PADI Divemaster Internship & Marine Conservation

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High­lights

Taking your PADI Advanced, PADI Coral Reef Research Diver, and PADI Divemaster courses.
Gain skills & experience needed for a career in conservation
Exploring different dive sites among the Seychelles tropical islands, searching for the incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins.
Developing the techniques needed to survey coral reefs.
Opportunity to complete courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States
Kickstart your career in conservation with this PADI Divemaster internship in the spectacular Seychelles. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

Live the island life in the Seychelles while contributing to the conservation of the marine ecosystem. 

For the first 3 months on program, interns will be PADI dive trained in order to effectively complete necessary data collection on the coral reef without causing any damage. Upon completion of this internship, you will receive your PADI Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and the unique speciality, PADI Coral Reef Researcher.

All data collected is passed on to local authorities in order that they may implement new protection policies to ensure long term survival of the marine ecosystem in the Seychelles.  You could also expect to participate in dives against debris, community outreach activities and environmental education classes. 

You will be motivated to generate new solutions and propose new elements to improve contribution to conservation in the Seychelles. 

Interns are required to complete weekly assignments and host leadership days. While on program, interns are supported by a dedicated mentor.

This internship includes three online courses which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States:

  • Marine Conservation 
  • Leadership Training
  • Career Development 

Upon successful completion of your 3 months on base, you will be placed within an operation Dive Centre in the Seychelles in order to obtain your PADI Divemaster certification. 

After successful completion of this 6 month internship, you will be offered two career coaching sessions as well as gain access to a job portal. 

Are you looking to pursue a career in conservation? Why not upgrade to a career internship.

The career upgrade offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by working with partner orginisations in multiple locations. This combination of having a virtual experience  on top of on the ground experience are qualities that are highly sought after by employers.  

Do you have an independent research topic to complete? Why not upgrade to an research internship.

Gain valuable experience and collect data for a dissertation or thesis. This program offers virtual check ins with a research supervisor who has extensive experience and credentials in this sector. As a research intern, your main focus will be collecting or analyzing data and writing a paper. 

JOB GUARANTEE: for both the Career & Research internship, we offer a job guarantee for those who join for a minimum of 6 months with a 50% cash back guarantee (terms and conditions apply).

Get in touch for more information!

Typical day

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners. 

Estimated Schedule for your 3 month placement on base: 
  • 5 or 6am: Wake up call
  • 6 - 10 am: First Dive
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm - 4pm: Second Dive
  • 6pm: Dinner 
  • 9pm: Bed Time
Participants could expect to be involved in 1 to 2 dives OR snorkels a day. Interns will also have weekly sessions with their mentor. 

3 months PADI Divemaster placement in the Dive Center: 
  • Diving/snorkeling 3 times a day
  • Working a full day within a dive center 

Free-time activities

By participating in this program, you are not only offered an opportunity to work toward conserving ecosystems but also the opportunity to see local sites! Our dedicated field staff are the best resource when researching local trips, they have compiled this list of activities. 

These side trips are not included in the program fee but are highly recommended: 
  • Victoria City
  • Inner island hopping (Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Felicity and Sister)
  • Hiking and climbing
  • Water sports
  • Beau Vallon Bay 
  • Cap Matoopa Hike
  • Recreational Diving
The possibilities are endless! 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
PADI Medical Form and PADI Open Water qualiffication (or equivalent) qualification
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Need to be able to walk 400m over uneven ground while wearing dive kit. Must be PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent).

Training is provided online 8 weeks prior to program start through self paced training materials.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by GVI

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Community work workshop
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Final evaluation
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • National Park fees and permits
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Transfer to base location
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Weekly evaluation with your mentor
  • Welcome meeting
  • Work placement - if successful during the first 12 weeks of the internship

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • Food during the placement portion of your internship
  • GOP Medical
  • Internal transport to placements
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • PADI Open Water
  • Personal dive kit, e.g. mask, fins, wetsuit, timer etc.
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Seychelles International Airport

Airport pick ups are provided at Seychelles International Airport, these are within a specified time period.  

Accommodation

Only 3 minutes walk from the beach, our eco friendly research base is situated in the Baie Ternay Marine National Park. 

Accommodation facilities are shared dormitories and can be considered basic.


While on your Divemaster placement, your accommodation is included and is usually in a shared apartment in or near to Beau Vallon.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Typical Seychelles meals can be expected, all ingredients are provided by us however participants take it in turns to prepare meals. We can cater for most dietary requirements. 
While on your placement, meals may not be included so be sure to budget a bit extra to cover these costs. 
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) in Mahe Island. We assist you to find cheap flights to Seychelles.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Seychelles provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Seychelles you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Seychelles.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

2021

  • 09 Jan 2021
  • 06 Feb 2021
  • 06 Mar 2021
  • 03 Apr 2021
  • 01 May 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
2022
  • 08 Jan 2022
  • 05 Feb 2022
  • 05 Mar 2022
  • 02 Apr 2022
  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 28 May 2022
  • 25 Jun 2022
  • 23 Jul 2022
  • 20 Aug 2022
  • 17 Sep 2022

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
24 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
24 weeks (min. stay)
$20,392
24 weeks (max. stay)
$20,392
Average fees
$849 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. GVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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PADI Divemaster Internship & Marine Conservation

Kickstart your career in conservation with this PADI Divemaster internship in the spectacular Seychelles.

$685/week

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