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Divemaster Courses

Possibly the best travel job ever?

If we could pick the best travel job to have ever, it would have to be working as a Divemaster! Divemasters work the dive schools, taking clients on underwater adventures and getting paid for the privilege. And what a privilege it is! Doing your dive master is a great way to earn money, and extend your travels by living abroad. You can turn travelling for a few months, into a few years with the ability to be up to make money all over the world.

Becoming a dive master can be genuinely life changing. But there is a catch. Well there always is. You need to go through various dive training qualifications to get yourself up to speed. Unfortunately, that means divemaster courses are not the cheapest trips on our site, but they are a lot of fun, and they give you the ability to earn whilst you travel.

What is it all about?

divemaster courses There’s nothing quite like doing a divemaster course, not only is it super social but it also gives you a sense of purpose during your travels. If you’re looking for divemaster internship, you are spoilt for choice with Xtreme Gap Year. With dreamy divemaster courses, in scuba diving paradise locations like Thailand, Mexico, Honduras, Indonesia, Mozambique and Australia we are sure to have a divemaster course for you.

The Xtreme gap team is highly qualified to advise and assist with all divemaster placements, why? Because we have been there and done it, our team consists of multiple divemaster’s and dive instructors and we have lived worked and breathed the divemaster lifestyle all over the world. We run our own dive schools and partner with some of the best dive schools in each region.   Below you will find a selection of our

We run our own dive schools and partner with some of the best dive schools in each region.   Our dive school in Koh Tao in Thailand for example, has a 100% success rate in placing people in jobs after the divemaster course.

Below you will find a selection of our divemaster internships, and underneath you can learn more about what it is like to actually be enrolled on the programme. But to hear from the horses mouth please contact us with your questions.

Xtreme Gap Divemaster Courses:

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      The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.


      The Mexico divemaster Internship has it all. Clear aqua marine seas, exciting marine (and night) life and action packed days learning to dive and moving towards your professional level dive accreditations. A great location for Whalesharks between May and September - but great anytime of year.


      Train as a professional Divemaster in one of East Africa's most beautiful beach front settings, with the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop for an incredible couple of months living the life diving with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks everyday! Tofo, has one of the highest populations with juvenile whale sharks in the world.


      Become a Divemaster in Byron Bay! Living the life as a Divemaster in Australia in one of the coolest towns in Australia, Byron Bay! Diving everyday at Julian rocks, one of the best dive sites in Australia. You will be living in the thick of the action as you discover why Byron Bay is one of the most fun towns in Australia.


      Complete your Divemaster training in Costa Rica, in a paradise setting on the Pacific coast. Days spent diving beautiful sites and evenings chilling out listening to sounds of the jungle surrounded by rainforests filled with monkeys and exotic birds. The local underwater environment is just as stunning, with mind blowing volcanic formations and a multitude of tropical fish.


      Taking your IDC or Dive Instructor Course is a life changing step. Gone are the days of commuting, offices and general dis-satisfaction of everyday life in a modern world. Enter a life of living in the worlds most amazing beach resorts, a genuinely rewarding job and qualifications you can use to earn a living anywhere in the world. Hello complete freedom.


      This is the SSI DIVEMASTER Equivalent: Gain your SSI Open Water through to Dive Control Specialist. Starting from the beginning and working up to a dive professional! Located in the gorgeous Gili islands, it is a little more expensive than doing your divemaster in Thailand, but the diving is much better and the experience is more refined. The Gilis are a piece of paradise on earth and you will love doing your dive training here.


      Malapascua in the Philippines is the only place in the world where you can see the Thresher Shark on a regular basis. Although this shark is harmless to humans.This is pretty cool in itself, but then throw in Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and really good macro diving and you have some great reasons to take your Divemaster in the Philippines. The other reason is that you will be living on a tropical island with warm waters, white beaches and lovely people!


      Few things can change your life so drastically like a SCUBA diving qualification, specifically SCUBA dive instructor. As a diving instructor you have a license to earn money in some of the most beautiful tropical destinations, and live a life of eternal fun, socialising and awesomeness of diving every day and doing something fun for a living. You will completely escape the rat race and have a smug sense of satisfaction that life really is awesome.


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More advice on courses, dive schools, locations and why you should do it.

There is something very exciting about doing a divemaster course.

There are plenty of Divemaster courses  available to you all over the world. The difficult decision is choosing where to go and spend your days learning how to dive and become a professional diver. People choose to do a Divemaster course for various reasons, some want to go professional and this is a stepping stone to getting their scuba-diving instructor course qualification but for most who choose to do the Divemaster course through us this is purely about having some me time.

Have Some “Me” Time!

divemaster thailand koh taoWhen you consider that the majority of your days are spent diving in the ocean, in some of the most incredible tropical locations in the world, and it is hard to go back to the real life and real world of working.

Doing a Divemaster qualification is as much about having fun and meeting new friends and having the time of your life as it is about learning the tricks of the trade to become a PADI dive professional. The divemaster courses available through Xtreme Gap Year range from doing your Divemaster in Thailand, to getting the SSI equivalent called the dive control specialist in Indonesia, to doing your Divemaster course in the Philippines (where you can dive Thresher sharks).

We have really cool courses in Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica if you want to get your Divemaster qualification in the Caribbean, but some choose to go to Australia to get the Divemaster so they are just a short hop away from the Great Barrier Reef one of the worlds best places to go diving. The most popular place to do your Divemaster is in Koh Tao in Thailand, we have an exceptionally good Divemaster course available there for 12 weeks (most of eight weeks maximum) which means you can dive every day and improve your diving skills on one of the best value Divemaster courses available.

Providing good value divemaster courses is very important to us, as everyone in the office are seasoned divemasters and we know what it is like first-hand to experience the life changing ways of doing your Divemaster. If you have any questions and want to know more about what it takes to become Divemaster qualified please do get in touch with us and we will run you through the process and matchup the best course available to suit your needs. Train to become a Divemaster with our internships

Reasons for doing a divemaster programme.

Koh Tao Divemaster course SSiSurprisingly diving is not the main reason for most people wanting to undertake divemaster courses. The majority of ex-customers asked who trained with us,, stated an interest in diving but many had never done any form of scuba diving previously. The main reason people like to complete divemaster courses, is the social aspect coupled with the fact it gives you something constructive and fun to spend your time doing during your travels.

Think about it, you can spend three months setting on a beach getting a tan and blowing through your budget, we can do this with a sense of purpose, allowing you to do activity that enables you to meet people, dive with whale sharks learn new things and just feel great.

This can mean the difference between spending a lot of money moving around just travelling or backpacking… or spending time in one location, staying put and making deeper friendships as you get immersed in the local community.

Imagine living on a tropical island, where your sole reason to be is to go diving every morning and afternoon. You will be in a team of other training dive Masters, and everyone is in the same boat having fun and learning something exciting in the tropics. When you’re having such a good time, it’s very hard not to make friends with people, who will most likely be from all over the world. It’s an incredibly social experience.

But it’s not all having a laugh, there are some very serious aspects to doing a divemaster course in that you are learning to lead dives and with that comes responsibility. Whilst this does develop your people skills and leadership skills (two very strong qualities to show on your curriculum vitae) it also adds a bit of gravitas and importance to what you are trying to undertake. It’s a great feeling to know that not only are you spending time in an amazing place, but you’re actually developing your own skill set in a fun way.

Doing a divemaster course is your first route into the world of work in the diving industry. It means you can lead dives or divers around dive sites and work for a dive school. What it does not mean is that you can teach this is the next qualification up the ladder, but it is essential to do your divemaster course if you are planning on becoming a scuba diving instructor. With that in mind some do do the divemaster course with a view to gaining the professional level qualifications. The vast majority of people however do not do this for professional reasons. It’s all about improving their skills, and of course their love of diving as many divemaster internships offer unlimited diving during the course of the internship, or allows you to get your dive experience up significantly.

If you are interested in knowing which dive master course offer unlimited dives, please contact us as some will give you a lot more dive experience than others. That there are many different benefits to doing a divemaster course in different locations, we know what they are so we are able to recommend the best option for you.

What does a divemaster course involve?

The dive master courses involve both practical experience and theoretical study in order to deepen your knowledge about diving, safety, leadership navigation and even the basics of working in a dive shop. Whilst the main benefit is actually the diving in the experience, this does teach you a lot so it’s quite a bit of information to take in. Typically you will have a dive instructor assigned to you will run you through all of the course materials, these are made up of modular tests which you study throughout the course.

Where are the best divemaster course training locations?

Shark Divemaster Philippines (53)The answer to this one very much depends on what you are looking to get out of it. Whilst the actual answer is different for everyone, we are able to give you an indication as to where might be the best place to train if we know what is important to you.

Places like Koh Tao in Thailand, or Utilla in Honduras are known as party islands perfect for the dive bums who want a great social experience during their course. It goes without saying that Koh Tao has great nightlife, so it’s actually the perfect combination because you can dive all day doing something constructive healthy and wonderful,yet have exciting nights meeting new people in beach bars and partying the night away. It’s widely known that diving is a great hangover cure, although we should say certainly do not go diving if you are still drunk from the night before!

What kind of equipment will you need to become a divemaster?

If you are planning on working then you will need your own dive gear, often the shops that you work for will supply you with this but it is always advisable to have your own gear once you are actually working. As you are training it’s a different matter, often you can be lent a BCD (buoyancy control device) although without question you will need your own facemask, fins and wetsuit. It is also advisable to have your own regulator set, mainly for hygiene reasons and it’s also nice to have your own gear, and you will certainly need a dive computer as well. The cost of dive computers do vary, and you can find out more information on the Xtreme Gap Year blog about how to go about buying a dive computer.

You will also need a surface marker buoy, or safety sausage as it is sometimes known, this is a plastic inflatable device that floats on the surface below you to warn boats but there are divers below.

The equipment can set you back as much as £1000 if you get your full set up, so it is often best to just use the rental gear provided with dive master courses until you are certain that being a divemaster is foryou before splashing out on the gear.

PADI VS SSI Divemaster Programs

You will get your diving qualification through an international diving agency. The main ones are PADI and SSI. Whilst both offer similar level of qualifications, courses do vary slightly yet the outcome is still the same. A qualification that is accepted in all accredited resorts enabling you to work in the industry.

PADI divemasters can work for an SSI accredited dive shop and vice versa. Opinions vary as to which is better, whilst PADI is more established, very good things have been said about SSI and the general consensus amongst the team at Xtreme Gap Year is that SSI is more thorough but we would not recommend one over the other is essentially the outcome is the same.

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      The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.


      The Mexico divemaster Internship has it all. Clear aqua marine seas, exciting marine (and night) life and action packed days learning to dive and moving towards your professional level dive accreditations. A great location for Whalesharks between May and September - but great anytime of year.


      Train as a professional Divemaster in one of East Africa's most beautiful beach front settings, with the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop for an incredible couple of months living the life diving with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks everyday! Tofo, has one of the highest populations with juvenile whale sharks in the world.


      Become a Divemaster in Byron Bay! Living the life as a Divemaster in Australia in one of the coolest towns in Australia, Byron Bay! Diving everyday at Julian rocks, one of the best dive sites in Australia. You will be living in the thick of the action as you discover why Byron Bay is one of the most fun towns in Australia.


      Complete your Divemaster training in Costa Rica, in a paradise setting on the Pacific coast. Days spent diving beautiful sites and evenings chilling out listening to sounds of the jungle surrounded by rainforests filled with monkeys and exotic birds. The local underwater environment is just as stunning, with mind blowing volcanic formations and a multitude of tropical fish.


      Taking your IDC or Dive Instructor Course is a life changing step. Gone are the days of commuting, offices and general dis-satisfaction of everyday life in a modern world. Enter a life of living in the worlds most amazing beach resorts, a genuinely rewarding job and qualifications you can use to earn a living anywhere in the world. Hello complete freedom.


      This is the SSI DIVEMASTER Equivalent: Gain your SSI Open Water through to Dive Control Specialist. Starting from the beginning and working up to a dive professional! Located in the gorgeous Gili islands, it is a little more expensive than doing your divemaster in Thailand, but the diving is much better and the experience is more refined. The Gilis are a piece of paradise on earth and you will love doing your dive training here.


      Malapascua in the Philippines is the only place in the world where you can see the Thresher Shark on a regular basis. Although this shark is harmless to humans.This is pretty cool in itself, but then throw in Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and really good macro diving and you have some great reasons to take your Divemaster in the Philippines. The other reason is that you will be living on a tropical island with warm waters, white beaches and lovely people!


      Few things can change your life so drastically like a SCUBA diving qualification, specifically SCUBA dive instructor. As a diving instructor you have a license to earn money in some of the most beautiful tropical destinations, and live a life of eternal fun, socialising and awesomeness of diving every day and doing something fun for a living. You will completely escape the rat race and have a smug sense of satisfaction that life really is awesome.


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