PADI Divemaster & Marine Ecology Internship – 2017

**2017 positions have been filled.  Please feel free to contact us using details below to register your interest for future Divemaster & Marine Ecology Internships**

Want to spend up to 6 months in Raja Ampat? Join us for a Divemaster Internship like no other – improve your scuba diving and marine ecology skills, while contributing to conservation work in the heart of the Coral Triangle!

This unique internship is designed to integrate the highest standard of dive training with current conservation projects conducted by Raja Ampat SEA Centre, an NGO at Papua Explorers.  This 2-3 month course, with possible extension up to 6 months with an internship, will develop all the skills necessary for furthering a career in professional diving and marine conservation.

This opportunity is on offer for those passionate about diving and marine life, who are looking to make a greater commitment to improving their scuba diving skills, and gaining experience working in marine conservation projects within the Raja Ampat region.

With just 2 internships on offer each year,  this is an exciting opportunity for the right people to fulfil a rewarding, yet demanding role, whilst immersing themselves in the waters of Raja Ampat – the most marine bio-diverse place on earth!


Tomi, Arno and our 2016 Intern – Jess

“To have completed my Dive Master Internship at Papua Explorers was a truly unique experience in absolute paradise. Not only was I able to grow and develop my dive knowledge and skills but I became a confident diver guided and supported by the most professional team.  However, it didn’t end here I was also able to take part in species identification and conservation, not to mention I was able to dive on some of the most pristine and diverse coral reef systems in the world!  All desired aspects were covered and education was never limited, it extended far beyond a written text book and I believe the true value of all this knowledge gained came from the many smiles, laughs and interactions with the beautiful Papuan people.  It was a lesson learnt from the heart of Raja Ampat. Thankyou Papua Explorers!”  Jess Nietz,  PADI Divemaster & Marine Ecology Intern, 2016


PADI DiveMaster Course Overview

By participating in our divemaster course you will receive the following:


Rescue training with our local dive crew

  • PADI Divemaster course completion and qualification (Divemaster pack not included)
  • Comprehensive dive training, including introduction to Nitrox, Drift and Deep diving (certification for these specialties will be charged additionally)
  • Small classes; 1-2 divemaster students max
  • Experience and training in guiding dives with resort guests
  • Introduction to Dive Centre management
  • Diving in the most marine biodiverse location on earth!

Marine Ecology and Conservation

  • Introduction to Raja Ampat SEA Centre conservation projects including;

    Transplanting coral at Yaf Keru

    > monitoring of megafauna sightings including data collection, data input and interpretation, database management
    > introduction to Yaf Keru reef restoration project, including structure construction, coral transplantation, coral ID, surveying techniques and monitoring
    > introduction to Manta ray population monitoring skills

  • Indo-Pacific reef fish identification
  • Experience of conservation and eco-tourism in Raja Ampat
  • Developing and delivering marine conservation presentations
  • Guidance and teaching from resident marine biologist(s)



  • Introduction to basic Indonesian
  • Free access to private digital diving library (Fish ID books, diving medicine, decompression theory, etc)
  • Transfer to and from Sorong (on normal resort transfer days)
  • Accommodation in staff quarters (includes all meals and wifi)

PADI Divemaster Course Fee: €6000 for up to 6 months stay

Raja Ampat SEA Centre Internship (content & inclusions)

Following the successful completion of the PADI divemaster course, an internship may be offered for a length of 1-3months depending on resort needs and student availability. The internship position involves:

  • Diving with and guiding resort guests
  • Assistance in Dive Centre management
  • Guests relations
  • Assistance in Dive guide training
  • Continued and advanced participation in the Raja Ampat SEA Centre conservation projects introduced during the Divemaster Course

Interns will be directly involved in Papua Explorers PADI 5* Resort Dive Centre operations as a full time staff member, as well as participating in Raja Ampat SEA Centre’s conservation projects.

Internship Fee: There are no fees payable for the completion of this internship
(Please note, this is an unpaid internship, with no salary involved)

General Inclusions:

  • PADI Divemaster training (Divemaster pack not included)
  • Training and scientific surveying dives In a world top class diving destination
  • Transfer to and from Sorong (on normal resort transfer days)
  • Accommodation in staff quarters (includes meals and wifi)
  • Raja Ampat SEA Centre t-shirt and cap

Not included: International/domestic flights / Social visa and extension fees (sponsor letter and assistance will application will be provided) / PADI Divemaster crew pack (approx €300)

Dates & Price:

  • PADI Divemaster Course: €6000 (40% of fee goes directly towards Raja Ampat SEA Centre)
    This Divemaster course requires a minimum commitment of 2 months.
    The course commences May/June 2017 (exact date tbc with individual divemasters)
  • Raja Ampat SEA Centre Internship: no charge.  Please note, this is an unpaid internship.


Please CLICK HERE to download application, and forward your completed application to


Life in Raja Ampat, as a Divemaster & Marine Ecology Intern


Many thanks to all who contributed the above photos, including: Jess Nietz, Cenk Ceylanoglou, Itaru Fujita, Calvin Tang, Timon Bogumil and David & Melanie Benz