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looking for DM intership opportunities around Asia
Posted January 28th, 2013 - 2:51 am by from Prague, Czech Republic (Permalink)
Hi guys,
Im currently based in Singapore but considering doing my dive master so I am looking for a DM intership opportunities - working with the dive centre for some time and getting my certification somewhere around Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia). Any tips/recommendations?
Thanks much. Zuzana

Posted January 28th, 2013 - 10:41 am by from Sencur, Slovenia (Permalink)

Posted January 28th, 2013 - 3:01 pm from Bombinhas, Brazil
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Posted January 28th, 2013 - 5:22 pm by from Samoeng, Thailand (Permalink)
I'm currently a Dive Master living in the states and I move to Vietnam in March. Are there any potential employment opportunities while living in the area?

Posted January 29th, 2013 - 6:29 am by from Prague, Czech Republic (Permalink)
Much gracias Enrique. Voy a ver con amigos... saludos. Z

Posted January 29th, 2013 - 9:33 am by from Arcachon, France (Permalink)
Hola Zuzana,
Nos contarás la solución que encontraste ?
Personalmente intentaré lo mismo, el DM, en la misma zona.
Saludos, Marcelo

Posted February 4th, 2013 - 12:27 am by from Prague, Czech Republic (Permalink)
por supuesto les aviso. deseame suerte es q lo ultimo q quiero es regresarme a europa...:-/

Posted February 4th, 2013 - 2:23 am by from Arcachon, France (Permalink)
Y, si puedes, no te vuelvas a Europa que aqui la economia es un desastre ... :-(

Posted February 4th, 2013 - 2:34 am by from Prague, Czech Republic (Permalink)
ni no me digas... hace unos meses q perdi mi trabajo por la crisis... pero todo es bueno por algo :-) y entonces ahora estoy disfrutando asia :-))

Posted February 4th, 2013 - 2:42 am by from Arcachon, France (Permalink)
Como decimos : "No hay mal que por bien no venga" !
Disfruta ! Disfruta de Asia ! Ya te envidiamos bastante desde nuestro invierno europeo ... :-(
Y si puedes encontrar trabajo por alli, pues ni lo dudes ! Paises como Tailandia con un crecimiento del PIB de mas de un 8% no hay muchos ... :-)
En cuanto pueda (octubre/noviembre) me voy también para alli a tomar fotos submarinas de turistas europeos ... ;-)

Posted February 4th, 2013 - 3:38 am by from Gainesville, United States (Permalink)
hey zuzana!

well if your going bw mid march- end of september id say malaysia. its the best time for diving and its fantatsic, i did my dive master training there and loved it.
I did it at the perhentian islands, its a back packers paradise. They have a great nightlife, its not crazy like thialand, but its just perfect. the island is perfect. no cars, no roads and yes no atm's...so you need cash!
I did my DMT at turtle bay divers, best time of my life.
I can give you a ton of info on the island, i spent 3 summers there and want to keep going back.
let me know if you want to know more!
happy diving !

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Posted February 4th, 2013 - 3:54 am by from Arcachon, France (Permalink)
Hey Yahya !!
Nice to see you in this page ! You remember me ? We met last May 2012 at the Turtle Bay and we made one ore two dives toghether after my OW there :-)
My futur Advanced to DM will be probably in Koh Chang, Thailand, from next November ... ;-)

Yahya is right ! The Perhentians are a PARADISE from March to end September ! and the Turtle Bay Divers really serious in training ;-)


Posted February 5th, 2013 - 6:26 pm by from Gainesville, United States (Permalink)
hey marcelo!!! yes i remember you! what a small small world it is! that is awesome that you havn't stopped diving, but then again no one does!

Posted February 10th, 2013 - 9:09 am by from Cebu, Philippines (Permalink)
HI Zuzana,

It seems a bit unusual that you omitted the Philippines as a country that you'd consider doing your dive master training. Diving here is truly awesome and since most everything is reasonably priced, so is it with diving and DM training.

Two dive companies that I know have excellent dive master training...Dive Downbelow in Kotakinabalu, Sabah Malaysia is very good and here in the Philippines, OuterReefAdventures-a fantastic yet smaller dive company equating to a high degree of personalized service....see both on facebook or if you need Outer Reef's email, send me a personal message here.

Best to you!


Posted March 13th, 2013 - 7:47 pm from Merida, Mexico
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Posted March 15th, 2013 - 7:12 am by from Sao Paulo, Brazil (Permalink)
I did my internship in Thailand, Koh Lanta. It was a very good training, good professionals and not lots of DMTs like other places in Thailand.

I've been working also in Malaysia, Indonesia and now I'm in Timor Leste. I recommend Timor for the combination of good training, nice deal and awesome dives.

If you want more information about Timor or other place I've been, just send me a message!

Good luck!


Posted March 17th, 2013 - 10:45 pm by from San Diego, United States (Permalink)
If you want a challenging place to do your divemaster with incredible diving you should consider Komodo, Indonesia. The town (Labuan Bajo) isn't nicest place but the diving is incredible. The currents there can be quite strong so you have to learn how to read them and guide people in them (something that even experienced instructors are not always good at doing). You'll learn more there than in places like Perhentian Islands or Koh Tao and thus have a better chance of getting a job anywhere that has difficult conditions. Also you will have to become a very good spotter of both small macro creatures and big things (mantas, sharks, tuna etc). There's a ton of dive sites and most shops have a day boat and liveaboard boats so you'll get to experience both.

There's a lot of good places to do your DM in the Philippines but since they have so many local DM's and Instructors your chances of doing your DM as an internship or getting work there afterwards are very low.

Pulau Weh Indonesia would be another great and challenging place to do you DM, it's easier to get to than Komodo and it has a nice beach with a very relaxed vibe. Pulau Lembongan has quite good diving, in challenging conditions, and has a nice beach and a lot of nice people working and living there + Bali is just 20 minutes away.

Sipadan, Malaysia is an option but it's kind of a factory (some people like having a lot of other DMT's though, it's great if you like to part) and the DMT's only get to dive around Mabul and Semporna.

Personally I'd avoid Thailand because I think Malaysia (Borneo), Indonesia, and the Philippines offer much better diving but if diving is less of a priority than a nice topside scene then Thailand could be great for you.

Regardless of where you do your course I consider 6 weeks to be the absolute minimum amount of time you should spend doing a proper DM course. Since you're interested in an internship obviously you'll stay there a long time but since plans sometimes change and you might just choose to do a regular course make sure you don't try to do it too fast. If you do you'll be cheating yourself. You should be able to find courses in all of the places I listed for not more than $750 USD and you should make sure that you get either unlimited or at least 60+ dives out of the deal. Many shops treat their DMT's like slaves and that is fine if you're paying nothing or it's really cheap but not if you're paying a lot. Try to get the shop to teach you about extra things like compressor maintenance, boat engine repair, maybe Nitrox certification, regulator maintenance etc as that stuff is all really important and makes you more valuable to any shop you try to get a job with.

Finally remember that no matter what you organize with a shop you still need to meet your instructor and make sure you get along. I know people who loved the place, the work, and the diving but still hated their course because they did not get along with their instructor.