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Explorer Dive Internship
Koh Tao, Thailand

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Monster one-month scuba diving internship taking you from beginner to seasoned PADI Diver. Explore coral reefs and shipwrecks around Koh Tao, experiencing paradise island life in Thailand.

Sairee beach in Koh Tao, Thailand

1 Month Dive Internship in Koh Tao

Escape to the tropics and spend one month with our dive crew on the remote island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. No previous scuba diving experience is required.

Starting from beginner you’ll work through PADI dive training in sequence, logging countless dives and becoming an expert diver. Meet and dive together with people from across the globe, exploring submerged pinnacles, kaleidoscopic coral reefs, epic marine life, and sunken shipwrecks.

Truly the adventure of a lifetime.

Explorer Dive Internship: What’s Included?

Our 1-month program packages together absolutely everything you need to enjoy an epic month of scuba diving in Koh Tao. No previous experience is required. (If you are already a certified diver, get in touch and we can put together a discounted package for you).

PADI Dive Courses

PADI is the most popular and widely recognized diver training agency in the world. During the 1-month dive internship you’ll progress through the PADI curriculum in sequence, becoming an expert-level diver:

1 month dive internship in Koh Tao

PADI Training Materials and Certifications

All training materials and PADI certifications needed for the courses detailed above are included. There are no hidden extras.

All PADI course materials are available in digital format, and accessible online. So if you have a laptop, tablet, or smartphone it’s worth bringing it along.

Fun Dives

Between each PADI course, you can head out on the dive boat and enjoy some non-training ‘Fun Dives’, pairing up with other certified divers to explore Koh Tao’s dive sites.

This is a great way to reinforce everything you’ve learned during training. During Fun Dives you can fine-tune your underwater navigation skills and become familiar with the amazing dive sites and aquatic life encircling Koh Tao.

Highlights include submerged granite monoliths (such as the world-famous Chumphon Pinnacles, Southwest Pinnacle & Green Rock), shallow coral gardens (including Twins, Mango Bay & the Japanese Gardens), the HTMS Sattakut shipwreck, and, coral conservation sites including our ‘AlotMeant’ coral restoration project.

Scuba Gear

All scuba diving equipment is included. (BCD, regulator, mask, fins, wetsuit, tanks, and weights). Our shop equipment is quality dive gear from leading manufacturers (Scubapro, Aqualung), properly maintained by our technician.

If you have a little spare money, it’s worth considering investing in some (or all) of your own dive gear. Owning a properly fitting mask, rigid full foot fins and a dive computer can make diving a lot more enjoyable.

Koh Tao dive internship


The package also includes 1 month’s accommodation here at Simple Life. You get a private hotel room, clean and comfortable with a TV, fridge, free WiFi internet, and an ensuite bathroom with a hot shower.

Rooms are occupied by long-term trainees (same as you) and are safe, secure, and nice socially, plus have a prime location at the southern tip of Sairee Beach with everything you need within close walking distance (dive shop, beach, bars, and restaurants, shops, ATMs, etc).

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Koh Tao Dive Internship: FAQs

What prerequisites are required to join the Koh Tao dive internship? 

To enroll on the 1-month dive internship you must be:

  • In good normal health
  • Able to swim
  • Minimum age 15 years old

Fitness for Diving

To join the dive internship you need to be in good normal health, with no preexisting medical conditions that could be an issue for scuba diving.

You can review a list of medical conditions which may be an issue on the PADI Medical Questionnaire.

If you have a medical condition highlighted on the PADI form, you’ll need to get a checkup by a Doctor to assess whether it is safe for you to dive.

Swimming Requirement

You must be able to swim to join the dive internship . Basic swimming is fine.
Scuba diving is usually easier than swimming or snorkeling. For scuba diving, the idea is to maintain neutral buoyancy (weightlessness) & explore underwater at a slow, relaxed pace. The aim is to maintain steady breathing to conserve your air supply and enjoy long dives – something we’ll teach you about during your dive training.

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Why choose Koh Tao for a dive internship? 

Koh Tao – a tiny tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand – is the perfect destination to join a dive internship for many reasons:

  • Superb Scenery: Koh Tao is spectacular. Palm-fringed beaches meet turquoise ocean, coconut groves, and jungle-covered mountains with trekking trails and epic viewpoints. A short boat ride away is Koh Nangyuan; 3 tiny islands joined by a sandbar – one of the most famous views in Thailand.
  • Dive sites: Koh Tao is surrounded by multicolored coral reefs comprising branching staghorn corals, massive brain corals, porites, table corals & delicate gorgonian fans. Also close to Koh Tao are numerous submerged granite monoliths, including the famous Chumphon Pinnacles & Green Rock. These are home to some of Koh Tao’s larger marine species. Plus close to the island are several sunken shipwrecks, including the HTMS Sattakut – a former Thai Navy vessel. Also fascinating are several coral conservation sites to explore such as Simple Life’s Alotmeant coral restoration project.
  • Distance to dive sites: Within a short boat ride from Koh Tao are more than 25 named dive sites. Departing from Simple Life Divers, journey times are typically 20 minutes or so. Ultimately you spend more time diving and less time sitting on the boat. Another benefit is that fuel consumption is low, minimizing our environmental impact.
  • Marine Life: Dive sites around Koh Tao are a habitat for countless species of tropical aquatic life. Scuba diving around Koh Tao you can expect to see turtles, moray eels, triggerfish, blue-spotted rays, barracuda, giant grouper, batfish, wrasses, butterflyfish, angelfish, and much, much more. If lucky, you may get to dive with a whale shark – the biggest fish in the ocean.
  • Gulf of Thailand: Essentially a large, sheltered bay, throughout the Gulf of Thailand wave heights are usually low & underwater visibility is good, making for ideal scuba diving conditions. We’re able to enjoy diving all year round.
  • Fantastic Food: Thai food is delicious; Flavorsome Thai curries, tantalizing soups, noodle dishes, spicy salads, and more. International cuisine too is available on Koh Tao; Japanese, Korean BBQ, seafood, steakhouses, Mexican, Italian, and pizza, Middle-Eastern, and vegan restaurants are within close walking distance of the dive shop. Best of all, the cost of food and drinks is very inexpensive on Koh Tao.
  • Social Scene: Koh Tao receives visitors from across the globe. One of the most enjoyable parts of joining the dive internship is meeting and diving with people from different backgrounds. We have a fantastic social scene around the dive shop, with our own onsite bar-restaurant. There’s always a crowd around for sunset drinks or headed out for something to eat. And along Sairee Beach (where the dive shop is situated) are a bunch of beach bars where you can kick back and enjoy the view. As evening rolls into night, more lively venues open up where you can party until the small hours. Koh Tao is a fantastic place to spend time – you’ll be sure to settle in quickly and become part of the crew.

Shark Island in Koh Tao

What is the daily schedule during the dive internship? 

During the internship, you’ll be progressing through PADI dive training in sequence:

  1. PADI Open Water Diver
  2. PADI Advanced Diver
  3. Emergency First Responder and PADI Rescue Diver
  4. PADI Deep, Wreck & Nitrox Specialties

During training activities, you’ll be learning from our team of PADI Instructors. We keep group sizes small to make sure everyone gets plenty of attention, qualifies as a competent diver plus has a great time along the way.

Between courses, you can pair up with other interns and enjoy some non-training ‘Fun Diving’. This is an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned and fine-tune your underwater navigation skills. You’ll get to explore all the best dive sites around Koh Tao including the spectacular Chumphon Pinnacle, Shark Island, HTMS Sattakut shipwreck, Alotmeant coral restoration project, and coral reefs such as the Japanese Gardens.

In terms of day-to-day schedule, we run two dive trips.

  • Morning dive trips depart around 07:00 am, visiting two dive sites before returning to the dive shop by noon. Usually, morning dive trips explore deeper dive sites such as Chumphon Pinnacle, Green Rock, Southwest Pinnacle, or the shipwreck.
  • Afternoon dive trips depart shortly after midday, again visiting two dive sites before heading back to the dive shop early evening. This time we visit shallower coral reef dive sites such as Twins & Buoyancy World, White Rock, Mango Bay, or Japanese Gardens.
  • Plus we make night dives several times per week; usually we visit White Rock, where you can see chevron barracuda hunting in the dark.

Diving at Sail Rock in Thailand

You could spend all your time out on the dive boat, logging 4-5 dives each day. However, it’s better to stick to a more sensible diving volume of 2-3 dives per day for several reasons. Firstly, each of the PADI courses you’ll be progressing through has a theory and shallow water skills component, so we need some time to complete that. Secondly, we have to plan our dives with regard to depth, bottom time, and surface intervals to stay within safe diving limits – something we’ll teach you about. If you make 4-5 dives every day you’d reach a situation where you can only make short dives to stay within safe diving limits. Much better is to maintain a more sensible volume of 2-3 dives per day and enjoy long dives.

Besides the dive training and fun dives, you’ll want to spend time exploring everything else Koh Tao has to offer. The island is spectacular. Plus many people joining us choose to take a couple of days off to visit the world-famous Full Moon Party on neighboring Koh Phangan.

The dive internship structure is flexible and you can take a day off whenever you want. All that we ask is that you give us a little notice (rather than not turning up for a scheduled activity due to an unplanned crazy night etc.).

Koh Tao internship

What start dates are available for the 1-month internship? 

Simple Life Divers is open all year round, exploring dive sites around Koh Tao every day. We run our diving internships as a rolling program so you can begin whichever date you prefer. Just give us some notice so we can schedule the dive crew and get everything lined up for your arrival.

Best months to come to Koh Tao?

Located in the tropics, Koh Tao enjoys hot sunny weather all year round. Wave heights in the Gulf of Thailand are usually low, and underwater visibility around Koh Tao is normally good, making for ideal diving conditions.

The exception is that every November, the monsoon season arrives on Koh Tao. Monsoon brings a few weeks of heavy rain, strong winds, and big waves. We still dive each day, exploring dive sites on the sheltered leeward side of the island. But underwater visibility drops and diving isn’t as idyllic as the rest of the year.

For this reason, if you have flexibility we suggest avoiding being on Koh Tao during November. Any other month is fine.

The hottest months are April and May when temperatures can approach 40°C.
Koh Tao receives tourist visitors all year round, with the busiest periods from mid-December until April & the summer months.

Viewpoint in Koh Tao

Can I buy my own set of scuba diving equipment on Koh Tao? 

The 1-month dive internship includes use of our shop rental dive equipment (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, fins, weight belt, tanks etc.). Our shop rental sets are quality dive gear from leading manufacturers (Aqualung, Scubapro), properly maintained by our in-house certified scuba technician.

If you have some spare money, it’s worth investing in some or all of your own dive gear. A properly fitting mask, wetsuit booties and rigid full foot fins are inexpensive and owning your own can make diving more comfortable.

Koh Tao is a busy dive destination with all major brands of dive equipment available on island (Suunto, Mares, Aqualung, TUSA, Scubapro etc).

If you are interested in purchasing some or all of your own dive gear, check out our comprehensive Guide to Buying Scuba Equipment.


Scuba Gear Guide [PDF]


Scuba diving equipment

How many people join the dive internship on Koh Tao? 

Numbers vary throughout the year, but typically we have around 10-20 active interns at the dive shop, spread amongst the three diving internships we offer on Koh Tao.

For a dive shop the size of Simple Life Divers, this is ideal. We stick to running all dive training in small groups to ensure everyone receives quality tuition. Meanwhile, there’s a great social atmosphere around the dive shop of PADI Divemasters and Instructors, Thai support crew, long-term interns, and day-to-day customers taking PADI courses or joining dive tours. It’s great to be a part of with lots going on everyday.

Koh Tao dive internship

Do I need to be fit to join the 1-month dive internship? 

To join the dive internship you should be in good, normal health. You don’t need to be an athlete. Most people improve their fitness level whilst here, due to being active in the ocean everyday.

Its important that you don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions that may be an issue for scuba diving. Examples include asthma, epilepsy or heart disease.

Take a moment to review PADI’s medical questionnaire to determine if you are fit to dive.
(If you have any of the conditions listed on PADI’s questionnaire, you’ll need to be assessed by a Doctor prior to coming to check whether it is safe for you to dive).

Marine life in Koh Tao

How many dives are included in the internship? 

As part of the one-month dive internship you can dive as much as you want. Likely you’ll log a minimum of at least 50 dives.

By the end of the month you’ll become an expert diver, certified to explore to a depth of 40 meters using nitrox blends to extend your bottom time.

Whale shark in Koh Tao

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