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Utila Modular Divemaster Internship
Last updated: 05 March 2013
This is a modular Divemaster programme. It incorporates a wide range of PADI courses, first aid training, specialist areas such as underwater photography, an introduction to technical diving and an Instructor level marine science course.
It is designed for beginners as well as students who are qualified up to Rescue Diver level. Individuals who join this programme should want to turn pro and become a PADI Divemaster. The programme also introduces students to other areas of diving so that they can experience a range of marine subjects and decide what areas interest them most.
It’s a versatile programme with lots of different areas of learning and diving. This can be a very inclusive, rewarding and comprehensive programme!
|Meals:||Self-catering and eat out. Supoort local businesses|
|Trip duration||4 to 10 weeks|
|Suitability||Beginners and qualified divers up to Rescue Diver|
|Getting there:||London - USA - San Pedro Sula - Utila|
What diving courses are availble to you?
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Details and Itinerary
Programme content and guideline itinerary
The programme is spilt into 5 'modules'. You choose the courses / modules that you require and we'll do the rest! Your trip duration will depend on what you require.
Module 1: Recreational PADI courses (Open Water to Rescue Diver) and recreational diving
We realise that some people may already be qualified divers, but the focus in the first couple of weeks is on recreational PADI courses up to Rescue Diver. If you’re already qualified you can do recreational diving, refresher courses and preparing for your Divemaster course.
Module 2: PADI Divemaster Internship and enriched air diving
The Divemaster course is dynamic and rewarding. You learn so much more about buoyancy, rescue skills, first aid, mapping, navigation, physiology, physics, guiding dives and so much more. It is a course full of challenges and develops your leadership abilities for life as a professional scuba diver.
The PADI Divemaster internship that we run is scheduled over 24 days and allows you to get involved in all aspects of running a dive centre. Not only do you complete all the core training exercises but you also get to see what really goes on behind the scenes in one of the busiest dive centres in Utila. You experience everything from working the compressor, to equipment maintenance, from paperwork to sales and it also gives you a chance to learn more about Utila’s dive sites.
As you do the training you will find yourself working for the dive centre in various DM roles. You may find yourself guiding guests, loading / unloading tanks, assisting Instructors or conducting a Scuba Review.
Module 3: Beautiful Oceans Coral Reef Science Instructor Course
This distinctive Science Instructor rating and certification is designed to provide dive professionals with a detailed understanding in selected topics of marine biology, ecology, species and ecosystems. Science Instructors are authorised to teach coral reef biology to divers and snorkelers whilst at the same time providing them with the tools and the know-how for conducting state-of-the-art dive briefings.
Module 4: Wreck diving and underwater photography
These subjects introduce you to two very popular areas of diving – wrecks and photography! Be prepared for some cool wreck diving and plenty of photo opportunities. Diving on wrecks and taking pictures underwater requires additional skills and in this part of the programme you learn how to penetrate wrecks safely and take good pictures underwater. Full details about the courses can be found in the handbook.
Module 5: Tech support diver
The ‘Tec support diver’ course is a diving speciality, with lecture based knowledge development, Confined water training sessions and Open Water training dives. The course is designed to give divers the knowledge, skills and techniques to safely support technical divers on decompression diving, using air, trimix, and enriched air mixes, and pure O2, in accelerated decompression dive profiles. The course is ideal to support your skills as a Divemaster but also introduces you to technical diving.
Sample itinerary based on a beginner joining for a full 10 week programme:
Arrival: Orientation and welcome briefing
Weeks 1 - 3 (courses): PADI Open Water to Rescue Diver courses
Weeks 1 - 3 (diving): Up to 40 recreational dives before DM starts
Weeks 4 - 7: PADI Divemaster Internship and work experience module
Week 8: Beautiful Oceans Coral Reef Science Instructor course
Week 9: Wreck diving and underwater photography modules
Week 10: Tech Support Diver module
Throughout: unlimited 'fun' dives (space permitting on boat)
Free time scheduled in-between courses
Included and Not Included
A guide to what you see and what you get!
Full details of exact inclusions, exclusions and local payments will be sent to you when you request a quotation. As a general guideline you can expect the following:
Meet and greet upon arrival in Utila, private appartment accommodation for duration of stay, PADI Open Water course*, PADI Advanced Open Water course*, PADI EFR Course*, PADI Rescue Diver Course*, PADI EANx Course*, PADI Divemaster Internship, Unlimited recreational diving, 'Beautiful Oceans' Reef Instructor course*, PADI Wreck diver course and experiences*, PADI Digital Underwater Photography course*, Tech Support diver (unique course)*, all recreational PADI fees, all PADI manuals, workbooks and crewpaks, all conservation learning / teaching guides, dive equipment use (excluding dive computer), tanks, weights, air, reef fees, resort representative, 24 hour UK support
* As chosen by you
Visa (free for UK/US Citizens up to 90 days), international / domestic flights*, meals, vaccinations (consult GP), alcoholic and soft drinks, personal spending money, travel insurance, Divemaster application fee ($86) and airport departure taxes.
* We can quote for / arrange flights
PADI Divemaster Fee @ $86
A few things you should know and trip downloads
Guideline Pricing Information
All prices are per person and exclude flights unless otherwise stated. The guideline prices shown are designed to provide you with an indication of how much to budget for your trip. You need to be aware that there are a number of factors which can influence the price; these include the duration of trip, the time of year, exchange rates, board basis and the amount of diving you require. For an accurate price you must submit a quote request.
We sleep customers in self-catered apartments in the island. You share with one other person and each apartment has basic kitchen facilities, air-conditioning and is near to the dive centre.
The best way is via Houston or Miami in the USA. Then take a flight to San Pedro Sula followed by a flight to Utila via La Ceiba.
- Over 18 years of age
- PIC cards and logbook from other courses if you are joining as a qualified diver
- Commited to joining a professional course - you will have to work to get certified.
There are quite a few courses to choose from. Obviously the Divemaster course is included as standard and you'll be looking at a minimum trip duration of 4 weeks. The other courses are optional but there to offer you a fully-rounded gap year experience should you choose to do them.
All PADI materials are included with all courses. Depending on what you choose, the following materials are included:
Open Water Diver Manual , Advanced Open Water Manual, EFR Manual, Rescue Diver Manual, Nitrox Diver Manual, Wreck manual, Digital Photo manual, Beautiful Oceans Instructor pack and Divemaster Crewpak.
All reef fees and recreational PADI fees are included. The PADI Divemaster application fee needs to be made directly to PADI.
Happy with what you have seen and read? To get an exact price please click the 'tailor-made button' (located on the 'prices, dates and booking' tab) to request a quotation as this trip is tailor-made. Following the link will open our online quotation system. Simply follow the steps and make your selections. A formal quotation will be sent to you via e-mail once we have received your request.
Prices, Booking and Dates
Guideline prices, trip dates and how to book!
Guideline Price TableRequest a Quotation
|Current Dive Level||As a guide...|
|Beginner||8 weeks +||From £2,360From £2,360 for 8 weeks covering core PADI courses to Divemaster.|
|Open Water||8 weeks +||From £2,060From £2,060 for 8 weeks covering core PADI courses to Divemaster.|
|Advanced||7 weeks +||From £1,780From £1,780 for 7 weeks covering core PADI courses to Divemaster.|
|Rescue Diver||6 weeks +||From £1,425From £1,425 for 6 weeks covering the Divemaster Internship.|
Booking a tailor-made trip
This trip is tailor-made. Please to start customising your own trip. Our quotation system is easy to use and it allows you to get an idea of price according to your dive level. If you wish to book then you must complete the quotation form, add your details and we will e-mail you a formal quotation with all the booking details. You can also call us on 0845 257 3292 to discuss this trip and to book a place.
Step 1: This trip is tailor-made! Request a quote so that we can check availability and provide an accurate price based on your travel dates and diving requirements.
Step 2: We will review your request. A quote will be sent to your e-mail address with a link to follow should you decide to book.
Step 3: If you wish to proceed with the booking; follow the link in the e-mail and pay the deposit for the trip. Please note that quotes have an expiry date.
Step 4: You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your booking request along with login details so that you can manage your booking.
Step 5: We will send you all your travel documents and be at-hand to answer any questions relating to your trip.
You choose! We're flexible on your start date and have DM training programmes starting all the time.
Your money is secure with us! We have TTA Financial protection under licence Q0621. The protection means that you can book your holiday secure in the knowledge that the Travel Trust Association will protect you in the unlikely event of a us becoming insolvent. Should we for any reason financially fail or cease trading, the Travel Trust Association will liaise with the suppliers to ensure that your holiday goes ahead unaffected. If for any reason this is not possible, the TTA will administer a claim for a refund of money that you have paid to us for your holiday. Read more about how your money is protected.
Deposit and Balance Payments
We request a £250 deposit to secure a place. All balance payments are due 60 days before the start of the trip. If you book within 60 days of departure then full payment must be made at the time of booking.