In any case, whatever your dream or ambition, here’s a unique chance to do your divemaster training. Our longtime partner organisation in the Philippines, is an environmental non-profit NGO, that conducts marine research on fragile coral reefs, and offers a very unique training opportunity, completely different from doing the divemaster course in a typical dive shop. In the end though, you’ll be a PADI divemaster, and you’ll be able to work anywhere, or if you do the course just to better yourself as a diver, you’ll reach your personal diving ambitions.
Really though, doing your divemaster training can be considered vocational scuba training. You’ll learn what’s needed to work in recreational scuba diving such as guiding certified divers and assisting instructors on dive courses. You’ll also learn how to take people who have never scuba dived before out on intro dives and you’ll help divers who have been out of the water for a while to refresh their skills in a safe manner. As such, you’ll be suited to work as an underwater tourist guide, if you should so choose in the future.
It’s very important to note, that if you do your training through this organisation, the majority of your training, dives and work will be at an advanced or different stage, than that of a typical dive center. You'll be trained and held to a higher standard than that of normal divemaster course, in such things as handling stage tanks, advanced diving techniques and more. The whole marketing aspect of the recreational scuba industry which many dive shops put their divemaster trainees through - handing out brochures, recruiting divers etc. is not done at all. So as a divemaster candidate, you would not be dealing with walk-in-customers in typical dive centre fashion, but rather you’ll dive with fellow candidates, volunteer divers, and staff biologists and scientists.
Although the PADI training requirements have to be met to honour certification standards, the focus is oriented on scientific diving, technical diving and leading teams of researchers and organising and conducting work underwater in jobs ranging from conducting various survey protocols, salvage and construction of marine protected area infrastructure to removing ghost nets and documenting impact or siltation damage on coral reefs.
If you dream of replacing your 9-5 job with a dive mask and a coral reef, if you want to improve your skills and just become one badass diver, or if you’re interested in a career in conservation or marine biology, this opportunity is for you.