Gap Year Diving

Take a year out and SCUBA dive:

Learn to dive and work in the diving industry in your GAP year!

Did you miss out on a university place? Are you unexpectedly having to take a year out and make alternative plans for 2011-12?

If you are one of them, embrace your new circumstance as an opportunity to improve your skills and broaden your horizons. Do something worthwhile and make this year out count

Have you ever thought about becoming a PADI Dive Instructor or Divemaster?

If you feel the need to do that little bit more to get ahead of the competition, gain some life experience, learn new cultures and and at the same time show you’re willing to learn something new and commit to it- then learning to become a PADI SCUBA Diving professional in your gap year could be the solution you are looking for. And what`s more it would look great on your CV

Dive into your Gap Year!

Diving is a growing industry and there are oceans of opportunity for short and long term positions all over the globe to effectively fill the gap in your year out. Why not learn to dive and work during your year out in the exciting and amazing underwater world that covers up to 70% of the earths surface.

When taking a year out, It is important to use your time wisely, gain skills and experiences to improve your chances of impressing university admissions tutors and employers. Professional scuba diver training is not just about diving, you will learn managerial techniques, sales, business, responsibility, motivation of others, first aid, supervision and problem management. The leadership and communication skills you gain while training to become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Dive Instructor will benefit you in which ever career you decide to pursue.

Turn Pro- become a Divemaster on your year out and start making money!

You could find yourself on the tropical shores of Fiji or Thailand working for a PADI 5 Star Dive center leading dives around beautiful coral reefs or in Zanzibar helping with a Dolphin Conservation Project. If it is excitement and adrenalin you are looking for then take a look at some of the options for Shark Conservation in South Africa or the Bahamas. By becoming a Divemaster or Dive Instructor, all of this is possible.

Plan your year out wisely

As divers, we always say, plan your dive and dive your plan. It is important that you make good use of your Gap year and to do that you need to start organising and planning it as soon as possible. As mentioned earlier, there are a plethora of opportunities out there in the diving world, but you still need to research and decide what area of diving and which place you ideally want to spend your year out.

Gap year diving- Where to start?

There are a lot of dive centers in all corners of the globe who offer opportunities for Gap year students or people who generally just want to take a year out. It is a good idea, if you are not already, to familiarise yourself with some information about the diving industry and how to go about starting your gap year with a dive center or project. Doing a PADI Divemaster Internship is the perfect way to get into the diving industry.

GAP Year- PADI Divemaster Internship

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding way to spend your Gap Year then doing a PADI Divemaster Internship offers you that option. Being a PADI Divemaster is the first professional level of diving and during the internship you’ll train to become an expert level diver, exploring the amazing aquatic realm of tropical coral reefs, diverse marine life, sunken ship wrecks, shear drop offs and isolated deep sea pinnacles. You’ll gain lots of skills and experience, and can expect to meet people from all over the world making lots of new friends and having a great time along the way.

Even better, becoming a PADI Divemaster gives you a ticket to travel, allowing you to live and work in the world’s most exotic locations while you are studying at university. During your summer breaks you can jet off and work on a tropical island while your friends at home are working in a bar or stacking shelves in the local supermarket.

During the PADI Divemaster internship you will work through PADI courses in sequence, from beginner right through to Divemaster. On completion of your PADI Divemaster certification, you’ll be a valued member of the diving industry, taking on real responsibility and dealing with real customers.

Gap year diving-Beginner to PADI Divemaster!

A PADI Divemaster internship will take you to the first professional level of diving which involves working your way through PADI’s diving education system.If you’re already a certified diver, most dive centers will give you credit for the courses you’ve already completed. Once you have decided on a destination you would like to do your Divemaster Internship, then start contacting dive centers and find out what they can offer you.

Course overview

Each dive center will have their own packages but the PADI courses you have to work through are the same where ever you go. Before attending any diving course you will be expected to fill in a Medical Statement to ensure that you are physically and mentaly fit for diving. It is a fairly standard form which you can look at here. I would check through it just to make sure before considering diving as an option in your Gap Year.

Here is a brief overview of the courses you will follow:

Step 1: PADI Open Water Course

During these 4 days you will learn the basic ins and outs of diving and be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18m (60ft). The course incorporates classroom sessions, shallow water training and open water dives which are normally conducted at the dive centers favourite dive sites.

Step 2: PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Now you have the foundations of diving, during this course you will build on the skills and knowledge which will take down to a depth of 30m and introduce you into new areas of diving such as night diving, underwater navigation, wreck diving, underwater naturalist and many more. This generally varies on what the dive area has to offer.

Step 3: Emergency First Responder & PADI Rescue Diver

On your way to becoming a professioal diver, it is only natural that you shold learn how to handle emergencies in and out of the water. Here you will learn to prevent accidents before they happen, what to do if there is an emergency and how to execute an effective rescue

Step 4: PADI Divemaster Internship

The PADI Divemaster Internship enters the first professional level in the diving industry and will take you through in-depth knowledge development of dive theory such as

  • Physics, Physiology
  • Decompression Theory
  • Dive Planning
  • Diving Skills
  • Diving Environments
  • Diving Equipment

Along with the theory, you will be taking on leadership responsibilities where you can expect to be guiding real certified divers, assisting instructors with training classes, organizing boat logistics, briefing and de-briefing dives, compressor use and filling tanks.

Good Luck and happy diving!

Dive into the following pages for more information.

What is a Divemaster?

What is PADI?