A Projects Abroad volunteer that learnt to dive in Thailand after taking a divemaster course on a conservation project

Thailand Diving & Marine Conservation - Divemaster Course Add-on

Make the most of your diving passion by working towards your PADI Divemaster qualification while volunteering on the Diving and Marine Conservation Project in Thailand.

During the course, you will work alongside a qualified PADI instructor who will assist you during both your wet and dry class sessions. You will learn how to fine-tune your diving techniques and refine your rescue skills while developing essential dive knowledge, management, and supervision abilities.

Throughout your project, you will also have a personal mentor and the Projects Abroad staff assisting you. You will be encouraged to interact and make use of these support systems as you learn how to manage dive groups, conduct dive briefings, map dive sites, and protect fragile marine environments.

PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals and are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world. This will help you as you guide and train divers in Thailand, back in your home country or anywhere you choose to use your qualification one day.

After this program, you will be ready to work in the diving industry as a divemaster or sign up for the Instructor Development Course to further your career in scuba diving.

What costs are involved in becoming a divemaster?

As long as you have the skill level to join the course and can commit to 6 full weeks of training, you can complete a Divemaster PADI course for no extra cost. You would just pay the standard program fee for the Diving and Coral Reef Protection Project.

We recommend joining the Conservation Project for a few weeks before starting the Divemaster course. You’ll have time to get to know the team and refresh your diving skills. You could then rejoin the Conservation Project with more confidence.

It’s important to remember that the Divemaster course is separate from the Conservation Project. During the 6 week course, you will not usually be involved in conservation dives and surveys.

These prices include the divemaster ‘Crew pack’, PADI Divemaster membership fees and the required PADI courses. All required Divemaster-specific gear will be supplied on-site, but it is recommended that you buy your own private gear if you are looking to pursue a career in diving. 

Timeline for becoming a divemaster

The divemaster course can be completed in 6 weeks if you already have 40+ logged dives and your Rescue Diver certification. 

Time frames vary depending on how many dives you have previously logged:

  • EFR + Rescue Divers with 40+ logged dives: 6 weeks


  • Advanced Open Water Divers (or higher) with 30+ logged dives: 8 weeks 
    • Week 1: Log 8-10 more dives during the Conservation Project
    • Week 2: Complete the Rescue Diver and EFR course instead of joining the Conservation Project
    • Weeks 3-8: Complete your Divemaster course
  • All others: 12 weeks
    • Week 1: Get your Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Peak Buoyancy Specialization certifications
    • Weeks 2-4: Log dives during the Conservation Project
    • Week 5: Complete your Rescue Diver + EFR courses instead of joining the Conservation Project
    • Week 6: Log more dives with the Conservation Project
    • Weeks 7-12: Complete your Divemaster course

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