12 Week Work Exchange Divemaster Internship – All you need to know

At Gold Coast Dive Adventures, we offer Work Exchange Divemaster Internships. This program runs over 12 weeks with 2-3 agreed working days. Beyond the 2-3 days per week, you are welcome to spend additional time at our dive centre in order to gain as much experience as possible. We currently operate on 5 days per week.


Do I need to be available 12 weeks in a row?

Generally, yes, however we understand that everyone has the occasional birthday party or wedding to go to so there is some flexibility. Bear in mind that weather conditions will naturally cause breaks within your internship. If you believe you can’t make this commitment, then a paid course is the better choice for you.


How many interns are there at any given time?

We limited the DM internships to a maximum of 2 at the time. Ideally, we have 1 DMT on a midweek roster and another on a weekend roster.


How much does it cost?

The internship is free of charge for you; however, we do require a $495 security deposit for your student materials. This deposit is later returned to you towards the end of the internship.


Are there any additional costs?

Yes. You will need a current first aid and CPR certificate as well as a current dive medical. Once you are getting to your certification, there are PADI fees such as application fees, membership fees and dive master insurance fees payable directly by you.

We also don’t provide you with dive equipment for your use, but we are able to offer you unbeatable deals in order to purchase your own.


What do I need to get accepted?

  • We need to meet and greet to have a chat
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be available for 12 weeks (at least 2 days per week)
  • Be a Rescue Diver
  • Be physically capable and healthy
  • Be a confident diver with at least 40 logged dives


What does the DM course involve?

The PADI Divemaster Course is the first professional level of diving qualifications. To find out more about the course content and pre-requisites, visit the PADI website: https://www.padi.com/courses/divemaster


I am not a Rescue Diver yet but super keen. Can I still be considered?

If you are an Advanced Open Water Diver and believe that you are a confident enough to already guide other divers and have at least 30 logged dives, then still contact us to have a chat. We might be able to extend your internship length to accommodate the Rescue part of your training.


Where from here?

As a first step please email us with short introduction about yourself and your diving experience. We will then arrange a meeting. Email to: jordan@goldcoastdiveadventures.com.au AND matt@goldcoastdiveadventures.com.au