Turtle & Marine Conservation Divemaster Internship

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Tengah Island Conservation
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Coordinator | Asia
Coordinator | Asia
Our goal is to to train the next generation of PADI professionals to the highest of standards while focusing on the conservation of turtles and our marine environment. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our 10 week Divemaster Course aims to develop leadership and teaching skills and further your diving knowledge through mentor guidance, work experience, independent self-studying and practical applications. We run our Divemaster as a 10-week internship as we believe to make the most of the experience you should be spending as much time as possible getting hands-on learning and real-life experiences.

Our Location

BATU BATU is a rustic private island resort set amongst coconut groves, rocky outcrops and fine sand beaches on the tropical, uninhabited island of Pulau Tengah, Malaysia in the South China Sea. The simple resort is built from a variety of hard woods in the style of a Malay “kampung” or village. BATU BATU is committed to the preservation, proliferation and protection of the flora and fauna in and around Tengah Island. We aim to tread lightly, source sustainably, behave responsibly and support local business wherever possible.

What do we include?

PADI Divemaster Course

PADI Divemaster Crew Pack 

Food & twin-share Accommodation

Free Servicing Workshop

Free Wireless Internet Access

Complete Work Experience

Free Diving

Conservation Dives and Training

Equipment Rental including but not limited to scuba equipment, kayaks and SUPs. Compressor Workshop 

CV Builder

Boat Transport to and from - Pulau Tengah 

Equipment Requirements

We recommend that once certified all PADI professionals should have a full set of dive equipment, however as a certified Divemaster it is
mandatory to have the following minimum equipment;
Dive Computer, 2 surface signaling devices (one audible, one visible) and mask, fins and snorkel. 

Typical day

As a Divemaster trainee you will spend your time working alongside our instructors guiding certified divers, conducting PADI courses/programs, studying dive theory and many other duties associated with being a Divemaster. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in our conservation efforts including our turtle hatchery and reef monitoring projects!

You will receive 4 days off a month which you are able to accumulate and take off in a row if you wish.  

What will you be learning?

- The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster

- Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers

- Underwater Fish Identification and survey methods

- Baited Remote Underwater Video research and methodology

- Diver safety and risk management

- Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills

- Business of diving and your career

- Awareness of the dive environment
- Dive setup and management

- Mapping an open water site

- Conducting recreational and research dive briefings

- Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive

- Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course

- Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading

- Discover Local Diving programs

Free-time activities

During your free time you are able to enjoy the island and the beaches as you please, you are also able to go to the mainland to do some grocery shopping or get some time off the island. Our interns are also free to use kayaks, SUPs, and all other activity related equipment during time off, including tanks and all dive equipment.

Water Sports


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 (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Cover Letter and Phone Call
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Previous experience volunteering for conservation welcome!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Tengah Island Conservation

100% of the Divemaster intern fees go towards running the course and conservation programs. 

Food, accommodation, wifi and all Divemaster training materials are included. 


Our intern accommodation - nicknamed 'The Ranch' - is located on Long Beach next to the turtle hatchery and Dive Centre. It includes 2 bathrooms, a basic kitchen and living area and 8 bedrooms. The rooms are twin share with 1 other person, our interns are free to use all the kitchen utensils available.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily at our staff canteen. The dishes served are typically Malaysian / Asian, and can be a bit spicy sometimes. Vegetarian meals can be provided, however with a more limited array of ingredients available. Special food restrictions or allergies should be informed prior to your arrival to the Dive team.

There is no set menu, but on weekly basis we can collect some food items allowing you to make your own exciting dishes in the Ranch!

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Changi International Airport (SIN) in Singapore. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malaysia.
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 Malaysia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Malaysia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malaysia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Our Dive season is between February to November so from the late November to early February we will not be accepting any applicants. 

2019 start dates;

18th March – 26th May

3rd June – 11th August

19th August –27th October

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
10 - 10 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
10 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,963
10 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,963
Average fees
$ 196 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Tengah Island Conservation 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 Tengah Island Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Turtle & Marine Conservation Divemaster Internship

Our goal is to to train the next generation of PADI professionals to the highest of standards while focusing on the conservation of turtles and our marine environment.


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