pristine Coral reef and approximately 30 dive sites, some of which are Artificial dive site projects created by conservation teams and local volunteers.

The local Marine Ecosystem is bursting with life, a wide array of species, plants and animals in a marine environment that is teeming with life.

Koh Tao has formed over millenia into a large jungle topped granite rock with a jagged coastline lined with white sandy beaches, over-hanging palms and overlooked by mountain top jungle viewpoints.

In between diver training, many of our candidates spend their time exploring Koh Tao visiting the many beaches, bays and viewpoints.

Popular Activities on Koh Tao

Popular activities and things to do on Koh Tao if you are not scuba diving, include Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Snorkeling, Yoga, Thai cooking, learning Thai language or visiting the local Leisure Park for a round of mini golf.

Modern transport and high-speed ferries, means Koh Tao is now easily accessible and is within 90 minutes of the mainland.

Koh Tao offers all the western trimmings of high-speed internet, international TV and modern telephone networks, yet the island maintains its relaxed island lifestyle and romantic charm.

If the local nightlife, café’s and restaurants are high on your list and meeting new friends, Koh Tao provides a wide choice of beachside and viewpoint venues that are popular with locals and visitors.


How to get to Koh Tao – Visas

Thailand is currently offering visas for foreign travellers, although as you can understand, the situation is changing each week and we hope that some level of stability can return to the international travel industry in 2023.

This type of visa is perfect for Diving Instructor or Divemaster Internship candidates who are considering a long stay option with us.

Long Term Visas

You can make your way to your pre-designated accommodation on Koh Tao.

Your first step if you want to come to Koh Tao right now, is to go to your local Thai embassy, let them know your plans and ask them exactly what they want.

For the latest information on what we know, you can always message us on any of our chat platforms or send us an email for a quick response.

How it will work – PADI Diving Instructor Internship

If you are a non diver, you will need to be certified as an Open Water diver for at least 6 months before you can enrol on the PADI IDC and you must also meet all other pre-requisites.

Of course, that gives you 6 months to work your way through all the recreational diving courses, including the Divemaster program, which are included in our Diving Instructor Internship package.

The first 6 months with us, will provide you with lots of time to refine your diving skills, gain additional specialty certifications and enjoy lots of fun diving to apply the information you learn.

We include all your training dives, from Open Water to Instructor, in our Instructor Internship package, as well as 70 additional dives you can enjoy throughout your stay on Koh Tao.


Teaching Status PADI Diving Instructor Koh Tao

By the time you are eligible for the IDC, you will be an extremely competent and confident diver and eager to get on with the IDC and reach teaching status OWSI.

All our staff are trained to a minimum of MSDT certification, so they are able to teach a wide range of diver specialty courses.

This is an important consideration for you to make, as a PADI Specialty Instructor is an in-demand Instructor rating around the world, especially on Live-a-boards that teach a lot of Deep, Wreck and Nitrox specialty courses.

Our MSDT bolt-on Internship, which includes all fees, is a valuable certification to have and includes working alongside our experienced Instructors to gain valuable teaching experience and your first certifications.

MSDT Internship Program Koh Tao

Completing our PADI Diving Instructor Internship program means you will be trained to the very highest of standards, which will give you a competitive edge to ensure you are more employable.

All our PADI Diving Internships offer flexi-scheduling, are student focused and tailored to the timeframe, interests and needs of each individual candidate.

We understand that making a long-term commitment to a training program on the other side of the world may seem daunting and that you will have many questions.

For this reason, you can send us a message with an expression of interest and we will provide you with all the answers and information you need. We look forward to hearing from you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place for a Diving Instructor Internship in Thailand?

Koh Tao provides any aspiring scuba diving instructor with the perfect location to conduct diver training.

The island breathes scuba diving and with 8 kms of Coral reef surrounding it and over 25+ dive sites, it is easy to understand why.

Koh Tao issues more scuba diving certifications than any other location in the world, year-round.

Combine this with some of the most experienced PADI Course Directors in the world and you have found yourself the perfect location to pursue your dream of becoming a PADI Diving Instructor.

What is the cost of a Diving Instructor Internship on Koh Tao?

Cost of the PADI Diving Instructor Internship ranges from THB 152,000 to THB 180,000, depending on your current certification level.

Our Instructor Internship includes all PADI fees, materials and certification costs and some extras like our Buoyancy LAB, Coral Reef Ecology program and social marketing workshops.

We will also provide you with basic equipment that is needed to perform your duties as a PADI Pro, such as SMB, compass and cutting tool.

Additional costs you will have to factor in are for accommodation, food & drink, social life, visa and travel costs.

How long does a Koh Tao Diving Instructor Internship take to complete?

Our Diving Instructor Internship takes between 2 to 12 months to complete.

Our program is very flexible and is catered to your needs and personal preference and you can take it as slow or as fast as you like.

We offer candidates a flexi-scheduling system to suit their own travel itinerary and personal circumstances.

All learning is performance based and candidates must achieve mastery before continuing with the next training segment or course.

If you start the internship as a non-certified diver, you need a minimum of 6 months to complete the internship.

What is a PADI Diving Instructor Internship on Koh Tao?

You need to complete a number of courses and certifications to get from your current diver level to Pro Level as a new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI).

This will be completed over an extended period of time, giving you the time to improve your dive skills and work towards your dream of becoming a scuba diving educator.

Koh Tao is the perfect location to learn to scuba dive and progress through the PADI courses curriculum at your own pace.

Our Diving Instructor Internships include a combination of courses with lots of added extras, such as our Buoyancy LAB, Reef Ecology program and social marketing workshops.

Can I start a PADI Diving Instructor Internship as a complete beginner?

Yes, you can enrol in our PADI Diving Instructor Internship as a non-diver. In this case, you need a minimum of 6 months to complete all the courses that make up the Instructor Internship package.

For beginners, your first step is to become a PADI Open Water Diver before continuing your education with the Advanced, EFR and Rescue Diver courses and then continuing with your Divemaster training.

Once you are a certified Divemaster, you will start your 2-week Instructor Development Course (IDC).

The Diving Instructor Internship is a perfect choice for aspiring scuba divers who want to build on their passion for diving and evolve their skill-set into a professional diving career.

Is accommodation included in the cost of a Koh Tao Diving Instructor Internship?

Accommodation is not included in the total cost. We offer you discounted nights at Ananda Villa Koh Tao while we help you find suitable long-term accommodation on the island.

Most guesthouses will offer rentals ranging from THB 6,000 – 25,000 per month and in the cheaper price range you will have a fan-based room with hot shower and perhaps a fridge and TV.

In the higher price range, you will have a full-service A/C cooled bungalow, potentially with a swimming pool.

If you need assistance with finding long-term accommodation during your Instructor Internship, send us a message and we will help.

Can I find work after a PAD Diving Instructor Internship on Koh Tao?

All our Pro Level packages are designed to evolve and develop you into a confident and competent dive pro that is well sought after within the industry.

You will complete a number of courses and training segments over an extended period of time in an operational dive center in one of the most famous dive locations in the world.

This will give you the opportunity to gain lots of experience by working alongside our experienced PADI professionals.

On top of that, additional workshops are included in our Instructor Internships that will be beneficial to your future as a dive Instructor working in the diving industry.

This will give you a significant head start when looking for employment after certification.

Is the Koh Tao PADI Diving Instructor Internship All-Inclusive?

Our Diving Instructor Internship is an all-inclusive package to increase your level of expertise and training from zero to hero.

Our package includes all courses, materials and PADI fees to learn from a complete beginner to a PADI Diving Instructor.

Over a period of 6 to 12 months you will build your scuba diving skills by progressing through the PADI course curriculum.

You will gain valuable experience working alongside our pro level team, which will help to develop you into a competent PADI Instructor that can work and teach scuba diving all around the world.

Do I need diving equipment for the PADI Diving Instructor Internship?

Throughout the Diving Instructor Internship, you can use our rental equipment through the dive center.

We highly encourage owning your own full set of dive equipment if you are looking for employment in the sector after completion of the program.

It is a requirement for PADI Professionals to have and own a full set of diving equipment.

We include basic equipment in the package that is required for professional divers, such as a cutting tool, rescue breathing mask, SMB & whistle.

If you want to purchase your own full set of scuba equipment, we offer a discount on any purchases through our retail store.