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PADI Diving Internship

Program Description

A PADI Divemaster Internship in South Africa's Secret Paradise

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!


4 - 16 weeks


18 - 36 years old


January - November


Sodwana Bay, South Africa

What to expect from the Diving internship

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.

On 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, 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.


Free time and days off can be used to relax and explore. There are a lot of activities to keep you busy during your stay!

What to Expect
What's Included

WHAT'S INCLUDED in the diving internship

Airport Transfers

Transfer from the Richards Bay airport to the camp as well as the return transfer.

Dives and Gear

1-2 dives a day, five days a week.

Hard gear rental (BCD, regulator, weight belt and cylinder).


Accommodation at our rustic camp, includes en suit bathrooms, a pool, wifi and restaurant.

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Transport to and from the beach as well as around the town for excursions and nights out.


Groceries are included, after which meals can be prepared together in the communal kitchen.

Beach Gate Fees

Gate fees into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for dives, as it is a marine protected area.

PADI Dive Courses

PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR, Rescue & Divemaster courses.

Weekly Excursions

Weekly excursions to view points, Lake Sibaya etc. as well as braais (barbeques).

Diving internship Accommodation

Our camp is conveniently situated on the main road of the town so you can easily adventure on your own to different shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

If you feel like staying in, the camp is fully equipped!