PADI Diving Internship

Take your first step in making the beach your office and become a PADI Dive Professional. Gain experience being a Divemaster at one of the best dive locations in the world, take part in marine conservation research and learn more about the ocean to share with your future clients!

Duration: 4-12 weeks

Start date: First Friday of each month

Age: 18-36 years old

Group size: Max. 20

Price on request.

Highlights of the Internship

Check out some of what to expect during your time with us!

What to expect

You will arrive on the first Friday of the month. The Saturday after arrival, you will receive a camp orientation. The rest of this weekend can be used to settle in and get to know other volunteers and interns. We also organise a drive to a local view point for sundowners during this weekend.


On the Monday thereafter, you will begin their PADI Open Water or begin project dives if you are already a qualified diver. Over the course of your stay you will complete all the necessary courses up to Divemaster, this includes Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, EFR and Divemaster.


The main part of the internship will be to take part in research dives collecting photographic data on manta rays, ragged-tooth sharks, whales, turtles and nudibranchs. This data is entered into international marine conservation databases after dives. Deep Blue offers Marine Lectures to increase knowledge about the ocean, these are short and casual. After your stay you will receive a certificate for the lectures that can be added to your CV.


You will also take part in a work experience week where you work with the dive charter to learn more about working in the dive industry and gain experience as a Divemaster.


The rest of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring. There are a lot of activities to keep you busy during your stay! During weekends there is a lot of opportunities for you to take part in different trips, activities or explore the town.



  • PADI Open Water course, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, EFR & Divemaster.

  • All required dive training manuals.

  • 1-2 project dives each day (Mon-Fri).

  • Hard gear hire for project dives (BCD, regulator, weight belt & cylinder).

  • Dive permit.

  • Work experience week.

  • Airport transfers to and from the Richard’s Bay airport (for international interns, South Africans on request).

  • Transport to the beach for project dives as well as around Sodwana.

  • Gate fees into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (excluding weekends).

  • Food.

  • Accommodation in single or shared wooden cabins.

  • Marine lectures.

  • Recommendation letter and certificate of completion.



Internship Courses

PADI Open WateR

  • Day 1 - Classroom and pool skill sessions.

  • Day 2 - Classroom and pool skill sessions.

  • Day 3 - Two ocean dives to complete skills.

  • Day 4 - One ocean dive to complete skills and one fun dive.

Advanced Open Water

Five Adventure Dives:

  1. Deep Dive (30m).

  2. Fish Identification Dive.

  3. Underwater Naturalist Dive.

  4. Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive.

  5. Underwater Navigation Dive.

Rescue & Emergency First Responder (EFR)

  • Classroom, pool sessions and ocean dives.

  • Emergency First Responder primary and secondary care training.


Theory Topics

  • Role and Characteristics of a PADI Professional.

  • Supervising Qualified or Student Divers.

  • PADI Standards.

  • Divemaster-led courses.

  • Basic theory in Marine Biology and Oceanography.

  • Human Biology and Diving.

  • Emergency Assistance Plans. 

Practical Assessments

  • Swim and stamina tests: 400m swim, 15min float, 800m snorkel and a 100m swimming tow.

  • In-water rescue assessment. Demonstrate basic 18 scuba skills in a professional manner.

  • Mapping project.

  • Underwater equipment exchange. Assist on an entire open water course and continuing education.

  • Leading certified divers in open water.

Internship COSTS

Price on request.

Contact us for a personalised quote for your adventure with us!

Bring your dive buddies along and get a group discount.



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