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PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers can teach five PADI Specialties and have certified at least 25 students.


Recently completed your instructor training but don't feel ready to work just yet? Or looking to soak up more knowledge and expertise from seasoned pros before you begin your teaching career? Then join our Instructor internship. Koh Tao gets so much diving traffic that there’s never a shortage of courses to assist on, and our team are some of the best divers in the world to learn from.

Divemaster Internship


The experience you gain on your Koh Tao Instructor Internship will stand you in great stead for a successful career in diving. The IDC course familiarises you with the key PADI standards and teaching principles. However, it doesn't get you any real-world teaching experience. Your first time training new divers can feel unnerving and a bit overwhelming. Taking an MSDT Internship to gain more on-the-job experience and feedback will give you all the confidence you need. 

Why take an MSDT Instructor Internship on Koh Tao, specifically? Learning from one of our experienced instructors at our busy Koh Tao dive centre will prepare you for working as a PADI Instructor anywhere in the world. Thanks to the all-year-round season, there are always customers signing up for PADI diving courses on Koh Tao. So you can start any time!


Our Instructor Internship runs over  4 weeks and has been designed to allow you to undertake all of the teaching activities you are now certified to do, with the added bonus of having one of our experienced instructors provide continual feedback, helping to improve your performance and increase your confidence. During your time with us, you’ll learn about the day to running of a dive school, admin, logistics, and scheduling, and get to perfect the skills learned during your IDC.


We include everything you need to get the most out of your time with us. When you take your MSDT Instructor Internship on Koh Tao with FIFTY SIX DIVE, there are no hidden costs. The course price includes:

  • Free pick-up from the pier upon arrival to Koh Tao

  • Free equipment rental

  • Access to all of our dive school facilities

  • Unlimited water, tea, and coffee

  • Exclusive FIFTY SIX DIVE mask strap and T-shirt

  • The opportunity to learn from numerous experienced dive professionals

  • Real-life, hands-on experience and feedback

  • Discounted accommodation options

  • Discounts on equipment purchases

  • Amazing dive shop location

  • Free WIFI at the dive centre

  • Complimentary tea/coffee/water and fresh pineapple on the boat

The best bit? If we have specialty courses scheduled, you’ll get the opportunity to put more of the knowledge you learned on your IDC into practice by assisting on a wider range of Koh Tao diving courses like Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, and Enriched Air Nitrox. 


Not only will you be carrying out the duties of a working PADI instructor and visiting even more fantastic Koh Tao dive sites. We’ll also introduce you to other essential parts of the scuba industry that don't form part of the standard IDC course.


Here’s a more detailed breakdown of exactly what you’ll get up to on your 4-week MSDT Instructor Internship on Koh Tao:

  • Team teaching on DSD and Open Water Diver entry-level courses to develop your skills in training brand-new divers.

  • Team teaching on advanced recreational courses like the Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver courses to hone your mentoring skills to help certified divers grow, learn, and develop.

  • Team teaching on Emergency First Response courses to build your confidence in teaching non-diving programs. 

  • Team teaching on any Specialty Courses you are qualified to teach to broaden your teaching experience. 

  • Shadowing one of our PADI Divemaster course mentors to gain insights into training professional-level divers.

  • Learning sales techniques (PADI Instructors can significantly increase their income by selling equipment and continuing education courses). 

  • Getting an introduction to equipment servicing.

  • Developing exemplary customer service skills.

  • Making boatmaster lists and handling dive trip logistics.

  • Learning more about how dive centres operate from a sales, marketing, and admin perspective.

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Wreck Diver: Schedule


The FIFTY SIX DIVE Divemaster Internship costs 10,000THB

Please contact us if you have any questions or need more information before you book.


Enrolling on Professional Diving Courses on Koh Tao requires a few more prerequisites than taking recreational diving courses. Divemaster participants must:

  • Be a certified PADI instructor

  • Be in current PADI status

  • Have diving insurance

  • Be medically fit for diving, and have a PADI medical questionnaire signed by a physician (within the previous 12 months).


Got questions? Feel free to drop us a line anytime. However, these most frequently asked questions may help cover the basics.

When is the best time to take a MSDT Internship?

It’s best to take your internship right after you get certified as an instructor while everything from the IDSC is still fresh in your memory. It’s also worth considering an Instructor Internship on Koh Tao if you’re moving back to the island after a few years of being inactive and want an in-depth refresher before you start handing out CVs to begin teaching independently again.


Why choose FIFTY SIX DIVE for my MSDT Internship?

We know we’re not the only dive school on Koh Tao offering MSDT Internships. So, what makes us stand out? In short, we offer the best of it all - location, experience, and professionalism. We’re PADI 5-star rated, and all of our instructors have a minimum rating of Master Scuba Diver Trainer themselves, meaning they have heaps of experience and expertise to pass on. We have on-site Scubapro technicians to introduce you to the finer details of equipment servicing. Plus, our Koh Tao dive shop has a fantastic location right on Sairee Beach.

Will I get paid during my MSDT Internship?

You don't get paid while you’re in training because we still need to pay our instructors to teach and mentor you. However, if you sell any equipment or dive courses while you’re working on your internship, there is a possibility to earn some sales commission.

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