PADI Master Instructor Internship (MI)

PADI Master Instructor Course on Koh Tao, Thailand

Price: 30,000Baht

  • Staffing 2 PADI IDC’s
  • Lunches throughout 2 IDC
  • Team teaching Internship – PADI certs to meet Master Instructor prerequisites
  • Free fun diving**

Our PADI Master Instructor Internship program is tailored to meet your individual needs, learning ability and timeframe. Our objective is to produce a knowledgeable & experienced Master Instructor and provide you with a solid foundation to build upon as you work towards becoming a PADI Course Director.

To become a PADI Master Instructor you must:

  • Be a certified PADI IDC Staff Instructor (IDCS)
  • Have issued at least 150 PADI certifications  – at least 50 continuing education certs, 5 rescue certs, 5 Divemaster certs and 15 specialty certs
  • Have staffed at least 2 Instructor Development Courses in full
  • Have participated in 3 PADI seminars
  • Be able to demonstrate support for PADI’s efforts within aquatic conservation
  • Have proof of CPR and FIRST AID training within the last 24 months (the “EFR” Emergency First Responder course meets this requirement)

Who can enrol on the Master Instructor Internship?

A renewed PADI IDC Staff Instructor (IDCS)

What will you learn?

Staffing IDC’s:

You will staff 2 entire IDC’s where we will focus on further developing your skills and abilities as a Staff Instructor. These will include, organising and setting up IDC training, conducting knowledge development, confined water and open water training sessions, evaluating candidate performance as well as conducting candidate counselling sessions and mentoring future dive Instructors throughout the IDC.

You will also conduct sections of the IDC Prep course including dive theory reviews and skill circuits in the pool.

Filling the experience gaps:

We will review the number of PADI certifications you currently have, and more importantly those you don’t have and we will tailor a bespoke team teaching Internship to address these experience gaps. This will enable you to gain valuable teaching experience and certifications in specific areas you may be weak in, under supervision of an experienced Instructor.

This team teaching Internship may include open water, advanced & rescue diver courses as well as a range of Specialty courses we conduct here on Koh Tao.

Divemaster program:

You must have 5 Divemaster certifications in order to become a PADI Master Instructor

Working alongside our dedicated Divemaster program coordinators here are some of the assignments we will give you.

  • Scheduling Divemaster candidates (DMC’s)
  • Conducting DMC Orientations
  • Conducting and evaluating DMC skill circuits
  • Supervising waterskills exercises
  • Conducting Deep & Search & Recovery scenarios
  • Set up DMC Rescue Assessments
  • Oversea mapping project
  • Briefing workshops
  • Conduct Divemaster conducted programs workshops

Marine conservation:

Integrated within all our Internships programs is our unique Marine conservation module, the only one of its kind offered within a professional level scuba diving Internship in Thailand. Headed by Eco Koh Tao’s Jenny Dowling, all our Interns get the opportunity to participate in a range of conservation activities, limited only by your own enthusiasm! Some of the projects and activities you can participate in include Drupella snail and crown of thorns collection dives, ‘dive against debris’ reef clean ups, mooring buoy prep and installation dives, Coral Watch and Discover Reef Check.

These projects and activities will help you to demonstrate your support for PADI’s efforts within aquatic conservation, an important part of any dive professionals day to day activities and a pre-requisite to become a Master Instructor.

You can also get involved with Clam Nursery Research, Coral Nursery Build and contributing to our very own artificial reef ‘Junkyard Reef‘ which we have built and developed over the past 8 or so years.

Why IDC Koh Tao?

You will be learning from the most experienced and successful PADI Course Directors, dive centre management and marine conservation team in Asia Pacific. This ensures that you will have a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw upon during your IDC Staff Instructor course and beyond.

Please bring the following materials with you.

PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual (CD-Rom)

  • PADI Guide to Teaching (Paper version or CD-Rom)
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • PADI Quizzes & Exam Booklets [Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster]
  • Open Water, Advanced, Rescue Diver, Divemaster course Instructor Cue Cards
  • PADI Course Director manual
  • C/W & O/W evaluation slates

In addition you’ll also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual. The Instructor is available as a free down load for all PADI Members that are renewed from

2018 PADI Fees  

IDC Master Instructor Application fee: A$189

Free Fun diving – arrive early and take advantage of some fun diving totally FREE.

Course Price: 30,000 THB

Course Price: 30,000 THB

Course Price: 30,000 THB

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"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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