Become an underwater camera man (or woman) on a underwater videography internship. Earn as you learn to film underwater while you are staying at the stunning Thai island Koh Tao. For 8 weeks you will be diving every day! You will work with a young dynamic team and earn your beer money shooting movies in paradise. Who does not love that!

Earn Your Money On A Tropical Island

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This is no ordinary lifestyle; this is the ultimate trip of a lifetime! Not only can you live on one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world, soaking up the sun all day, every day, but you can also become a underwater filmmaker in the process, diving among the colourful fish and coral in the mornings, and editing your footage in the afternoons! How awesome is that?!

Working with a dynamic and youthful team, you´ll get to learn all the tricks of the trade, gain valuable industry experience, and even get paid for your work! This is not just any travel course; real customers will buy your work and you´ll help them to remember an amazing part of their travels through film.

We know what you´re probably thinking: ´what´s the catch?´ There is none! This is simply an amazing trip designed to be an unforgettable experience, to be cherished for the rest of your life.

So what will you get up to on this trip?

  • One-week videography course.
  • Seven-week videography internship
  • Opportunity to work and earn a living as an underwater filmmaker in Thailand
  • All of your accommodation for the duration
  • Transfers to the island
  • Services of our rep base locally
  • Unlimited diving with use of all dive equipment and camera equipment
  • You will also join our community of Xtreme Gappers based on Koh Tao.
  • Optional:

    Extra preliminary two-week scuba-diving crash course to become a qualified Rescue Level Diver.  


  • Learn how to shoot, edit and produce professional underwater movies.  
  • Complete an internship at one of Koh Tao´s top dive schools.
  • Make money filming divers, tourists and open water students in action underwater, by selling them their own personal souvenir movies.
  • Rise bright and early every morning to spend the day diving underwater out on the open water.
  • Earn enough money to supplement your amazing life on a tropical island! Trust us, you´ll never want to leave!
  • Meet fellow Xtreme Gappers and make lifelong friends through our awesome Buddy List online chat system.

Take home amazing and unique new skills, which look awesome on your CV, or use your new qualifications to travel the world as an underwater videographer! Pretty sweet, eh?



Paid Under Water Film Maker Internship

Spend 8 weeks in Koh Tao learning how to shoot, edit and produce awesome underwater movies. While most underwater videography courses in Koh Tao are only 6 weeks long, we´ve decided to spoil you with an extra two weeks, to ensure you really come home with the best skills and the most relevant experience, whether you want to pursue a career as an underwater filmmaker, or just use your new skills to fund your world travels.
One of the most exciting aspects of our underwater filmmaker course is that for 7 weeks you can participate in a paid internship, meaning you can earn your beer money while living in one of the most beautiful places on earth! We know, we know, we spoil you!

Live in our awesome diving resort, right next to the beach, gain access to top facilities and equipment, and enhance your diving skills until you´re confident enough to begin shooting underwater. To join the paid internship, you will need a minimum scuba diving qualification of Rescue Diver But if you do not already hot this qualification no worries we can include That for you with additional two-week bolt on.

Paid Under Water Film Maker Internship?

  • Why should you choose our Paid Underwater Filmmaker Internship in Koh Tao, Thailand?
  • Because it´s not everyday you get the opportunity to live on a tropical island in Thailand.
  • Because it´s not everyday you get to learn such a cool skill like underwater filmmaking.
  • Because it´s not everyday you get to dive, every day, in one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world.
  • Because it´s not everyday you get paid to do what you love: while living in paradise.
  • Because it´s not everyday you get to meet like-minded people who share your interests.
  • Because this is definitely not your everyday trip!

The Videography Course.

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Our videography course offers advanced training for Rescue Diver´s so that they can perfect the skills, techniques, theory and philosophy required to produce stunning underwater videos, while minimizing the risk of injury, environmental damage or equipment failure. Go from shaky, blurry and random shots, to beautifully executed rock-star films showcasing the beauty of the underwater world.
Training with some of the top videographers in Koh Tao, in one of the best dive schools on the island, you´ll learn everything you need to become a professional underwater filmmaker. Not only will you become a great videographer, but you´ll also drastically improve your underwater skills, after spending every day diving.

So how does the paid part work?

You sell your videos to other diving students, tourists, and professional open water divers. Earn a commission on each sale, allowing you to supplement your life in Thailand, which is already an extremely cheap country to live a

nd travel in.

The videography course precedes the internship and equips students with all the knowledge and basic techniques they will need to see them through the internship.  You will spend the first two days on land-based theory, practice and equipment techniques, while the following days are used to analyze your progress and initiate the diving sessions. Towards the end of the first week, the course focuses on editing and story-telling techniques to develop a high-quality demo reel of footage. Then the real fun begins:

Underwater Videography Internship in Koh Tao.

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After the videography course comes the exciting part of the trip; the paid internship! Seven weeks of blissful diving on the gorgeous island of Koh Tao, with some of the best professional divers in Thailand!

Bright and early, you´ll start your day

by diving and filming out in the ocean with fellow students and a professional team of divers. Filming the beauty of the underwater world, you´ll take your footage back to the editing suites and begin an afternoon of editing, experimenting and collaborating to create epic diving movies.

Get up close to an array of beautiful and exotic marine life, learn fun new underwater filming techniques and make the most of the beautiful Thai light to create visually stunning and captivating films for both the customers and yourself.

The best part? You can even sell your creations for cash to other dive students and tourists getting their open water certifications. The dive school is one of the most popular and top rated schools on the island, so there are always plenty of students looking for personal souvenir films as a memento of their trip! You´ll make a commission on each sale, so you can spend it on a nice cold beer after a hard days diving, or put it towards the extended travel fund!

It´s important to note that all students wishing to participate in the videography internship need to have a diving certificate in Rescue Level. If you don´t have this certificate, make sure to check out our other courses in Thailand, which can bring you up to the right level before starting the videography course. It´s important that all students are assessed for safety, as well as for buoyancy skills, as this helps you to lower environmental impact on marine life and shoot better video.

Training Dives

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During the last few days of the internship, you will put all your valuable experience to the test by producing a final full film, incorporating everything you have learned throughout the course and internship. This final film will also include all your days´ activities, so it´s an excellent way to commemorate your final few days in Thailand with your very own pro-video of your time on the island. What better way to let your family and friends experience ´a day in your life´ as an underwater filmmaker in Koh Tao, Thailand!

What else is there to wish in life? With this amazing course you can become an underwater film maker, learn all about the industry and when work is available you can earn your money on Koh Tao. Koh Tao is a stunning island in Thailand. You will be living next to the beach. The course is provided to you by highly dedicated instructors.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

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.

You need to have diving experience, because you will be taking a camera underwater. You need a minimum of your Rescue and EFR and 20 logged dives. We can help you to train up to the required level. Other requirements are outlined below and can be found on our blog post: Prerequisites Underwater Film maker course Thailand

  • Minimum age to join is 18.
  • Minimum diving experience: Rescue diver and EFR plus a minimum of 20 dives.
  • Great studying and working ethics.

If you do not currently have the required standard of dive experience we can add on a package at the beginning of the programme which will train you up to rescue diver with 20 logged dives. These additional cost are stated on the price tab.

During the last few weeks of the course you make about 12GBP per sold video. You will be filming for example open water students in the morning, edit the movie in the afternoon and show the movies in the evening and hopefully, when they are good enough you sell them. The group you film can exit of 1 to 5 persons, so there is a big change you sell more than one video per group.

Around £20 per day should be enough for a great gap year. If you are not the drinking type and you like more quiet nights you could do it for £15. During the day you will only spend some money on food and water, and trust me, that is cheap!
Thailand is great for a gap year, because the weather is always nice. Maybe except October and November when it is rainy season. But for the rest of the year it is hot and sunny! And even in the rainy season you will have lots of sunshine and hot weather.
Yes, there we will be other Xtreme Gappers on the island. We do never know exactly how many, but there is always an average of 5 to 12 travellers from Xtreme Gap. Not all gap year travellers will be doing the Thailand Divemaster programme. There are also options to do Mixed Martial Arts, Yoga, Free diving and rock climbing on Koh Tao. For more gap year Thailand ideas please check our site. Everyone will stay in the same resort.
The rooms are spacious and clean and have a nice balcony. Every fan room has two single beds, a TV and  ensuite bathroom. If you wish your own room during your gap year diving, there is an option to get your own private room, for just £75 extra a month.
The resort is part of the dive school. There is a reception, bar, restaurant with Thai and Western food, a big pool with sun beds pool, friendly reception, spacious rooms, and internet. The resort is a 2 minute walk from the beach, the bars and the restaurants.
Yes, there is support for you on Koh Tao. Xtreme Gap has a rep on the island that will be there for all gap year travellers. The rep will meet you on arrival at 4 pm at the resort, show you around, take you out for dinner, introduce you to other gap year takers and will be there for you 24/7. Furthermore you will also be working with your instructor closely every day. We will also have an emergency number.
You can buy anything you need on Koh Tao, and it is much cheaper than back home, so pack light! The shops are all close to the resort. You can buy souvenirs, sun lotion, mosquito repellent, swim shorts, flip flops and everything else you might need just on the island.
You would need a backpacker insurance with an upgrade since you will be diving up to 30 meters deep. We recommend InsuredandGo since they offer good value and cover the necessary diving and sports travel activities we offer.
We have arranged that your transfer tickets are ready at the desk of the hotel in Bangkok. The night after arriving you will get on a overnight bus and then in the morning a few hours on the boat. Also the pick up from the pier on Koh Tao on your day of arrival is included. Be sure to check our you tube channel which has detailed video instructions and a walk through. One you are on Koh Tao everything is very easy as the island is 21 square km, and the resort is a 2 minute walk from the beach and all restaurants.

Duration Option Price  
8 (Week)Standard Fan Film Maker InternshipGBP 1999Book Now
10 (Week)Standard Fan From RescueGBP 2599Book Now
10 (Week)Standard Fan From Advanced WaterGBP 2889Book Now
10 (Week)Standard Fan From Open WaterGBP 3099Book Now

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  • Travel advice prior to departure
  • Hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao before the start of the underwater videography course
  • In Country Representative to meet you off the boat
  • Comfortable and clean: 8 weeks accommodation at the dive resort
  • Island introduction and dinner party on arrival
  • Dedicated instructors for diving and during the underwater videography course.
  • Use of all specialist underwater videography equipment and custom editing studio
  • Use of dive equipment: Regulators, BCD, Weights, Tanks, Wet suit, Masks and Fins
  • Qualification certificate for the Film maker course
  • Substantial discounts of retail prices for all diving equipment (inquire)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Return boat transfer to Bangkok (can be organised locally)
  • Travel and dive insurance
  • PADI Dive Medical if required
  • Extra dives and dive certificates needed for training up to the min. level if not at minimum experience level
  • Dive computer


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