Simple Life runs two resorts on Koh Tao, both situated along Sairee Beach.
Offers a wide range, from dorm rooms to beachfront villas at the south end of Sairee Beach.
The beginner to PADI Instructor internship includes:
Spend 7 months on the tropical island of Koh Tao becoming a PADI scuba diving instructor; get qualified to train new divers and work in the dive industry, exploring coral reefs and shipwrecks, meeting people from across the globe, saoking up the island-style life and having a great time along the way.
Imagine teaching people how to scuba dive on a tropical island. Warm sunshine, happy customers, great scuba diving…this is exactly how scuba diving instructors on Koh Tao make a living.
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most in-demand professionals in the scuba diving industry, and this internationally recognized qualification allows you to work in diving all over the world.
Our 7 month PADI Instructor internship trains you from beginner right through to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, giving you all the training, skills and experience which you need along the way. You’ll get to log hundreds of dives, explore Koh Tao’s tropical coral reefs and deep sea pinnacles, plus witness the awesome marine life inhabiting the Gulf of Thailand.
Best of all, you’ll get to meet and work together with people from all over the globe, and as your PADI internship progresses you’ll become a valued member of the Simple Life dive team, taking on responsibility, becoming an expert level diver, and have a great time in the process. This really is the adventure of a lifetime and will open up many exciting opportunities.
Our PADI internship includes absolutely everything which you need to train through to PADI Instructor – scuba diving training, equipment, materials and accommodation. Let’s look at each in more detail:
The dive internship follows PADI’s scuba courses in sequence, building new diving skills and experience at each stage. Here are the steps:
Our experienced PADI Instructors will teach you the basics of scuba diving, including dive theory such as how scuba equipment works and how pressure affects our body. You’ll make a shallow water session where you master lots of important diving skills, then we’ll head out on the dive boat to make 4 open water dives, checking out Koh Tao’s amazing coral reefs and building up dive experience to a maximum depth of 18M.
Next it’s time to go deeper and further, building on your open water dive experiences. Training includes a deep dive where you’ll go right down to 30M encountering nitrogen narcosis for the first time, plus you’ll try night diving, exploring the darkness with an underwater flashlight. You’ll practice your underwater navigation, improve your buoyancy control and air consumption, and start to learn about the aquatic life of the Gulf of Thailand.
As a PADI Dive pro you must be CPR and First aid trained. We’ll run through some basic theory, practice important techniques in a workshop and give you a short quiz to make sure you understood everything.
The rescue diver course is a lot of fun. We’ll look at surface rescues dealing with panicked, tired and unconscious divers and snorkelers and investigate underwater problems such as bad buoyancy, overexertion or missing divers. You’ll learn how to anticipate and prevent scuba diving problems, plus manage and control a diving emergency situation. The course concludes with final scenarios, where you’ll be in charge of the dive boat, whilst the staff simulate problems which you’ll need to respond to.
Now we step up a gear with PADI’s first professional qualification. Working closely together with our team of experienced PADI Instructors, you’ll become an expert level diver, able to organize diving trips, overseeing all logistics including sorting out scuba equipment, briefing divers and scheduling the boat. You’ll learn to take certified divers on tours of the Koh Tao dive sites, showing them lots of marine life and guiding them back to the dive boat, plus you’ll be helping the PADI Instructors train new divers. As you build up experience as a PADI Divemaster, you’ll become a valued member of our dive team and will get a lot of satisfaction being involved in the running Simple Life. Along the way you’ll map a dive site, make an emergency assistance plan, develop demonstration quality scuba diving skills and get to grips with detailed scuba diving theory covering physics, physiology, decompression theory, scuba equipment and more. Being a Divemaster Trainee is a fantastic experience where you’ll learn lots and have a great time.
Finally, we’ll train you how to teach diving in the PADI Instructor Development course (or IDC for short). You’ll learn about the standards which we have to work to as scuba diving instructors and we’ll teach you how to deliver classroom, confined water and open water teaching presentations. You’ll learn how to control a group of students in the water, and identify and correct student diver problems, making sure all your students qualify as safe, confident divers. This is an intensive course with a steep learning curve – throughout the instructor development course you’ll develop a strong sense of camaraderie with your colleagues and achieve a real sense of achievement as you raise your level.
The last step is the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). Each month, an external team of PADI instructor examiners visits us from their head office in Australia, to evaluate Koh Tao’s latest instructor candidates in an intensive 3 day evaluation. You’ll be assessed on your scuba diving knowledge, classroom teaching, shallow water skills presentations and open water teaching. You’ll be required to deal with simulated problems and show that you’ve got what it takes to work as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. Your PADI Internship with Simple Life will have you more than ready for this examination – once the IE is complete you’ll be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and there’ll be a bit of celebrating ;-).
And, throughout your PADI internship you can make as many dives as you want. At any stage throughout the internship, you can take a break from the training and enjoy some ‘fun dives’. Pairing up with a buddy, you can head out to explore the Koh Tao diving sites, improving your underwater navigation skills and familiarizing yourself with the coral reefs and pinnacles.
As part of the internship package we’ll include rental of all the scuba equipment you need. We us professional quality dive gear from the world’s leading manufacturers (Aqualung, Scubapro etc), ideal for our tropical diving environment. All our equipment is maintained by our own in-house fully certified western technician.
Or if you have some spare cash, you have the option to purchase some or all of your own dive gear.
The PADI Internship includes all the PADI manuals, slates, cue cards and certification fees which you need to train through to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor:
Clearly, that’s quite a lot of books! If you have a laptop computer, bring it with you and you can opt for digital versions of many of these materials, which will save a lot of space and weight in your luggage.
Try technical diving with our ‘Experience Tec’ workshop.
Tec diving goes beyond the reaches of normal scuba, diving deeper for longer. Tec diving opens up the chance to access dives sites beyond the limits of most divers, such as deep shipwrecks resting at the bottom of the ocean.
Technical diving is extreme & requires special training, techniques and gear configuration; for example using multiple tanks containing mixed gas blends and performing deco stops during ascent to the surface.
Our ‘Experience Tec’ session lets you try on a technical diving rig in sheltered conditions; twin set (two tanks on your back), wing, harness and deco cylinders, practicing techincal diving skills and drills to give you a taster of the cutting edge of scuba.
(If you enjoy the intro to tec diving and want to continue, we offer a full range of technical diving training).
For the 7 months of your PADI Internship you’ll be staying in a nice resort close to Simple Life Divers. The accommodation is simple but clean and pleasant and you’ll be sure to be comfortable.
You’ll have your own room with double bed, mosquito screens on the windows, electric fan to keep the place cool, television (with movies, sports and news in English, plus a bunch of Thai, Italian, French and Japanese channels), refrigerator and bathroom with hot water shower. More than enough to keep you comfortable on a tropical island!
Everything you need is within just a few moments walk. Simple Life Divers is about 3-4 minutes walk away and you’re close to the beach, many Thai and Western restaurants, bars, internet, ATMs and shops.
We run our scuba diving internships all year round as a rolling program so you can begin whichever month you prefer.
If you are interested in finding out more and/or booking your place, please complete the following form. If you have any question please add them in the space provided.
Once you are ready to book, we’ll require a small deposit to secure your place (which allows us to get everything organized ready for your arrival). We’ll send you all the important info by email.
Janine | Switzerland
"when you turn around and look at the reef itself, it's so full of life. I saw some of the coolest things." Read more
Lisa & Ash | ZW & UK
"made more friends in that short time on the island and had more fun than we have in 3 years in the UK rat race." Read more
Brad R. | UK
"I'd rate Koh Tao 100 out of 10. It’s the most relaxing yet exciting place to stay & you could stay forever." Read more