PADI Master Instructor Internship (MI)

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Master Instructor Internship program

Our Master Instructor Internship is based on your individual needs and the program is tailored to meet the requirements for certification.

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

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 Instructor Development Courses:

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.

Fill the Diving 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 Diver, Advanced Open Water & Rescue diver courses as well as a range of Specialty courses we conduct here on Koh Tao.

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
  • Oversee 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.

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 Master Instructor Internship 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

PADI Fees  

IDC Master Instructor Application fee: A$230

Price Starts at: 30,000

Price Starts at: 30,000

Price Starts at: 30,000

Price Starts at: 30,000

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an MI – Master Instructor?

A Master Instructor is the second highest rating as a Professional PADI Member in Recreational Scuba Diving. The credentials you will need to have in order to apply to become an MI are:

  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor who has been a PADI Instructor for at least two years
  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Participated in at least three PADI Seminars
  • Issued a minimum of 150 PADI certifications which include; at least 50 continuing education certifications, 15 Specialty Divers, 5 Rescue Divers and 5 Divemaster certifications.
  • Issued 10 Emergency First Response course completion cards
  • Certified either five Assistant Instructors or Staffed two entire IDCs.

The PADI Master Instructor rating is the prerequisite to becoming a PADI Course Director.

How will this rating help me to stand out as an Instructor?

Not only is the Master Instructor qualification necessary to become a PADI Course Director, it is a great indication of your experience within the dive industry.

For majority of PADI members, this rating can be difficult to achieve and by holding it you will be putting yourself in an elite category.

You will immediately stand out to future employers and other PADI members.

It allows you to showcase that you are a well-rounded instructor who has a strong understanding across multiple PADI programs.

You will be well versed in all the core PADI courses, specialty courses and pro-level training courses.

How soon should I start working towards the Master Instructor rating?

There is no time like the present and we believe that it is never to early to start progressing you career as a professional diver.

This rating is earned through hands on experience, gained by actively working as an Instructor.

Setting this goal for yourself will help to encourage your progress as a PADI Staff Instructor and give you an extra incentive for continuing education courses.

It is also a great reason to get more involved in pro-level training.

What is the benefit of earning the Master Instructor rating through an Internship?

There are some cases when a PADI member is able to earn this rating completely on their own. However, it can be extremely difficult and can depend on the area in which you are working.

Not every dive center offers Professional Level programs that would allow you to get the experience needed as an MI.

Some locations around the world specialize in fun diving with certified divers to the provision of Discover Scuba Diving experience programs.

This would make it difficult to build your certification counts, plus teach a wide variety of PADI courses.

The purposes for completing an internship is that we can offer you a platform that will allow you to gain all the necessary credentials needed to apply to become an MI.

We have two PADI Platinum Course Directors that will be working directly with you, and will help to mentor you through this process.

They can offer you support that goes beyond the minimum MI requirements.

How can I personalize the Master Instructor internship to help meet my personal goals?

The first thing we will look at when you join us, is your student counts. This will give us an idea on the areas in which you are lacking teaching experience.

At this point we can personalize a program that will help you to focus on your weaker areas.

We also discuss your reasons for completing the program, as this helps us to tailor a program to your individual needs.

Once we have an idea of what your expectations are, we devise a dedicated training schedule to fit your personal goals.

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