Divemaster Course in Koh Tao, the perfect paradise location

the Xtreme Gap Year Divemaster course plus internship on Koh Tao: Live the life on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. The Koh Tao Divemaster course means living on an incredible tropical island, chilling, partying and diving every day for 8 or 12 weeks, accommodation and equipment included. You will be living the live with the best office in the world! Discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work and get paid in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

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Freedom, fun and sub-aqua adventure in paradise

The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12 week trip giving you the best lifestyle possible. You will be diving at least 5 days a week and discover dive the most incredible marine life, reef sharks, whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise, with to die for beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of parties, this is the worlds number one spot to do your Divemaster.

The Koh Tao Divemaster plus internship provides you with unlimited diving, meaning you can dive every day of the week up to 4 times a day. After the course, you will be qualified as a dive master, which is recognised word wide, and can even start to earn your own money while travelling!

1003918_677652538925437_432893910_nThailand Divemaster Highlights

  • Diving every day in superb dive sites with unlimited diving*
  • Living on one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands
  • Awesome night life & cool island community atmosphere
  • Professional and fun training from western SSI and RAID instructors
  • Divemaster course plus internship to get hands on experience
  • Qualify to work in the dive industry all over the world
  • Plenty of chill time and great beaches to hang out
  • Amazing stay at a resort on Koh Tao with swimming pool, bar, ensuite accommodation and just a 2 min walk to the dive school
  • Anyone can join, even if its just for the amazing live style for a few months

*You can dive 4 times per day for the duration of the DM and also a night dive every other night. Many other Divemaster programmes offer only 60 dives in total.

Some Great Reasons To Join

  • Super social great way to meet people and you join our big groups on Koh Tao
  • Fun everything is prearranged for you, from all of your diving, accommodation and transfers
  • Lots of backup and support in Koh Tao with representatives on call to help you out if you have any issues
  • Completing this will demonstrate something constructive with your time out which is good for university and CV
  • A great way of extending your travels over a couple of months and incorporating it is a part of a larger round the world trip
  • Opportunities to get a job abroad to further increase your earning potential
  • Gaining experience in a position of responsibility, as a valued staff member you can get some great working experience with a really fun job



The Koh Tao Divemaster

Zero to Hero Dive Instructor Thailand (10)This programme is not just about the diving, you will develop leadership skills necessary to have a job leading divers in the underwater world. Koh Tao Divemasters become trained in reacting to and dealing with emergencies. Helping distressed divers and learning about the physics, physiology and theory of diving. All the while you will be living on Koh Tao, a tropical paradise island with a chilled cosmopolitan social scene and indescribable natural beauty.

Just imagine living in a tropical paradise with fun filled days and exciting nights. Experience the freedom and happiness and change your life. Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao. Or perhaps follow a Technical diving (wreck hunter) course or even become a Dive instructor. (If you join our SSI programme you can go straight from zero to Instructor in 12 weeks!)

You can also add on an Underwater videography course if you further wish to extend your interest in diving or subsidise your travels as this is a paid internship.


Zero to Hero Dive Instructor Thailand (14)Hundreds of travellers come to Thailand and Koh Tao each year with the intention of doing a scuba diving course. For many the open water and advanced course is their intention, however, Koh Tao has an addictive atmosphere. The lifestyle and setting offer an incredible experience. People become so enthralled by the scuba diving and the lifestyle on offer that they end up prolonging their stay to train up to Divemaster level and sometime Scuba diving instructor. The Divemaster course brings you a slice of this amazing lifestyle. You get to enjoy your days and nights, enjoying what you enjoy doing: Scuba diving and living on a paradise Island, making lots of friends and feeling good! Cost of living is cheap in Koh Tao, luxuries are affordable and fun on the island is forever present. Imagine never having to cook or do your laundry, all you have to think about is how to get the most amount of fun out of your day. With the Xtreme Gap Koh Tao Divemaster course, you can stay a while in a tropical paradise not only gaining more diving experience but thoroughly enjoying life.

Just imagine living in a tropical paradise with fun filled days and exciting nights. Experience the freedom and happiness and change your life.

Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao.

Xtreme Gap works with one of Southeast Asia´s most respected Divemaster training schools. The school has an impeccable safety record and maintains very high standards on all Scuba dive courses, equipment and staff.

There will be three active instructor trainers with over 30 years of dive experience guiding your education. You will be trained by experienced professionals who go above and beyond in all aspects of teaching. You’ll also be assisting the instructor team as they teach real customers. We have developed an equipment workshop with one of the leading equipment technicians on the island, a videography workshop with one of the most respected underwater videography companies and monthly lectures on marine biology/tech diving/environmental conservation from some of the leading names in the dive industry. This education will happen at a dedicated Professional Training Center connected to one of the best (and cheapest) Thai restaurants on the island.


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You will also get to participate in the monthly Eco Day events offered by the training center. Where several of the leading dive schools join forces to make a day of beach clean ups, reef-cleaning dives and an underwater coral health watch. You’ll feel great making a difference and keeping the island clean. We end the day in classic Koh Tao style…Team BBQ, volleyball, sunset and beers.
The idea is to make you the best possible dive professional you can be while still having the time of your life.

Unlike other Divemaster training courses, you will not be expected to spend time hanging around a shop working, giving you more time to enjoy your Thailand experience. The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is also of a very high standard complimenting your stay in paradise perfectly.

Dive with bull sharks before breakfast!

One of the reasons Koh Tao is such a popular Divemaster training location is the strength of some of the dive sites providing really exciting underwater experiences. Our favourite by far is chumporn pinnacle which has resident bull sharks at certain times of the year and if you do enough bull shark koh tao divemasterdives you will properly see a whale shark as well. Recently some of our Divemaster is reported back that they had the most amazing dives with two whale sharks, which is a phenomenal experience.

Varied Dive Sites

During your Divemaster training, you will discover a mix of hard and soft corals and abundant marine life from sharks to turtles and thousands of fish. The sites vary in depth from just a few meters down to 40 meters, there is little current and the water temperature is always warm, ranging from about 27C to 32C offering amazing conditions to dive every day on your Divemaster course!

The qualifications and accreditation

For our Koh Tao Divemaster courses, we use the SSI training accreditation. SSI is widely considered to be one of the top dive training agencies in the

Koh Tao Divemaster course SSi

dive industry. Whilst many people do a PADI course both are internationally recognised and it is possible to cross over qualifications from either dive training agency. Click here if you want to know the difference between PADI and SSI.


Going from zero to hero means you will gain the following SSI dive accreditation.

  • Open water
  • Advanced Adventurer
  • Diver Stress & Rescue
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Master Diver
  • Emergency Training
  • Technical Extended Range Program
  • Dive Guide
  • Divemaster

Most of our DMTs prefer SSI although if you have a preference for PADI please state this on your booking form as we can will arrange this for you, please note though currently there are more professional opportunities for SSI Divemasters.


Koh Tao Gap Year (2)A 2-minute walk from the beach you will find your beautiful new, safe and clean home from home.

Our accommodation is one of the few places on the island with a swimming pool, which in 30 degrees heat is a godsend after training. Your room, basic but spacious and comfortable, will have an en-suite and there is a maid service. There is a laundry service (approx £2 per big bag load) as well. Linen and towels are provided.

Room options

Please note the standard fan room is the default room we provide unless upgrading room class.

Standard Fan Room, prices show in price tab

Recommended!!! Our most basic standard of accommodation, with An ensuite bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, ceiling fan and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Ensuite bathroom

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

Comfort Fan Room, contact us for prices

Our newest rooms, recently built they are beautifully decorated and furnished for your relaxation. Larger than our Standard Room range, they are very close to our swimming pool and sunbathing area.

  • Satellite TV
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower and toilet

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

Standard Airconditioning Room, contact us for prices

Basic accommodation, with your own bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, air-conditioning and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Airconditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hot shower
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower & Toilet

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

More Accommodation Information

Follow this link to our Blog post with more details and pictures regarding the  accommodation on Koh Tao.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Koh Tao Divemaster course begins in Bangkok and includes an night in a luxury hotel near the Khao San Road and your transfer to Koh Tao. If you would like assistance with your flights, we can assist with sourcing the best value flight options, just indicate on your booking form. We ensure you have enough time to relax and enjoy Bangkok before heading to Koh Tao. We will also provide with an extensive pre-departure kit to get the most out of your time in Bangkok. You can explore temples, cruise down the river and check out the sites and sounds of the Khao San Road backpacker area, located seconds away from your  hotel, included in the price.
To train on the Koh Tao Divemaster course you will need to fill in a medical statement and pass a medical exam. You will definitely notice that your fitness levels improve significantly as you advance through the Koh Tao Divemaster course. Bear in mind that you will be swimming for up to 4 hours, this has a great impact on your fitness and health. However before beginning the course you need to be reasonably fit and healthy. You will also need to pass a Divemaster swim
There are some jobs available like working in a bar. It might be difficult to find one. Besides that the wages are really low in Thailand. For an entire night hard work in a bar you will earn up to £10
On Koh Tao there are around 50 dive schools. They all need Divemasters, so there are many opportunities. A job is not guaranteed, but very likely. It depends on your own hard work and how much you want it really. If you go for it 100% you will probably find a job as a Dive Master.
Yes, the Koh Tao Divemaster course is adaptable. For example, we can shorten your trip if you have existing qualifications when you start your  Divemaster course.
Our blog has loads of further reading on Koh Tao you can also see a dedicated FAQ section inf FAQ section (see the  resources  menu at the top of the page)
Not necessarily. But Koh Tao Divemasters are better looking and more fun though.
One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme Gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.

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Terms: $250 USD deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.


  • Unlimited diving (4x day)
  • Night dives
  • Breakfast on the boat (Fruit, Tea and Coffee)
  • Travel advise prior to departure to Thailand
  • Hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao in Thailand
  • In country representative to meet you off the boat
  • Comfortable and clean: up to 12 weeks accommodation at the dive resort
  • Island introduction and orientation and dinner party on arrival
  • Organized monthly night out for Xtreme Gappers

SSI Divemaster course in Koh Tao including unlimited diving:

  • Open water,  Advanced Adventurer,   Diver Stress & Rescue,  Advanced Open Water and Master Diver,  Emergency Training,  Technical Extended Range Program,  Dive Guide,  Divemaster and nitrox
  • Dedicated diving instructor
  • All SSI Open water to Divemaster course workbooks and manuals
  • Divemaster kit pack (for you to keep)
  • Use of dive equipment during the full duration of the Divemaster course
  • Qualification certificates for all courses
  • Substantial discounts on retail prices for all diving equipment


  • Flight tickets to and from Bangkok (although we can assist)
  • Food and drinks
  • Costs for visa’s
  • Divemaster registration and annual subscription fees
  • Dive computer (can be bought locally, about GBP 200)
  • Safety sausage and dive knife (can be bought locally)
  • Travel insurance and diving insurance
  • Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island.
  • Additional Speciality courses: you will have the option to study additional dive specialities. These are not necessary to pass your DM but if you want to take them they are optional extras.

Please note this programme does not include meals, we are often asked why and the answer is simple. You can eat out in Thailand for as little as £1. If we included all of your food, you would have to eat in the same place all the time. We feel that there is so much amazing food to discover in Thailand, that you should be able to choose where to eat and when to eat. Going out for dinner is also a social event, you will discover that during the day everyone is training, and you meet in the evening for a nice Thai Curry somewhere. Our rep can tell you all about the nice places to eat.


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