What is so special about a diving internship with DJL?
On this page we explain the unique opportunities and experience you will gain by taking a diving internship with DJL Diving on Koh Tao, Thailand.
We will show you what is special about Koh Tao and talk about the benefits of learning with DJL Diving.
See the fantastic underwater world around Koh Tao, Thailand
The coral reefs and underwater pinnacles around Koh Tao, Thailand are home to an amazing diversity of tropical marine life.
During your dive internship on Koh Tao you'll get to see colourful reef fish such as butterfly fish, emperors, parrotfish, triggerfish and also see many other reef and sand dwellers.
There are large oceanic fish species here like trevally and barracuda, and you might see larger fish such as the giant grouper, bull shark and reef shark. Sometimes we even find different species of squid at some of Koh Tao's dive sites.
The highlight for many divers is seeing the huge [but harmless] whale sharks that visit Koh Tao. Around the island you may see whale sharks of 7-8 meters in length. Spectacular!
If you want to take photographs we have digital underwater cameras available to hire. For more information look at our 'Koh Tao Dive Sites' page.
Real responsibility, Become a member of our dive team
At DJL Diving you will a key member of our dive team.
You'll gain a lot of practical experience by taking care of customers and helping ensure that things run smoothly.
DJL Diving is a busy dive center. We are not huge, but we are a dynamic, lively PADI diving center catering for customers on a daily basis.
During your diving internship with DJL, you will help with customer organization, give briefings, guide snorkeller on Koh Tao's dive sites and assist Instructors with training courses.
You will gain professional experience and get a good insight into how the dive center runs. You can expect to become a competent PADI Divemaster.
If you want to work after you graduate as a PADI divemaster, we will help you with your first steps in finding a job as a dive professional.
A very experienced international dive team
Our instructors are amongst the most experienced in Asia.
The DJL Diving instructors have taught all over the world. Two of the senior instructors have more than 15 years diving experience.
Our instructors have worked in Thailand, other parts of Asia, Europe & the Caribbean, bringing a great deal of diving knowledge to DJL Diving Team.
Each instructor has his own specialities which results in wide & varied teaching sources. In addition to the core elements of your dive internship we can offer the following specialties:
Technical Deep Dive Instructor Training, Wreck Diving Powerboat & Seamanship, Dive shop operations (including Gas Blending, Equipment and compressor maintenance), Digital underwater photography and videography, First Aid / CPR / give oxygen Search and Recovery.
Most courses are taught in English, but we can also offer courses in Spanish, Dutch, French and German.
While you are doing your divemaster internship, you will be supervised by an instructor [which ensures that you will complete all of the Divemaster course requirements and that you will be taken care of], but you will also get opportunities to work with our other instructors. During your diving internship it is the aim of the instructor team to offer you the best possible chance of being a great diving professional.
You'll also have an amazing time learning here!
Diving and Socialising
One of the most important things when you are travelling abroad is the people you meet.
Koh Tao is a lively destination with plenty of beach resorts and a great atmosphere, it has many visitors from around the world - Europeans, North and South Americans, Scandinavians and Asians - we have customers from everywhere.
Taking your diving internship with DJL Diving on Koh Tao will mean that you get to know a wide range of people from very different backgrounds.
A Divemaster internship on Koh Tao really has international flair!
In this part of the world most people use converted fishing boats for diving. There are many reasons for this - the boats are affordable to convert and easy dive from, and the Thais have a great deal of experience using & maintaining them, which makes life easy.
DJL's 'Big boat' is a 20 meter converted fishing boat. It has tank holderers with space to cater for 30 divers. It has all of the required necessary items [emergency oxygen, western toilet, sundeck ,snack and beverage facilities].
DJL's 'Tech boat' is a 16 meter converted fishing boat. It has a tank holder with space to cater for 20 divers. There is a compressor on board, and all other necessary items [emergency oxygen, western toilet, sundeck ,snack and beverage facilities].
Even better, we have a very fast motor boat. It weighs just 650 kg, and has a twin Yamaha Motor which can travel at up to 36 knots - approximately 6 times faster than most other boats on Koh Tao. This provides exciting opportunities for experienced divers - you'll arrive quickly at the best dive sites and also have the opportunity to participate in diving research cruises.
During your PADI Divemaster internship with DJL you will go diving from both boats.
Diving Research & Deep Wreck - Technical Diving
A characteristic feature of DJL Diving is our devotion to wreck and technical diving and the search for new wrecks and dive sites.
We are passionate about diving research and always active in organizing exciting diving expeditions. It doesn't generate a large amount of money, but it is the reason many people at DJL work in the diving industry. There is always something new & exciting to discover.
You would not enroll for a course at a university which doesn't conduct research - we apply the same principle for diving. Research diving keeps everyone interested and is a dynamic, stimulating environment for learning and work.
Whilst taking your PADI Divemaster internship with DJL Diving you will have the opportunity to take some additional Tech courses which will then allow you the chance to participate. You can begin with diving on our local wrecks, then maybe take part in the research.
Over the last few years we have located and dived many wrecks in Thailand and beyond. To read about the last diving expeditions, take a look at seaexplorersclub.com
Wide variety of dive sites around Koh Tao
With its diversity of dive sites Koh Tao has a lot to offer visitors. Surrounding the island are shallow coral reefs where you can see a variety of tropical sea life. Further out are more isolated dive sites such as Chumphon & Southwest Pinnacles, which are the habitat for bigger fish.
Koh Tao also has deep wrecks such as the Unicorn and Torpedo [Thai cargo ships] & a Japanese WW2 Schooner. With DJL you get the chance to dive on these wrecks.
The distance to our dive sites is short, which gives more time for diving - we go out at least twice a day. We try to visit many different dive sites, so that you can see more. If you want to read more about the dive sites, visit our 'Koh Tao's dive sites' page.
12 months diving season in the Gulf of Thailand
The size and location of Koh Tao means that we are in the fortunate positon to be able to provide diving all year round - no matter what the weather conditions are, we can always dive on the sheltered side of the island.
Even if it's windy, our position in the Gulf of Thailand means that the waves do not usually get too high.
We are open all year round, so you can start your dive internship whenever it suits you!