When you are travelling one of the best feelings you can have is the sense of adventure from experiencing new things. Spending your gap year diving or learning to dive is one of the best ways to get the butterflies going. There are loads of exciting gap year diving programmes available to you, each have their own special hightlights:
Choosing a Gap year diving programme is a great way to spend your gap year.
Thailand Fitness & BeachesUSD 1499
An awesome combination of fitness travel, cultural injection and adventures of epic proportions. Spend a some time focusing on your health and combine your fitness holiday with one of our many Thailand Experiences.
Hang loose and protect the world's second-largest barrier reef clearing it of lionfish. Staying on an idyllic tropical island, join the Xtreme marine team to protect Whalesharks, Queen conch, lobster and eradicate invasive species. The perfect Caribbean Marine conservation and diving getaway.
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.
Step off the plane and into paradise, living on an incredible tropical island and getting paid for it! This once in a lifetime opportunity is not to be missed. Become an underwater videographer on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, spending your days filming colourful and tropical scenes underwater, and your afternoons editing your footage into awesome movies! This is living!
Koh Tao AdventureUSD 629
If you like the sound of die for beaches, superb nightlife and some incredible adventure activities with a cool group of travellers then the Koh Tao adventure is the trip for you. Each week has a new adventure. All you have to do is decide which activities to pick and how long you want to go for.
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.
Australia DivemasterUSD 4705
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.
Divemaster Internship HondurasUSD 2429
During the Divemaster course in Honduras you will be living on the Caribbean island Roatan. A tropical paradise with a very chilled culture, white sandy beaches and the best diving in the Caribbean with over 50 meter visibility. Experience the freedom and happiness of the Caribbean and enjoy the island life and the amazing diving of Roatan!
Divemaster in Costa RicaUSD 4619
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.
The Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project in Mozambique is the ultimate marine conservation project. Swimming with Whale Sharks (Mozambique is one of the best places in the world to see them) you will be involved in data collection, reef monitoring, and humpbacked whale research. Volunteers will also be involved in turtle nest data collection, as well as getting the chance to live an breathe one of Africa's best gap year diving and backpacking destinations.
Learn To Dive In Koh TaoUSD 459
Learn to dive in Koh Tao on your gap year! Getting your PADI qualifications in Thailand is one of the must do activities when you go backpacking in Asia or as part of a round the world trip. Koh Tao is famous for diving, low prices and great experiences, and maybe even meet the Whale shark, the biggest and most amazing fish in the sea! Come join us and have a great time on Koh Tao.
Learn to Dive on the Great Barrier Reef, becoming a scuba diver in one of the worlds top diving locations. You dive pristine reefs, stay on a state of the art multi million pound Liveaboard vessel, and you have your own Scuba instructor to help you get your PADI Open Water dive certification in this 6 day adventure you will never forget.
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.
There are lots of different options open to you if you wanted to get involved with becoming a gap year diver and plenty of gap year diving destinations to choose from whether that be a Koh Tao Gap Year (one of the most popular gap year diving destinations) or placements in Africa, Australia, the pacific Caribbean and more.
So how do you decide where to go and what to do? There are various consideration that your might want to think about before choosing a gap year company to assist you with a course.
You can also check out our blog for loads of information on diving as well.
Choosing a diving agency
Firstly you need to decide which diving agency you want to learn to learn with. So to make this clearer there are several different diving organisations out there that run courses training you have to become a diver safely. The main ones are PADI and SSI although other agencies like BSAC are also popular. These training bodys all follow similar curriculum’s so do not worry too much about the course content.
To be clear the agency is not the same as the dive shop or dive school, as some are able to train people in several different agencies certifications. By far the most popular and well know agency is called PADI.
Deciding where to go
Next you need to decide where you want to go to do your dive training. It is a big world out there with thousands of unique and cool gap year diving destinations to choose from, some places have their advantages over others, so factors such as costs and personal interests will play a factor.
If you are just looking to learn to dive on your gap year and do a basic open water course, you may just choose to do this where ever is convenient along the way, but just allow yourself enough time (4 days) to do the course and make sure you are not flying within 24 hours of diving, so check your itinerary carefully.
If you wanted to spend a lot longer in one place mastering you diving skill, then you should consider doing the Divemaster course. The Divemaster course is the most popular gap year diver course for good reason. No other gap year diving programme allows you to spend so much time underwater, all included in the price.
Some places are cheaper than others with Thailand being one of the cheapest places to do your Divemaster, specifically the (Koh Tao Divemaster), however this does not necessarily make it the best although it is still extremely good.
Due to the popularity of diving in Thailand, the marine life does suffer as a consequence, so it is likely that you would see more marine life if you did your Divemaster in the Philippines, but this costs a touch more. You can also do your Divemaster in Australia, however this is again far more expensive that diving on an Asia gap year.
You can also complete your Divemaster in Africa; this is a great option if you are into shark diving, but bewared you can easily come up against tiger sharks and hammerheads. Whilst this is not dangerous if you know what to expect, it can make you panic if you are not prepared to see them! A softer way of seeing great white sharks is to go shark cage diving in South Africa
Xtreme Gap Year has a range of Gap year diver programmes and the in house expertise to be able to explain the intricacies of diving on your gap year before you set out. So if you are considering a gap year involving diving, give them a call.
Gap Year Diving Summary
There are several different options if you want to spend your gap year diving. There are several things you need to consider as well. Depending on how much time and to what level do you want to spend your gap year diving.
Basic Gap Year Diving Courses
If you are looking to learn to dive on your gap year, then you can look at doing an Padi open water course. this qualifies you to 18 metres, however we strongly recommend doing your advanced open water as well, as this further improves your diving ability and also qualifies you to decend down to 30 metres. This gives you far more flexibility and freedom when diving on your gap year.
Taking Your Gap Year Diving Further
The next level of diving certification is the Rescue diver course. If you want to take your gap year diving further, consider a Divemaster programme.