Keen to be a Divemaster? Want to earn your certification in the temperate crystal blue waters of Byron Bay, Australia? By participating in our voluntary internship you will gain hands on experience, making you industry ready at the end...
Thank you for your interest in the Divemaster Internship program.
** We are open and continuing with our internship program! Due to current world events and concerns over COVID-19 we have reduced our vessel capacity and implemented strict health and safety procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew.
** The government has recently changed working restrictions for some visa holders, you may now participate in the program on both Student and Covid visas
We currently offer voluntary Divemaster internships that take you from Open Water (or your current level of diving certification) to Divemaster. Through the internship you have the opportunity to gain real life, hands on experience through on the job Divemaster training. Through the internship program you will earn all of your diving certifications up to Divemaster level as well as nationally accredited Advanced First Aid, CPR, Oxygen administration and Cylinder filling qualifications. If you are not already certified as Open Water the Byron Bay Dive Centre conducts a three-day Open Water Diver course every Tuesday and Friday.
The Internship is unpaid, however in exchange for your hard work you will earn all your Dive courses including materials and certifications up to Divemaster level, nationally accredited training certificates as well as plenty of logged dives, snorkel trips and whale watching tours (seasonal). We are looking for candidates who are hardworking, possess good problem solving ability, have experience in customer service, are able to financially support themselves throughout the internship and are able to work within a team environment. It would be favourable if you had a full manual driver’s license as well as language skills. Whilst training as a Divemaster you will become a valuable member of our team. You will learn valuable industry skills, explore the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, encounter interesting people and accumulate many enjoyable memories.
Every day is different at the Byron Bay Dive Centre! General day-today duties involve setting up the dive centre and boats in the morning, launching and retrieving the vessels, driving customers to and from the beach in minibuses, dive guiding, snorkel lessons and guiding, filling cylinders, looking after customers at the shop, general cleaning duties and dive shop maintenance and more! If the sea conditions keep us from diving and snorkeling we keep busy getting maintenance done and the facility organised. You can expect your duties as an intern to be varied and diverse! We start with the basics and work our way up to the more complex duties.
After the initial two-week training period, you will be required to work 5 days per week (day-time only) with two rostered days off (RDO); we operate 7 days per week with hours changing daily dependent on the boat schedule. Occasionally course work or dives will be scheduled on your RDO’s. The Internship lasts approximately 4 months with an additional two-week training period beforehand. Unfortunately, due to the training and quality management system to participate on the program you must be able to commit to the internship schedule, it cannot be done part time and no changes will be made to our schedule.
We prefer our candidates to be a minimum of Open Water certified, however sometimes we will make exceptions for outstanding candidates. Please note that if you are uncertified there may be some medical issues that could prevent you from diving i.e. Asthma, Diabetes or any heart or lung conditions. If you are unsure if any of these apply, please do not hesitate to contact us. You will be required to have an Australian recreational dive medical before you start the program. (If you wish to work in Queensland after you finish you will need an occupational dive medical). Please also be aware you would need to arrive prior to the internship to complete your Open Water.
There is limited subsidized accommodation available during your internship in a shared room for $110.00 per week (up to 4 occupants per room). The accommodation is located directly above the dive shop, 150 meters from the centre of town and 300 meters from Byron Bay’s famous Main Beach. We also reserve a few places on each program for those candidates that have their own local accommodation.
All interns are required to own their own basic set of dive equipment in line with our uniform policy; the cost to buy this package from us is $550. The basic diving package includes a mask, snorkel, fins (closed heel), a 5mm semi-dry wetsuit, a wrist compass, dive torch, underwater slate set, BBDC uniform. You are welcome to purchase these items elsewhere however your mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit must be the same brands that we sell in-store.
It is our responsibility to deliver the core training on time throughout the internship but you will need to be proactive in completing the practical assessments as well as logging enough dives and practicing so you will pass. During the program you will have a mix of boat dives and local shore dives.
To be able to participate in the Internship candidates must have Australian or New Zealand residency or possess working rights in Australia; a Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417, 462, etc) or Partner Visa. *Please note that tourist visas and student visas are not sufficient for this program. We do not offer any form of sponsorship visas and this does not count toward your regional work for visa extensions. If you are unsure if you are able to apply, please include your visa information when contacting us.
What’s included in the program:
- Training materials and certification costs for all courses up to Divemaster level.
- Nationally accredited First Aid, CPR, Oxygen Provider & Cylinder filling Certificates
- Registration and professional membership fee for Divemaster.
- Use of full set of dive equipment (excluding; mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, slate, compass, dive torch).
- Weekly Sunday BBQ.
- Crew lunch on work days (*excluding Sundays, no boat days and non-work days).
- Hands on training with customers of all nationalities.
- Industry relevant experience and training.
- Access to highly discounted dive gear if you wish to buy your own and some discounted courses.
- Accommodation in the on-site accommodation at $110.00 per week (if required).
- Gear Uniform Package $550.00
- $350 bond
- Personal Dive Insurance (or Ambulance cover if you are Australian); travel insurance is highly recommended.
- Recreational Dive Medical (or Occupational Dive Medical if you intend on working in Queensland after the program)
Byron Bay Dive Centre Environmental Philosophy
We believe in building a brighter future for our planet and our oceans, so we are moving toward being as environmentally conscious as possible. We strongly discourage the use of single-use plastics wherever possible throughout our operations and upstairs accommodation (ie plastic bags, water bottles, coffee cups, etc). As well as this we team up with Positive Change For Marine Life by fundraising and organising beach and community cleans, participation in these events is part of the crew jobs on "no-boat" days.
Upcoming Internship Dates
June 14th - October 24th, 2021
October 11th 2021 - February 27th 2022 **please be aware the summer program is our busiest of the year, during the peak period you will be required to work 7 days per week for approximately 3 weeks, with days off on the public holidays and when there is bad weather only.
February 15th 2022 - June 26th, 2021
Have more questions? Have a read of frequently asked questions, if you don't find your answer contact us.
To be considered for a place on the program we will need your current resume and filled in application form.