PADI Instructor Internship

Full PADI Instructor Internship on Koh Tao • Real Life Work Experience

PADI Diving Instructor Internship in Thailand

Located at Black Turtle Dive dive centre, IDC Koh Tao offer comprehensive PADI Diving Instructor Internships from non-diver, beginners to fully certified and teaching status Dive Instructors.

Our effective diver training programs are customized to meet the needs of each candidate and we have successfully trained thousands of entry level divers, who are now teaching their own diving courses around the world.

We take pride in the quality of our diver training methodology and our PADI Diving Instructor Internships are perfect for people who wish to start a new career and change their lifestyle.

Matt’s award winning PADI Instructor Internship covers twice as much water work as is required by PADI standards & much more than other IDC Centres.

Also included is an extensive review of dive theory plus additional skill development workshops to sharpen and fine-tune your in water skills.

As a PADI Career Development Centre (PADI’s highest rating!), IDC Koh Tao specialises in dedicated PADI Professional level training Courses and full all inclusive Scuba Diving Internship Programs.

We are one of the most established and respected PADI scuba diving centres in the world, and have been recognised on numerous occasions for our training standards, levels of professionalism and environmental activities, winning over 20 dive industry awards.

These include being the only Thai based dive operation ever to win the Diver Training Award for the Asia Pacific region. This award is for ‘outstanding achievements and professionalism in relation to raising the standards in the field of Diver Training.’

We have also been awarded the Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award on three occasions. This is an annual award, recognising ‘exemplary efforts to conserve aquatic environments through education, advocacy and action.’

Our Instructor Development team, led by multi award winning Platinum Course Director Matt Bolton has been awarded the Instructor Development Award for ‘Outstanding contribution to Instructor development’ a record 5 times.

Full PADI Instructor Internship Lifestyle Program

  • PADI Open Water Diver Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
  • EFR Primary & Secondary Care Course
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • PADI Divemaster Course
  • Buoyancy Lab Fluid Mechanics Workshop
  • Reef Ecology & Conservation Program including reef ecology seminar, beach cleanup & microplastics survey, Dive Against Debris and coral health survey
  • Social Media & Online Marketing Workshop
  • All training dives from beginner to Instructor
  • An additional 70 FREE dives to use during your stay
  • All PADI Educational Materials & Certification Fees
  • PADI Divemaster Digital ‘Crewpak’
    • Divemaster e-Learning
    • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
    • Digital Electronic Recreational Dive Planner (e-RDPML)
    • ReActivate e-Learning
  • PADI Divemaster Physical ‘Crewpak’
    • PADI Pro Laptop Bag
    • PADI Instructor Manual with PADI 3-Ring Binder
    • Divemaster Slates
    • DSD Cue card
    • Logbook
  • Scuba equipment pack consisting of:
    • Diving Compass
    • Wrist slate & pencil
    • Surface marker buoy & finger reel 
    • Whistle
    • CPR Rescue Breathing Mask
    • Ceramic Diving Line Cutter
    • T-shirt
  • First Years PADI Membership
  • 1 Year DiveAssist ScubaMedic Classic (IDEC) International Diving Insurance Cover
  • IDC Prep
  • PADI IDC Course
  • EFR Primary & Secondary Care Instructor Course
  • EFR Care for Children Instructor Course
  • PADI IDC Digital ‘Crewpak’
    • IDC e-learning
    • PADI Guide to Teaching
    • Diving Knowledge Workbook
    • PADI Quizzes & Exam Booklets (Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster)
    • Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline
    • IDC resources and Online Processing Center Tutorial
    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
    • PADI Open Water Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides
  • PADI IDC Physical ‘Crewpak’
    • PADI Backpack
    • Dive Lesson Planning Slates [Confined and Open Water)
    • PADI Dive Planning & Skill Practice Slate
    • Open Water, Advanced, Rescue Diver, Divemaster course Instructor Cue Cards
  • IDC/IE fees ($AUS 1,582)
  • IE Pass Guarantee!
  • Free “Team Teach” after reaching teaching status
  • Visa Assistance
  • Diving Medical
  • Buffet lunches throughout IDC & EFR Instructor Courses

Options & Add-ons

PRICING OPTIONS (Qualified Divers)
Already Open Water Diver – 172,000 THB
Already Advanced Open Water Diver – 163,000 THB
Already Rescue Diver – 152,000 THB


Price 180,000 THB

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Diving Instructor Internship Koh Tao?

A series of PADI courses taken over an extended period of time culminating in the achievement of the PADI Diving Instructor rating.

Diving Instructor Internships on Koh Tao are very popular with ambitious and passionate divers who want to learn how to teach scuba diving using the PADI system of education.

You can sign up for a Diving Instructor Internship as a complete beginner and it will take you a minimum of 6 months to achieve this PADI rating.

IDC Koh Tao offer various Diving Instructor Internship packages and the cost is based on your existing diver rating.

  • Beginner – Instructor
  • Open Water – Instructor
  • Advanced Open Water – Instructor
  • Rescue Diver – Instructor
  • Divemaster – Instructor

A Diving Instructor Internship is a perfect choice for aspiring scuba divers who want to build on their passion for diving and develop these skills into a professional diving career.

How long is a Diving Instructor Internship on Koh Tao?

6 months to 12 months.

Diving Instructor Internships are very popular due to the flexibility they provide to candidates who want to improve their diving ability over an extended period of time.

All performance requirements need to be met at each stage of the training and development process before you can progress to the next diver rating.

This creates a perfect educational environment as you learn to master the performance requirements of each course, essentially becoming a better diver.

IDC Koh Tao have been training Divemaster and Instructor candidates for 20 years and are led by award winning PADI Course Directors alongside an extensive pro level team.

Where is the best Diving Instructor Internship in Thailand?

Koh Tao is accepted to be the best location in the world for scuba diver training.

The island itself breathes scuba with a year round diving season, over 28 dive sites, surrounded by 8 kilometres of Coral Reef with exceptionally good underwater topography and diversity of marine life.

Koh Tao certifies more scuba divers than any other location in the world and certifies more divers than whole countries added together.

This is an incredible statistic considering this small tropical island is just 7 kilometres in length and 2 kilometres in width with over 60 multi agency dive centres on it.

Training standards are exceptionally high on Koh Tao, they need to be, with some of the most experienced Course Directors and Instructor Trainers throughout the world.

IDC Koh Tao lead the way, have been in the business of diver training for over 20 years and have certified thousands of recreational and pro level students, who currently teach around the world.

Will a Diving Instructor Internship help me find work in Thailand?

Yes, it depends on your personal goals and aspirations.

A Diving Instructor Internship means you will be conducting your extensive training in an operational dive centre and working alongside many experienced dive professionals.

Thailand enjoys a bustling dive industry and there is a constant requirement for successful Divemaster and Diving Instructor candidates with the right attitude.

The islands in the Gulf of Thailand and the West Coast offer many opportunities to aspiring dive professionals who can add value to dive centres and operators.

Candidates will need to consider the additional legal requirements to be able to work in Thailand as a dive professional, such as the appropriate visa and work permit.

The IDC Koh Tao Diving Instructor Internship offers real world insight, expertise and assistance for Internship candidates on their program.

How much is a Diving Instructor Internship in Thailand?

152,000baht to 180,000baht is the cost of a Diving Instructor Internship

The cost of a PADI Diving Instructor Internship on Koh Tao will vary according to your current level of training and what is included in the package.

You can start a Diving Instructor Internship as a complete beginner and complete it in a minimum time of 6 months.

IDC Koh Tao Diving Instructor Internship packages are inclusive of PADI certification fees throughout the training and development process.

If you are considering a lifestyle and career change and investing in this level of professional training, you will also need to consider living costs on Koh Tao for a 6-12month period.

Living costs to be factored into your overall budget will be items such as: Accommodation, Food, Scooter (if required), any additional personal diving equipment and a social life.

Our PADI Instructor Internships prepare you with real world diving experience

Most Competitive Rates Anywhere in Thailand

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Candidate Testimonials

"An Internationally Acclaimed PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC), this is a Dive Centre that provides you with an opportunity to change your lifestyle and develop a new career."


"Was a hard but great course! Thanks a lot again to all staff who teaches and prepared us so well, that finally the IE was easy going! Thanks Matt, Tina, Steph, Kenji, Steve, Manu and everybody else who supports us."


"They cater to your schedule during divemaster training so you can do it at your own pace and are also environmentally conscious which is an important factor. Anyone considering a professional career in diving should definitely consider Crystal."


"They are very dedicated, and were always there to help me with the theory, and to improve my scuba teaching skills. If you are still searching for a centre to do your IDC at, I recommend doing it with Matt."


"There was absolutely nothing that could have happened during the IE the candidates were not made very well aware of. Everything ran so smoothly for the candidates."


"It's a good decision to do your training with Matt, a lot of information is given and shared experiences. If you guys wanted to do IDC, I recommend doing it with IDC Koh Tao. Thank you for the amazing IDC."


"If you guy's are looking for good teachers and the best Course Director, this is the place..Thank you for guiding us, inspiring us and making us what we are today. Highly recommend."


"I enjoyed every single day of my IDC as well as my MSDT. Matt is an outstanding Course Director who goes all the way out for you, in preparation for the IE."


"The course was fun and you meet a bunch of new people, it’s not hard to fit in. When the day of the IE arrives, you don't even stress about it, because the Course Directors are the best."


"Did my IDC with Crystal Dive and IDC Koh Tao and I'm so happy I chose them. Matt Bolton made sure that there was lots of learning, training and laughs! I felt more than prepared for the I.E. And it showed!"

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