GO PRO! Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program.
Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.
You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Divemaster course.
During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship-- series of practical training exercises.
Take a PADI scuba diving internship as a dive shop employee at Underworld Scuba - Scuba Shack in Manzanillo on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico, while training toward a professional PADI Divemaster & Instructor rating. The spotlight is on adventure and diving in a resort atmosphere. Extra focus is on learning about all of the local marine life, as well as understanding the necessity of conservation and environmental education in our pristine bays and coves. Train to be an excellent scuba diver, Divemaster and Instructor in a fun atmosphere.
Accommodation is included in the Divemaster internship and Instructor programs. Interns will be living in two apartments behind the Dive Center, close to everything (bus, shopping, restaurants), and very safe. Includes WiFi, Cable TV, maid service, free ice and bottled water, washing machine on premises for use by interns.
Apartment #1 (accommodates 4)
Apartment #2 (accommodates 4)
Accommodation is limited we try to avoid overlaps. Therefore the internship
starts every month, on the 1st of any month.
For an Open Water Diver to attain the professional level of Divemaster, an 8 week internship is suggested. If you are entering our program as an Advanced Open Water Diver, we recommend 6 Weeks to complete your Divemaster/Assistant Instructor internship. For Rescue Certified divers, 4 weeks is typically enough time. You may be able to finish the course work sooner but gaining experience is the most important (and fun) part of the internship. If you are certified with an agency other than PADI, we can convert your current certification to the PADI system with no additional time or expense.
Food for your meals can be bought at large nearby supermarket and cooked at the kitchens in the apartments. There are also several local restaurants nearby of various calibers and prices.
nights at the intern house before or after your internship are available for $10
(as long as space is available)
Open Water diving certification recommended. Friendly, motivated and fun water-lover with respect for nature and a minimum of 20 years of age. It is important to be in good physical shape.
Staff dive shop; sign up clients for activities and assist with their retail purchases when not diving or studying
Learn to fill dive tanks and maintain compressors, and inspect/clean tanks when not diving or studying
Help gear up customers with diving and snorkeling equipment
Keep dive shop and equipment clean
Assist our staff with divers, students and other interns in their programs
Help with the overall customer flow and safety of guest divers and snorkelers
Learn and practice Spanish
Spend time in a beautiful tropical area with wall dives, night dives, lava shelves, fissures and crevices, dolphins, turtles, small caves and a shipwreck. Manzanillo is an exceptional place that you'll find difficult to leave.
Option to pursue your choice of the following PADI diving certification courses (time and skill permitting)
Advanced Open Water Diver
Emergency First Response
Assistant Instructor (cost not included)
Open Water Scuba Instructor (cost not included)
During the Internship you will also have the option to do any specialty diver courses at great prices, and afterward continue your education by becoming an Assistant Instructor, Instructor all the way to IDC Staff Instructor with our Internship plus IDC packages.
What’s included: Pick up when you arrive, accommodation, course fees from your level up to Divemaster, diving, and equipment use are included in this adventure. However, meals, flights, visas (where applicable) and insurance are not included in this adventure. The cost of your adventure is broken down to the time you spend:
4 weeks US $1,000
Recommended if you arrive as Rescue Diver Certified
6 weeks US $1,200 Recommended if you arrive as Advanced Open Water Certified
8 weeks US $1,500 Open Water Certified
8 weeks US $1,800 Recommended if you arrive as non-certified
(The time you actually spend in paradise will depend on you and your abilities.) Note that if you are not certified we charge an additional $300 for the Open Water Certification including materials and certification.
PADI Training Material, certification cost etc:
Please note that the Divemaster internship cost includes instruction, however, PADI standards require that student divers have in their possession, a personal set of training materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterward. Also PADI charges a fee when sending for official dive course cards.
Training Material and certification comes to:
you arrive as Open Water Certified
$400 If you arrive as Advanced Open Water Certified
$300 If you arrive as Rescue Diver Certified
Note that these costs may vary if you already own materials. The DM application is included in above cost but has to be paid to PADI with credit card.
It is strongly recommended that all interns have insurance through DAN (Divers Alert Network. It is suggested that you budget $400 per month for food shopping (depending on appetite!)
Please realize that by joining this diving adventure you are not guaranteeing your certification in any courses since PADI course certification is a result of completing/passing required coursework, completing dives and/or examinations.
Once you have completed your Divemaster you have the option to expand your employability, knowledge and skills by becoming an Assistant Instructor or Instructor. Write for more details.
ABOUT YOUR SAFETY: Much has been said lately about how dangerous it is in Mexico. Manzanillo and the state of Colima has been independently rated as being the safest place to live in the entire country.
The apartments behind the dive center are gated and barred for security, although we have never had an incident.
To concerned parents: Owners Susan Dearing and Carlos Cuellar are in their 60s, and our Master Scuba Diver Trainer Fernando Hernandez is in his 50s. We are mature and responsible. We care about making this a positive experience for your children. The dive center has been located here in Manzanillo for 20 years.
Your children will be very safe and secure here with us. We consider this internship program very serious, and are offering it this year for the first time for those who love diving, and want to make it their career just as we did.