Become a Divemaster Koh Tao Thailand

The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Divemaster Course in Koh Tao, the perfect paradise location

The Xtreme Gap Year Divemaster course plus internship on Koh Tao: Live the life on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. The Koh Tao Divemaster course means living on an incredible tropical island, chilling, partying and diving every day for 8 or 12 weeks, accommodation and equipment included. You will be living the life with the best office in the world! Discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work and get paid in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work and get paid in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Freedom, fun and sub-aqua adventure in paradise

The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12 week trip giving you the best lifestyle possible. You will have unlimited diving included, meaning you can dive every day of the week up to 4 times a day and discover the most incredible marine life, reef sharks, whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise, with stunning beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of parties, this is the worlds number one spot to do your Divemaster. After the course, you will be qualified as a dive master, which is

Set on a tropical island paradise, with stunning beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of parties, this is the worlds number one spot to do your Divemaster. After the course, you will be qualified as a dive master, which is recognised worldwide, and can even start to earn your own money while travelling!

 

1003918_677652538925437_432893910_nThailand Divemaster Highlights

  • Diving every day in superb dive sites with unlimited diving*
  • Living on one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands
  • Awesome nightlife & cool island community atmosphere
  • Professional and fun training from western PADI instructors
  • Divemaster course plus internship to get hands-on experience
  • Qualify to work in the dive industry all over the world
  • Plenty of chill time and great beaches to hang out
  • Amazing stay at a resort on Koh Tao with swimming pool, bar, ensuite accommodation and just a 5 min walk to the dive school
  • Anyone can join, even if it’s just for the amazing life style for a few months

*You can dive 4 times per day for the duration of the DM and also a night dive every other night. Many other Divemaster programmes offer only 60 dives in total.

Some Great Reasons To Join

  • Super social great way to meet people and you join our big groups on Koh Tao
  • Everything is prearranged for you, from all of your diving, accommodation and, transfers
  • Lots of backup and support on Koh Tao with representatives on call 24/7
  • Completing this will demonstrate something constructive with your time out which is good for university and CV
  • A great way of extending your travels over a couple of months
  • Gain a qualification that enables you to work worldwide (in the best ´offices´)
  • Opportunities to get a job abroad to further increase your earning potential
  • Gaining experience in a position of responsibility, as a valued staff member you can get some great working experience with a really fun job

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The Koh Tao Divemaster

Zero to Hero Dive Instructor Thailand (10)This programme is not just about the diving, you will develop leadership skills and social skills.  You will be trained in reacting to and dealing with emergencies (EFR). Helping distressed divers and learning about the physics, physiology, and theory of diving. All the while you will be living on Koh Tao, a tropical paradise island with a chilled cosmopolitan social scene and indescribable natural beauty.

Just imagine living in a tropical paradise with fun-filled days and exciting nights. Experience the freedom and happiness and change your life. Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao. Or perhaps follow a Technical diving (wreck hunter) course or even become a Dive instructor.

You can also add on an Underwater videography course if you further wish to extend your interest in diving or subsidise your travels as this is a paid internship.

DIVEMASTERS! LOVING THE LIFESTYLE!

Hundreds of travellers come to Thailand and Koh Tao each year with the intention of doing a scuba diving course. For many the open water and advanced course is their intention, however, Koh Tao has an addictive atmosphere. The lifestyle and setting offer an incredible experience. People become so enthralled by the scuba diving and the lifestyle on offer that they end up prolonging their stay to train up to Divemaster level and sometime Scuba diving instructor. The Divemaster course brings you a slice of this amazing lifestyle. You get to enjoy your days and nights, enjoying what you enjoy doing: Scuba diving and living on a paradise Island, making lots of friends and feeling good! Cost of living is cheap in Koh Tao, luxuries are affordable and fun on the island is forever present. Imagine never having to cook or do your laundry, all you have to think about is how to get the most amount of fun out of your day. With the Xtreme Gap Koh Tao Divemaster course, you can stay a while in a tropical paradise not only gaining more diving experience but thoroughly enjoying life.

The Divemaster course brings you a slice of this amazing lifestyle. You get to enjoy your days and nights, enjoying what you enjoy doing: Scuba diving and living on a paradise Island, making lots of friends and feeling good! Cost of living is cheap in Koh Tao, luxuries are affordable and fun on the island is forever present. Imagine never having to cook or do your laundry, all you have to think about is how to get the most amount of fun out of your day. With the Xtreme Gap Koh Tao Divemaster course, you can stay a while in a tropical paradise not only gaining more diving experience but thoroughly enjoying life.

Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao.

Xtreme Gap works with one of Southeast Asia´s most respected Divemaster training schools. The school has an impeccable safety record and maintains very high standards on all Scuba dive courses, equipment, and staff.

There will be three active instructor trainers with over 30 years of dive experience guiding your education. You will be trained by experienced professionals who go above and beyond in all aspects of teaching. You’ll also be assisting the instructor team as they teach real customers.

Lost of extra´s

You will also get to participate in the monthly Eco Day events offered by our rep on the island. the eco day is a day of beach clean ups, reef-cleaning dives and an underwater coral health watch. You’ll feel great making a difference and keeping the island clean. We end the day in classic Koh Tao style…Team BBQ, volleyball, sunset and beers.
The idea is to make you the best possible dive professional you can be while still having the time of your life.

Unlike other Divemaster training courses, you will not be expected to spend time hanging around a shop working, giving you more time to enjoy your Thailand experience. The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is also of a very high standard complimenting your stay in paradise perfectly.

 

Varied Dive Sites

During your Divemaster training, you will discover a mix of hard and soft corals and abundant marine life from sharks to turtles and thousands of fish. The sites vary in depth from just a few meters down to 40 meters, there is little current and the water temperature is always warm, ranging from about 27C to 32C offering amazing conditions to dive every day of your Divemaster course!

The qualifications and accreditation

For our Koh Tao Divemaster courses, we use the PADI training accreditation. PADI is widely considered to be one of the top dive training agencies in the dive industry.

Going from zero to hero means you will gain the following PADI dive accreditation.

  • Open water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver / EFR
  • Divemaster

Accommodation

Koh Tao Gap Year (2)A 2-minute walk from the beach you will find your beautiful new, safe and clean home from home.

Our accommodation is one of the few places on the island with a swimming pool, which in 30 degrees heat is a godsend after training. Your room, basic but spacious and comfortable, will have an en-suite and there is a maid service. There is a laundry service (approx £2.5 per big bag load) as well. Linen and towels are provided.

Room options

Please note the standard fan room is the default room we provide unless upgrading room class.

Standard Fan Room, prices show in price tab

Recommended!!! Our most basic standard of accommodation, with An ensuite bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, ceiling fan and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Ensuite bathroom

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room for £75 per month.

Comfort Fan Room, contact us for prices

Our newest rooms, recently built they are beautifully decorated and furnished for your relaxation. Larger than our Standard Room range, they are very close to our swimming pool and sunbathing area.

  • Satellite TV
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower and toilet

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

Standard Airconditioning Room, contact us for prices

Basic accommodation, with your own bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, air-conditioning and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Airconditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hot shower
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower & Toilet

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

More Accommodation Information

Follow this link to our Blog post with more details and pictures regarding the  accommodation on Koh Tao.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Koh Tao Divemaster course begins in Bangkok and includes an night in a luxury hotel near the Khao San Road and your transfer to Koh Tao. If you would like assistance with your flights, we can assist with sourcing the best value flight options, just indicate on your booking form. We ensure you have enough time to relax and enjoy Bangkok before heading to Koh Tao. We will also provide with an extensive pre-departure kit to get the most out of your time in Bangkok. You can explore temples, cruise down the river and check out the sites and sounds of the Khao San Road backpacker area, located seconds away from your  hotel, included in the price.
To train on the Koh Tao Divemaster course you will need to fill in a medical statement and pass a medical exam. You will definitely notice that your fitness levels improve significantly as you advance through the Koh Tao Divemaster course. Bear in mind that you will be swimming for up to 4 hours, this has a great impact on your fitness and health. However, before beginning the course you need to be reasonably fit and healthy. You will also need to pass a Divemaster swim
There are some jobs available like working in a bar. It might be difficult to find one. Besides that, the wages are really low in Thailand. For an entire night hard work in a bar you will earn up to £10
On Koh Tao there are around 70 dive schools. They all need Divemasters, so there are many opportunities. A job is not guaranteed, but very likely. It depends on your own hard work and how much you want it really. If you go for it 100% you will probably find a job as a Dive Master.
Yes, the Koh Tao Divemaster course is adaptable. For example, we can shorten your trip if you have existing qualifications when you start your  Divemaster course.
Our blog has loads of further reading on Koh Tao you can also see a dedicated FAQ section inf FAQ section (see the  resources  menu at the top of the page)
Not necessarily. But Koh Tao Divemasters are better looking and more fun though.
One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme Gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night, our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.

Learn More About Doing Your Divemaster

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Unlimited diving (4x day)
  • Night dives
  • Breakfast on the boat (Fruit, Tea and Coffee)
  • Travel advice prior to departure to Thailand
  • Hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao in Thailand
  • In-country representative to meet you off the boat
  • Comfortable and clean accommodation: up to 12 weeks
  • Island introduction and orientation and dinner party on arrival
  • Organized monthly night out for Xtreme Gappers

PADI Divemaster course in Koh Tao including unlimited diving:

  • Open water,  Advanced Open Water,  Rescue and EFR,  Divemaster
  • Dedicated diving instructor
  • Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR and Rescue books included
  • Divemaster kit pack (for you to keep)
  • Use of dive equipment during the full duration of the Divemaster course
  • Qualification certificates for all courses (not for dm part)
  • Substantial discounts on retail prices for all diving equipment

Excluded

  • Flight tickets to and from Bangkok (although we can assist)
  • Food and drinks
  • Costs for visa’s
  • Divemaster registration and annual subscription fees
  • Dive computer (can be bought locally, about GBP 200)
  • Safety sausage and dive knife (can be bought locally)
  • Travel insurance and diving insurance
  • Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island.
  • Additional Speciality courses: you will have the option to study additional dive specialities. These are not necessary to pass your DM but if you want to take them they are optional extras.

Please note this programme does not include meals, we are often asked why and the answer is simple. You can eat out in Thailand for as little as £2-5. If we included all of your food, you would have to eat in the same place all the time. We feel that there is so much amazing food to discover in Thailand, that you should be able to choose where to eat and when to eat. Going out for dinner is also a social event, you will discover that during the day everyone is training, and you meet in the evening for a nice Thai Curry somewhere. Our rep can tell you all about the nice places to eat.

Divemaster & Internship Mexico Playa Del Carmen

The Mexico divemaster Internship has it all. Clear aqua marine seas, exciting marine (and night) life and action packed days learning to dive and moving towards your professional level dive accreditations. A great location for Whalesharks between May and September – but great anytime of year.

If spending eight weeks and paradise learning to become a professional diver sounds ideal than the Divemaster course plus internship in Mexico is for you. Experience bull sharks, whale sharks, Cenotes and crystal clear turquoise water in a stunning location. This is truly a life changing event, whether you are doing this on your gap year, or as part of a career break.

Divemaster & Internship in Mexico

Imagine spending eight weeks having the time of your life in a paradise location. Working towards professional level diving qualifications, you can have a life changing experience with Xtreme Gap Year in Mexico. Diving every day you will get to experience the incredible underwater environment Playa del Carmen has to offer!

Playa del Carmen has it all, whale sharks, bull sharks, turtles and even cave diving and under ground Cenotes, diving in the crystal clear turquoise water this is one of the top places in the world to get your Divemaster course.

When not in the water you will stay by the beach, in the heart of the action enjoying the incredible social scene that the Playa has to offer.

 Highlights Of The Divemaster Internship Mexico

Cenote Diving

Whalesharks

Bull Sharks

Extra Curricular:

Mayan Temples

TULUM

Paradise Beaches

Xtreme Gap Playa Del Carmen Mexico (44)

Xtreme Water Sports

Trainer Kite On  Playa el Carmen

 

PHOTOS

Zero  To Hero Or Custom Made

Mexico Divemaster Diving Course (9)Most people start the Zero  to Hero course. This takes you through all of the PADI diving certification is up to Divemaster.

  • Open water (The basic beginner course certifies you to 18 m – Usually takes 3 to 4 days)
  • Advanced open water (Qualifies you to a deeper limit of 30 m- Usually takes 2 1/2 days)
  • Rescue diver (Gains your qualification that enables you to rescue distressed divers and improves your safety knowledge)
  • Divemaster course (The rest of your time spent will be completing the Divemaster course, set over several modules the goal is to reach your certification which is a professional level)

Why do your Divemaster course in Playa del Carmen?

There are many reasons to do your Divemaster internship in Playa del Carmen. The location is extremely easy to get to, and highly rewarding once you are there. Underwater you are in for a treat, crystal clear turquoise water, with incredible marine life. This is one of the worlds top locations to see whale sharks, at certain times of year you have huge bull shark populations as well (Nov – March).

Year round the water is warm and the visibility is great.

When you are not in the water there is plenty to do, incredible white sandy beaches famed for being some of the best in the world, cool beach bars and warm Mexican hospitality.

There’s usually something going on in Playa del Carmen, not that you have to go out every night if you don’t want to. The hostel is the perfect sanctuary for those wishing to escape the madness, although no doubt you will want party a fair amount as this is a great reason to choose this location.

You don’t have to be a party animal though. Beach lovers will be completely at home here, some of the best beaches in Mexico are at your disposal. After all this is the Caribbean!

Diving in Playa del Carmen

Mexico Divemaster Diving Course (11)A great reason to do your Divemaster in Mexico, and go diving in Playa del Carmen in particular is because of the quality of the dive sites. In general the reefs are very healthy, and there’s a lot of biodiversity underwater. In general the visibility is very good, sometimes when there is a storm this might stir things up a bit, but when you compare it to places like Thailand the actual quality of diving is much more superior in our opinion.

This is a major breeding grounds the turtles, and you can see this when diving. Huge loggerhead turtles and green turtle populations always make dives interesting. But one of the most fun things about diving in Playa del Carmen, is the drift diving.

Because there is a significant current runs along the peninsular with the tides, in general you will drop in at one insertion point and not have to fin for the entire duration of the dive, you can just drift along the reefs checking things out. It’s a fantastic experience. There are large walls the go down past the 30 m mark, so you can plan your dive profile accordingly.

You will see plenty of tropical fish, Nudibranches, box fish, parrotfish Moray Eels. In season the bull sharks come, very few things can give you an Xtreme buzz when diving like a bull shark.

Diving the Cenotes

Xtreme Gap Playa del Carmen Mexico (61)This part of Mexico used to be all underwater. As the sea level changed and the peninsular rose out of the water it left behind plenty of caverns caves and underground rivers known as Centotes. Officially there are over 10,000 registered but new ones being discovered all the time. This is because mainly they are based in the jungle, and the miles and miles you have impenetrable rainforest jungle surrounding the highway that connects can cocoon, to Playa del Carmen and further south to Tulum.

The Cenotes are amazing to dive. They are freshwater, with amazing light. Deep blue colours, and an almost eerie atmosphere will give you an incredible experience.

You will get the opportunity to dive a Cenote or many of them during the Divemaster course although this is an optional upgrade as cave diving is not for everyone.

You would also be able to do some specialist courses, again as an optional upgrade the PADI Bull Shark speciality course and the Cenote Speciality course as well.

Equipment

One thing that sets the dive school apart from many others is the impressive quality of the equipment. All of which is included in the course although we do recommend you bring your own dive computer.

In general we use Cressi gear with brand-new wetsuits and 2014. Regulators and BCDS are well maintained and replaced regularly. We also the only dive shop in Playa del Carmen to have an extensive stock of re-breathers we have six of them costing around €8000 each.

The Xtreme Dive Team

On Mexico Divemaster you will join the Xtreme dive team and become part of the family. Staff roster is impressive with highly qualified dive instructors from all over the world. From France, Denmark Mexico the USA and UK. As part of the Divemaster internship you will be mentored by one instructor but received input from the entire team. You will learn about the successful running of the dive school, and help out while diving every day working towards your dive master qualification.

The lifestyle

Doing your Divemaster is as much about living the dream lifestyle as it is about learning to dive professionally. We select our Divemaster training locations selectively based on some key criteria. Certainly the diving is an important factor, but when you’re out of the water is also important. Playa del Carmen is the perfect location lifestyle wise for your Divemaster. Not that you need to be out partying and socialising every night, but you certainly can blow off steam whenever you want. When you are not at the dive school you have an amazing beach with all the associated activities on your doorstep.

It’s a truly international place, where you will meet people from all over the world and have a lot of fun. If you want to spend some time after your Divemaster course, to travel Mexico there are plenty of places to visit. Even if you want to take the weekends to do many adventures, you have some of the worlds best diving in Cozumel just a $13 half an hour boat ride away.

There is the paradise backpacker heaven of Tulum. When you want to get out of the city this is the perfect escape.

ACCOMMODATION

Hostel Option

Your accommodation is located in a quiet area of Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, only a 5 minute walk to the beach and 2 minute walk to the busy 5th Avenue.

  • All the rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning!
  • All guests have use of a big terrace where they can relax, use our free WI FI or just share travel tips with other guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Located in a quiet neighbourhood with a touch of that ‘jungle feeling’ without the inconveniences
  • Free WiFi

The best hostel in Playa del Carmen for sure. Perfect blend of atmosphere without being too crazy. Great chill out area in the middle with fun events at night. The staff are all really good fun and friendly. The place has a great vibe and if you like tequila you will do very well here.

Private Studio Option

Those opting for the studio option you stay 4 blocks from the beach in a studio apartment. There is free wifi, cable, aircon (you need to pay for the electricity) kitchenette and BBQ area. Availability is very limited on this option so book well ahead please.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

 

You will be picked up from the airport in Cancun. Simply accident terminal building and walk left and you will be met by our representative.
You will check into the hostel and familiarise yourself with the surroundings, the next morning you will be taken to the dive school and meet your instructors. You will be given a full run down of events and the schedule on your first day.
Yes if you are already certified, you will get a reduction on the price depending on your dive level.
Yes there is! You can use the kitchen at the accommodation to prepare your meals. also in walking distance is a massive super market with beautiful food! So if you like preparing your own meals and you want to keep the costs down, this is a perfect option.

 

INCLUDED

  • Airport pick up
  • All accommodation (shared) Very near the beach
  • Breakfasts
  • All equipment (for rent)
  • All instructions
  • Orientation and welcome session in Playa del Carmen
  • Welcome dinner on the first night
  • Introduction to the dive school and to your instructors
  • Open water, advanced open water, rescue diver and Divemaster course (depending on your current certification)
  • Snorkel test on completion of your Divemaster course!
  • All PADI course materials included (most courses do not include this)
  • Direct access to the dive boats from the beach – The only dive centre to offer this in Playa del Carmen
  • Predeparture pack
  • Access to buddy lists before you leave

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance (ensure that it covers diving)
  • PADI registration and subscription fees for your Divemaster (approximately US$90)
  • Costs for a dive medical (you can do this prior to departure or in country for approximately US$48)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Breakfast (with Studio Option)
  • Utilities (with Studio Option)
  • Return airport transfer
  • Departure tax in Mexico $50 USD

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BOLT ONS

One of the great things about doing your Divemaster in Mexico is some of the exciting bolt ons that work well with this program.  If you want to do something completely unique take advantage of some of the underground caverns and cave systems here.  With our exciting Mexico cave diving course.  This is the real deal of diving.  Cave diving is one of the most dangerous forms of diving, so do not even consider doing this until you have done your Divemaster.

Want to explore other areas in the region? The Belize underwater conservation programme is a perfect addition once you are certified. Or take advantage of the low cost and very short distance between Cancun Mexico and Cuba. The Cuba experience could be a perfect addition also.

Finally you can explore other Mexico trips which you can add on in addition to the Divemaster course.  A free diving course is a great complimentary programme.

Underwater Filmmaker Internship, Thailand

Step off the plane and into paradise, living on an incredible tropical island and getting paid for it! This once in a lifetime opportunity is not to be missed. Become an underwater videographer on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, spending your days filming colourful and tropical scenes underwater, and your afternoons editing your footage into awesome movies! This is living!

Become an underwater cameraman (or woman) on a underwater videography internship. Earn as you learn to film underwater while you are staying at the stunning Thai island Koh Tao. For 6 weeks you will be diving every day! You will work with a young dynamic team and earn your beer money shooting movies in paradise. Who does not love that!

Earn Your Money On A Tropical Island

This is no ordinary lifestyle; this is the ultimate trip of a lifetime! Not only can you live on one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world, soaking up the sun all day, every day, but you can also become a underwater filmmaker in the process, diving among the colourful fish and coral in the mornings, and editing your footage in the afternoons! How awesome is that?!

Working with a dynamic and youthful team, you´ll get to learn all the tricks of the trade, gain valuable industry experience, and even get paid for your work! This is not just any travel course; real customers will buy your work and you´ll help them to remember an amazing part of their travels through film.

We know what you´re probably thinking: ´what´s the catch?´ There is none! This is simply an amazing trip designed to be an unforgettable experience, to be cherished for the rest of your life.

So what will you get up to on this trip?

  • Two-week PADI pro videography course.
  • Four-week videography Paid internship, you shoot, you sell, you earn!
  • Opportunity to work and earn a living as an underwater filmmaker in Thailand
  • All of your accommodation for the duration
  • Transfers to the island
  • Services of our rep base locally
  • Unlimited diving with use of all dive equipment and camera equipment
  • You will also join our community of Xtreme Gappers based on Koh Tao.
  • Optional:

    Extra preliminary PADI Diving Divemaster course to become a qualified professional Diver.  You can join the course if you are only rescue diver level option, but then we can not offer the paid internship. Only for Qualified Divemasters we can offer the 4 week paid internship after the 2 week Professional Videography course.

Highlights

  • Learn how to shoot, edit and produce professional underwater movies.  
  • Complete a paid internship at one of Koh Tao´s top dive schools.
  • During the internship part of the course you will make 40% per sold video
  • Learn how to make money filming divers, tourists and open water students in action underwater, by selling them their own personal souvenir movies.
  • Rise bright and early every morning to spend the day diving underwater out on the open water.
  • Meet fellow Xtreme Gappers and make lifelong friends through our awesome Buddy List online chat system.

Take home amazing and unique new skills, which look awesome on your CV, or use your new qualifications to travel the world as an underwater videographer! Pretty sweet, eh?

 

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Paid Under Water Film Maker Internship

Spend 6 weeks in Koh Tao learning how to shoot, edit and produce awesome underwater movies. One of the most exciting aspects of our underwater filmmaker course is that for 2 weeks you will be trained as a professional Underwater Videographer followed by a 4 week paid internship, where you really have to go out there and put your skills to work.

Meanwhile, you will be living in one of the most beautiful places on earth! We know, we know, we spoil you!

Live at our awesome resort, 5 min walk from to the best beach, gain access to top facilities and equipment. To join the paid internship, you will need a minimum scuba diving qualification of Divemaster. If you do not already have this qualification no worries we can include that for you by adding the additional Dive Courses.

No diving experience at all yet. Have look at the 8 week Divemaster course. This course is run on the same island. It includes 8 weeks of accommodation, diving and all professional qualifications.

 

The Videography Course.

The course includes:

  • Introduction to u/w Filming + Editing
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Editing Adobe Premiere Pro SD / HD lite
  • Advanced Editing Adobe Premiere Pro HD
  • Standard / High Definition / Web Formats
  • Paid commission for video sales

This course includes 2 weeks (14 dives included) and is teaching you:

  • Selecting, using and caring for underwater video equipment
  • Self-servicing and maintenance of underwater video equipment
  • Videography fundamentals, such as; white balance · correct zoom use · shot types · moves·
  • Advanced videography techniques, such as; storyboard development · high definition formats · cinematic effects
  • Film, Edit and show a customer dive movie for a group of Open Water training graduates
  • In-depth post-dive editing including; advanced transitions · audio mixing · time effects · colour correction · advanced titling and animated effects · multitrack video · multi-format final rendering SD/HDV/FLV/MPEG4 as well as other web video standards

Graduates from this course are certified as PADI Professional UW Videographers.

So how does the paid part work?

For successful graduates of the 2 week professional Videography course we include a working internship where you get more practice, experience, and paid to make your movies. We are still on hand to offer assistance and advice at any stage of the process but you now get the chance to work as a professional underwater videographer. During this internship, you will polish your filming, editing and selling skills to become a successful commercial videographer with a skill set that you can take worldwide and continue doing the job you love.

During this 4 week experience you will:

  • Accompany instructors taking Open Water Students for their 2 final training dives in the morning
  • Capture, Edit and Compile a professional final movie in the afternoon
  • Show and sell your completed movie to the students in the evening
  • Work on secondary video projects such as special trips or promotional films
  • Learn the business and personal skills to get the best video and commercial results from your customers
  • Get paid for every movie you sell!
  • We often have full time positions available for successful interns who would like to stay longer on Koh Tao as well as a wide network of diving contacts on Koh Tao, the rest of Thailand, and also worldwide to help take your talents to new and exciting destinations!

So what do you do during your Internship?

Thailand Filmmaker en stage (7)

After the videography course comes the exciting part of the trip; the paid internship! Four weeks of blissful diving on the gorgeous island of Koh Tao, with some of the best professional divers in Thailand!

Bright and early, you´ll start your day by diving and filming out in the ocean with fellow students and a professional team of divers. Filming the beauty of the underwater world, you´ll take your footage back to the editing suites and begin an afternoon of editing, experimenting and collaborating to create epic diving movies.

Get up close to an array of beautiful and exotic marine life, learn fun new underwater filming techniques and make the most of the beautiful Thai light to create visually stunning and captivating films for both the customers and yourself.

The best part? You can even sell your creations for cash to other dive students and tourists getting their open water certifications. The dive schools we work with are one of the most popular and top-rated schools on the island, so there are always plenty of students looking for personal souvenir films as a memento of their trip! You´ll make a commission on each sale, so you can spend it on a nice cold beer after a hard days diving, or put it towards the extended travel fund!

 

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.

You need to have diving experience because you will be taking a camera underwater. You need a minimum of Divemaster qualification. The minimum training level for this course is Divemaster qualification.
Our reasons for this are you will often be working as a full-time diving professional and the knowledge and skills acquired in the divemaster programme will make you a valued member of any dive operation you work with. Another reason is that you will often be filming customers with various levels of experience from new students to lapsed divers re-entering the world of scuba. Your professional training and experience at this level will help you get the best footage of the groups without having a negative effect on their experience.

 During the internship part of the course you will make 40% per sold video.” This is because we allow the videographers to discount the prices depending on the group size, so the final amount they can earn will vary from job to job.

You will be filming for example open water students in the morning, edit the movie in the afternoon and show the movies in the evening and hopefully, when they are good enough you sell them. The group you film can consist of 1 to 5 persons, so there is a big change you sell more than one video per group.

Around £20 per day should be enough for a great gap year. If you are not the drinking type and you like more quiet nights you could do it for £15. During the day you will only spend some money on food and water, and trust me, that is cheap!
Thailand is great for a gap year, because the weather is always nice. Maybe except October and November when it is rainy season. But for the rest of the year it is hot and sunny! And even in the rainy season you will have lots of sunshine and hot weather.
Yes, there we will be other Xtreme Gappers on the island. We do never know exactly how many, but there is always an average of 5 to 12 travellers from Xtreme Gap. Not all gap year travellers will be doing the Thailand Divemaster programme. There are also options to do Mixed Martial Arts, Yoga, Free diving and people on Thailand round trips. For more gap year Thailand ideas please check our site. Everyone will stay in the same resort.
The rooms are spacious and clean and have a nice balcony. Every fan room has two single beds, a TV and  ensuite bathroom. If you wish your own room during your gap year diving, there is an option to get your own private room, for just £75 extra a month.
The resort is part of the dive school. There is a reception, bar, restaurant with Thai and Western food, a big pool with sun beds pool, friendly reception, spacious rooms, and internet. The resort is a 2 minute walk from the beach, the bars and the restaurants.
Yes, there is support for you on Koh Tao. Xtreme Gap has a rep on the island that will be there for all gap year travellers. The rep will meet you on arrival at 4 pm at the resort, show you around, take you out for dinner, introduce you to other gap year takers and will be there for you 24/7. Furthermore, you will also be working with your instructor closely every day. We will also have an emergency number.
You can buy anything you need on Koh Tao, and it is much cheaper than back home, so pack light! The shops are all close to the resort. You can buy souvenirs, sun lotion, mosquito repellent, swim shorts, flip flops and everything else you might need just on the island.
You would need a backpacker insurance with an upgrade since you will be diving up to 30 meters deep. We recommend InsuredandGo since they offer good value and cover the necessary diving and sports travel activities we offer.
We have arranged that your transfer tickets are ready at the desk of the hotel in Bangkok. The night after arriving you will get on an overnight bus and then in the morning a few hours on the boat. Also the pick up from the pier on Koh Tao on your day of arrival is included. Be sure to check our you tube channel which has detailed video instructions and a walkthrough. One you are on Koh Tao everything is very easy as the island is 21 square km, and the resort is a 2 minute walk from the beach and all restaurants.
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5 (Days)Padi Specialty /4 nights acc/ no BKKGBP 529Book Now
2 (Week)2 week pro course NO internshipGBP 1559Book Now
6 (Week)2 week pro course plus 4 weeks paid internshipGBP 1989Book Now

Included

  • Travel advice prior to departure
  • Hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao before the start of the underwater videography course
  • In Country Representative to meet you off the boat
  • Comfortable and clean: 6 weeks accommodation with pool and restaurant
  • Island introduction and dinner party on arrival
  • Dedicated instructors for diving and during the underwater videography course.
  • Use of all specialist underwater videography equipment and custom editing studio
  • Use of dive equipment: Regulators, BCD, Weights, Tanks, Wetsuit, Masks and Fins
  • Qualification certificate for the Filmmaker course
  • Substantial discounts off retail prices for all diving equipment (inquire)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Meals
  • Return boat transfer to Bangkok (can be organised locally)
  • Travel and dive insurance
  • PADI Dive Medical if required
  • Extra dives and dive certificates needed for training up to the min. level if not at minimum experience level
  • Dive computer

 

Australia Surf Dude Surf Development Course

Doing the surf development course is an amazing experience. You will spend a couple of months developing your surf skills on some great Australia breaks. Everybody at the camp is so enthusiastic that you will have a good time and enjoy the surfers life style. Our professional surf instructors help you to push your surf abilities and you will become a real surf dude. Together with beach parties, BBQ’s, sun and your new friends, this will be an awesome experience!

Doing the surf development course is an amazing experience. You will spend a couple of months developing your surf skills on some great Australia breaks. Everybody at the camp is so enthusiastic that you will have a good time and enjoy the surfers life style. Our professional surf instructors help you to push your surf abilities and you will become a real surf dude. Together with beach parties, BBQ’s, sun and your new friends, this will be an awesome experience!

 Australia surf dude

Livin’ by the beach, lovin’ the surf…

Surf HolidaysThe surf camp is located about a two hour drive from Byron Bay in a secret surf spot, right on the beach. No stress in finding it though, because we will take you on a cool “surfbus” starting in Sydney or Byron to take you to the awesome surf camp. This gives you plenty of time to get to know others.

For the next one or two months you ´ll enjoy the secluded beaches and the surf camp where you will eat, breathe and live surf! You will develop your surfing abilities and live the life! You can start the surf development course without surf experience. You do have to love the sea, because this will be your class room.

You can join the course for one or two months. You have the opportunity to train every day and you will get lots of one on one attention. This will improve your surf skills in a very short time. Top instructors will mentor you, assessing your surfing by photo´s and video´s and you will learn about water safety awareness and surf fitness.  The instructors at the camp are some of the best in Australia, John the head instructor was ranked in the top ten in the world for eight consecutive years. He certainly knows a thing or two about surfing.

Highlights Surf Dude Course Australia

  • Live by the beach surfing everyday
  • All food included take all surf camp
  • All equipment included
  • Lots of one on one instruction from ex-pro surfers
  • Pick up from Sydney or Byron included
  • Great social scene

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Itinerary

On the Monday morning you will be picked up from the Wake Up Hostel. You can just go there by yourself, which is really easy and we will explain it to you in your pre-departure pack or we can book you into the Wake Up Hostel. Just ask us if you would like that.

After getting on the bus early on Monday morning you will head north and this epic adventure begins. The bus will take you from Sydney to Spot X, your home for the next few months!

Tip: If you want a few days in Sydney before you start, check out our  Wake Up Sydney Pack. This is four days of fun, new friends, cool activities and nights out in Sydney and perfect to bolt onto this trip.

Onto Spot X

Aussie Surf Trip (7)Your new home will be in the legendary Spot X surf camp. This is just North of Coffs Harbour, and located on a huge sandy beach. A  prime spot for surfers to hang-out. A great place to party and to hook up with lots of travellers all trying out some surfing. For the extra brave you can also do a skydive from this location.

There is a great vibe at the camp as quite a few surf trips stop here ” Oz Experience and Contiki Tours to name a few. It is not exclusive to us, but we do occupy the best spot, with a cool club house, bar, chill out zone and all the surf equipment you could need located right on the beach. There is an internet café to show your mates on Facebook the awesome (or serious) wipe outs of the day. The team are on hand not only get you out in to the waves, but keep you entertained with some serious partying!

Just a few rules that govern this place, so be warned.

  • Look cool and have fun.
  • No nudity (before 11am).
  • Speedos are banned.
  • No shit music.
  • Respect the local wildlife by not littering.
  • The surf instructor is always right and the customer is always wrong!
  • And if you go in November, the growing of an offensive tash is mandatory in Australia.

 

Accommodation

Awesome Oz Surfing (4)Set in a beautiful surf spot in a National Marine Park, this is a unique opportunity to spend time in one of Australia´s most beautiful coastal areas. You will be living in a beach front cottage with other surfers. The secluded beach is situated between Sydney and Byron Bay. There will be short term surfers here and others like you who are staying for a couple of months. It is a good and safe community, everyone is supportive and open to meeting new people. There is a nice communal area, camp fire area, free coffee and tea and a big TV room where you can chill if you wish.

Please note that you will be living in your own room right next to the beach, so your have easy access to the waves and can get out in the surf as soon as you wake up.

Take time to get to know the crew, get involved in the games and activities. Experience kayaking, skydiving, music around the camp fire and much more. Time on the beach can be as exciting or relaxing as you like.

Meals

Three times a day you will have the best fresh and healthy food you could wish for. Surfing makes you hungry. In the mornings there will be cereal, milk, fresh fruit, toast, jam, Marmite etc. For lunch there will be all kinds of salads, beans, meat and spaghetti. In the evenings there will also be fresh salads, pasta, meat, rice, desserts you name it! All freshly prepared for you! The portions are HUGE so that surfer appetite will be well catered for.

What you can expect to learn

  • Surf Instructor Course Australia (5)The basics, like standing up and catching a wave
  • The more advanced stuff, like cutting back and linking waves
  • How to read the ocean, currents and check for the best surf conditions
  • Ocean safety, and awareness

A lot of the knowledge is gained through practice, but when you are out in the surf you always have instructors overseeing you and getting your surf skills improved through positive and interactive surf coaching. Of course because you have your own surf shack with the rest of the long term surf dudes, you can avoid that when you wish. If you want to get up and hit the swell as the sun comes up…grab an early night and avoid a hangover, well for one day anyway!

Because the surf camp is really popular, with groups from Oz Experience and Contiki arriving every couple of days to learn to surf with the rest of the crew, it goes without saying that there is a great social scene there. Beach parties, BBQ ´s and lots going on if you dare.

Surfer dudes get sixpacks

And we are not talking beer either, you can expect to get extremely fit during the course, surfing uses and abuses every muscle in your body, and with the great food, you will get in shape in no time. Nice little bonus eh?!

Frequently Asked Questions

Hell no! That is the main point of a development course, you will become super amazing at surfing by joining this programme! We have complete beginners and intermediate surfers joining us, the main thing is that you want to get better and you love to surf!
You will get two surf lessons each on week days, two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. Weekends you are free! Next to that you can surf as much as you like, your accommodation is ten metres away from the beach!
Yes, you can use the surf equipment outside the surf lessons. So if you would like to improve your skills even further, for example in the weekends when there are no lessons, you can use the surf equipment to go surfing!
The average age of the others that take part in the Australia Surf Dude Development Surf Course is between 18 and 26 years.
We do have wifi available, the price is $5AUD for 24hours, $10AUD for 3 days and $15AUD for 7 days.
There isn’t an ATM however we do accept Eftpos and there are daily shuttles running to Woolworths so you can get cash out there.

We have an average of ten people participating, however many others will be there. This is because you will be training in the same place where surf tours come through. So there are lots of new groups arriving every week, but the number of people who are there long-term is tenon average.
You will be staying right on the beach! We have one of the best surfing beaches in Australia, and you have access to it 24/7.
The nightlife is pretty awesome. Not in terms of loads of bars, but at the surf camp literally bus loads of people come in to learn to surf or others are just travelling up the East Coast. So the action revolves around beach parties and BBQ ´s. There is always something going on.
No worries. 80% of the participants of the surf camp travel on their own. Everybody is there to make new friends so you will never be lonely. You will have a great time with your new friends!
Flights from Amsterdam or London to Sydney or other parts of Australia cost around £600.00 But it really depends on the time of booking. If you need help with booking your flights, please contact us.
We are learn to surf specialists. Our accredited surf instructors are in the water with you every step of the way, teaching correct paddling techniques, wave selection, understanding the oceans elements, and how to stand up and ride waves. For the intermediate we concentrate on timing, wave selection, turning, and getting the most out of each ride. It is our goal to provide you with the knowledge and experience that will put you well on your way to living the ultimate lifestyle. All our instructors hold accreditation with surfing NSW, Bronze medallion – A.S.L.S.C., and First Aid Certificates. We focus on three main areas to have surfing with confidence and style in a fun and safe environment too.

  •  Technique – Learning made easy with our time tested coaching techniques.
  • Safety – is the highest priority. Every day we take you to the friendliest and safest surf beaches, we use new learner specific equipment, as well as abide by Surfing Australia guidelines by maintaining a ratio of one instructor to eight students. With major focus on ocean safety, equipment, respect for environment, and surf etiquette, our lessons are sound and experience complete.
  • Fun – A wise and cool dude once said, “The best surfer in the world is the surfer who is having the most fun”.So remember, whether you’re wiping out or catching a wicked wave, surfing is all about having the time of your life.
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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • 30 or 60 nights accommodation in the surf centre right on the beach
  • Bed linen
  • Hammocks
  • Hot showers
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the course, seven days a week!
  • Two days off a week to explore surrounding surf locations
  • Qualified level two surf instructors available to assist and support.
  • Use of all surf equipment

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Snacks and other drinks than coffee and tea

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“This was the best three months of my life. I would recommend this to anyone thinking of spending a couple of months in Australia.”
Anne Marie
“I have recommend you to a few people thinking about travelling.. I ended up working in Australia for 8 months as an instructor after my course had such a great time and now surfing in Bali for 4 months!”
Dan Clem
“I would really recommend someone doing their surf instructor courses are Xtreme Gap. You spend three months living by the beach surfing every day afterwards who knows you can go on to become a surf instructor in Bali Fiji or somewhere like that.”
Marta B

Whitsundays Sailing Crew Jobs Course Australia

Whitsundays sailing course Australia

Want to get paid to do a job you love? Sailing on luxury yachts over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays in Australia? This is the ultimate Australia gap year programme training you to qualify as a salty sea dog, and work on boats all over the world. After this 23 day internship you have exceptionally good chances of being paid up to $500 a week too!

Want to get paid to do a job you love? Sailing on luxury yachts over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays in Australia? This is the ultimate Australia gap year programme training you to qualify as a salty sea dog, and work on boats all over the world. After this 23 day internship you have exceptionally good chances of being paid up to $500 a week too!

Whitsundays Sailing Courses Learn to Earn!

The ultimate gap year job…The Xtreme Gap sailing academy, is a fully accredited Yachting Australia training centre, and has been running for over 10 years, training crew to get yachting qualifications. Located in the stunning Whitsundays, the jewel in the crown of Australia’s east coast natural attractions.  This is your opportunity to enroll on the 23 day Australia gap year internship which will see you LEARN on a VESSEL in NSCV, (National Standards for Commercial Vessels). Once qualified and in a job you can earn up to $500 a week to spend your days and nights sailing in one of the worlds most beautiful marine parks, living on multi million pound yachts and getting paid for your efforts. The training is loads of fun as you learn whilst cruising in a marine park with crystal clear waters and incredible beaches. This is not an advanced course as training to be a skipper/master of a vessel does require ongoing experience and training. This is a fantastic way to start a career in the marine industry.

Highlights

  • Watching the sun set over the Barrier Reef from the deck.
  • Earn $500 a week once qualified and employed.
  • One of the best backpacker jobs there is!
  • 23 nights of accommodation included.
  • Minimal living costs with all food and accommodation covered.
  • An amazing place to live while learning with a great social scene.
  • Sailing around Whitehaven beach.
  • Snorkelling with turtles, manta rays and thousands of tropical fish.
  • Once you are working the course pays for itself.

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Itinerary

The course consists of four components. The course is for novices so don’t worry if you have no previous  experience  of sailing.

Starts each Monday, departing Abel Point Marina at 9:00am.

Week 1:

Training takes place on our NSCV (National Standards for Commercial Vessels) registered boat, where you will live aboard for five nights and six days, undergoing theory and practical application, while sailing around the Whitsunday Islands.
Includes: All meals on board, course notes, tuition, snorkelling instruction and equipment, marine and national park fees, training record log books and certificates.

Weeks 2 & 3:

Twelve nights on sailing tours, comprising of six, two day two night, Maxi Sailing tours around the Whitsundays as an extra crew member aboard our charter yachts. Trainees will be rostered on the yachts and get to work with professional crews, reinforcing the theory, plus learning other customer service aspects of working on charter yachts.

Plus

Six nights backpackers dorm/shared accommodation in Airlie Beach to be used for nights in between tours when not at sea.

The programme is specifically tailored and managed all the way through from Day 1 to Day 23.
With an additional two weeks of consolidation training specifically to practice the theory/skills learned from the first week, the programme is geared towards getting the  participants ready to work on the ultra high specification Maxi yacht favoured in the Whitsundays.

  • The first week is undertaken on a smaller yacht, learning the basics in a safe environment before moving to the Maxi yachts.
  • Weeks two and three take in all the other aspects of working on the Maxi, including managing guests, snorkelling watches, guided island walks, re-provisioning, turning vessels and refuelling.

On this programme you will receive two full crew uniforms, and six nights accommodation in Airlie Beach. This is a fully managed programme from day one, our team will manage the 23 day schedule for you:   rostering on the yachts, booking in accommodation and dealing with operational aspects for the participants.

Itinerary for the learn to earn course:

Day 1: Sunday, Check in and  pick up all of your course materials and at 4 PM you meet at the boat. You will be sleeping on board tonight ready to start your training course in the morning.

Day 2- 6: Your sale training crew course will run from day to all the way through to day six. This is a crash course detailing everything you need to know about being a competent crew person on board a boat. You learn about marine rope work and knots, your handling under power and sail. We include all of the essential boating information you need including rules and regulations, planning preparing the yacht for a safe trip handling sales, and safe operation of the yacht at sea. You will learn about avoiding and managing emergencies and general information on etiquette as well.

Day 7 Saturday: if you are booked on the advanced course you will do your speed boat licence today. Please note you will need to provide for your own meals today. If you are enrolled on the basic program, you get a day off to enjoy rarely beach. Head down to the lagoon and take a swim and kick back and relax in this awesome backpacker spot. Tonight you will be staying in a hostel.

Day 8 Sunday is taken off, you will need to provide for your own meals. At 4 PM it’s time to meet in the marina is tonight you will be staying on board.

Day 9 – 13: This week you will gain practical experience reinforcing the knowledge you learnt on your course the previous week. You will be crewing on boats so be expected to get your hands dirty and participate as a genuine crewmember. It can be hard sometimes dirty work, but it’s all about mucking in. This is your time to shine and show enthusiasm, because employment is not guaranteed at the end of the course, but usually those who show a lot of promise during this section the trip get selected first for a full-time crew position.

Day 14: Saturday. Can be spent at your leisure enjoying Airlie beach. You will need to provide your own meals today. Tonight you’ll be staying in the hostel.

Day 15 -16 Sunday- Monday: Yu will gain experience sailing on a large Maxi Yacht.

Day 17: Tuesday you will finish the maxi trip at 1 PM and head back to the hostel. You will need to provide your own meals today.

Day 18-19: Again you will go out on a maxi sailing vessel. Reinforcing what you have learnt over the previous weeks.

Day 20: at 1 PM on Friday the boat will dock and you have the rest of the afternoon off.

Day 21-22: Back out on the boats on Saturday for another sailing trip. This will be the final one prior to the course ending.

Day 23: Monday the boat docks at around 1 PM on day 23. Check out at the office, and sit down with them to discuss next steps on finding employment. You will need to provide your own meals on day 23.

Man, that cup of coffee will taste good in the morning as you watch the sunrise over the ocean…

All of the different courses start in Airlie Beach at Abel Point Marina. This is where you will receive a comprehensive orientation and safety briefing prior to heading out into the tropical waters for your training.

This certificate gives you the skills to command your own PRIVATE vessel. The International Crew Certificate and documents (IYT) requires a local payment of AUD$100, not included in the price.

Note: If you already have sailing certificates, we can adjust the programme for you.

Finding work after the course

We have 80 operational crew working on the fleet of 16 vessels who work with us in the Whitsundays. Approximately  20% of these crew positions are filled by graduates of this programme. Only 4 spaces are available on this course per month.

It is difficult to predict when crew will be moving onto another location or job or switching to other boats in the Whitsundays, but typically staff move on after 3 to 6 months.

This is very important: We DO NOT guarantee work, however, if you are diligent and punctual, attend work neat and tidy, get good results and reports from the Skippers and Crew you work with, the odds of employment improve.

You may have to wait a while for a vacancy as we cannot predict when crew will move on to create vacancies. You are welcome to seek work with other Whitsunday operators who will be looking for the same skills. We also monitor the number of applicants starting the program, and do at times block out spots if we think too many are starting.

During December the crew numbers leaving does tend to increase, creating more vacancies. It is important to note that we encourage the students who have finished the course, that they are welcome to seek work with other companies in Airlie Beach, and our operational managers do speak to the other companies regularly regarding staffing and employments.

What does the job include

The job typically includes most accommodation and food, and you can be paid up to $500 a week. Imagine spending your time cruising one of the worlds most beautiful locations and have no living expenses and getting paid!
Many gap year students end up working for a few months, saving up a boat load of cash and then travelling further.

Who joins?

The sailing course is open to anyone over the age of 18. It is perfect if you are seeking a career in marine tourism (read living on various cool yachts, sailing the around one of the world’s best marine parks in the eternal sunshine of Australia!). You do not need any prior experience if you want to join the full 23 day course.

Accommodation

During the course you will be spending five days a week on the boat you are training on in shared (two persons) accommodation. You will be staying with someone of the same sex, unless you are a couple of course!

During the weekends you will stay in a nice hostel in Airlie beach. A young and vibrant little town, with plenty going on for when you are not working.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes and no! Work on the commercial charter yachts can be pretty tough: provisioning the yacht, assisting guests, assisting with cleaning, working the decks, assisting the cook. However, if you are energetic and don’t mind getting involved, you will love it.
On the course all meals and linen are provided. All you need to bring is your swim gear, sun screen, clothing, a hat and sunglasses. As you will be spending the entire day on the water, you better also bring a t-shirt with long sleeves  so not to get sun burnt. When you are going in the Australian autumn or winter, you might need a jacket too.
If you wish to continue work in the industry your logbook is enough proof of education. You will need to continue getting this signed off as you work, this is proof of on-going training and/or experience also. The log book is a legal document.   An international certificate as such is not existent, you need to present your logbook.
This is not an advanced course as training to be a skipper/master of a vessel does require ongoing experience and training. This is a fantastic way to start a career in the marine industry.
By taking this course you are given priority for when jobs arise in the fleet. There are other shorter courses on offer providing similar qualifications. However, anyone who has done a sailing course on a small boat (say 25 to 45ft) would soon quickly realise that working on a Maxi is a whole new ball game. The rigging is different, the loads are different, you have coffee grinder winches, multiple winches working together and these yachts can really cause harm if people are not familiar, trained and experienced. This programme gives you experience on the big yachts and greatly increases your employment prospects.
Airlie Beach is really popular, and for good reasons too.
When you head out from Europe to do the Whitsundays as your first Australian adventure, the best place to fly into is Cairns or Brisbane. You can take the bus to Airlie Beach, around 600km from Cairns and 1,100km from Brisbane. Check out the Oz Experience bus pass and see some of Australia on your way…..When you are already in Sydney there are two options. The fastest is to fly from Sydney via Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach (around 120GBP one way). Airlie Beach has only got an airport for internal flights.    For your information Sydney to Airlie Beach is around 1,900km.
The Australian Working Holiday Visa subclass 417 costs around   £170, which is the equivalent of €215. Rates change constantly so use this only as an indication. Furthermore you need to have  around £2,000 in your bank account when you enter Australia with a Working Holiday Visa. You will apply for a visa before you go and will do this online at the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of the Australian Government.
Yes, you can undertake the 23 day programme. If you do not have a Working Holiday Visa, you cannot apply for a job with us at the end of the course. Some guests have done this course because they saw it as a good way to spend three weeks.    
Unfortunately we  are not affiliated with the RYA, so we would not employ someone with any of the RYA qualifications, for example the RYA Day Skipper Qualification. So, in order to be able to obtain a job with us you have to do the course.
Duration Option Price  
23 (Days)Beginner OptionGBP 1999Book Now
23 (Days)Advanced OptionGBP 2299Book Now
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Duration Option Price
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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Sailing Course (the NSCV, National Standards for Commercial Vessels)
  • Safety briefing and induction period
  • 17 nights accommodation on the boats
  • 6 nights accommodation in an Airlie Beach backpackers
  • All meals whilst working on the boats
  • Bedding
  • Safety equipment
  • Course materials
  • Your own log book
  • Course completion certificate
  • Job interview on completion

Excluded

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (WHV needed to work after the course)
  • Transport to Airlie Beach
  • Post and pre-nights accommodation
  • Meals whilst staying at the backpackers hostel during 6 nights
  • $39 AUD fee per person for marine, national parks and admin fees
  • Working Holiday Visa

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Australia Divemaster

Become a Divemaster in Byron Bay! Living the life as a Divemaster in Australia in one of the coolest towns in Australia, Byron Bay! Diving everyday at Julian rocks, one of the best dive sites in Australia. You will be living in the thick of the action as you discover why Byron Bay is one of the most fun towns in Australia.


Become a Divemaster in Byron Bay! Living the life as a Divemaster in Australia in one of the coolest towns in Australia, Byron Bay! Diving every day at Julian rocks, one of the best dive sites in Australia. You will be living in the thick of the action as you discover why Byron Bay is one of the most fun towns in Australia.

 Australia Divemaster

You know the best thing about training to be a Divemaster? You are training to “work” in one of the most enjoyable jobs in the world. That ´s not the best part either, the “training” is great fun! You will complete a minimum of 60 dives at Byron Bays Julian Rocks dive site – one of the most bio diverse sites in Australia, attracting lots of large marine life. Dolphins and Whales often shadow the dive boat out to the site!

When the Xtreme Gap team paid a visit, we were in the water for 2 minutes and we had a leather-back turtle swim right up to us (Check out the video!) and saw plenty of huge Bull rays!

Australia Divemaster  Highlights Include:

  • Gaining your PADI open water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster Qualifications
  • Seeing just how good looking you are in a wetsuit
  • Diving one of the most interesting dive sites in Australia (Julian Rocks)
  • Rental dive equipment included
  • Gain the ultimate qualification allowing you to work anywhere in the world!

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Full Details

The 10-week schedule is as follows (as a student you have your weekends off). This is for the Open Water (OW) to Divemaster programme.

Week 1 Open Water Course. Duration: 5 days

Course Content: Your diving experience starts with basics in the comfort of the swimming pool then you move on to the excitement of the ocean with six exciting dives, refining your skills to become a competent diver.

Week 2 Advanced Open Water Course. Duration: 5 days

Course Content: Experience the different elements of diving in the second part of your diving adventure. Deep diving, underwater navigation, drift diving and marine identification are just a few of the specialties to choose from. Your instructor will help choose the dives that best suit your needs.

Week 3 1st Aid. Duration: 2 days

Course Content: An internationally recognized CPR and 1st aid course that covers a wide range of scenarios including bleeding, spinal injuries, victim assessment and life support. This course is not only applicable to the dive industry but any work place. A prerequisite for the rescue diver course.

Week 3 O2 Provider. Duration: 1/2 day

Course Content: The effective use of oxygen is one of the most important skills in diving, cardiac and respiratory emergency. The course outlines various aspects of providing oxygen including, respiration, delivery systems, oxygen resuscitation and advanced life support techniques.

Week 4 Rescue course. Duration: 5 days

Course Content: Develop new skills in self-aid and buddy assist as well as search and recovery techniques. Understand how to recognize and deal with fellow divers suffering from stress. During the theory, pool and open water sessions you will cover areas such as accident prevention, under and above water rescues and full rescue scenarios.

Week 5 Vessel Handling and Nautical Knowledge

Get to know how to handle the ribs and get them in and out of the water, as well as learning boat setup and maintenance.

Week 6 Divemaster Study Week       

In the week before your Divemaster Course starts you will have time to do pre-study and prepare yourself for your upcoming course. During this week you will be given all your Divemaster manuals.

Week 7 and 8 Divemaster Course. Duration: 10 days

Course Content: Knowledge – Communication, presentation and effective teaching techniques are some of the important skills you learn in this professional qualification. Knowledge of physics, physiology, and decompression theory along with a host of other dive related components will be covered, to enable you to become the best Divemaster possible.

Practical – In water training is conducted in confined water (swimming pool) and open water (Julian Rocks, Cape Byron Marine Park), with skill demonstration and assessment, leading dives and specialized assist techniques being taught. Your skill level will become second to none

Week 9 and 10 Divemaster Internship. Duration: 10 days

Internship – The real thing, under the guidance of a highly qualified instructor put your new but refined skill’s into action. Assist complete beginners in their open water course, teach specialty diver course’s and conduct scuba review sessions.

If you are already an Open Water diver you can start with the Advanced Open Water Course (AOW).

 

Your Qualification allows you to:Divemaster Australia (6)

  • Work on dive boats, at resorts and retail stores, take people diving
  • Lead dive trips and tours
  • Conduct discover Scuba programmes
  • Teach and certify Skin diver programmes
  • Teach selected specialty diver programmes
  • Assist instructors in the pool and open water
  • Teach skills in the pool under instructor supervision
  • Enjoy a lifestyle like no other

So why do your Divemaster course here?

Are you kidding? If you decide to do your Divemaster course in Australia, Byron Bay is the pace to do it. Next to excellent diving with a big chance to see and dive with whales and dolphins, you live in the coolest town in Australia. Byron Bay is a really trendy and young coastal town with beautiful beaches, great surfing and people watching. There is always a buzz about the place.   Also Byron Bay has it all.

Nice clubs, bars, cool little restaurants, friendly people and a great coastline!

Getting Qualified in Byron Bay

Your Australia Divemaster programme gives you the ability to work in any tropical dive location worldwide and it is designed to train you from beginner too professional Divemaster. The perfect gap year qualification for earning money after your course. With the Australian Divemaster programme you will have the time of your life, gain professional diving qualifications and with that in your back pocket you will be able to hang out in tropical locations, swim in the largest marine park on the planet or live on luxurious yachts in the Caribbean; these are just some of the possibilities that await you as a qualified Divemaster.

Accommodation

australia divemaster

One of the things that sets this course apart is the location. You will be living in the heart of Byron Bay – near the beach in a self-contained Divemaster’s accommodation. The lodge houses up to 10 Divemaster’s – in single sex dorms, and has everything you could need to make your stay comfortable. Even a pool! ?

  • Kitchen
  • Pool
  • Single Sex Dorms
  • Living room and big veranda overlooking the centre of town

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

If you already have scuba diving qualifications, then we will tailor the training (and costs) to suit.

If you arrive a few days early, that is no problem. Cost of about 25 AUD a night may apply with early arrivals.

You can start the training and we include the use of all equipment but if you would like to buy (some) of your own, we would recommend purchasing the equipment here and then we can work out the best gear to suit you. Let us know if you want to know the prices for this.

Byron Bay Australia beach Byron is blessed with a unique distinction of the most easterly point of Australia, and it is at this point that tropical water of the Coral Sea collides with the nutrient-enriched water of the southern Tasman Sea. This special blend provides the perfect environment for tropical species to swim alongside more temperate-suited species.

You will be training 5 days a week and will be off on weekends, this gives you a great opportunity to explore the area. Nimbin is a popular location nearby and the surf in the area is first class.

If you want to learn to surf (Byron Bay is a great Surfing location and we will give you a free lesson to get you started!), hang out with the other Divemaster interns on the beautiful beach’s and meet lots of backpackers!

  • Manta Rays
  • Leopard Sharks
  • Turtles
  • Humpack whales
  • Dolphins
  • Grey Nurse sharks
  • Wobbegong Sharks
  • Eastern Blue Gropers
  • And a wide array of schools of pelagic fish, including snapper, trevally, sweetlips, batfish and more!

No, there is no form of dive certification required to start the course.  However, if you are joining the programme already holding an Open Water, Advanced Open Water or Rescue ticket, the relevant paperwork, card and log book will be needed. It is also necessary for you to be able to swim
at least 400m in under 20 mins.

A dive medical is required to participate in this program. To ensure there is no medical conditions preventing you from diving, it is advised to complete this before your arrival onto the program. The dive medical must be completed under the Australian SPUMS Standards. Please visit the SPUMS website  to download a copy of the full medical.

You will be staying above the Byron Bay Dive Centre in its self- contained, on site lodge. All linen, kitchen ware and laundry facilities are provided. You will be able to watch the sunset sitting in the hammocks while enjoying your BBQ!

THE FACILITIES…

Your campus throughout the programme is a purpose-built facility on 1000m2 of land right in the heart of Byron Bay! The Centre is one of the largest and best-equipped dive centres in all of Australia and includes:

  • A large in-ground pool
  • Multiple lecture rooms and briefing areas
  • A wet gear storage area
  • Equipment service workshop
  • Full retail facility with a wide range of stock
  • and an ENTIRELY self-contained diver´s lodge!

This means that you will improve your diving skills from a spacious, comfortable base with well-maintained equipment.

Further, the Dive Centre regularly invests in the quality of the diving facility, the safety of the equipment, and finding the best diving instructors available.

Your main outgoings will be food and entertainment. We understand everyone varies in terms of tastes, requirements, social life and spending habits. Although the dive school expects your primary commitment to be the course, Byron offers plenty of entertainment from having a schooner at the local pub with live music to surfing the breaks at The Pass. Also we have a kitchen you can use and share with the other trainees.

You will graduate the Academy as a fully certified Divemaster, ready to unleash your potential as a dive leader on live-aboard boats, tropical dive centres & resorts, or in dive retail outlets! Further, the skills that you will learn in this program will serve you well in careers out of the water as well! The Australian Divemaster programme will give you an advantage over your peers in an increasingly competitive business world. In the dive industry, you will be able to:

  • Work on dive boats, at resorts & retail stores, take people diving
  • Lead dive trips & tours
  • Assist instructors in the pool & open water
  • Teach skills in the pool under instructor supervision
  • Teach the SCUBA Skills refresher courses
  • Teach selected specialty courses
  • Teach selected First Aid and CPR programs
  • Teach and certify PADI skindivers
  • Conduct Discover Local Diving orientations
The average income of a Divemaster is about 20AUD an hour, but varies from place to place as well as season. It is busy at different times of the year depending on where you are working. In Northern Australia (e.g. The Great Barrier Reef) the high season is winter, where as in Southern Australia (e.g. Melbourne / Sydney) the high season is the summer. Here in Byron Bay the summer season is our busy season, however because of our subtropical location we are also busy in the winter.
No, full diving equipment will be provided for you for rent and is included in the cost of the course. This gear is for rent and needs to be given back at the end of the course. The diving gear we will provide you with and you can use for the duration of the course consists of:

  • BCD
  • Regulators
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Wetsuit
  • Safety sausage
  • Dive knife
  • Whistle
  • Dive slate
  • Occy holder

You do need to buy your own dive computer.

Yes, you can store the diving gear at our location. There also is a market for second hand dive gear. It would depend on the market rate for how much you could sell it for. If you want to you can collect it after travelling and take it home with you. You could also ship it home if you are not coming back to us.
You will be required to have a policy that covers diving to 30 meters. For a more dive-specific insurance policy go to www.daneurope.org. DO NOT TAKE THE RISK OF TRAVELLING WITHOUT INSURANCE.
The minimum visa you will be required to hold is the 3 month Tourist Visa. However, if you wish to continue your travels around Australia with the opportunity to supplement your travel funds through incidental employment you will be required to hold a valid Australian Working Visa. For more information ask your booking agent or visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship web site at www.immi.gov.au.

The Australian Working Holiday Visa subclass 417 costs around £180, which is the equivalent of AUD$320. Rates change constantly so use this only as an indication. Furthermore, you need to have around £2,000 in your bank account when you enter Australia with a Working Holiday Visa. You will apply for a visa before you go and will do this online at the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of the Australian Government.

There are no extra costs in regards to the course during the time you are with us. The only other costs would be money for personal spending money, breakfast and lunch and any other personal trips they may choose to take. If you go and work as a Divemaster somewhere else in Australia, then you will be required to purchase dive insurance from PADI.

 

Duration Option Price  
8 (Week)Rescue and ERF to DM (min.16 dives)GBP 3699Book Now
9 (Week)Advanced OW to DMGBP 4129Book Now
10 (Week)Open Water to DM GBP 4399Book Now

Included

  • Airport transfers to/from Brisbane and Coolangatta international airports and Ballina domestic airport
  • PADI-accredited dive courses from Open Water to Divemaster, including instruction & all classroom materials
  • All dives
  • Divemaster manual & registration
  • First Aid & O2 administration course
  • Equipment service technician course
  • Marine vessel care & maintenance certificate
  • Compressed air cylinder filling qualification
  • Accommodation in a spacious self-contained diver´s lodge
  • Evening meals
  • The PADI registration fee
  • All dive equipment for rent
  • Weekly BBQ every Sunday night
  • And most importantly, the CONFIDENCE & LEADERSHIP skills to excel both in and out of the water!

 

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Meals
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical costs (about $88 AUD)
  • Dive computer

Dates

Flexible start dates; please contact us for availability!

 

Divemaster in Costa Rica

Complete your Divemaster training in Costa Rica, in a paradise setting on the Pacific coast. Days spent diving beautiful sites and evenings chilling out listening to sounds of the jungle surrounded by rainforests filled with monkeys and exotic birds. The local underwater environment is just as stunning, with mind blowing volcanic formations and a multitude of tropical fish.

Spend the most incredible 8 to 12 weeks of your life training to become a dive professional. Whether you choose to work in diving as a result or just enjoy the training process of diving everyday, it is tough to beat this lifestyle! Located in a popular and beautiful part of Costa Rica you will advance your dive skills from your current level through to Divemaster. You can go from Zero to hero (Open Water to Divemaster) or start at your current level.

 Divemaster in Costa Rica

Start your adventure as a professional diver and join our Divemaster course in Costa Rica. The Divemaster course will get you working closely with a PADI Instructor. You will expand your dive knowledge and work on your skills daily. The PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

Costa Rica Divemaster (15)Divemaster in Costa Rica Highlights Include:

  • Diving in the tropical Pacific Ocean
  • Seeing Dolphins, Whales and thousands of tropical fish
  • Encountering monkeys and Sloths in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Diving every day and being part of a vibrant fun dive shop
  • Getting to know the locals with your own host family looking after you
  • Includes all meals and free wifi!
  • Up to 70ft visibility in warm waters

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Itinerary Costa Rica Divemaster Course

Why do your Divemaster Costa Rica? One who would want to dive in the beautiful warm waters surrounding Costa Rica. It’s a tropical paradise with amazing underwater environments, coupled with superb dive training and easy laid-back lifestyle it’s a great place to go about getting a Divemaster course.

There is no set itinerary for doing your Divemaster course, however you will have to complete different courses in the run up to doing your Divemaster:

  • Open Water Course
  • Advanced Open Water Course
  • Rescue diver and EFR
  • Divemaster

A Typical Day

Duties in the morning would usually revolve around greeting the costumers as they came in and fitting their equipment, fins, mask, wetsuit, weights ect.. As well as answering questions and generally chatting and joking and trying to make them feel comfortable about the upcoming dives.

After loading up all the tanks and equipment on the big F150 truck known as Mighty White its off to the boat 5 minutes away. After loading up the boat and giving the customers a briefing it is time to go diving.

There are many dive sites in Manuel Antonio National Park. Often you will be assisting the resident Divemasters, shadowing customers underwater and keeping an eye out on them. You will greatly improve your dive skills through lots of diving and on some days specific training dives with the course director Georgia.

Mapping, search and recovery, deep, rescue and navigation ect..

Some times you may do skills in the pool or studying theory or helping out around the shop.

Free Time

If there are no dives in the afternoon you will generally finish up around 2pm. Which leaves you free to go to the beach, explore rainforest trails, swim in waterfalls.. Manuel Antonio is a stunningly beautiful national park with amazing wildlife. Sloths, lizards, 3 types of monkeys, birds.

Accommodation

This Divemaster programme uses local homestay accommodation. Expect your own comfortable room, private bathroom, breakfast, lunch, dinner, free wifi and laundry service. We have been using the same homestays for a couple of years and it has proven to be very popular and more importantly secure, safe environment for our Divemaster trainees. Staying at a home stay also gets you immersed in the local culture quicker and you have your own Costa Rican family to look after you!

The Homestays are located in the Manuel Antonio / Quepos Area

Manuel Antonio is located 100 miles south of San Jose on the central Pacific Coast (a pleasant 2 1/2-hour drive, or a short 20 minutes by plane), Manuel Antonio is home to a national park which was established in 1972 and is the natural habitat of species such as the endangered squirrel monkey (endemic to the area), white faced capuchin monkey, raccoons, three and two-toed sloths, white-nosed coaties, brown pelicans, black-collared hawks and green kingfishers.

Manuel Antonio is located 100 miles south of San Jose on the central Pacific Coast (a pleasant 2 1/2-hour drive, or a short 20 minutes by plane), Manuel Antonio is home to a national park which was established in 1972 and is the natural habitat of species such as the endangered squirrel monkey (endemic to the area), white faced capuchin monkey, raccoons, three and two-toed sloths, white-nosed coaties, brown pelicans, black-collared hawks and green kingfishers. It has beautiful beaches, great for relaxing or learning to surf, and a wealth of activities and nature. It is off of the national park where you will be diving during your time here. Nearby Quepos (about 10 minute drive or bus ride) is where the dive shop is situated.

This is a local town with all the necessary amenities including banks, shops restaurants and anything else you may need and serves as the gateway to the Manuel Antonio area. Accommodations are situated in Quepos and a local family house. You will have a private room with basic bathroom. Breakfast, dinner and laundry service are included in this. The Homestay is approximately a 15 minute walk to the dive shop so allows an easy commute in the morning.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

We have moved primarily toward digital materials for the courses. This to allow the students to have access to materials before they arrive if they would like, and also to make it easier for them to travel with, example for baggage limits etc. This also makes it more efficient with our timing, allowing us to spend more time in the water and less time physically in the classroom.
You will need to fly into Quepos, this is about 10 min away from the dive school you can also fly to San Jose but there is an additional US$165 pickup fee. As this is several miles away.
Read all you need to know about our Divemaster courses on the Xtreme Gap Year blog  here.  
Duration Option Price  
8 (Week)OW to DM Home StayGBP 3449Book Now
8 (Week)OW to DM Private Room Home StayGBP 3629Book Now
12 (Week)OW to DM Home StayGBP 3899Book Now
12 (Week)OW to DM Private Room Home StayGBP 4099Book Now

Included

  • Airport pick up from San Jose Airport to Quepos by private car (met by representative of the dive shop)
  • All Dive Courses (Open water to Divemaster)
  • Dive Equipment (rental)
  • All PADI Course Materials
  • All dives during your scheduled program (2 – 4 Dives per day)
  • Accommodation, private or semi-private room with bathroom at a homestay
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Wifi
  • Laundry service (local payment per load)
  • Scuba equipment rental of BCD, regulator, tanks and weights
  • Regular social events: BBQs, salsa classes.
  • Beach location, minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Discounts on local tours: whitewater rafting, ATV´s, Canopy tours, horseback riding on the beach.
  • Free workshop on Rescue techniques.
  • Free CV preparation and Job placement assistance.

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Lunch
  • Travel insurance & Dive insurance
  • Padi Registration Fees
  • Additional dives after scheduled program has finished
  • Mask, snorkel and fins and dive watch or dive computer (all Divemaster candidates must have personal)
  • Lunch
  • Transport to return to San Jose airport (can be arranged locally at $185)

 

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Learn to Earn In The Australian Outback

Experience the Australian outback and get paid to work up to 12 months on a real Australian Ranch! This 2 week trips gives you the unique opportunity to experience a new way of life in the Australian Outback! Including fun activities like riding horses, motor bikes, quad bikes, 4 x 4 and tractors. So if you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, sign up and start earning down under.

Experience the Australian outback and get trained to get paid to work up to 12 months on a real Australian Ranch! This is an unique opportunity to experience a new way of life in the Australian Outback! It includes the Outback course PLUS a fun week in Sydney (Sydney ConneXion), transfer to the outback and fun activities like riding horses, motor bikes, quad bikes, 4 x 4 and tractors. So if you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, sign up and start earning down under.

Work & Travel In The Outback With Jobs!

Working in Australia on a real Australian Ranch in the outback… That is something different!

Before you are joining the course you have an awesome week in Sydney. This is the perfect way to start your travels in Australia. Your week in Sydney is all about having an amazing first week, meeting new friends and doing some incredible adventures fully guided in one of the coolest cities in the world. Whilst you’re out having fun we take care of all the hassle enabling you to get set up with a job with a 12 month membership access of the best backpacker job network in Australia. Everything is taken care for you so no worries about arriving in Australia this can turn into one of the most daunting yet exciting things you will ever do!

Then after 6 nights you are off the the Australian Outback for your Outback Ranch Training Programme. It includes 5 days of fun horseback riding, calf wrestling, sheep mustering, cattle drafting and whip cracking in the NSW Outback! You will gain the basic skills needed to work on a farm or cattle station in Australia whilst having the time of your life!

Highlights Include:

  • An action packed 7 days in Sydney crammed with activities.
  • New friends and new adventures in one of the coolest cities in the world.
  • Party boat cruise in Sydney Harbour (on our own catamaran no less!).
  • Fun and lively Xtreme Gap Team in Sydney to sort out your arrival.
  • 2 night excursion to the beautiful Port Stephens
  • Go Sandboarding and cuddle a kangaroo, see wild koalas.
  • Discover the amazing nightlife Sydney has on offer with a Sydney Party Bus Pub Crawl.
  • Our Sydney arrival package is guided by our awesome group leaders who’ll guarantee loads of fun with your new mates in Oz!
  • Learn to become a cowboy or cowgirl (or a jackaroo as we call it in Australia) and work on a Ranch
  • Getting out into the big wide spaces of the outback: Riding horses, 4×4’s, quads, bikes, and tractors
  • Cattle yard work and sheep mustering skills
  • 1 night en route to the outback included
  • 4 nights accommodation in the outback included
  • Upon successful completion of the programme you will be granted access to a list of available job contacts
  • Earnings after the course will be between AUD$250 to  AUD$600 per week

Please note, finding a job after the course for you is not included. Its important to know we cannot guarantee you will get offered a job on any specific field. You will get access to a list of available job contacts so you can source a farm job somewhere in Australia that suits your skills and ability. 

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Part 1: Fun week in Sydney

The Essentials

  • Airport transfer direct to your hostel
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Job Assistance all over Australia for 12 months

The Fun Stuff

  • Awesome group leaders will show you around this awesome city!
  • Guided Sydney city tour to see the major sites
  • Harbour cruise on our own catamaran. See all the sites in style have a party and hit Sydney’s beaches
  • 2 night beach escape take you to Port Douglas one of the most beautiful locations in Australia
  • Sand dune off roading sandboarding
  • National park bush walk
  • Dolphin trip
  • Sydney party bus pub crawl
  • Sydney beaches tour

The Life Savers

  • Just landed info session
  • Online RSA for QLD, NT,WA,SA
  • Bar skills course. If you go straight from the Sydney Connex to the Outback programme you won’t have time to complete their Bar Skills course. When you are back in Sydney you can drop us an email and we will get you organised. We usually have one/two running a week depending on the time of year.
  • Job search assistance for 12 months
  • Cv review
  • Mail forwarding for 12 months
  • Australian Bank account
  • Sim Card activated number given on arrival
  • Tax file number arranged
  • Medicare organised. You have to make an appointment beforehand
  • Tax refund advice
  • Travellers Discounts
  • Free in Sydney offices
  • 24 hour emergency number
  • Assistance from the locally based Xtreme team
  • Detailed pre departure pack before you leave

Full itinerary week 1

The itinerary for the 1st week is structured to make sure your first week down under is jam packed with the best activities Sydney has to offer. What´s more, accommodation and many meals are included, along with great company and dedicated expert guides for practical support and, of course, to help you milk the most out of every experience along the way.

Meet Your Mates On Monday

Straight from the plane, you drop into the Xtreme Gap base in Sydney, where you´ll meet up with all the other arrivals. For many this is the start of long friendships, that last for the duration of Gap time in Oz and beyond, so it´s super exciting to see everyone meet.

You´ll get an introductory session from your guides, who´ll let you know everything about the practicalities of being in Oz and what you can expect from the first week with us in Sydney. It´s low-key and fun, and everyone´s excited to get going, but before we do, you´ll also get all the arrival admin out the way. This is sorted by us before you get here and includes bank cards, mobile SIMs and tax numbers; all the requirements to set you up for your stay in Oz, beyond your Sydney experience.

From here it´s straight into the city, for a full and comprehensive tour of all the major sights. You´ll see all the fantastic architecture of the Sydney Harbour  from the iconic Opera House, to the formidable steel curves of the Harbour Bridge. Then, it´s on to the Royal Botanical Gardens, where the multitude of Australian fauna blooms in the shadow of the city´s looming skyscrapers.

In the night, you can unwind with a meal and a drink on us, getting to know your fellow travellers late into the Australian night.

Explore Sydney On Tuesday

After an early start, the Xtreme Gap crew give the whole group a comprehensive introduction to all the ins and outs of working and living in Australia. These guys really are in the know, with first-hand experience of Gapping in Oz, so they have all the answers for what´s what when it comes to setting up camp here.

Afterwards, the focus of Tuesday is all about adventure and exploration. We´ll take you on a Harbour cruise to show you the city sights from a whole new perspective and we´ll delve deeper into the New South Wales cityscape by adventuring to Fort Dennison (a prison-cum-lighthouse glowering over the bays downstream from the Sydney harbour), Luna Park and Watson´s Bay in Woollahra (where the sandstone cliff peninsulas jut dramatically into the ocean).

In between seeing the sights you can swim in the warm waters of the coastline that straddles the harbour, take photos, or just chill in the Sydney sun as you please.

Wildlife and Wild Land On Wednesday

Wednesday sees us get out of the metropolitan centre of Sydney and into the New South Wales wildlife. The Xtreme Gap basecamp is an area of 6 acres, covered in rich rainforest fauna and home to a myriad of very Australian critters. We set off early from town, to let you get the most of this different setting, where you´ll stay for the next three days and two nights.

Relax in the day in the company of Josie the Kangaroo, or go wildlife spotting to try and catch a glimpse of some koalas, echidnas or possums in the forest, or dolphins and whales in the nearby coastline shallows (the sea is just 5 minutes´ walk from the basecamp!).

After an evening swim watching the Aussie sun dip below the horizon, it´s pizza night at the basecamp!

Thrilling Thursday

We start Thursday with some adrenaline pumping sand boarding in the nearby dunes. We get up in the 4x4s and ride back down again, so there´s no dune here too high to conquer!

After everyone´s had their fill, it´s of for an adventure filled bush walk, guided by the Xtreme Gap crew. There´s loads of wildlife to see, and the walk ends on one of New South Wales´ best lookout spots, where there´s a chance to take photos and go Koala spotting (here, families are observable the entire year round!). Then, as the sunlight fades and night creeps in, we light the BBQ in true Aussie fashion, and chill out around the campfire into the early hours.

Party Boat Cruise on Frickin Awesome Friday

Friday´s a real high-point. The Xtreme Gap crew launch our very own boat and everyone gets up close and personal with the rich marine life of the New South Wales seas.

Aside from the bucket list beating dolphin spotting (when you´ll also have a chance to sit in the boom net while dolphins glide through the water below you), it´s also possible to spot whales in the water here.

The bonus here is that you´ll be on board your very own private boat, with just your guides and fellow gappers as company. We´re in full control of where we go, and we can explore the waters as we please; there really is no better way to experience this amazing place.

After the cruise we depart for Sydney and arrive at the highly rated WakeUp hostel. With a central location and a great selection of nightly entertainments, it´s a great way to get back into ´city mode´ and enjoy the Sydney night in style.

Shindig Saturday

While the daytime may all be about chilling and getting some hard-earned rest, the night time is about donning your dresses and brushing up nice. We meet in the early evening at one of the city´s best bars, where backpackers and locals enjoy the famous Australian beers, and gear themselves up for a night on the town.

From here, we get hedonistic on the Xtreme Gap Sydney Pub Crawl. With entry and drinks at 4 bars and clubs included, you´ll experience all the facets of nightlife that has made this city so famous.

Leaving Sydney on Sunday

We’ll arrange your train journey to Tamworth, NSW where you’ll spend a night before starting your Ranch Course. Get to meet others in your group. Your accommodation is pre-arranged. The following morning, our rep will meet you at reception and take you to the farm.

Part 2: Work on a Ranch in Australia

What can you expect to be doing this second week?

Horse Riding & Handling

Learn how to ride on horseback, and gain knowledge and skills needed for general horse handling and care. Be introduced to the way of Natural Horsemanship, learn how horses think and communicate with them. Take the horses for a swim in a local swimming hole (in the warmer months).

What is Natural Horsemanship?

Natural Horsemanship mainly focuses on the horse expect of farming, with an alternative way of “controlling” the horse.

Natural Horsemanship is about learning how the horse thinks and communicating with the horse using the horses own language. It’s about creating a relationship between you and the horse where your horse does things for you because he wants to, not because he is forced to. A partnership where both parties have responsibilities to the other and from this deep trust is developed where the horse accepts you and looks to you for leadership. This allows humans to enjoy a lot better partnership with their horse.

Lassoing

The lasso is used today in rodeos as part of the competitive events, such as calf roping and team roping. It is also still used on working ranches to capture cattle or other livestock when necessary. You will learn to catch cattle with a lasso and have competitions with your fellow students.

Cattle Mustering

We’ll muster cattle from the paddocks to the yard. Assist with stock work such as drenching and tagging. A muster is the process of gathering livestock and usually involve cattle, sheep or horses, but may also include goats, camels, buffalo or other animals.

Fencing

Fencing is one of the most important pieces of farm infrastructure and our instructors will show you how to install and maintain fences. A properly installed fence will keep livestock/pets safe and secured and will keep any unwanted visitors outside the property.

Sheep Shearing

On Aussie farms, shearing is generally carried out in the spring, so sheep don’t become overheated in the summer. A long fleece is likely to become dirty and drag along the ground, decreasing the mobility of sheep. During your course, you will shear a sheep and learn about sheep health and husbandry.

Day to Day itinerary in the outback

Monday Day 1:

  • Pick up at 9.00 am from Tamworth YHA in Tamworth
  • A quick stop at a second hand store where you can buy cheap work clothes
  • Introduction and a cup of tea on arrival at Leconfield
  • A grooming and saddling up lesson
  • Lunch
  • A lesson on Natural Horsemanship riding followed by a ride
  • including bush survival and local bush tucker

Tuesday Day 2:

  • Catch and saddle the horses
  • A Natural Horsemanship lesson
  • Barefoot trimming Lesson
  • A whip cracking and lassoing lesson
  • Lunch
  • Before the ride we play some Natural Horsemanship games with our horse
  • Mustering sheep on horseback
  • A demonstration in using working dogs
  • Trotting & cantering in the arena
  • A barrel race on horseback
  • A talk on sheep health and husbandry
  • A sheep shearing lesson

Wednesday Day 3:

  • A Natural Horsemanship lesson
  • Pasture improvement
  • Lunch
  • Fencing or yard building

Thursday Day 4:

  • Catch and saddle the horses
  • We play some Natural Horsemanship games with our horse
  • Mustering cattle on horseback
  • Yarding and drafting cattle
  • Lunch
  • A talk on cattle breeds and husbandry
  • A lassoing competition
  • Wrestling, branding and marking calves

Friday Day 5, last day

  • A lesson on maintaining saddlery
  • Catch and saddle the horses
  • Swim the horses (in the warmer months)
  • We play some Natural Horsemanship games with our horse
  • Games on horseback
  • A ride where we take the horses for a trot and a canter
  • Muster cattle in for cow working in the arena
  • Head to local pub for dinner around 6pm
  • Return to Tamworth YHA around 9pm
    Most people stay at YHA Tamworth one more night (own costs) and catch the morning train back to Sydney on Saturday

Meals & Accommodation

You have one nights accommodation when travelling from Sydney to the Ranch before starting the course. On the Ranch you will receive 5-days/4-nights accommodation and all meals. All evenings are spent around the campfire with open-air camp oven cooked meals.

Accommodation at the Ranch is in a dorm with bunk beds.

Job Contacts

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be granted access to a list of available job contacts so you can source a farm job somewhere in Australia that suits your skills and ability. Most jobs include meals and accommodation and you can expect to earn $200 – $500p/w after tax and accommodation. Please be aware, a job offer is not guaranteed. It helps if you can work at least 3 months. If not there are plenty of farm of WQOOFingv (working on a farm for food & accommodation, no pay)  jobs in Australia.

Summary

  • 6 Nights in Sydney
  • 1 night in Tamworth enroute to the outback
  • 5-Day / 4-Night Ranch Programme
  • Travel Sydney > Outback Ranch
  • All Meals (at the Ranch not in Sydney) & Accommodation
  • Possible job upon successful completion

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

If you have only booked the Ranch Course and not the Sydney welcome week, then we recommend that you arrive on the Saturday before your course start date (Monday) as your train transfer leaves early on the Sunday morning before your course start date. We can recommend an awesome hostel for your additional night”]
No, just have a positive attitude, willingness to learn, work hard, and the ability to follow instructions.
  • Anyone between 18 and 30 years! Both Australians and international visitors. You just need to meet the below requirements:
  • Understand, speak and write fluent English.
  • Possess the correct working holiday visa (if applicable).
  • Have an Australian Medicare Card, if not eligible then comprehensive.
  • Personal – Travel Insurance.
  • Be fit and able to complete the course.
  • Notify any medical conditions- medication, prior injuries, dietary conditions or learning disabilities.
  • Recommended: have a drivers´ license. You can still do the course if you do not have one, but your job offers may be limited.
  • Quad bikes riding and basic maintenance.
  • Bike riding and basic maintenance.
  • Stock horse riding.
  • Tractor driving and basic maintenance.
  • Rural fencing techniques.
  • 4×4 Operation, off-road driving and basic maintenance.
  • Useful knots.
  • Cattle and sheep mustering.
  • Cattle yard work, and sheep sheering.
  • Girls often have as a first job helping out the lady of the house, unless very experienced in farm work already it tends to be too tough to start immediately in the outback.
You can travel where ever you like. Accommodation and travel will be at your own expense. This can be a great opportunity a chance for you to travel before working in possibly a remote area. We usually recommend you to go to a large city/town near your new job. We can also assist with travel arrangements once you are out here.

 

Duration Option Price  
6 (Days)Only Outback (Sunday arrival)GBP 599Book Now
7 (Days)Only Outback (Saturday arrival)GBP 639Book Now
12 (Days)Sydney and OutbackGBP 1139Book Now

Included Sydney ConneXion (1st week)

  • Sydney work and travel assistance and help every step of the way.
  • An action packed 7 days in Sydney crammed with activities.
  • New friends and new adventures in one of the coolest cities in the world.
  • Party boat cruise in Sydney Harbour (on our own catamaran no less!).
  • Fun and lively Xtreme Gap Team in Sydney to sort out your arrival.
  • 2 night excursion to the beautiful Port Stephens including breakfast.
  • Go Sandboarding and cuddle a kangaroo, see wild koalas.
  • Discover the amazing nightlife Sydney has on offer with a Sydney Party Bus Pub Crawl.
  • Our Sydney arrival package is guided by our awesome group leaders who’ll guarantee loads of fun with your new mates in Oz!

Included Outback Course

  • 1 night enroute
  • 5-Day / 4-Night Ranch Programme
  • Travel Sydney > Outback Ranch
  • One night in Tamworth
  • All Meals & Accommodation (not in Sydney)
  • Possible job upon successful completion

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Not all meals are included (no meals in Sydney)
  • Drinks
  • Cost of transport to job placement
  • Transfers back to Sydney
  • Outfit
  • If you just book the outback course the 12 month job assistance is not included

Dates

The dates below are for the 5 day outback Training.

When you book the full pack; including the Sydney Connection; arrival is a week earlier (the Monday prior)

The transport from Sydney as well as 1 night in Tamworth will be arranged for the Sunday; the actual training starts on Monday.

Course Start Dates – Must arrive on the Saturday before for early transfer on Sunday before course start dates.

2019

Monday August: 26th

Monday September: 9th; 23rd

Monday October: 7th; 21st

Monday November: 4th (Last Spots); 18th (Full)

Monday December: 2nd

2020

Monday January 13th; 27th

Monday February 10th; 24th

Monday March 09th; 23rd

Monday April; 6th; 20th

Monday May; 4th; 18th

Monday June 1st;

Monday July; 6th