Five ways to prepare for your Eco Divemaster Internship
So you’ve made it to our blog, which means that you are probably interested in finding out more about how to prepare the Eco Divemaster Internship program.
Taking a Divemaster course on a tropical island in Asia is a dream come true for some. By adding an Eco focus to this popular internship has proven to be a welcomed move, not only have I been able to impart my knowledge of marine biology to my interns, but I can also safely say that they are better Divemasters because of the conscious effort to be Eco Divemasters!
Now before you start resigning your job or take a break from uni to join me in Bali, allow me to give you a few tips on how to prepare you for your PADI Divemaster Internship.
- Refresh your Open Water knowledge and skills. Nothing to worry about, but on the Divemaster course we train you to perform all the Open Water Course skills at demonstration level. If it’s been a while, maybe consider an afternoon in the swimming pool to work on those basic scuba skills, like hovering, mask removal and replacement, and so on. Oh, and the Divemaster course also has a written final exam…
- Get your Emergency First Response (EFR) and PADI Rescue Diver certification. As a prerequisite for the Divemaster course, PADI requires you to have some basic First Aid and CPR skills. Don’t worry if you haven’t done those courses yet, we teach them quite regularly here in Bali. In fact, some of our staff and interns are experts in role-playing panicked or unresponsive divers!
- Reserve some extra time after your internship. Although our Eco Divemaster programs are quite relaxed, you will be busy about six days per week. Having a few extra weeks after your training gives you the opportunity to explore Bali’s stunning nature and colourful culture. Or, just stick around to become a PADI Instructor!
- Bring your sunglasses. You will spend much time on boats and busses, bringing you to your next underwater adventure. Make sure you are prepared for a tropical lifestyle. That means: don’t bring too much, but bring the essentials: sunglasses, sunblock, board shorts, and your flip flops.
- Get some sleep! Diving makes you tired (at least it does with me), and many of our interns hang out together in the evenings. We often have dinner and enjoy the rest of the evening over a few beers. Every Sunday we even organize a barbeque at the dive center which is a great time to catch up with other divemasters, course directors and instructors. You will probably find it hard to get your 8 hours sleep per night.
I hope this helps you prepare for your ECO Divemaster internship. Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions!