In partnership with Bay Islands College of Diving, this program is designed to perfectly integrate the highest standard of dive training with current conservation projects here in Utila. This 3-month internship will develop all the skills necessary for furthering a career in marine conservation studies and professional diving.
What skills will you learn?
PADI Divemaster qualification
Caribbean reef fish, reef associated organisms and coral identification
Research dive training
Coral reef surveying techniques
Whale shark population monitoring skills
Experience working within a marine research institution
Experience coordinating and leading ecotours
Community outreach and environmental education skills
Experience of conservation and eco-tourism issues on a Caribbean island
What is included in the project cost?
PADI Divemaster training
Training and scientific surveying dives
Pick up on arrival to Utila
Accommodation (includes wifi, cable TV, full kitchen, water bills)*
Welcome meal and goodbye cocktail mixer
Lionfish Management and Spearing Workshop
Boat orientation workshop
*Accommodation conditions are subject to change
40 logged dives required, and PADI (or equivalent) Rescue Diver certified with current Emergency First Responder (EFR) CPR and First Aid certifications. These are non-negotiable prerequisites.
Please Note: Candidates who have the required number of dives but are not certified to Rescue Diver + EFR level may opt to arrive one week early to the internship to complete those certifications at Bay Islands College of Diving, and bundle the cost with the Dive Master internship. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this option.
Must be at least 18 years old by start of internship
Experience studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field is preferable but not essential
Owning your own dive gear is essential
Ability to work in tropical conditions within a hot and humid climate
Comfortable at sea and working on boats.
Interpersonal skills, initiative, enthusiasm and the ability to work within a team
Dates & Cost
Divemaster Internships require a minimum commitment of 2 months. Without exception, internships begin on the first Monday of each month and terminate the Saturday directly before the first Monday, 2 (or more) months later. The list below shows available program start dates for 2022-2023. Prices listed are per-month for the duration of the internship:
$1,995 USD per month for the Marine Conservation program (one or two months version is available)
$1,999 USD for the Divemaster portion (+$128 PADI Fees)
2022-2023 WSORC MCI Start and End Dates
September 5th – October 1st, 2022
October 3rd – October 29th, 2022
November 7th – December 3rd, 2022
December 5th – December 31st, 2022
January 9th – February 4th, 2023
February 6th – March 4th, 2023
March 6th – April 1st, 2023
April 3rd – April 29th, 2023
May 1st – May 27th, 2023
June 5th – July 1st, 2023
July 3rd – July 29th, 2023
August 7th – August 2nd, 2023
September 4th – September 30th, 2023
October 2nd – October 28th, 2023
November 6th – December 2nd, 2023
December 4th – December 30th, 2023
All MCI programs are set to begin on the first Monday of every month and finish on the last Saturday of every month.