Alvaro Diving Internship

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Alvaro Diving Internship

Are you currently planning an extended period away or a gap year? Would you like to get paid to travel the world? And do you fancy a new career where you get to enjoy the natural environment both above and below the water? If so, an Alvaro Diving Internship can be your golden ticket, since we will train you from beginner right through to PADI Divemaster or Instructor.

All you have to do is enrol, pack your bags and join us on our tropical island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, and in no time at all you will be on the journey of a lifetime taking people scuba diving for a living… The dream is merely an email away!

As one of the Lonely Planet’s top 10 must-see destinations worldwide, the tropical island of Koh Tao, Thailand, the ideal destination for a scuba diving internship since we offer great year round scuba diving, as well as a constant flow of divers.

As both a PADI & SSI Dive Resort we have a team of highly trained individuals equally recognised by the world’s two largest certification agencies. On top of this, Alvaro Diving is located in its own private bay, with two private beaches, and only a 5 minute walk from the main town, meaning the dreary concept of a 9-5 office existence is left behind the moment you board the plane.

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Become a Divemaster

The Alvaro Diving Scuba Internship includes everything required to train you to become a professional PADI Scuba Diver:

- All Scuba Diving Courses from beginner to PADI Divemaster- All course materials
- 2 months accommodation- All certification fees (excluding PADI DM application fee)
- Discover Scuba Diving Internship – allowing you to teach Try Dives- Unlimited Dives during dive internship (expect to log at least 100 dives)
- Rental of all required scuba diving equipment (purchase options available)

Internship Introduction

Alvaro Diving Internship Introduction

Joining us here on the beautiful tropical island of Koh Tao to complete your Divemaster Internship is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

You will receive extensive training from novice through to a qualified, knowledgeable professional diver, allowing you to gain work in the diving industry for the remainder of your travels or GAP year. On a daily basis you will have the ability to explore sunken shipwrecks, coral reefs and secret deep-sea pinnacles. You will also become a part of the Alvaro family, and benefit from meeting many like-minded people from across the globe.

All of our Alvaro Divemaster Internships progress in gradual steps that reflect the performance of each individual, under the direct supervision of our experienced western instructors. Each student is different, and often have different goals and time frames in which to complete the dive internship, and as such, we make sure to cater each course to each individual.

You will begin your internship with a warm welcome and be introduced to your mentor, who will be involved with your training from the very start. They will get you to your room, and when ready, give you a brief tour of the area, our facilities, and take you out for a meal. When comfortable, and recovered from your travel, you will then begin the scuba diving courses.

Upon Completion

Upon Completion of Alvaro Diving Internship

Upon completion of your diving internship, you will be able to work anywhere in the World as a PADI Divemaster (the first professional rating in the PADI system). Many agree that this is one of the most enjoyable positions in the scuba diving industry since you get paid to simply take people on tours of the many beautiful reef systems that surround the globe. On a daily basis our Koh Tao Divemaster’s lead qualified scuba divers on regular underwater tours of the many stunning reefs and pinnacles. As part of the team they become an integral part of coordinating the dive trip logistics and take on leadership roles as professional divers

This is the beginning of a number of people’s lifestyle change, from dreary office job to ocean surroundings and lots of sun! You will start with the most basic scuba course and progress through them in sequence, logging many dives and becoming part of the Alvaro Diving family. Due to the location of our shop and familial atmosphere you will soon feel welcome and as though you have a second home! On a daily basis you’ll be exploring the coral reefs, pinnacles and wrecks around Koh Tao, and often be given increased responsibility that is gained through increased hands on experience and having a great time along the way.

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Included Courses

SSI Open Water Course

SSI Open Water Course

This is the entry level scuba diving course for all individuals. This course will run through over a period of 3.5 days, and teaches you all the basic knowledge of how diving works and what you need to do to stay safe, and enjoy yourself as much as possible. It also covers all the scuba skills, very few of which change no matter which level of diver you become, and includes four open water dives around the beautiful reefs of Koh Tao, Thailand. You’ll initially dive to 12 meters on the first 2 dives, and later reach 18 meters for the final two dives, performing some of the shallow water skills in progressively deeper water.

SSI Advanced Diver Course

First Aid Course

The second course you take with us focuses on different diving environments. Over a period of 5 dives your scuba diving skills will receive minor improvements, and your scuba diving knowledge will be developed as you experience 5 specialised areas of diving. This includes a deep dive to a maximum depth of 30 meters, an underwater navigation dive, a night dive, buoyancy dive, to fine tune your underwater posture, and another option such as a Wreck Dive, fish identification dive, Underwater Photography dive, and many more.

PADI EFR & Rescue Diver Course

Rescue Diver Course

When ready, we will change agencies and focus more on PADI for the next two courses, starting with what many describe as the most developmental course, the PADI Emergency First Responder and Rescue Diver Course.

Your first day begins with an internationally recognized CPR/First aid qualification. You will learn how to assist from scenarios with unconscious, non-breathing victims through to bandaging and splinting. The following days have you heading out to more of our beautiful dive sites to learn how to manage and prevent scuba diving emergencies, including both surface and underwater rescue scenarios. You’ll master various rescue scenarios and skills, as well as becoming responsible for emergency management. On the final day all is put together for an afternoon of responding to simulated diver emergencies, for which you will be the principle responder.

PADI Divemaster Course

PADI Divemaster Course

Now that you have qualified your Rescue Diver as a highly qualified recreational diver, it is time to make the move to the professional diver level – the PADI Divemaster Internship.

During this course you will develop expert knowledge on scuba diving theory, learn to perform skills to a demonstration level, which will then help you for the coming assists with students in training. You will also learn how to provide relevant Dive briefings in order to be able to lead certified divers around the beautiful reefs of Koh Tao, and will conduct a few sessions with Discover Scuba Divers (Try Dives). You will receive a certification upon completion that will also allow you to teach these try dives at a ratio of 2 students to 1 guide.

On top of all this, you will be challenged during the watermanship assessment, where there are a number of swims and floats that must be completed, and get to deal with problem solving exercises, create a map of a beautiful dive site of your choice, conduct a scuba review for a diver who hasn’t dived for an extended period of time, plus get involved in the day-to-day operations of the dive school.

This course will take up the majority of your Koh Tao Scuba Diving Internship, and is a huge growth period, not only on an individually diver basis, but also as a part of the Alvaro Diving Family.

Included Materials

During the internship you will receive your own copy of the materials below. Due to the number of books included in this course we recommend that you bring a tablet or laptop so that some of these manuals can be issued digitally, and so making it easier to travel again afterwards.

- SSI Open Water Diver Manual- SSI Adventures in Diving Manual
- Emergency First Response Manual- PADI Rescue Diver Manual
- PADI Divemaster Manual- PADI Instructor Manual
- Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving- PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook
- PADI Recreational Dive Planner (Table and electronic version)- Emergency Management Slate
- Adventures in Diving Slate- PADI Divemaster Cue Cards

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This is the third largest beach, located on the southern coast facing Phangan and Samui. Much quieter than Sairee, Chalok offers a similar variety of accommodation, eateries and nightlife. Along with its many viewpoints, it is beautifully framed by Taa Toh lagoon on the east and Saan Jao Beach on the west. A rock formation at cape Taa Toh resembles a sitting Buddha, best to be seem from the opposite beach, where Alvaro Diving Centre is located.

Stay with Alvaro Diving

To keep you comfortable during your Koh Tao diving internship we also include two months accommodation.

This will be your own private room with double bed, and en-suite western bathroom.

We have various accommodation options here, some of which are on our private beach, others located within a close walk. This assures the best satisfaction for each of our Divemaster Interns while they are with us.

Post Graduation Opportunities

Graduating from your Alvaro Diving Internship opens a range of exciting new options and you’ll be well-prepared to take advantage of them.

Post Internship Opportunities

You could put your new PADI Divemaster rating to use by seeking employment within the recreational diving industry, with which we are more than happy to help. Otherwise you could further your training through to PADI Instructor, which enables you to certify new divers. Or you could diversify into specialized diving activities such as underwater photography or videography, deep/technical diving or marine conservation.

If you do decide to continue with your internship, and upgrade to the next level, Instructor Internship, then we will simply apply this internship against the Instructor Internship, meaning that if in doubt of which internship to take, there is no reason not to start with at least this 2 month Koh Tao Divemaster Internship.

Plans & Prices

Since each candidate’s plans are different, we offer a range of scuba dive internship packages to suit all desires, time periods and budgets. Here’s a rundown of our most popular programs


Beginner to SSI Advanced Diver


Beginner to Scuba Instructor

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Alvaro Diving Internships run all year round and can start on any day of the year!

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