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PADI Dive Instructor Internship
Koh Tao, Thailand

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Brief

Spend 7 amazing months on the tropical island of Koh Tao becoming a PADI dive instructor; get qualified to teach new divers and work in the diving industry, exploring coral reefs & shipwrecks, meeting people from across the world, soaking up the tropical island life and having a great time.

Escape to tropical Koh Tao

Imagine teaching people how to become PADI divers on a tropical island. Warm sunshine everyday, happy customers, great scuba diving… this is exactly how dive instructors on Koh Tao make a living.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (OWSI) are the most in-demand professionals in the dive industry. This internationally recognized qualification allows you to work in diving across the globe.

Our 7 month scuba diving internship trains you from beginner right through to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, giving you all the training, skills and experience you need. You’ll log hundreds of dives, exploring tropical coral reefs and deep sea pinnacles, home to awesome marine life.

Best of all, you’ll meet and dive with people from all over the globe, becoming a valued member of the Simple Life crew, becoming an expert level diver and having a great time along the way. This is the adventure of a lifetime and will open many exciting opportunities.

Our includes absolutely everything which you need – scuba diving training, dive gear, materials and accommodation. Let’s look at each in more detail:

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Dive Instructor Internship FAQs

What start dates are available for the Dive Instructor Internship? 

The Dive Instructor Internship is a flexible program, available all year round.

You can join the internship on Koh Tao on whichever date you prefer.
We only require that you give enough notice so that we can schedule the dive crew and prepare everything for your arrival.

Weather & Climate

Based on Koh Tao, we enjoy diving all year round.

Throughout the Gulf of Thailand – essentially a gigantic sheltered bay – wave heights are usually low and sea currents mild, making for excellent diving conditions.

And located in the tropics, the weather in Koh Tao is typically hot and sunny throughout the year, again making for fantastic scuba diving. Koh Tao’s hottest months are April and May; peak daytime temperatures approach 35C.
Ocean breezes rustle the palm trees & cool tropical Koh Tao to comfortable evening temperatures.

Monthly temperature climate chart for Koh Tao

Average monthly temperatures (°C) in Koh Tao, Thailand

 

Monsoon Season in Koh Tao

Koh Tao’s ideal weather & diving conditions become punctuated by one exception. Each November brings monsoon season to Koh Tao; several weeks of strong winds, big waves (which can exceed 2 meters), thunderstorms, and a torrential downpour of rain.

We still dive each day on the sheltered leeward side of the island, but conditions become more demanding during monsoon. Underwater visibility often drops significantly.

If you have flexibility with dates and prefer diving in crystal clear blue water, we recommend avoiding being on Koh Tao during monsoon season.

Monthly rainfall climate chart for Koh Tao, Thailand

Average monthly rainfall (millimeters per month) in Koh Tao, Thailand

Peak Tourism Periods in Thailand

Koh Tao receives a steady stream of tourist visitors all year round, many of whom travel to Koh Tao specifically to learn to scuba dive or join diving tours.

Koh Tao’s busiest periods are from mid-December to late April, then again during the summer months of July, August, and September.

If you are here during mid-April, you’ll get to witness the Thai New Year ‘Sonkgran‘ celebration; a unique spectacle where the whole country becomes a water fight!

And a local phenomenon means that Koh Tao gets a surge of visitors during the few days before and after the world-famous Full Moon Party that takes place each month on nearby Koh Phanghan.

Best Months to join the Dive Instructor Internship?

In summary, you can travel to Koh Tao to start the Dive Instructor Internship any month you prefer.
If you have flexibility with dates, avoid being on Koh Tao during November. Any other month is fine.

Get in touch & we can put a plan together for you.

 

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What prerequisites are needed to join the Dive Instructor Internship? 

To join the Dive Instructor Internship on Koh Tao you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be in good, normal health
  • Be able to swim
  • No previous diving experience is required*

Health & Fitness Requirement

To scuba dive safely, you should be in good normal health, with no preexisting medical conditions that pose an issue for diving. Examples of medical conditions that could be a problem while scuba diving include asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

Take a moment to review the PADI Medical Questionnaire to check if you are safe to scuba dive.

If you do have any preexisting medical conditions highlighted on the form, you should get a checkup from a doctor to assess whether it’s safe for you to dive.

Swimming

You must be able to swim to join the Dive Instructor Internship. Basic swimming is fine, but you should be comfortable in the water.

Scuba diving is usually easier than swimming or snorkeling. Our objective underwater is to maintain neutral buoyancy & steady, relaxed breathing to conserve our air supply and enjoy long dives. As you increase your number of logged dives and gain experience, you’ll find that scuba diving becomes increasingly effortless.

Previous Scuba Diving Experience*

No previous scuba diving experience is required to join the Dive Instructor Internship.

The program packages together all PADI training & course materials that you need to train from beginner through to PADI Instructor. Training builds in gradual steps; our team of instructors ensure that you are comfortable and competent at each level before proceeding further.

If you are already a certified diver, get in touch. We will customize the package for you, saving both time and money.

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Which dive courses can a PADI Instructor teach? 

Upon completion of the Dive Instructor Internship, you will qualify as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) & Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRi); the most in-demand professional rating in the scuba diving industry.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are certified to teach all PADI courses up to (& including) PADI Divemaster, competent at delivering theory presentations, conducting shallow water skills training, and controlling open water dives with student divers. OWSIs can independently train new PADI divers.

Specifically, PADI Open Water Scuba Divers can teach:

  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Scuba Diver Course
  • PADI Open Water Diver Course
  • PADI Adventure Diver Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
  • Emergency First Responder Course
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • PADI Divemaster Course
  • PADI Discover Local Diving
  • PADI ReActivate (refresher)
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty
  • Project Aware Course

How do I get a job as a PADI Instructor? 

On graduation from the Dive Instructor Internship, you’ll become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), certified to teach all PADI courses from beginner through to PADI Divemaster.

OWSI is the most in-demand rating in the dive industry, opening up endless opportunities worldwide.

As a new PADI Instructor, how to find your first job?

In Koh Tao

Koh Tao is a popular dive destination. Many tourists travel to Koh Tao specifically to learn to scuba dive, so there is high demand for PADI Instructors here. Employment opportunities arise daily, making Koh Tao an ideal location for qualifying as a PADI Instructor and seeking your first job in diving.

Simple Life Divers has been operating on Koh Tao for over 20 years. We have a close working relationship with dive shop managers and owners across the island, so whenever job vacancies arise, we can point you in the right direction. Over the years, past graduates from Simple Life Divers have worked with almost all dive schools across Koh Tao.

Plus, we like to keep our best internship graduates employed here at Simple Life Divers.

 

Thailand & Worldwide

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating is recognized globally.
You can seek employment with PADI operations throughout Thailand and beyond (for example, the Red Sea, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, the Caribbean, etc.).

On qualifying as a PADI Dive Professional, you’ll gain access to the pro section of the PADI website.

The PADI Pros site includes a job listings board where PADI Dive Centers from across the world post employment opportunities for PADI Instructors and Divemasters. The Job Listings Board is a fantastic resource for seeking employment elsewhere in Thailand or overseas.

Diving CV

When applying for a job as a PADI Instructor you should put together a curriculum vitae (CV) focused on gaining employment in the diving industry. This resume should include relevant qualifications, skills, and experience.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) is the primary qualification to feature on your resume. However, qualifications, skills, and experience gained elsewhere can further strengthen your diving CV.

What skills can I leverage from my ‘old life’ when I become an instructor?

Dive instructors wear many hats. Skills and experiences gained outside of diving can strengthen your resume to help you land your first PADI Instructor job. Relevant skills, experiences, and qualifications include:

  1. Languages. The ability to teach in two or more languages instantly shoots your resume up the pile when hiring. German, French, Spanish, Chinese, & Russian are particularly sought-after languages within the industry.
  2. Customer Service. Learning to scuba dive is the highlight of any vacation. As a PADI Instructor, our job is to provide that experience.
  3. Digital marketing. Content creation skills and knowledge of leveraging social media platforms have become essential to a dive center’s success over the last decade.
  4. Graphic design. Dive centers require constantly updating promotional material to stick out; these skills can be invaluable to prospective hirers.
  5. Web design & SEO optimization are essential skills that dive shops need.
  6. Engineering/Mechanical. Dive shops use boats, compressors, cylinders, regulators, BCDs, all of which require maintenance. Whilst you’ll need additional training to learn intricacies of scuba gear, a background in engineering can be an advantage.
  7. Anything else! Dive shops are a business much like others (though much more fun to work in). If presented properly, your existing skill set can elevate your diving resume.

Further your Training to PADI MSDT

A popular route to distinguish yourself from other new PADI Instructors is to join the 1-Month PADI MSDT Internship add-on.

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) is the next level above OWSI.

During the 1-month PADI MSDT add-on, you will get certified to teach 5 PADI Specialty courses (for example, PADI Deep Diver Specialty, Wreck Diver Specialty, Enriched Air (nitrox), Night Diver Specialty, or Digital Underwater Photography Specialty).

Under the mentorship of Simple Life’s team of instructors, you’ll teach your first 25 PADI certifications to real students, encompassing PADI’s most popular courses; Discover Scuba Diving, PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced, and PADI Rescue Diver. The MSDT Internship provides the opportunity to develop your teaching style and garner real-world tips from seasoned PADI Instructors to help your courses run in a smooth and timely manner.

Get in touch if you are interested in adding the 1-month MSDT Internship.

 

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Is working as a scuba diving instructor a good job? 

Working as a PADI Dive Instructor can be one of the most enjoyable jobs in the world.

Consider the situation for PADI Instructors living and working in Koh Tao, Thailand. Dive instructors live on a spectacular island in the tropics, teaching people how to scuba dive for a living. Working as a dive instructor means you’ll meet and dive with people from across the globe, exploring coral reefs, pinnacles, and shipwrecks together.

With proper training, teaching scuba diving is usually straightforward. PADI Instructors can manage all aspects of running PADI courses and are prepared to handle any student learning difficulties which may arise. You get a great sense of achievement from taking a complete beginner and teaching them to become a PADI certified diver, or furthering a trainees education through to PADI professional.

And becoming a PADI Instructor opens up endless employment opportunities. As a PADI Instructor, you can find work in spectacular destinations worldwide; Thailand, Maldives, Indonesia, Australia, Phillippines, the Caribbean, Mexico, the Red Sea, etc. Work opportunities may be based in a dive shop, hotel, or resort, or even aboard a liveaboard vessel visiting remote dive destinations.

Working as a PADI Instructor is not a get-rich-quick scheme, but certainly, you should afford a comfortable lifestyle. Instructors usually earn significantly more than PADI Divemasters. If you are serious about pursuing a long-term career in the dive industry, PADI Instructor is the best position to choose.

What are the downsides of being a scuba instructor?

While we here at Simple Life all love working in the industry, it would be disingenuous to say there are no negatives at all.

While the diving itself is incredible, it is a lifestyle where some aspects can take their toll.
You can likely go weeks without a day off, working 12+ hour days through the high season. You’ve got to love it enough that you are happy to do that and live modestly. It is important to have self-awareness and ensure you avoid burnout.

Some people underestimate the mental toll of being so far removed (especially initially) from your friends and family. You’re in an intense environment without your support network.

Another factor to consider is the lack of income security. Storms happen. Low seasons happen. Covid happens. The beautiful tropical country you’re living in becomes politically unstable. Instructors should be aware of this and have a rainy day fund.

For us at Simple Life, the positives far outweigh the few negatives. But it’s important to be aware.


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