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Whatever level you are at now, there is a next step to take to get you closer to becoming a PADI Pro!

Choose Your Pro Internship:

  • Not yet a diver? Or an Open Water/Advanced Diver? If you know that this is the route you want to take you can join our Zero to Hero program and we’ll get you to where you want to be in the fastest and most cost effective way possible!

  • Already a Rescue Diver? You are ready to begin  with the PADI Divemaster Course. Join one of our Divemaster Internships and take your first step to becoming a PADI Pro.

  • Already a PADI Divemaster? You are ready to take your PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course), and we have a full calendar in 2020 that offers an IDC course almost every month.


Find the section below that best describes your current certification level and read on for full details on how you can become a PADI Instructor or Divemaster in Paradise!

Open Water, Advanced Open Water or New to Diving?

Whether you are already a diver or yet to take your first breaths underwater, our Zero to Divemaster option is designed to get you on the track to becoming a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor – whichever you are dreaming of! It’s an amazing experience and you’ll make incredible dives in any one of our many dive locations in Queensland. You’ll explore phenomenal dive sites, make friends that last a lifetime and fall in love with our underwater world.

You’ll become a confident and capable diver under the instruction of our professional team and because we understand that you are embarking on a career path you’ll be treated as part of our team. We genuinely care about your development and we’ll integrate you into our operations as much as possible. We are always looking out for star quality and who knows? Maybe you could be joining our team in the future!

Beginner to PADI Divemaster Internship:

This is for complete beginners. If you already have some diving certifications, let us know your current certification level and number of logged dives and we’ll get back to you with a tailored package and itinerary.

Here is what your program include and how long each component takes to complete:

  • PADI Open Water Course: 4 days.

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course: 5 days.

  • PADI Rescue Diver Course & EFR (first aid course): 5 days

  • PADI Dive Master Course: 6 Weeks

  • Guaranteed: Complete the program with 60 logged dives in your logbook!


We run this program as an 8 week internship which includes tuition, students manuals, certification fees, diving, equipment rental and a lot of fun!

If you’d like to take it steady and extend this program for more than 8 weeks we can also be flexible and cater to your needs – let us know and we can provide you with a quote.


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Already a PADI Rescue Diver?

Become a PADI Pro and take your PADI Divemaster certification at the Gold Coast, Australia's premier tourist destination

PADI Divemaster Internship:

Our 4 week internship includes:

  • PADI Divemaster Course: 4 week action and fun packed internship

  • Guaranteed: Complete the program with minimum 60 logged dives

  • Includes Divemaster Professional training, manuals & materials, Divemaster application fee, equipment rental, airport transfers and unlimited diving!

  • No hidden extras

  • Extend Your Stay: Providing you fit with our team and want to stay longer we are happy to extend your program by an additional month.


PADI Divemaster Interns have been discovering the critters of the Gold Coast with us for almost 30 years


Become a PADI Instructor in the Gold Coast

Already a PADI Divemaster?

Once you are a Divemaster your next step is to become a PADI Instructor, then you will need to take the PADI Instructor Development Course, commonly called an IDC. The IDC is run over 10 days, and we have a full calendar with year round IDC’s, in fact, we have an IDC almost every quarter.

Unlike other PADI Courses, the IDC has a fixed start date (although you are welcome to come earlier) as the IDC start date is scheduled to match up with that month’s PADI IE (Instructor Exams) – these are the exams which are set and overseen by PADI. By scheduling our IDC’s to match the IE dates we ensure you have a smooth transition from one to the other with no wasting days or hanging around. The exams usually take place over two days in a location close by and we go to the exams with you and are there by your side!

After passing your Instructor Exams, we offer the Master Scuba Diver Trainer, MSDT for short. It’s a short 2-3 day course run after the IE, and it allows you to teach what are called specialty courses (Wreck Specialty, Deep Specialty, etc). We recommend this as it makes you more marketable afterward and is a great addition to your CV. You’ll go from being a PADI Instructor to a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer – the next level of Instructor!

There are a number of different components to the IDC as well as professional fees. Below is our best attempt to explain them.

Course fees payable to Surfers Paradise Divers:

IDC - AU$1,995

EFR instructor - AU$395 (this is a requirement of becoming a PADI instructor and usually completed during the IDC)

Materials - from AU$1,039 (You must have current versions of all of the required materials as they are not available to borrow)

​PADI Professional Fees:

  • Instructor Examination - AU$975

  • IDC Application Fee - AU$308

  • EFR Instructor Application - AU$212.30

  • Specialty Instructor applications (per specialty) - AU$122.10

These are payable directly to PADI at the time of your Instructor examination and are subject to change. They are correct as at 1 January 2020.

Please also be aware that completing your IDC with Surfers Paradise Divers is not an offer of employment.

This seems a lot of money and we understand that. We’ve all been through the process ourselves of weighing up the costs but decided it was worth it to get to where we are now – enjoying an amazing life in the ocean and diving. Ask any one of us and we’ll all say the same – it was 100% worth it! Would we pay it again? In a heartbeat!

Life as a diving professional can take you all over the world. You’ll see amazing places, live on islands other people only dream of visiting and you’ll meet people from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life. It just can’t get any better. It’s quite simply amazing and it’s yours for the taking.


After your MSDT we offer a unique Instructor Internship opportunity for a minimum of 2 weeks. During this time, you will teach your own courses under the watchful eyes of our experienced instructors. A bit like getting your driving license – the first few courses on your own are very scary and having an experienced pair of hands to help out (if needed) and make suggestions is a great idea. During your internship you’ll be notching up certifications on your official record as a PADI Instructor which you can download and use when applying for jobs to show that you already have some experience teaching and certifying divers.

We don’t charge anything for our Instructor Internship and we only offer this to those who we feel fit in with our team. Life in a dive center is all about team work and being a team player.

For those who fit with our team we are happy to extend Instructor Internships but this is a decision we make when we have got to know you – and you us! Our internships are aimed at giving the right people experience in the dive industry and having had work experience you’ll find it easier to find long term positions in the future.

With your PADI Instructor qualifications and work experience on your CV the world will literally be your oyster!

What are you waiting for?

Yesterday’s tomorrow is now, TODAY! There is no time like now to get started on your path to becoming a PADI Divemaster or Instructor in Australia. With all these options to choose from you can begin living your dreams with a PADI Divemaster, a PADI Instructor  Internship in the Gold Coast. It’s all possible and it’s a lot easier then you might think. We’ve done it ourselves and we are here to help you make the right choices for you.

For more information about what to do next and how to start the ball rolling, take the first step by filling in the form below with as much information as possible and we will get right back to you.


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