Want to become a PADI Pro? Are you interested in doing your dive master and also a research diver internship in Nusa Lembongan with a recognised marine biologist and a highly experienced instructor?

The PADI Dive Master course is the first level of professional training. Working closely with your mentoring Dive Instructor and Bali Diving Academy's experienced team, you'll fine tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effort hover, and refine your rescue skills so you can anticipate and easily solve common problems. You'll gain diving knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

Before you can be a good research diver, you first must be a good diver. The PADI Dive Master and Research Diver Internship will give you the skills needed to work either in marine conservation/research or the diving industry.

You will meet like-minded individuals and be able to network with experienced and aspiring marine biologists and organizations from around the world.

Bali Diving Academy hosts the Indo Ocean Project in Nusa Lembongan

Indo Ocean Project is a research training and conservation project in the heart of the coral triangle. The project is managed by the marine biologist Lauren Sparks and in strong collaboration with Dr Mark Bond from Florida International University, the specialist in baited remote underwater video (BRUV) surveys. The field expeditions in Indonesia hosts international and local research projects focused on marine mega fauna and coral reef conservation in national marine parks across Indonesia. Our project relies on the experience and expertise of our volunteers from around the world to take action and take part.

What will you learn?

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions with your mentoring instructor, Watermanship skills exercises and workshops, and hands on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba activities. In partnership with your research diver internship you will be able to conduct and lead various marine research.

Topics and practical workshops include:

- The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster

- Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers

- Intensive Fish Identification and survey methods

- Baited Remote Underwater Video research and methodology

- Diver safety and risk management

- Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills

- Business of diving and your career

- Awareness of the dive environment

- Dive setup and management

- Mapping an open water site

- Conducting recreational and research dive briefings

- Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive

- Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course

- Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

**You may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor and professor for more details**

 What scuba gear will you use?

As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and a surface signalling device. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, life bags, and slates. This is your time to start building your personal set of gear. All equipment purchased through Indo Ocean Project receives a 10% discount. Ask us for more information.

About Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

The Project is located on the island of Nusa Lembongan in the Penida Marine Park. Lembongan is a diver, surfer, and yogi paradise only a 30-minute boat ride from southeast Bali and ideally located only 1 hour away from the Denpasar International Airport. It is part of the Klungkung Regency district which includes the three islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida.

Nusa Lembongan is around 8 square kilometres with around 5,000 inhabitants. In 2010 Nusa Penida was named an MPA (Marine Protected Area) by the 41 local villages and a strong community effort, one year later it was recognized by the Indonesian government. As a part of the district of Bali, it is rich in Hindu culture with many temples to visit and ceremonies to attend throughout the year. The people are among the friendliest in the world and are very welcoming to all visitors and proud to show off their beautiful island. It is off the beaten Bali track, but it is an adventure seekers dream with world-class diving, cliff jumping, hiking, surfing, and yoga. Bali is only a 30-minute boat ride away and filled with shopping, beaches, night life, and a number adventure activities. 

Diving in the Penida Marine Park

Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan have quickly become a dive destination because of its year round sightings of manta rays and the seasonal appearance of the famous Mola Mola (Sunfish). Divers travel from around the world to dive the famous dive sites of Blue Corner, Crystal Bay, and Manta Point. You’re best chance to see the Mola Mola are during the months of July to September, while manta rays are spotted year round at their favorite cleaning and feeding stations along Nusa Penida’s cliffs. The water temperatures can range from 16 degrees to 30 degrees with cold upwelling’s arriving in June bringing nutrient rich waters from the depths of the Lombok straight. The majority of our dives are drift dives, where we jump off the boat and drift with the current until our dive is complete and the boat crew picks us up wherever we surface. The fast current draws in the large sharks and rays as it is easier for them to breathe. The ocean surrounding the three islands are a MPA (Marine Protected Area) with many research projects and conservation initiative helping to protect the land and sea park.

Typical Day

The project runs 7 days a week and all interns are entitled to 1 day off per week or 4 days off per month. These days can be accumulated if you require a few days off in a row. 
Your first few weeks are dedicated to dive, methodology, and fish ID training and workshops. Once you are trained and have successfully completed your BRUV research diver and Fish ID test you will take part in the daily research tasks.  
The average day begins at 07:30 when the team meets at Bali Diving Academy to prepare for their day and ends around 17:30, with rotating night shifts until 18:00 around once a week.

The boat leaves Nusa Lembongan at 08:30 and 10:30 for 2 tanks dives daily and occasional additional 1 tank dive in the afternoon. You will assist a staff member throughout the day with their daily tasks changing everyday on demand. You will alternate between staff so you can see different diving and teaching styles to start creating your own. Your time will be split between the following tasks:

1) Dive Master's and Dive Guides - learning how to guide dives around the Penida Marine Park.

2) Instructors - assisting courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Rescue Diver in the pool, classroom, and open water.

3) Research Team - Take an active role in the research team as a research diver and field scientist collecting abundance data on dives and placing and retrieving the BRUV's.

4) Office Time - Help the dive team in the office with equipment maintance and repair, sales and bookings, data entry and analysis, independent study, and dive master workshops.

Next step

Apply online today. We have a short application process so we can get to know each other better. We have limited spaces available and can not guarantee course dates until deposit has been received. Then you will register for the Divemaster Online course and start learning right away. Sign up for your Dive Theory online and study the pre arrival study guide from the unique Indo Ocean Project. Complete the medical statement and Questionnaire before arriving in Bali to ensure you are medically fit for a dive professional.

Why should you chose us?

Bali Diving Academy is a multi award 5 star Instructor Developement Center with 4 dive shops in Bali's top diving destinations including Nusa Lembongan, Tulamben, Pemuteran and Sanur. We operate since 1991 with a 100% safety record and are pioneer in diving in Bali. We have a multilingual team and as a Dive Master in Training you will work closely with multiple instructors and experienced dive guides to help prepare you to become a dive professional. After the completion of this course you will be ready and well prepared to start your Dive Instructor or continue as a research diver.

Course Fees

IDR 16'000'000 Course Fees for Dive Master Trainee with UNLIMITED DIVES

IDR 3'800'000 PADI Crew Pack

IDR 2'500'000 Processing and 1st year PADI Pro Fees (approx)

Approx additional costs:

Transportation from the airport IDR 550'000

Accomodation IDR 2'000'000 to 3'500'000 per month

Extra spending money

If you need to do extra courses to be able to start your Dive Master training, we give 10% on any extra course

If you are not certified, you can join our Zero to Hero program for only 24'900'00 including the trainee

Specialisation to be added to your DMT

BRUV Diver Distinctive Specialty

The purpose of the PADI BRUV Diver Specialty is to train divers in indicator species identification and the methodology and techniques used for BRUV research.  It’s intended to serve as a safe and fun introduction to scientific and survey diving. 

The course is split into three training topics, the first is diver training, the second is fish identification, and the third is an introduction to BRUV research and methodology. The idea is that a research diver cannot be effective in identifying fish species without the proper diver training and correct buoyancy. This allows divers of all levels and experience to enroll in the PADI BRUV Diver Specialty Course while maintaining safe diving practices and reducing damage to the environment.

The course is designed to inspire divers who are interested in marine research and abundance data collection.  It gives the student diver an understanding of survey and research diving and an introduction to the scientific diving field in the diving industry.

 Price: 3'500'000

AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty

Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems, yet sharks are in a global decline. Learn about the value of sharks and what is causing the rapid loss of shark populations. The course may include two scuba dives or may be presented as a nondiving education program.

Price: 1'500'000