Frequently Asked Questions

This section of the web site is designed to help you understand what your day-to-day life will be like here in Bali. You and I will be working closely together during your development into a PADI Divemaster and/or PADI Instructor, so follow me through this outline of your upcoming scuba diving internship to find out what you can expect here at Blue Season Bali.

Arriving in Bali

The steps you will take to get here will depend on the program you want to do. For programs longer than one month, we provide special visa assistance in order to obtain a Social Visit Visa. Candidates joining us for the one-month divemaster or four-week IDC program are welcome to get a Visa on Arrival (VoA). The VoA is valid for 30 days and is available upon arrival for most nationalities.

Visas

For participants in programs longer than one month, a Social Visit Visa is required. We help with the logistics and sponsorship of this visa. Once we receive your deposit and confirm your place in the program, we will issue you a sponsorship letter for your Social Visit Visa.

This letter is needed to process the visa at the nearest Indonesian consulate/embassy to your location. The fee varies slightly depending on country and currency, but it’s generally around $80. Processing time also varies, but it’s usually around 2-3 business days.

What to bring

The main thing you need to bring with you is a good attitude. You’ll also want to bring evidence of previous certifications if you’ve done any training outside the PADI system. If you’ve done all your training with PADI, we can look you up online or contact the training department. Sun block is recommended and so is a thin rain jacket.

You should pack clothes appropriate for a warm, tropical climate. I wear boardshorts and flip-flops every day. Occasionally I’ll pull out the jumper, but you have to remember that I’m a tropical animal and anything below 35C sends me scurrying for shelter!

What NOT to bring!

A bad attitude, firearms, chemical weapons or anything which might make me check you into the local mental hospital.

When can you start, you ask?

Any time! We have training going on all the time at all levels. For instance, as I write this, I can see an Open Water course being conducted in the pool with Divemaster Trainees working on their skills alongside our next IDC candidates. All you need to do is let me know when you plan to arrive and submit a deposit to confirm your program. I’ll handle the scheduling and even make sure we’re there to pick you up at the airport! We dive year-round and there is no bad time to dive in Bali.

Accommodation

The standard accommodation provided with our internships and IDC programs are clean, comfortable twin-share rooms with AC and room temperature water. All feature an en-suite western style toilet and private entrances which open to a semi-private shared courtyard off the main road. Your roommate will be of the same gender as you, so safety is not a concern. The accommodations are family-operated and lend themselves to a great sense of community among the interns.

Scuba Diving Internship Packages:

I remember when I was trying to organise things for my own Divemaster training and Instructor Development Course. Trying to calculate book costs, application fees, exam fees, accommodation, airport transportation, and the countless other things was very frustrating. I suppose you’re learning that right about now. Bottom line, we put it all in there. We’ve already covered getting here and the visa situation; so basically, you get yourself here and we take care of the rest.

Sanur

We have professional internship candidates working with us year-round. In fact, you will work with divers just like you from all over the world. Having a social network in place makes the transition to life in Bali not just easy, but fun! The ongoing internship program is like a reservoir of information where you will quickly learn all of the ins and outs of nightlife in Bali.

Blue Season Bali is located in the village of Sanur, which is one of the more relaxed areas of South Bali. The airport is only a 20-25 minute ride from our Dive Centre. The nightlife in Sanur reflects its laid-back atmosphere. There are scores of great restaurants close to the Dive Centre and intern accommodation, offering a wide variety of food and beverage selections. Additionally, dozens of pubs and bars are found on the main streets where interns commonly meet for a game of pool or to relax after a day’s diving. Food and beverage in Sanur is cheap. You should expect to pay about IDR20,000 for a cold beer and a fantastic local meal can be enjoyed for under IDR40,000.

Given Sanur’s relaxed atmosphere, it offers the perfect environment for those serious about focusing on training while still having the ability to access various social venues. All of our full-time instructors, course directors and owners live here in Sanur. It’s a great place to live.

For those of you requiring a higher dose of “party” Kuta is just a short taxi ride away…

Kuta!

“Ordered chaos” is a good description for Kuta after dark. This world-renowned party destination is chock-full of bars, discos and restaurants. We are talking hundreds. The party scene in Kuta commonly carries on until the wee hours of the morning.

From the internship accommodation in Sanur, the pandemonium of Kuta is only a short 20-25 minute taxi ride away. Located just across the metro area on Bali’s SW coast, Kuta is is the heart of the island’s most popular surf beaches. There are venues for people of all tastes, most featuring live music. Whatever your preference, there’s a place in Kuta for you.

While Kuta enjoys world-wide recognition as Bali’s prime party place, Seminyak is making headway. Generally more upscale (and a little more expensive) in comparison to Kuta, Seminyak offers a new take on Bali nightlife. Huge clubs like Potato Head and Ku De Ta offer party-goers the opportunity to relax, enjoy a meal and watch the sunset before things get kicked into high gear with frequent appearances by internationally-renowned guest DJ’s.

Dive Industry Workshops

Yeah, we’ve written those too. Any dive professional should know about filling tanks, maintaining equipment, dive operations, sales techniques, rigging lift bags, tying proper knots, advanced navigation techniques and guiding properly. We have developed workshops to teach you all these things! These workshops have been designed by our senior instructor development team, drawing on years of diving and teaching experience. You will not find these programs anywhere else.

Commitment to Marine Conservation

Blue Season Bali is a staunch supporter of Project AWARE and its efforts to foster education, advocacy and action when it comes to issues surrounding marine conservation. As a PADI Go-ECO Dive Centre, we are recognized as a leader in the movement to bring this message forward.

Underwater Cleanups: Blue Season Bali participates in Dive for Earth Day and International Cleanup Day every year. We also conduct cleanups the other ten months of the year. Furthermore, we regularly work with local schools and civic organizations to further education and participation in these events. We don’t wait for a special occasion to try and make a difference.

Coral Monitoring: Recently, Blue Season Bali has embarked on a project to begin regular monitoring of three different reefs in the area. These valuable data will be reported back to Project AWARE so that scientists can begin painting an accurate picture of these reefs and also understand trends which may be affecting them. Training in coral monitoring and participation in these activities are important contributors to your understanding of the marine environment.

The end result: this is not your average divemaster course. There are already enough shops out there willing to do the bare minimum. We are not one of them.

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