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.
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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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Kung Fu Master in China

Learn kung fu in China in a 2000 year old temple. Training under grandmasters, this is the ultimate Kung Fu in China experience. Our Western run academy with deep links to the Shaolin Temple, provides you with an incredible opportunity to develop serious kung fu skills. Whether it’s one month or one year you will be amazed by what your body is capable of. Train from a few weeks up to a year!

If you are keen to experience the perfect blend of fitness, culture and awesomeness on your gap year than learning kung fu in China is for you! It’s tough challenging and ultimately mind-blowing.  Learning this incredible martial art, from grandmasters in ancient Buddhist Temple in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Learn Kung Fu In China


There are some things you can choose to do in life that are too cool to pass up. Learning Kung Fu in China with grandmasters and becoming a Kung Fu legend in the home of this ancient martial art has to be number one. This is an incredible opportunity to stay and live in an ancient Chinese temple, whilst training and developing your physical prowess and Kung Fu skills.  A variety of different forms are available including weapons training as well.

This will get you in peak physical fitness, but do not underestimate what is involved with this.  It’s hard work and highly rewarding and an incredible unique opportunity.

Highlights of the trip

  • Study under Chinese Kung Fu Masters and polish your Kung Fu skills!
  • Live in a beautiful temple, interacting with Buddhist monks and staying in one of the most beautiful regions in China
  • Rapidly and significantly improve your health and fitness
  • Learn ancient martial arts skills in amazing China
  • Train with other like-minded Westerners making lifelong friends in a completely unique environment
  • Enjoy optional evening activities with plenty of cultural experiences to immerse yourself in China
  • Learn the local language of Mandarin as you interact with monks and grandmasters
  •  Become an Xtreme Gap bad Ass Kung Fu master!

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Kung Fu Training in China

Train Kung Fu in China (2)You can learn at least 2 fist forms and also basic hard Qigong (optional and not be taken lightly). Whilst there are many styles available to learn, you should consider the fact that it takes many years just to master one so you will be focusing on only one or two fist forms throughout the course of your training unless you are a long-term student.

Training is Monday to Friday six hours a day needless to say it’s pretty hard-core. Be under no illusions this is an extremely tough training regime and should not be considered an easy just want to try it out type activity.

You will be pushed and pushed hard. Please do consider this before booking as there are no refunds for people who choose to leave the programme early.

Each Master will have a maximum of ten students in their group. This allows there to be a higher level of personal instruction offered than in other martial arts courses. Kung Fu requires a student to understand all of its elements, including the historical, physical and mental aspects, which are all taught on this personal level.

The masters conduct all lessons in Mandarin. However, there will be translators present to ensure you fully understand the movements and forms you are learning, and the students consist of 90% westerners.

1 to 3 months is enough to get a grip on the basics of Chinese Kung Fu, no matter which ever style you choose to learn. If you are a Kung Fu practitioner back home you can expect to progress quicker than at home.

Shaolin Kung Fu Vs Xtreme Gap Kung Fu!

Kung Fu Master China (21)There are many Kung Fu academies in China. Some of them excellent some of them not so nice to train at.

The most famous academy of all is the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, centuries old where the Shaolin Monks Train. The Shaolin Monastery or Shaolin Temple is a Chan Buddhist temple at Song Shan near Zhengzhou City Henan Province in Dengfeng, China.

Westerners can train there although you can expect to be one of thousands of pupils mostly Chinese monks adhering to a strict monastic principals and schedules. Life is pretty damn hard when you enroll and drop out rates amongst westerners are extremely high as they can ´t hack the basic living conditions and extremely tough training which is delivered in Mandarin. Our School is not like that.

The Xtreme Gap School is western run by a UK national, who has settled in China to perfect his Kung Fu. After many years of training, he decided to set up his own school aimed at delivering proper Chinese Kung Fu instruction, with top Chinese Grand masters, to students from the west. The school has now been established for several years, and continues to thrive.

Within a beautiful authentic Chinese setting, great teachers and a supportive environment, more and more people are returning each year to train in some Kung Fu.

The Training

Kung Fu Styles:

xtreme gap kung fu china (15)There are several styles available from the forms below, depending on the current grandmaster resident some may not be available through out the year: Which ever style you end up choosing expect significantly increased health & fitness. Basics in which ever style you choose:

  • Shaolin Quan
  • Modern Wushu
  • Sanda,
  • Qinna,
  • Baji
  • Quan,
  • Pigua Zhang,
  • Qigong,
  • Taiji Quan,
  • XingYi
  • Bagua and /or White Crane (a rare local form).
Every group has it ´s own master who specialises in a different style. The groups will have maximum of 10 students. This means that you will be given lots of attention.No slacking off!

Concentration and a 100 percent effort is expected! The lessons are in Mandarin which is cool, you really get in the culture, and let´s face it, true Chinese Kung Fu masters are not great linguists, they are however excellent at martial arts. It will not stand in your way to learn – we will make sure there is someone present to ensure you understand all the moves.

A quick note about the training: we cannot stress enough how physically demanding learning Kung Fu can be, especially in China this is not the people who just want to give it a go without much thought. China is a long way to go to train in martial arts, and if you are not 100% committed it’s probably best you do not book this programme.

Not that we wish to put you off, as we believe this is one of the most exciting and self-developing trips we offer, however we do not want to give you a false impression that the training is easy and that this is something anyone can just do.

There is approximately an even split between men and women at the school, so gender definitely does not preclude you from hard physical training, and if you are reasonably sporty, with a reasonable level of base fitness you will be fine, but you need to be committed to training.

It is definitely advisable you start getting yourself into shape before you travel, press ups and a bit of running will do wonders for when you do arrive, but just remember nothing worthwhile comes easy, and this is definitely true this trip. If you really want to benefit from learning Kung Fu from living legends in the home of the martial art, then the more you put in the more you will get out of it.

Where are we ?

This legendary learning kung fu in China programme Is located in a town called YongPing in Yunnan Province of China. 3000 years of history is just waiting to be explored and the region is one of the most beautiful and all the China.  Set in the foothills of the Himalayas!

The Providence it is located in: Yunnan is rich in cultural history and has many famous mountains, lakes, and temples to visit only a short distance from where you will be staying.

The majority of your time will be spent living and training around a Buddhist monastery. There are monks resident at the monastery so not only can you train you should also consider this a great opportunity for a completely original cultural exchange.

There will be plenty to do when you are not training, a Masters to visit the hot springs to soothe those aching muscles after a hard day’s physical training.

The Training Schedule

The Martial Arts school in China is adjusted to western standards. Communication (in English) will be no problem. A typical day of training:

  • 05.00 am – Wake up
  • 05.30am – Circuit training – this is compulsory and consists of some of the following: Jogging, Sprinting, Bear Crawls, Push-ups, Sit-ups, Chin-ups, Squats, Hand-stands, Bur-pees, Planks, Jumping, Gymnastic Rings etc.
  • 06.00am – 07.20am – Martial arts training
  • 07.30am – Breakfast
  • 09.00am – 11.30am – A run, followed by further martial arts training – a 20 minute break is included
  • 12.00 noon – Lunch
  • 14.30pm – 17.00pm – another run followed by martial arts training – a 20 minute break is included
  • 18.00pm – Dinner
  • 19.00pm – Evening activity, for example, Mandarin lessons, calligraphy, Daoism and playing traditional Chinese instruments.

The programme may change, so do not take this as an exact daily regimen, however you will have plenty of training every day.  On average our students train for five hours a day.  This is highly physical activity, and you will need a good level of fitness.  Attendance is expected, so please respect the requirements of attending this programme.

Accommodation

You stay in accommodation in the temple grounds. Accommodation is simple, but comfortable.The rooms are twin share.

Meals

All meals are provided for the duration of your programme, including weekends. It will consist of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all cooked by a western chef. Meals are made in local styles and with local produce; however, some Western dishes are served occasionally. You will find lots of fresh ingredients including rice, vegetables, and chicken. Please note that the food served is basic and will probably be very different to the Western style ‘Chinese’ food that you will be used to. However, the food will be nutritious and provide a good diet to support the level of training you will be doing. Various different diets can be catered for with prior notice.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

You can join anytime but preferred start dates are the first weekend of each month.
No, many people do not have any previous experience. You must, however, be prepared to learn and train hard. You will be put in groups according to your ability – many people are beginners, but others have more experience.
The best instruction, with thousands of years or lineage from the best Kung Fu Masters. You will learn more, improve faster, and because it is a dedicated martial arts holiday, you put in the extra effort necessary to become really good!
Yes you can. We teach Sanda and our teachers have competed at national level. So, I bet you will become really good at it!
In general our customers go for a month. Normally you can stay for up to a year and train Kung Fu or Sanda, but there are people training in their third year.
There is a big fridge in the communal area where you can keep your stuff.
We believe that £50 per week is plenty to cover everything you will need.
There is no safe in the rooms, but the management has onoe, so if you want to keep some stuff in there you can (like passport etc) But its super quiet and safe here.
The project is located in YongPing which is right in the middle of two cities which both have airports. The airports are called Dali and Baoshan, so please make sure your final destination is one of these where we will meet you and transfer you to the project. You will first need to arrange an international flight to China (Shanghai, Beijing), Hongkong or even to Thailand as that is not far either (Bangkok or Chiangmai airport) and then get another flight (domestic if from Shanghai, Beijing)  to Dali (or Baoshan). 

Dali is a small airport so the majority of flights direct to Dali are expensive, you will find flights to Kunming are a lot cheaper and then once they have arrived in Kunming you have the option to get a direct bus to YongPing, a bus to Dali, or a 45 minute (Cheap flight) to Dali.

So the best international airport to arrive into is Kunming as from Kunming the flight to Dali (or Baoshan) is only 45 minutes.

Please note that flights from Kunming are limited so you may also want to look into flying into Guangzhou, Shanghai, or Beijing which have more regular flights but it does take longer and may require more changes.

We can advise, but you need to arrange your own visa. This is actually very straight forward, and all information will be in the predeparture pack you will receive after booking. When you are staying for 3 months or less then we recommend you to go directly to your local Chinese Embassy and ask for a 3 month tourist visa.
The fitter you are the faster you advance, but a moderate level of fitness is fine. This means not completely out of shape, but not mega fit either. To make it easier for yourself when you start training at our school, before you attend, you should try and do some of the following exercises: Squats, Push-ups, Sit-ups, Bike riding, Swimming, Short Sprints, Long Distance Running, Hiking, Gymnastics, Aerobics, Yoga or Daily Stretching. Once you are there this will improve naturally.
There are approximately 20 western people training each month at the camp. Normally about 30%+ will be girls/women.
You will share with the accommodation with the same sex and maximum 3 people.
Yes we can, you will be well catered for and will be according your wishes.
Wear comfortable jogging bottoms, track suits and T shirts. It can be quite chilly there in the evenings.
We do meditation everyday as part of our schedule. We teach our students various Qigong practices and students are also welcome to learn/ practice Zen Buddhism in our temple with Buddhist monks.

 

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Included

  • Comprehensive pre departure pack
  • 5 days a week training at ancient temples
  • All Instruction from masters
  • Use of all training equipment
  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • 24 hr local support
  • Xtreme Gap Year Western Chinese speaking representative
  • Pickup from the airport

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Drop Off
  • Nun Chukkas
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bottled Water

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“The training was tough but awesome. I would love to go back.”
Charlie Whitehead
“What a wake up call I had when I arrived, China is so different from back in the UK… but I loved it…I loved the training and the whole experience in general. “
Samantha Bendien

Mozambique Divemaster Course & Whale shark Diving

Train as a professional Divemaster in one of East Africa’s most beautiful beach front settings, with the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop for an incredible couple of months living the life diving with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks everyday! Tofo, has one of the highest populations with juvenile whale sharks in the world.


Train as a professional Divemaster in one of East Africa’s most beautiful beach front settings, with the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop for an incredible couple of months living the life and saying in our funky stunning accommodation! Diving with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks everyday! Tofo, has one of the highest populations of juvenile whale sharks in the world so is a great place to do some whale shark diving.

 Mozambique Divemaster Course

Africa is often overlooked as a place to do your Divemaster course and regrettably so because in Tofo you have some of the best diving in the world. The biggest draw is  undoubtedly the whale shark and the worlds highest population of juvenile whale sharks can be found here.  It is the biggest fish in the ocean and can grow to 12 m or more and weigh up to 15 tons! But there is so much more too..

Whale sharks, long tropical beaches and a lot of diving.

Doing your Divemaster in Mozambique you can expect some of the following highlights:

  • Very diverse marine life including whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and even the guitar shark. Rock on!
  • Training at a cool dive school, with a great atmosphere, lots of backpackers diving there, and with some of the best in whale shark trackers in the world on the staff.
  • Get free diving up to 60 dives (necessary for your Divemaster) while working and completing your courser. You will do as many dives and ocean safaris as possible.
  • Leave here fully qualified to work and lead dives in any diving centre worldwide
  • Chilling out in a a funky resort, enjoying parties, barbeques, the amazing pool with bar! And the laid-back lifestyle in a tropical paradise setting.
  • Experiencing the culture of Mozambique, a country that seems to be lost in time, and set in one of the most beautiful African environments.
  • Gaining a qualification that enables you to work in the diving industry anywhere in the world, but even if you don’t do that the lifestyle as you train is an unforgettable memory to keep.
  • Optional surfing, ocean kayaking, and other adventures to be had.

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What happens: Mozambique Divemaster

Mozambique Divemaster course (1)First off all, its about you having a great time and gaining a qualification. Diving, socialising, partying, beach time, barbecues, pool parties…. its a live style!

You will be diving with the freshest and hottest dive centre in Tofo, we possess a combined 15 years of experience diving Tofo’s world renown reefs.

There is no set itinerary for this trip but during the Divemaster programme you will be trained from PADI Open Water level to professional Divemaster. However, as a Divemaster you need to progress through different PADI training courses starting with your Open Water. This is the basic intro to scuba-diving, after this you do your Advanced Open Water (this consists of five specialist dives) and then you do your Rescue Diver course. The Rescue Diver course teaches you about diver safety, trains you to effectively rescue distressed divers, trains you how to provide CPR and first aid and administer oxygen in case of emergencies.At this point this is the last recreational level dive qualification before you go on to do your Divemaster course.

Once you start your Divemaster internship, you will be getting into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to become a professional diver. There is no day-to-day minute by minute itinerary for this section of the course, there are certain criteria that you need to fill for example a minimum number of dives (60), you will assist dive instructors on their courses, and you will take customers out for dives acting as a dive leader, providing them with pre-dive safety briefings, helping out at the dive school and dive centre. You do all this while following the PADI training syllabus that the Divemaster course requires you to complete.

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The real beauty about doing your Divemaster course is that you get to dive a lot

This is no understatement, when you consider how expensive recreational diving can actually be, you get to dive every day, in some of the most exciting underwater environments in Africa, if not the world, and you will spend months doing this in unlimited amounts, you start to see why it is such an appealing way to spend several months, and great value too!

 

Enjoy everything that Tofo has to offer

During your time when you are not in the water, you assist at the dive school, this is part of the course. You will be completing an internship learning all about working in the dive industry. But off course there is time to just chill out and enjoy everything that Tofo has to offer. It certainly has that by the bucket load, relaxation and chilled out vibes.

Mozambique Divemaster course (2)When not relaxing in a hammock under a palm tree, you will go out on ocean safaris (with snorkel gear) to swim with whale sharks, and humpback whales (in season). There is the most amazing sandy beach with good surfing opportunities, ocean kayaking and horse riding too.

You might just prefer to enjoy the buzz of the backpacker lifestyle in the town, because this is quite a popular destination for backpackers (although not your typically ruined overpopulated backpacker hangout). The locals are exceptionally friendly, the cost of living there is incredibly cheap and you are going to absolutely love the lifestyle.

Dedicated Dive Instructor

You will discuss your loose itinerary with your dedicated dive instructor on arrival, and you will also be given a full briefing on what the course involves. At the end of the course you need to pass several exams (about eight of them), but these are incredibly simple providing you follow your course work!

Upon successful sign off on completion of the course, once you have paid your PADI membership fee, (direct to PADI about £80) you will be a professional Divemaster, able to work in any dive resort in the world, and earn a living in one of the most easy-going lifestyles out there. You will get your dive certificate and membership card in the post.

Accommodation

Cabin 2Accommodation is in a really funky cool dorm, and offers you the perfect opportunity to meet your travel companions. Its has 5 bunk beds, lockers, ceiling fans, extra length mattresses, mosquito netting and an ensuite bathroom.

Please take own shower and beach towels as these are not supplied. The rooms are serviced by municipal power and each has 3-point 220V power point with 2-point adapters.

Upgrades

There are also single rooms, but as you will be staying a long time with us, its not economical to book the single room. If budget is not a problem, ask us for a quote.

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 to dolphins to whale sharks and thousands of fish. The sites vary in depth , there is little current and the water temperature is always warm, ranging from about 27C to 32C offering amazing conditions to dive everyday on your Divemaster course!

Whale sharks, long stretches of beach and a lot of diving, this is what you can expect on the PADI  Divemaster course in Mozambique. We can train you from zero to hero in 12 weeks, meaning that you can join even if you have no prior diving experience. If you do already have dive certificates we can alter the programme for you, no problem just ask us for prices.

Whale sharks, that sounds scary to me!

Mozambique Whaleshark Diving (34)Whale sharks are the most magnificent and biggest fish in the sea and they only eat plankton. They do not even have teeth. Once you spot them you will fall in love. They are gracious and beautiful, and the great thing is they love the bubbles divers make so tend to come up to you. Because their eyes are so small you have to watch it that they do not bump in to you.

The population of juvenile whale sharks in Mozambique is at the moment higher than anywhere else which means that you will likely bump in to one pretty frequently, and don’t forget you will be doing the Divemaster in one of the top dive schools with experts trained in tracking and finding whale sharks. No need to be afraid!

Become a professional diver

Being a Divemaster means you can work in the dive industry and make money with once of the best jobs in the world. You will be able to guide dives, do scuba reviews and help out in dive shops. The PADI Divemaster certificate is internationally recognised so you can work as a Divemaster anywhere in the world. As a Divemaster the dive boat, where you soak up the sun and have your morning coffee, and the sea, where you meet the corals and the fish, are your office. You will always be surrounded by happy people who are on holiday.

So why Mozambique?

In Africa you can see the big 5 on safari’s but in Mozambique, you can  Dive The Big Five.

The big five of the underwater world are:

  • Whalesharks
  • Humpback whales
  • Dolphins
  • Manta rays
  • Sea turtles

Tofu in Mozambique is where the Xtreme Gap Divemaster course takes place. Tofu is definitely one of Southern Africa’s favourite diving destinations. Even National Geographic votes Tofu in Mozambique the prime diving location for spotting whale sharks and Manta rays. Xtreme Gap works with a PADI certified diving school that has already taken on many many divers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes you can, but the reason we have not put it online is because the price is an extra 65 USD a night (Over Christmas and new year it’s even more.

Most gear, but not the dive computer, is included on a rental basis.  But since you are training to become a professional and you will be wearing your outfit daily, it is much better to have your own gear! We advise you bring your own facemask as this is a personal item and is much nicer to have your own.

You will need to pre-arranged your own VISA before joining this program. Please book well ahead to ensure you have enough time to organise your visa, and remember one to arrive in country you have to have an arrival stamp putting your passport at the airport. This is to validate the VISA.

The accommodation is about a 15 min walk from the dive school.

The weather is always a difficult subject, but the climate in Tofo is warm and sunny which can be dived year round but it can have high winds during February and August which can cause the water to become very rough and choppy, even so diving is usually still possible and it only called off in extreme conditions.

 

The summer months of November to April are the rainiest months which occasionally bring violent storms but they have the highest water temperature of 28C. The winter months of May to October are a lot cooler but still pleasant with a lower water temperature of 23C. Visibility in this area varies by the day and is influenced by a combination of plankton, currents, winds and tides.

 

There are other divers coming and going doing shorter or longer courses. As there is no set date people normally do not start on the same day. However you will meet lots of people also diving with us and you will be one of the team! No worries its super social.

Please bring an adapter suitable for South African plugs which are three pins and round you will also want Mozambique and plugs which are to pin.

At the hostel there are cooking facilities. There is a bbq area you can use to grill your own food.

 

The hostel is truly amazing and funky and with a stunning garden and pool! Comfy lounge areas and friendly staff! In the evening there are often dj´s playing too! Free wifi areas, laundry service, safety deposit box, a dech from where you can see the sun set over stunning tofo and a bar and restautant.

 

Mozambique is unfortunately a malarial zone, so you will need to take antimalarial medicine, please check with your doctor which is the most appropriate, because Malarone for example mimics symptoms of decompression sickness so you cannot use that one.

 

 

Absolutely not! They are big but they do not even have teeth. They are extremely impressive though, and being lucky to see one, and swim with one once, is never enough.

Yes you can, we will train you from zero to hero. We do recommend you take a diving medical before you leave the UK if you have any doubts as to whether you will be suited to diving.

Yes, you can. Fishing, horse rising, surfing, ocean kayaking and exploring along some of the worlds most unspoilt coastline. Not bad.

Inhambane is in a malaria zone, we advise you take malarial tablets and consult your GP or travel clinic before you go.With regards to Malaria medication our partners recommend DEMAL 200, its a British product made by Blue Turtle, and they have used it for eight years without getting malaria. Please note though we do not endorse any particular brand or product and you should consult your own GP and take your own advice and precautions as necessary.

Take malaria tablets but NOT Lariam, Mefliam or Mefloquine as these can mimic symptoms of decompression sickness and the nearest decompression chamber is in South Africa. If participants take Larium, Meflian or Mefloquine, they will be excluding themselves from the dive and there are no exceptions.
Africa may be cheap, but diving in Africa is not, well, not if you are diving with a reputable company that looks after their equipment and customers! All the dive equipment has to be brought in from South Africa, we also put you up in a nice backpacker resort, and you get  unlimited  dives. If you want the trip of a life time then you really do get what you pay for, and this is exactly that, very few other places in the world will get you this much whale shark exposure in such a beautiful setting.

Duration Option Price  
3 (Week)IDC EFRI IE Add onGBP 3489Book Now
4 (Week)IDC EFRI IE MSDT Add onGBP 3905Book Now
8 (Week)DM DormGBP 1629Book Now
8 (Week)Rescue to DM DormGBP 2099Book Now
8 (Week)EFR & Rescue to DM DormGBP 2129Book Now
8 (Week)Advanced Open Water to DM DormGBP 2519Book Now
8 (Week)Open Water Course to DM DormGBP 2879Book Now
12 (Week)DM DormGBP 1899Book Now
12 (Week)Rescue to DM DormGBP 2389Book Now
12 (Week)Advanced Open Water to DM DormGBP 2879Book Now
12 (Week)Open Water Course To DM DormGBP 3109Book Now

Included

  • Pre departure information
  • PADI open water course
  • PADI advanced open water course
  • PADI rescue diver course
  • PADI Divemaster internship
  • Airport pick up
  • Dive training
  • All books and certificates
  • Rental dive equipment
  • Unlimited diving
  • All accommodation
  • PADI Divemaster crew pack (to keep)
  • Lots of ocean safaris to swim with whale sharks

And a lot of FUN!!

Excluding

  • Meals
  • Annual PADI Divemaster fee
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Dive computer, dive knife and surface marker boy
  • Over Christmas the prices are higher!

We also advise you to buy your own wetsuit, mask and fins, although they are included in the cost of the course on a rental basis, when you do your Divemaster it’s definitely nice to have your own. We also recommend you purchase the dive computer before you travel, check out our Divemaster blog for advice on buying a dive computer and everything you need to know about the courses.

Dates

Start dates are every Monday. Remember over Christmas the prices are higher; if you are planning to join us over the December period ask us for a quote please.

If you want to add on the IDC (PADI Instructor) please contact us for set start date.

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)

 

Dates

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Field Guide Course South Africa 4 Weeks or 1 Year

Xtreme Gap offers courses designed to supply the South Africa safari Industry with high caliber professional Field Guides. But these courses are not only available to people wishing to enter the industry as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African Bush. So whether you have chosen a professional career linked to wildlife or nature or just finished school and are on a gap year, or if you have possibly taken a career break or are a regular traveller to the bush, this course is for you. Including work experience as a real guide!

Xtreme Gap offers courses designed to supply the South Africa safari industry with high caliber professional Field Guides. But these courses are not only available to people wishing to enter the industry as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African Bush. Including work experience as a real guide!

 The South Africa Field Guide Course

“Nothing gets the blood pumping more than approaching a full grown African Lion on foot.”

Xtreme South Africa Experience (7)If you want to experience the real Africa, discovering Africa’s wild places, living out among the wild animals of South Africa’s largest game reserve area then this field guide course is for you. If you are short on time you can opt for 28 day course. However if you want the ultimate sabbatical experience you can even unroll on a one-year course. This includes six months training on game reserves with a six month work placement (unpaid).

One year spent training to be a professional field guide, gets you right in the heart of the African bush and nothing gets you closer to all the wild animals of Africa. As well as the possibility of gaining a professional accreditation (looks amazing on your CV) you will genuinely have the time of your life training in a completely unique environment surrounded by the wild animals in the African bush.

The cost of the course is not cheap, however it is a one-year course all-inclusive (excluding flights) and is a genuinely life changing voyage of self-discovery in an African environment. If one year course is too long or the cost is too high you can also enroll in our 28 day safari guide programme.

Field Guide Course South Africa  Highlights Include:

You will live and walk midst the spectacular wildlife of the African bush for one year – for the first half of the year you will live and learn at our camps and for the remainder of the year you will work at a Safari Lodge as a trainee.

  • Training at all 4 of our camps presents a constantly stimulating environment to learn in you will be exposed to diverse ecological and geological terrains; landscapes; wildlife species; climates and more.
  • Our instructors, having many years of guide training experience and time in the bush, each possess different ways of training and guiding and this will enhance your overall training experience.
  • For parts of the course you will train in our Kruger Camp in the Makuleke concession which is a highlight for all our students. The Makuleke concession is not accessible to ordinary tourist visiting the park. This area is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park and offers varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing, the best birding in all of the Kruger National Park and is filled with folklore of the early explorers and ancient civilizations.

YOU COULD GRADUATE WITH

  • FGASA Field Guide Level 1
  • SASSETA Competency Certificate –  Rifle Proficiency
  • FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling
  • FGASA Trails Guide Back-up
  • Basic and Advanced Birding
  • Tracking (Level 1, 2 or 3)
  • Wilderness Medicine (Level 1 and 2)
  • Navigation and Orientation
  • Guiding experience logged towards FGASA Level 2 practical assessment

Who typically does this course?

The course is open to all, people taking the course do not all wish to work in the industry, some of our customers undertake the course to get a good understanding of the bush and to experience more than your typical Safari holiday, others are gap year travellers wanting to get the most out of their South Africa gap year.

  • Gap Year Takers
  • Career breakers
  • Wild life conservation holiday enthusiasts
  • People with a career in Wildlife and nature

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Itinerary

Important! Our camps are based within the reserves and we run 2 activities per day,  7 days a week. Many others Field guide course providers at other gap year companies, will offer accommodation outside of the big game reserves and then allow for activities only 3 days a week with an off day, test day, lecture day etc. Our camps are un-fenced  so dangerous game will wonder through from time to time and this makes for a far more authentic and Xtreme experience.

Our partners are the  only training provider that offer Field Guide training from within the Kruger National Park. This is something that most guides dream of training inside the Kruger. We have worked hard at securing the most unique locations for our camps  exposure we can confidently tell you, no one else can offer.

The one year course a typical day

Field Guide Course South Africa (20)A typical daily programme at the camp follows a routine of rising early, usually before sunrise, enjoying hot coffee while you listen to the bush waking up and then leaving the camp for an outing into the wilderness.
The outings are extremely flexible and determined by the unpredictability of what is found during the outing in combination with the subjects that have to be covered. The outing could be a game drive following up on the  roar of a lion heard during the night or a walk, learning about the plant species occurring in the area. It could be a walk following fresh elephant tracks, learning how to track the animal and finding it or it could be a game drive to a waterhole where animals come to drink.

Learners return to camp in the late morning for a hearty brunch which is followed by a lecture on the subject of the day. Study and rest time is then followed by afternoon tea and another outing into the wilderness until sunset, if walking, or until well after dark if doing a game drive. Afternoon outings could include night drives looking for nocturnal animals such as owls, bush babies and leopards or it could be a walk looking for and learning how to identify interesting birds. It could be time spent studying the night skies or it could be a time for learners to test their 4×4 driving skills.

It is then back to the camp for dinner, stories around the campfire, discussing the day´s experiences and wondering about tomorrow´s adventures.

The emphasis is on practical day-to-day experiences in the bush. The daily outings are flexible and may focus on specific subjects such as animal tracks and tracking, birds, plant identification or animal behaviour, or may involve game viewing and learning about the ecosystem in general.

Professional Field Guide Course  (FGASA Level, Trails Guide, specialised modules and the Lodge Placement Programme)

Field Guide Course South Africa (13)This comprehensive and unique one year course has been designed to supply the safari industry with high calibre FGASA and THETA qualified professional Field Guides. This course is not only available to people wishing to enter the industry as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African bush.

Comprising this one year course is approximately 6 months of theoretical and practical training with our highly qualified instructors in which you will complete various separate certificate courses which should get you well prepared for the lodge placement period of actual lodge work and nature guiding at lodges with guests which makes up the second half of your course. We will place you at these lodges so that you can work with experienced guides to learn from them and to learn on the job so that at the end of the year´s course, you are not only qualified but also experienced. By this time you will be a prime candidate and should be snapped up immediately by a lodge for a guiding job.

This lodge attachment component will give you the practical experience and enable you to apply the theory you learned in the training at our camps. It also enables you to build up your ‘guiding days’ towards the one year of experience that is required by FGASA to be assessed for your FGASA Level 2 field guiding exams.

Field Guide Course South Africa (2)What qualifications could you graduate with?

  • Field Guide FGASA Level 1 Theory Exam
  • Field Guide FGASA Level 1 Practical Assessment
  • SASSETA Competency Certificate  Rifle
  • Advanced Rifle Handling
  • FGASA Trails Guide Back-Up
  • Birding with Lawson´s Birding Academy
  • Tracking (Level 1, 2 or 3)
  • Wilderness Medicine (Level 1 and 2) – First Aid

A few of the subjects covered on this course:

  • The Introduction to Guiding in the Natural Environment
  • Creating a Guided Nature Experience.
  • Basic Bush and Survival Skills.
  • Geology
  • Basic Ecology
  • Basic Taxonomy
  • Mammals
  • Entomology
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Trans frontier Parks and Biosphere Reserves
  • Historical Human Habitation

In addition to these subjects, you will also be taught the following:

  • Introduction to Eco Tourism
  • Planning of Game Drives and Walks
  • Dealing with Guests
  • Tracks and Tracking.
  • Approaching Dangerous Game Animals
  • The Game Drive Vehicle
  • Off-Road and 4×4 Driving
  • Night Drives

Lodge Experience:

Field Guide Course South Africa (6)As part of your year training, we will place you at a lodge in Southern Africa for a period of approximately 6 months. During your lodge placement you will be expected to carry out a wide variety of duties which may or may not include the following:

  • General Guiding Duties (can logged towards FGASA level 2 practical assessment)
  • Assisting in the bar, serving drinks, undertaking stock takes
  • Assist with meeting guest/s at meeting point/airport, carrying their luggage
  • Housekeeping
  • Maintenance
  • Reception duties
  • Food & Beverage duties

Certification and Accreditation

Field Guide Course South Africa (21)Our partners are a FGASA endorsed training provider who is accredited by THETA. This means our courses adhere to THETA standards. THETA is the Tourism and Hospitality and Sport Education Training Authority of the South African government. These are the two bodies responsible for regulating standards within the guide training industry in southern Africa.   For this course only, we will assist you by registering you for FGASA, THETA and eventually DEAT. Additional info on website

SASSETA  (Sector Education and Training Authority) – Due to the legal and professional requirements of being a Field Guide, there are certain steps that any student wishing to do firearms training is required to do. Additional info on website

PDP Public Drivers Permit  most lodges require that students have a PDP as this allows them to transport groups of people in a company vehicle. For this, students need to be 21 years or older. Additional info on website

DEAT  Department of Education and Tourism. We will assist with registering you for FGASA and once you have your Level 1, FGASA will automatically register you with THETA.   We will assist with your DEAT registration if you are 21 years or older.

Day to Day itinerary

Please find below a day to day itinerary, this is for the course starting in January, but it will be approximately the same for the other start dates.

Transfer from Emerald Backpackers to Nelspruit – time in Nelspruit, 3 days

  • FGASA Registration – Level 1
  • FGASA Registration – Trails Guide
  • SASSETA Firearm Competency Registration & Training
  • Course Questionnaire
  • DEAT registration
  • Accommodation in Nelspruit 2 Nights at Old Vic Travellers Inn

Transfer to Selati  – time in Selati, 30 days.

  • FGASA Field Guide Level 1 training, telemetry and 4WD no exams

Transfer to Karongwe – time in Karongwe, 57 days

  • FGASA Field Guide Level 1 additional training, 25 days
  • Basic Birding course – 7 days

OFF TIME 6 days   (make own travel arrangements)
(Please note off time travel & accommodation needs to be budgeted for and arranged by yourself. Please consider this in your financial planning.)

  • Animal Tracks and Tracking Course – 7 days
  • Navigation and Orientation – 7 days
  • Wilderness Medicine level One and Two  – 4 days
  • Karongwe, FGASA Level 1 Exam and Assessments – 7 days

OFF TIME 6 days   (make own travel arrangements)
(Please note off time travel & accommodation needs to be budgeted for and arranged by yourself. Please consider this in your financial planning.)

Transfer to Mashatu – time in Mashutu, 7 Days

  • Rifle Handling and Safety training

Transfer to Makuleke  – time in Mayu Makuleke, 49 days

  • Trails Guide course (FGASA exam and assessment) and Advanced Rifle Handling – 28 days

OFF TIME 6 days    (make own travel arrangements)
(Please note off time travel & accommodation needs to be budgeted for and arranged by yourself. Please consider this in your financial planning.)

  • Advanced Birding – 7 days
  • Consolidation – 5 days
  • Graduation – 3 days

(Each Student is allowed 2 guests for the Ceremony at an additional cost for the guests which will take place on the last two days of the course )

Final Day – Bush Bus Transfer from Makuleke to Emerald Backpackers

Frequently Asked Questions

These courses are not only available to people wishing to enter the industry as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African Bush. So whether you have chosen a professional career linked to wildlife or nature or just finished school and are on a gap year, or if you have possibly taken a career break or are a regular traveller to the bush, this course is for you.
With our Field Guide Courses being endorsed by FGASA who have THETA accreditation, this means we meet THETA standards. THETA is the Tourism and Hospitality and Sport Education Training Authority of the South African government. These are the two bodies responsible for regulating standards within the guide training industry in southern Africa.
International or Non-South African Learners: If the learners is not taking up Field Guiding for a career which is mostly the case for our international learners, then he or she does not have to complete the FGASA component on the course. The learner however still has the opportunity to write the tests and practical evaluations and obtain a certificate..
There are four different camps. There is more information in the “Accommodation” section.

  • Kruger Park Makuleke
  • Karongwe Game Reserve
  • Selati Game Reserve
  • Mashatu Game Reserve

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  • Field Guide FGASA Level 1 Theory Exam
  • Field Guide FGASA Level 1 Practical Assessment
  • SASSETA Competency Certificate  Rifle
  • Advanced Rifle Handling
  • FGASA Trails Guide Back-Up
  • Birding with Lawson´s Birding Academy
  • Tracking (Level 1, 2 or 3)
  • Wilderness Medicine (Level 1 and 2) – First Aid

 

Normally you have about 5 to 6 Months lodge placement in your 1 year Field Guide course. The lodge placement starts after the trails guide qualification (after about 5 months of training). You come back to the camps after the lodge placement section to do an advance Birding and revision. You essentially use the lodge placement to work on your level 2 theory knowledge and to sharpen Birding knowledge prior to the advanced course.
The revision section enables you to rewrite sections that you may have failed during the year or to enable you to get assessed for sections you didn’t make previously.
It´s very difficult to estimate your expenditure during off time as it relates to your activities and travel. You might want to relax as the first free time you have is after 2 months!

The guys normally go to each others homes or travel together (I noticed this from experience trying to arrange activities for them). They take it easy during these times as our courses are full time, no other time off even during weekends the course runs 24/7 until off times.

So we don´t think you spend much over these periods, if you travel you tend to travel together (SA students normally use their own vehicles and club together) Or some stay at backpackers at low cost.   Don´t think you need more than R500 per day (about 40 gbp) (meals included, mostly they stay with SA families)!

Accommodation

Throughout the field guide course you will stay in tents, one camp has more luxury accommodation than another, but always clean running water and comfy beds! However don’t expect all the mod cons, electricity is only run with a generator occasionally so bring a good supply of batteries. the camp is open so animals can wander into the camp especially at night. There is a laundry service too.

The Training Camps

Located between the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern sector of Kruger National Park is the Pafuri region, an area spanning 24,000 hectares (59305 acres). Within the Pafuri area is the Makuleke Concession, the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and the most diverse and scenically attractive area in all of Kruger National Park. This area is off limits to your normal Kruger park tourist. The area belongs to the Makuleke community. This is quite a historical event for South Africa as the Makuleke people were removed from this area in 1968 and after a lengthy process it was finally re-instated to the community in 1998 after a very long struggle.

This area is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park and offers varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing, the best birding in all of the Kruger National Park and is filled with folklore of the early explorers and ancient civilizations.

Accommodation:  Students are accommodated in comfortable thatched, tented rooms placed on wooden decks in the shade of large nyala trees. Each room has an en-suite bathroom consisting of a shower and washbasin with hot running water and a flush toilet and also has a veranda overlooking the surrounding bush.   The camp itself is not fenced which means that animals do move through the camp from time to time.

The central communal area: This area consists of a thatch-roofed open sided deck where all meals, lectures and studying takes place. A clearing for evening camp fires creates an idyllic setting for social and leisure time.

Electricity:   There is no electricity at the camp  paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge batteries. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night. The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment. Learners are allowed to utilise it when it is running for camp purposes and need to understand that it is used at own risk.
Water: Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.

Our Selati Camp is situated on the banks of the Selati River in the 33 000 hectare (81545 acres) Selati Game Reserve to the west of the Kruger National Park.
Selati Game Reserve is a large undeveloped reserve with diverse topography and biodiversity. We are very fortunate to traverse over this vast area of wilderness during our courses. In the east there are large granite koppies (hills), where Black eagles and Klipspringers can be found. The dominant vegetation types are Combretum and Mopane woodland. This habitat is well suited to the large elephant and giraffe population
found there. The reserve is dissected by the Selati River which dries up in winter into large rocky pools of water. These pools are good places to view concentrations of birds and animals such as Nyala and Rhino.

There is a lot of space to conduct walks and get a true sense of wilderness. Special species occurring here include Sable Antelope and Eland. We are also able to visit the Sable breeding programme run by the management of the reserve.

Accommodation:  The camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with 2 mattresses with pillows (2 learners per tent).   There are shared bathroom facilities and a central communal area overlooking the Selati River.The central communal area: This area consists of a thatch-roofed open sided deck where all meals, lectures and studying takes place. A clearing for evening camp fires creates an idyllic setting for social and leisure time.

Electricity: There is no electricity at the camp  paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge camera batteries and cell phones for emergency use.

Our Mashatu Camp is located in the land of Giants in the Tuli reserve of Botswana bordering South Africa. Tuli forms a key part of the proposed Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with majestic rocks, diverse vegetation, abundant wildlife, a profusion of birds and a rich archaeological heritage.

Beside elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena, general game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and a variety of antelope, and nocturnal species like springhares, bat eared fox, civet cat, genet cat, honey badger and mongoose, are prevalent throughout the reserve. The bird life is prolific with Mashatu Game Reserve recording over 366 different species. The 4-wheel drive safari vehicles enable the student to leave the road and provide guests with up close game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights bring the bush to life.

Accommodation:  The camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with 2 mattresses with pillows (2 learners per tent). There are shared bathroom facilities and a central communal area overlooking the dry river bed.here is no electricity at the camp  paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge batteries. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night.

The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment.Water: Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.

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

Included

  • Travel Advice prior to departure
  • Training by experienced field guides and instructors
  • Accommodation for one year
  • Transfers between the camps
  • All Meals
  • Game Drive
  • Walks and other activities like sleep outs etc.
  • Laundry
  • Certificates and registrations
  • SASSETA Competency Certification
  • 3 sets of uniforms
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Entry to Kruger park

75% is the success rate on succeeding the course

Excluded

  • All Flights
  • Extra Drinks (like beers, ciders and bottled water)
  • Costs for visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation before or after the course

Dates

Please get in contact to check availability.

2020:

1-Year Professional Field Guide:

3 August 2019-14 July 2020
1 September 2019-23 August 2020
1 October 2019-13 September 2020 – Sold Out!

2020 Start Dates:

28-day Trail Guide course (FGASA-accredited):

02 June – 29 June 2020 (Mashatu Camp)
14 July – 10 August 2020 (Makuleke Camp)
06 August – 02 September 2020 (Selati Camp)

1-Year Professional Field Guide:

04 January – 17 December 2020
01 February – 23 December 2020
01 August 2020 – 18 July 2021
01 September 2020 – 15 August 2021
01 October 2020 – 19 September 2021

“It was just immense!”
Henry Thomas
“On patrol one morning we were walking through dense bull reeds in a dry river bed, it was so exciting we just did not know what could be in front of us. We emerged into a clearing to see a full grow Bull Elephant in musk! He let out this huge sound and took off in the other direction. My heart was beating so loud it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life!”
Olivia Wilkinson

Learn To Dive In Koh Tao

Learn to dive in Koh Tao on your gap year! Getting your PADI qualifications in Thailand is one of the must do activities when you go backpacking in Asia or as part of a round the world trip. Koh Tao is famous for diving, low prices and great experiences, and maybe even meet the Whale shark, the biggest and most amazing fish in the sea! Come join us and have a great time on Koh Tao.


Learn to dive in Koh Tao on your gap year! Getting your diving qualifications in Thailand is one of the must do activities when you go backpacking in Asia or as part of a round the world trip. Koh Tao is famous for diving, low prices and great experiences, and maybe even meet the Whale shark, the biggest and most amazing fish in the sea! Come join us and have a great time on Koh Tao.

 Learn To Dive In Koh Tao

Koh Tao is one of the most popular diving destinations in South East Asia, and the Xtreme Gap Year dive school is one of the most popular and top-rated dive schools on the island!  Young, funky and fresh, our dive shop is co – owned by one of the directors of Xtreme Gap Year, needless to say we make it fun and exciting as possible to get your open water certification.

No where else in the world certifies as many diver as in Koh Tao, this makes it one of the best places in the world, but not all dive schools in the same come get your qualifications with us and you are guaranteed to have an amazing time doing it.

Learn to Dive in Koh Tao Highlights

There are some really good reasons you should consider your dive training here:

  • Very high standards of instruction due to the fact the scuba instructors are constantly training people and keeping their skills fresh
  • Koh Tao is one of the best value places to learn to dive in the world
  • Our dive school is consistently rated as one of the best on trip advisor.
  • There is a great young atmosphere on the Island, where diving is the main activity for visitors
  • Your certificate is for life, and you can dive anywhere in the world!
  • We include your accommodation at a luxury resort with pool, minutes away from the beach!
  • There is plenty to see under the water! With dive sites like Chumporn pinnacle and South West being some of the nicer dive sites in Thailand
  • Check the video below for an idea about what doing your open water course involves

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The Following SSI Courses Are Available

Open Water (OW)

When completing your open water course on Koh Tao, you can expect the open water course diving course to last between 3 4 days. The time scale usually depends on how quick you and your group take to using the equipment. The first couple of days on the open water diving course will be spent in the class room and the swimming pool. This is after a short 8 length swim test: it is a requirement that you can swim this as a minimum before undertaking your open water scuba diving course in Koh Tao. You will learn about the safety aspects, about the equipment used and the physics of diving, all under the watchful eyes of your scuba diving instructor and an assistant Divemaster.

After the classroom and pool modules are completed and you have demonstrated that you are able to complete various open water diving course skills correctly (such as recovering a regulator, clearing your mask and others) you will be ready to continue your open water diving course in the sea!

The open water diving course consists of 4 scuba dives, during these dives you will practice skills learnt in the pool and get used to the underwater environment, whilst diving with incredible fish in a beautiful underwater setting.

To pass the open water Scuba Diving course, you must complete an exam at the end of the course, this is not hard to pass, but you must study, or risk failure!

Advanced Open Water

dive training thailandThe SSI Advanced Open Water Certification is a natural progression once completing the SSI Open Water Course. This course is scheduled over 2 days and consists of 5 Adventure dives from the list below (2 of which must be Deep and Navigation) On completion of this exciting course you will be awarded with the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, which allows you to dive down to a depth of 30 metres.

The real beauty of the advanced course is that it enables you to dive deeper to 30 metres enabling you to see more species and get more from your dives. It also improves your confidence and builds on the fundamentals. If you plan to dive as a continuing hobby, then the advanced course is highly recommended.

The deep dive will be conducted at Chumporn or South west pinnacle, 2 of Koh Tao´s best dive sites. In order to get the best experience of these 2 sites you must be an advanced open water diver. This enables you to get down to the bottom and dive with grey reef sharks and large groupers. Very occasionally a large whale shark my stop by!

Rescue and EFR

dg2When completing your Advanced open water course on Koh Tao, you can complete your Rescue diver course. The rescue diver course to lasts about 2 days. You also need to complete your EFR (emergency first response) course during this time. Challenging  and rewarding best describe the SSI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you´ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. If you are serious about your diving, take this course and have confidence leading dives.

On the SSI Rescue diver course, you are trained how to look out for the danger signs of distressed divers. The rescue diver course also teaches you how to rescue distressed divers, search for missing divers using specific search patterns. Should the worst situation become a reality, on the rescue diver course in Koh Tao, you are taught how to safely recover an unconscious diver from the sea bed, and administer first aid both in and out of the water, this includes giving mouth to mouth resuscitation in the water.

The rescue diver course is a pre requisite for the SSI Divemaster course, however even those not considering going professional, should consider this course, especially if they are intending on diving as an on going hobby. Koh Tao is a great place to do you rescue diver course, with a tropical paradise island full of divers, you will meet like minded people making the learning experience great fun.

If you can already dive we have some other great options for you.

Fun dive pack, only from level Advanced Open Water

divemaster thailand trainingNot taking your Koh Tao Divemaster course but want to become a fully competent diver logging lots of fun dives and gaining lots of under water experience? With Koh Tao´s massive range of dive sites you can be kept busy and excited for months!

Diving all over the world can be expensive, especially if you are on a round the world ticket heading to Australia. With the ultimate Koh Tao diving package you can enjoy more diving for less cost whilst spending your time on Koh Tao.

The Ultimate Koh Tao fun diving package allows you to book by the week inclusive of accommodation and 10 fun dives, Ideal if you are pressed for time or want to maximise your Koh Tao Diving holiday experience.

With the ultimate Koh Tao fun diving package holiday, you can take your fun dives in the morning or afternoon or when available at night to fit in with your own plans. We aim to take the hassle out of turning up on Koh Tao for your diving holiday.

If you have never dived before you might only want to do your open water course (OW) which is the basic course enabling you to dive to 18 metres, personally i would do the Advanced open water as well (AOW), because then you can dive to 30 metres and you are not so limited as to dive sites when you dive else where as well. Bear in mind also that the advanced course has 5 dives included so for a little bit more you get many more dives and a higher level of qualification.

SSI Open Water Course (OW)

This will run for approximately 2.5 days. This includes pool sessions, 4 dives in the sea and practical and theory instruction. The open water certifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres and is the initial plunge into the scuba diving world.

SSI Advanced Open Water (AOW)

This is a continuation of the Open water and includes 5 dives with specialities-  covering deep dives  (30 metres max) and the theory behind some of the issues you encounter when diving deeper. You also do and navigation as well learning how to use a compass underwater.  There is plenty to know about decompression, and the practical dives are more focused on gaining dive experience rather than the basics of learning how to dive. it is not all study though, the advanced course has much less theory and just builds on what you have learned in the open water, enabling you to properly enjoy your dives.

Rescue

If you really go for it you can complete your rescue diver course after the AOW, this would mean staying an extra week. The rescue course teaches you how to save distressed divers and greatly expands on diving safety. It also includes an EFR course (emergency first response) which is a first aid course applicable outside of diving as well.

Can you book your open water course out there?

Yes, you could, there are plenty of dive shops in Koh Tao, but the advantages of booking before you travel to Thailand seriously outweighs booking in Thailand.

Koh Tao is becoming increasingly popular, so finding decent accommodation can be difficult at certain times of the year. Once you book with us you are guaranteed a place at our beautiful Koh Tao resort.

We will also send you out all your predeparture information including SSI medical forms before you travel, so you know if you are fit an able to do the course before heading to Koh Tao.

We will also provide you with detailed transfer instructions, or for a small fee can arrange your transfer from Bangkok to the island.

Not all dive schools are the same either, we work with one of the top schools on the Island, and the founders of Xtreme Gap have spent over a year collectively living on Koh Tao, so we know the island like a local and we are on hand to give you all the advice and guidance you need pre and post departure.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

For Only £129 we can add on a Koh Tao Transfer and night in a luxury hotel in Bangkok. We advise you prebook this service to avoid problems with busses and boats being fully booked to the islands.
  • If you want to learn to scuba dive to a basic level with a maximum depth of 18 metres then the open water (OW) course is for you. After you learn to scuba dive with this certification you can dive anywhere in the world.
  • If you want to learn to scuba dive to an advanced level the advanced open water (AOW) will qualify you to 30 metres. You will learn about diving to deeper depths and also gain more experience in the water.
  • If you want to learn to scuba dive to a professional level then take a divemaster course, and as a pre requisite you will need your rescue diver qualification.

This all depends on where you want to learn to Scuba dive. If you wanted to learn to scuba dive in the UK for instance, then it will cost a lot more than learning to scuba dive in Thailand. Xtreme Gap has partnered with one of South East Asia ´s top diving schools offering some of the best value scuba diving courses available. Taking into account accommodation is included then learning in Thailand becomes a very attractive option. For a full price list and scuba diving options click here: Scuba diving in Thailand.

If you already have scuba diving qualifications, but you are a little rusty then you need to complete a scuba review. This takes a couple of hours and costs £30. This can be arranged locally.

Learning to dive is relatively easy and you do not even have to be that fit to learn to dive. Healthy yes, but athletic, no. If you have any medical conditions that might conflict with diving you can research them here
SSI certifications follow a very efficient and easy learning process, yes you need to study, but you do not have to be a genius to pass your exams. People only fail when they do not study the learning modules at all. But considering if you enrolled on the course, this would indicate that you actually want to learn to scuba dive, and furthermore as you are learning about safety aspects related to diving, that should be incentive enough to hit the books.
This depends on the level you want to learn to scuba dive. An open water course takes on average 3 or 4 days, advanced 2 days. If you are in a hurry you can get to rescue qualified in a week. Your Divemaster course is a different matter. In theory, it only takes 60 dives, however you probably want to make the most of the course. Taking your time is as beneficial as it is fun. The more diving experience you gain on your course the better skilled you become. For this reason the Xtreme Gap divemaster course is a full 12 weeks of pure diving mixed with living on a tropical island: pure bliss.

Surprisingly you do not have to be a very strong swimmer to learn to scuba dive, you do however have to be able to complete 8 lengths, (200metres). Remember when learning to dive you will be trained how to use a BCD (buoyancy control device) and also you will wear fins making movement through the water very easy.

Well lets face it under water there is an abundance of marine life, if you would rather eat fish than be surrounded by them, perhaps ti s best that you do not learn to scuba dive! Some people are worried about sharks. They get a bad press, most species are completely harmless and you are fortunate to see them as they are very nervous around divers. More over shark attacks are so rare you are far more likely to have an accident out of the water. If you learn to Scuba dive you can spend some time in the water with them and get to understand them a little. If you really want to know more, consider completing our great white shark speciality scuba diving course in South Africa with Shark man Mike Rutzen or consider some of our shark speciality courses in South Africa.
A career in Scuba diving is extremely exciting, more over it is lifestyle choice. You will need a minimum of 6 months between your first certification (the first time you learned to scuba dive) and completing your IDC. More information can be found on our Scuba diving instructor course page

How do you really know that you want to learn to scuba dive without actually having experienced it? When you learn to scuba dive you will see several distinct benefits. You will learn a new skill, experience a totally new environment, and learn about the marine life and ecology of the oceans. If you learn to Scuba dive you will be engaging in a social activity enabling you to meet new friends and share experiences with like minded people. You will experience moments of wonder and discover a totally different world. When you learn to scuba dive your fitness will improve, as scuba diving gives you a good cardiovascular work out. Some people want to learn to scuba dive as out of sheer curiosity, not all become return divers, but for many their decision to learn to scuba dive opens up a life long hobby that becomes their passion for years.

Taking a Gap Year Diving Course is a wonderful way to spend some or all of your gap year. On a gap year diving course, you will learn new skills, be in a social environment, and as you would expect from a gap year diving course, learn to scuba dive!

Learning to dive in Thailand will mean that you will live in an incredible environment, rich with culture, gorgeous weather, tanned good looking people all out having an amazing time. Our gap year diving courses are based in Koh Tao, one of the worlds top diving course locations. Xtreme gap have partnered with one of the regions leading dive schools to bring you extremely professionally delivered gap year diving courses, the school is a SSI 5 star resort, operating 2 dive boats, meaning that on your gap year diving course the training will be the best, and that you will always be able to go diving anytime you choose.

During a gap year you have the perfect opportunity to take your diving to Divemaster level. This is because you have lots of spare time on your hands and the Divemaster course is the perfect solution to filling lazy days living on a tropical island. Unlimited diving whilst living the life. Perfect.

If you did not want to go to that level, but you are interested in a taking a shorter gap year diving course, then you have several options.

Firstly you can complete the basic gap year diving course: your SSI open water course. This qualifies you to dive to 18 metres. This is enough to see the beautiful tropical reefs surrounding Koh Tao (or any where else in the world for that matter).

If you really want to experience Scuba diving proper, you would best to complete the second gap year diving course:

The SSI advanced open water course.

This gap year diving course qualifies you to 30 metres, a lot deeper where different fish species can be found. Take it from us, it is very frustrating seeing a beautiful Whale Shark sink below your open water depth limits and you are unable to follow it. For more detail on this gap year diving course option please click here: SSI Advanced Open Water Course.

To take full advantage of the Divemaster course and the unlimited diving included with the gap year Divemaster program, you first have to complete the third Gap year diving course: SSI Rescue diver. This is the next stage from Advanced. This Gap Year Diving Course teaches you more about safety aspects of diving, looking out for others, search and rescue and if necessary recover y of divers and dealing with and aiding distressed divers. For more information on this gap year diving course follow this link: SSI rescue diver course

The best gap year diving course we believe is the Divemaster course, we rate this highly due to the level of experience you gain underwater, the leadership skills you gain and the far more in depth learning about the physics and consequently safety aspects of diving. You can read more about this gap year diving course on the Divemaster page.

Another fantastic gap year diving course is the underwater videographer course. You need to be a fairly competent diver for this, but the experience is second to none. Being an underwater videographer, not only allows you to earn money on your gap year, it allows you to have an incredible lifestyle, making movies of divers and marine life and selling your movies to customers at dive schools. There are not many gap year diving courses that allow you to earn on your gap year!

If you really want to extend your diving further, you can go technical, this is really hardcore but worth it for those brave enough!

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.

Duration Option Price  
3 (Days)Open Water Course OnlyGBP 379Book Now
7 (Days)OW & AOW & One Week AccommodationGBP 789Book Now
7 (Days)AOW & One Week AccommodationGBP 420Book Now
7 (Days)Fun dive pack 10 dives (only for qualified divers)GBP 539Book Now
7 (Days)Rescue & One Week AccommodationGBP 599Book Now
20 (Days)Xtreme Diver OW to Rescue with Deep Wreck & Nitrox | Private Standard Fan Room GBP 1799Book Now

Included

All diving course include the following:

  • Pre departure information
  • Advice regarding transport to Koh Tao
  • Taxi pick up from the pier on Koh Tao, and transfer to accommodation
  • Welcome dinner and island introduction
  • Dive equipment for rent
  • Instruction from SSI registered dive instructors
  • Dive manuals and books
  • Accommodation at great resort at the dive school
  • Certification cards

Excluded

  • SSI Medical Fee (approx £11)
  • Flights
  • Visa (30 day visa up on arrival)
  • Insurance
  • Meals and Drinks
  • Transfer to and from Koh Tao (Can be arranged in upgrades for £129)

Dates

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Safari Guide Training 28 Days South Africa

If you want to get under the skin of the African jungle, and really find out what it’s like to live in the South African bush surrounded by all the wild animals nature, whilst living in an unfenced camp in the Kruger National Park then this is for you. 100% pure adventure and one unforgettable month.

If you wish to experience an African Bush holiday while learning about the wildlife and environment, this might be perfect for you. During the 28 day Safari Guide training course you get under the skin of the African jungle, and really find out what it’s like to live in the South African bush surrounded by all the wild animals nature. You will be living in an unfenced camp in a huge National Park. 100% pure adventure and one unforgettable month.

Ready For The Ultimate African Wildlife Experience?

This is pure Africa in its rawest form, and a well-known  28 day  Safari Guide training course  aimed at those wishing to experience a bush holiday in South Africa, whilst also learning about the environment they are in it is for those that are passionate about nature, who would like a more in-depth experience and understanding of it. The knowledge you gain on this course, will take your safaris and bush holidays to the next level and give them a whole new meaning.

This is not people aiming to become a professional field guide, (something that can be done on our one-year course) but it is perfect if you have a month and you want to devote it to doing something completely different, and learning all about the skills needed to survive in the African bush, learning about the ecosystems, wildlife and unique and exciting African environment.

28 days of living and learning in nature at our wilderness camps provides you with the practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment. Upon completion of the course, you will be capable of conducting game drives and interpreting the natural environment around you. Our Field Guide training course consists of walks; one or two-daily lectures in our bush classrooms; game drives, as well as sleep-outs in the bush. Every minute of the day and night on this course is a learning experience, being constantly exposed to the bush. Our highly experienced instructors provide unique access to their vast knowledge and insight, making every lecture an inspiring experience.

Highlights of this course Include:

  • Gaining a deep understanding of the African Eco system
  • Living in a the great Kruger Game Reserve
  • Countless animal encounters
  • Experience the wild nature of Africa

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Daily itinerary

A typical daily programme at the camp follows a routine of rising early, usually before sunrise, enjoying hot coffee while you listen to the bush waking up and then leaving the camp for an outing into the wilderness. The outings are extremely flexible and determined by the unpredictability of what is found during the outing in combination with the subjects that have to be covered. The outing could be a game drive following up on the roar of a lion heard during the night or a walk, learning about the plant species occurring in the area. It could be a walk following fresh elephant tracks, learning how to track the animal and finding it or it could be a game drive to a waterhole where animals come to drink. Learners return to camp in the late morning for a hearty brunch which is followed by a lecture on the subject of the day.

Study and rest time is then followed by afternoon tea and another outing into the wilderness until  sunset, if walking, or until well after dark if doing a game drive. Afternoon outings could include night drives looking for nocturnal animals such as owls, bush babies and leopards or it could be a walk looking for and learning how to identify interesting birds. It could be time spent studying the night skies or it could be a time for learners to test their 4×4 driving skills. It is then back to the camp for dinner, stories around the campfire, discussing the day´s experiences and  wondering about tomorrow´s adventures. The emphasis is on practical day-to-day experiences in the bush. The daily outings are flexible and may focus on specific subjects such as animal tracks and tracking, birds, plant identification or animal behaviour, or may involve game viewing and learning about the ecosystem in general.

Welcome and Introduction
The game drive vehicle
Ecotourism and Guiding
Spotlighting
Field guiding as a profession
Basic 4×4 driving
Attributes, skills and duties of a field guide
Planning of game drives and walks
Bush navigation and orientation
Radio procedures
Ecology
Reptiles
Geology
Amphibians
Soils
Sensitivity
Weather
Anticipating animal behaviour
Plant communities
Career opportunities
Plant identification and uses
Identification and ecology of invertebrates
Grasses
Bush habitat management principles
Presentation skills
Creating photographic opportunities for guests
Animal tracks and tracking
Communication and facilitation skills
Bird identification and behaviour
Dealing with guests
Animal behaviour
Sustainable development and the wise use of natural resources
Approaching dangerous game
Ecotourism and local communities
Setting up a bush camp
Taxonomy
Sleep out in the bush
Working in the industry
Bush skills and survival
Testing and evaluations
Dangerous game / Basic rifle handling
Using binoculars

At the end of this course, you will be awarded a participation certificate.

Camp Locations

The course is run in 3 different locations you can choose which location  you prefer based on availability and start dates. Check dates tab on this programne page or email us your preferred start date.

Karongwe Camp is on the banks of the Karongwe River (mostly a dry river bed) in the 9 000 hectare (22 239 acre) Karongwe Game Reserve, which is to the south-west of the Kruger National Park. Through Karongwe Game Reserve flow three rivers which are tributaries of the Olifants River, carving their way through the bedrock and dividing the reserve. The vegetation of the reserve falls within the Savannah Biome of southern Africa with distinct vegetation zones being represented mixed Lowveld and Mopane bushveld along with grass savannah, riverine vegetation and rocky outcrops.

Karongwe has the following habitats: undulating hills and valleys and broad-leafed woodland. We are allowed traversing over most of the reserve, except for one small section in the northern part of the reserve. This is not a restriction at all as it´s quite a small section of the reserve.

Temperatures at the camp: Our summers are warm to hot, with temperatures ranging from mid 20 °C (68 °F) on the cooler cloud-covered rainy days, to the high 30 °C (86 °F) on average days. Occasional hot day´s temperatures exceed 40 °C (104 °F). Winters are usually dry, with the average morning temperature of 6 °C (43 °F), with occasional cooler morning temperatures, and warmer mornings when there is cloud cover. Afternoon temperatures average in the mid 20s °C (68 °F), with ranges of 18 °C (65 °F) to 32 °C (89 °F) expected. Occasional winter showers prevail, but are unusual. Rain in the summer takes the form of heavy thunder-showers, or frontal rainfall over a longer period of time.

Animals found in the Karongwe Game Reserve: Karongwe is a good place for viewing leopard, lion and cheetah as well as elephant and white rhino. As the camp itself is unfenced, we often have four-legged guests in the camp. Hyena makes nightly patrols of the camp and elephant, cheetah and lion have also made appearances in camp on occasion. There is abundant wildlife with over 60 different mammal species including lion, leopard, elephant, white rhino and cheetah.

The Camp

Accommodation: The camp consists of 10 walk-in style Meru tents, with twin beds (students share tents) where we provide the bedding, shared ablution facilities and a central communal area. We can accommodate a maximum of 20 students. We do have mosquito nets in camp. There are viewing decks in the central area of the camp, and many students choose to make the viewing decks their “bedroom” for part of or for the full duration of the course. The camp itself is unfenced.

The central communal area: This area is made up of 4 tall thatch-roofed open-sided decks which forms a square that encloses an open campfire area. One of the deck structures serves as the open air dining area, lecture room and study area. Two decks remain open to welcome the adventurous who want to spend their nights as close to nature as possible, while the last deck is home to Rob, your head instructor.

Electricity: There is no electricity at the camp paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge camera batteries and cell phones for emergency use. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night. The kitchen is equipped with gas fridges for storage of all perishable food items, thus unfortunately there´s no space for personal items (drinks, water or other) of students.

The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment. Learners are allowed to utilise it when it is running for camp purposes and need to understand that it is used at own risk.

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (beers & ciders) are sold from the camp and can only be paid for with cash. There are no credit/debit card or cheque facilities. Cordial fruit juices, tea and coffee is provided.
  • Water: Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.
  • Laundry: A laundry service is provided by the camp cleaning person and costs R25 per week for 2011.
  • Game viewing vehicles: The game viewing vehicles are open Land Rover TDI´s

The Concession

Our Mashatu Camp is located in the land of Giants in the Tuli reserve of Botswana bordering South Africa. Tuli forms a key part of the proposed Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with majestic rocks, diverse vegetation, abundant wildlife, a profusion of birds and a rich archaeological heritage.

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve, on the confluence of the Limpopo and the Shashe rivers, in the easternmost corner of Botswana, is the collective name for several privately-owned game reserves including the Mashatu, Ntani and Tuli Game Reserves, covering all the land north of the Limpopo River.

Temperatures at the camp: Mashatu camp can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius in summer time, while going down to temperatures of 8 degrees during wintertime. Temperatures remain quite high during day time in Botswana, never really going below 22 degrees, while reaching 39 degrees regularly in summertime.

The climate over most of Southern Africa is temperate. Hot, dry conditions are usually encountered in the Tuli region. Heavy summer thunderstorms of short duration in the late afternoon and evening may be experienced. Rainfall occurs mostly during the summer months (October – March).

Animals found in the Mashatu Reserve:

Beside elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena, general game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and a variety of antelope, and nocturnal species like springhares, bat eared fox, civet cat, genet cat, honey badger and mongoose, are prevalent throughout the reserve. The bird life is prolific with Mashatu Game Reserve recording over 366 different species. The 4-wheel drive safari vehicles enable the student to leave the road and provide guests with up close game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights bring the bush to life.

The Camp

Accommodation: The camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with 2 mattresses with pillows (2 learners per tent). There are shared bathroom facilities and a central communal area overlooking the dry river bed. Learners bring their own bedding. There are no mosquito nets at Mashatu.

Electricity: There is no electricity at the camp paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge batteries. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night.

The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment. Learners are allowed to utilise it when it is running for camp purposes and need to understand that it is used at own risk.

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (beers & ciders): These are sold from the camp and can only be paid for with cash. There are no credit/debit card or cheque facilities. Cordial fruit juices, tea and coffee are provided.
  • Water: Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.
  • Laundry: A laundry service is provided by the camp cleaning person and costs R25 per week for 2011.
  • Game viewing vehicles: The game viewing vehicle is an open Land Cruiser

The Location

Our Selati Camp is situated on the banks of the Selati River in the 33 000 hectare (81545 acres) Selati Game Reserve to the west of the Kruger National Park.

Selati Game Reserve is a large undeveloped reserve with diverse topography and biodiversity. We are very fortunate to traverse over this vast area of wilderness during our courses. In the east there are large granite koppies (hills), where Black eagles and Klipspringers can be found. The dominant vegetation types are Combretum and Mopane woodland. This habitat is well suited to the large elephant and giraffe population found there. The reserve is dissected by the Selati River which dries up in winter into large rocky pools of water. These pools are good places to view concentrations of birds and animals such as Nyala and Rhino. There is a lot of space to conduct walks and get a true sense of wilderness. Special species occurring here include Sable Antelope and Eland. We are also able to visit the Sable breeding programme run by the management of the reserve.

Temperatures at the camp

Summer temperatures average from about 35-37 °C (97 °F) during the day, dropping to mid 20 °C (68 °F) at night. Winter temperatures drops to about 4 °C at night (our lowest was 1.5 °C (34.7 °F) here and averages between 18 -25 °C (64 – 77 °F) during the day. Occasional winter showers prevail, but are unusual. Rain in the summer takes the form of heavy thunder-showers, or frontal rainfall over a longer period of time.

Animals found in the Selati Game Reserve

A wide range of animals lives here, including lions, elephants, rhinoceros and leopard. Plains game such as eland, sable antelope, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu, impala, baboons and monkeys can also be seen. Selati is a good place for viewing lion, white rhino and elephant. General game is plentiful and you might even get to see the large herd of eland, as well as the rare sable antelope.

The Camp

Accommodation: The camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with 2 mattresses with pillows (2 learners per tent). There are shared bathroom facilities and a central communal area overlooking the Selati River. Learners bring their own bedding. There are no mosquito nets at Selati

The central communal area: This area consists of a thatch-roofed open sided deck where all meals, lectures and studying takes place. A clearing for evening camp fires creates an idyllic setting for social and leisure time.

Electricity: There is no electricity at the camp paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge camera batteries and cell phones for emergency use. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night. The kitchen is equipped with gas fridges for storage of all perishable food items, thus unfortunately there´s no space for personal items (drinks, water or other) of students.

The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment. Learners are allowed to utilise it when it is running for camp purposes and need to understand that it is used at own risk.

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (beers & ciders): This is sold from the camp and can only be paid for with cash. There are no credit/debit card or cheque facilities. Cordial fruit juices, tea and coffee are provided.
  • Water: Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.
  • Laundry: A laundry service is provided by the camp cleaning person and costs R25 per week for 2011.
  • Game viewing vehicles: The game viewing vehicles are open Land Rover TDI´s

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

 

Appropriate walking shoes (hiking boots). Thorns go straight through sport shoes!

Photocopies of your ID / Passport (might be needed for car rentals/other uses)

Sandals for around the camp

Khaki (or neutral coloured) clothing for the bush

Warm Jacket and jersey (gloves and scarf as it can get very chilly in the mornings and evenings in winter)

Hat for protecting both the head and neck

Sunscreen

Bath soap and towel

Torch very important (a headlamp is very handy as well as a standing lamp for in the tent)

Extra batteries

Pen / pencil and small notebooks

A4 Notebooks / Notepads

Small field note books

We supply some bedding but please bring sleeping bag and small pillow for sleep outs. (an extra blanket is recommended in winter) (no sleeping bag and pillow needed for short courses)

Raincoat / Poncho

Insect / tic repellent

Water bottles, at least 2 litres. We recommend a camelback, MTB or walking water pouch.

Any small snacks / cigarettes etc you would like as there are no shops in the area!

Any reference / field guide books you may have

Binoculars and a birding book are essential for your birding courses!

Camera

Rucksack / day pack

Any personal medication

CASH (in ZAR Rands only) – sufficient cash for 4 weeks if you intend to purchase from the camp shop. The camps do not have easy access to the closest towns which have ATMs but the ATMs may not always work

Battery operated alarm clock (cellphone/mobile batteries run out and students need alarm clocks to wake up at the allocated times)

The Makuleke Concession

Situated between the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern sector of Kruger National Park is the Pafuri region, an area spanning 24,000 hectares (59305 acres). Within the Pafuri area is the Makuleke Concession, the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and the most diverse and scenically attractive area in all of Kruger National Park.

The Makuleke concession is not accessible to the ordinary tourist visiting the park. This area belongs to the Makuleke community. This is quite a historical event for South Africa as the Makuleke people were removed from this area in 1968 and after a lengthy process it was finally re-instated to the community in 1998 after a very long struggle. This area is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park and offers varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing, the best birding in all of the Kruger National Park and is filled with folklore of the early explorers and ancient civilizations.

Selati Game Reserve

Our Selati Camp is situated on the banks of the Selati River in the 33 000 hectare (81545 acres) Selati Game Reserve to the west of the Kruger National Park. Selati Game Reserve is a large undeveloped reserve with diverse topography and biodiversity. We are very fortunate to traverse over this vast area of wilderness during our courses. In the east there are large granite koppies (hills), where Black eagles and Klipspringers can be found. The dominant vegetation types are Combretum and Mopane woodland. This habitat is well suited to the large elephant and giraffe population found there. The reserve is dissected by the Selati River which dries up in winter into large rocky pools of water. These pools are good places to view concentrations of birds and animals such as Nyala and Rhino. There is a lot of space to conduct walks and get a true sense of wilderness. Special species occurring here include Sable Antelope and Eland. We are also able to visit the Sable breeding programme run by the management of the reserve.

Karongwe Game Reserve

Karongwe Camp is on the banks of the Karongwe River (mostly a dry river bed) in the 9 000 hectare (22 239 acre) Karongwe Game Reserve, which is to the south-west of the Kruger National Park. Through Karongwe Game Reserve flow three rivers which are tributaries of the Olifants River, carving their way through the bedrock and dividing the reserve. The vegetation of the reserve falls within the Savannah Biome of southern Africa with distinct vegetation zones being represented mixed Lowveld and Mopane bushveld along with grass savannah, riverine vegetation and rocky outcrops.

Karongwe has the following habitats: undulating hills and valleys and broad-leafed woodland. We are allowed traversing over most of the reserve, except for one small section in the northern part of the reserve. This is not a restriction at all as it´s quite a small section of the reserve.

Mashatu Game Reserve

Our Mashatu Camp is located in the land of Giants in the Tuli reserve of Botswana bordering South Africa. Tuli forms a key part of the proposed Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with majestic rocks, diverse vegetation, abundant wildlife, a profusion of birds and a rich archaeological heritage and spans over 25 000 hectares.

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve, on the confluence of the Limpopo and the Shashe rivers, in the easternmost corner of Botswana, is the collective name for several privately-owned game reserves including the Mashatu, Ntani and Tuli Game Reserves, covering all the land north of the Limpopo River.

We have longstanding relationships with a few universities in both the United Kingdom and the United States. These universities have recognised the training we offer and will issue their learners with credits for attending specific courses with us.

If this is relevant to your enquiry, the specifics of our course will need to be forwarded to the relevant university. They will be able to advise on whether or not they will recognise any of training courses for credits and if these credits can be transferred between institutions.

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Included

  • Qualified & Experienced Instructors
  • Lectures
  • Game drives, open vehicle drives and specialist trainers
  • Walks
  • Accommodation (shared)
  • Meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Tea, coffee and cordials
  • Further details on request or registration

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers to and from the camp
  • Accommodation before and after the camp
  • Kruger National Park entrance fee (only applicable if the course is at the Kruger Makuleke camp)

Dates

Please get in contact to check availability.

2020:

1-Year Professional Field Guide:

3 August 2019-14 July 2020
1 September 2019-23 August 2020
1 October 2019-13 September 2020 – Sold Out!

2020 Start Dates:

28-day Trail Guide course (FGASA-accredited):

02 June – 29 June 2020 (Mashatu Camp)
14 July – 10 August 2020 (Makuleke Camp)
06 August – 02 September 2020 (Selati Camp)

1-Year Professional Field Guide:

04 January – 17 December 2020
01 February – 23 December 2020
01 August 2020 – 18 July 2021
01 September 2020 – 15 August 2021
01 October 2020 – 19 September 2021

 

“This was an amazing experience, so thank you for all your help getting me to Africa. Living in the reserve was something I will never forget and I am really blown away by the whole thing.”
James Mclean
“I heard about this mystical bush place: and every time anyone spoke about it, they got a misty eyed, far-away look in their eyes now I know why:

Around a ´get to know each other fire´ we were greeted by two male lions booming their hello, a 100 metres from camp:  Imagine a place where you walk under baobabs and into fever tree forests, through mopani and onto floodplains. Nyala, impala, kudu, eland, zebra, buffalo and elephant around, not to mention racket-tailed rollers, grey-headed parrots and lemon-breasted canaries to make every birder´s heart jump

To top it all, you can draw on the experience of the best instructors in the industry: To all of them, we owe a ´termite mound´ of gratitude.  

Kevin Holroyd
““The beauty of the course is the extended time one spends out there, nothing is rushed and every day one learns something new, building a quite awesome knowledge base. The experience is total and is built of a complicated set of components, animals, birds, trees, plants, insects, soil, water, weather, stars. Sights, sounds, smells, magic… The bush does funny things to your head. It has got inside mine:”
Nick Baker

Learn to Dive on the Great Barrier Reef

Learn to Dive on the Great Barrier Reef, becoming a scuba diver in one of the worlds top diving locations. You dive pristine reefs, stay on a state of the art multi million pound Liveaboard vessel, and you have your own Scuba instructor to help you get your PADI Open Water dive certification in this 6 day adventure you will never forget.


Learn to Dive on the Great Barrier Reef, becoming a scuba diver in one of the worlds top diving locations. You dive pristine reefs, stay on a state of the art multi million pound Liveaboard vessel and you have your own Scuba instructor to help you get your PADI Open Water dive certification in this 6 day adventure you will never forget.

 Learn to Dive on the Great Barrier Reef

There are some opportunities in life too good to pass up, learning to dive on the worlds largest reef is one of them. The diving conditions are simply superb. From Nemos to wobbiegongs (yes really it is a type of shark), cuttle fish and octopus changing colours before your eyes, getting down onto the reef is an experience that really makes you proud to be alive!

Learn to Dive on the Great Barrier Reef  Highlights Include:

  • Experiencing some of the best diving on the planet
  • Class room instruction and in pool training in Cairns
  • Includes a luxury liveaboard out on the reef
  • Dive qualification in the end
  • Meeting new people and learning to dive in a group
  • 9 Dives in the worlds best underwater marine environment
  • Plenty of time to chill, snorkel and experience the reef
  • 2 nights on a multi million pound liveaboard vessel
  • 4 nights in Cairn as a funky backpacker hostel
  • Option for a night dive to see a whole new plethora of underwater life come out to play
  • Great night-life in Cairns

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Full Details

This gives you an overview of what you can expect, if you have any questions please contact us and speak to our qualified professional divers.

Day 1 – Arrive in Cairns – Free Time

learn to dive the Great Barrier Reef8:00am Transfer to the training centre.

8:30am – Registration at the training centre.

8:45am – Academic training in the classroom.

1:00pm – Dive medical and lunch break (lunch not included)

2:00pm Dive training in the pool.

5:30pm Transfer to the hostel.

Great Barrier Reefyou7:30am – Transfer to the training centre.

8:30am – Dive training in the pool.

12:30pm – Visit to the dive retail shop.

1:00pm – Lunch break (lunch not included).

2:00pm – Academic training in the classroom and your final exam.

5:45pm – Transfer to your hostel.

936786_10151322826921442_1106688186_n5:45am An early start to the day, with a transfer to the dive retail shop.

6:15am – Check in at the dive retail shop.

7:00am – Depart Cairns for three days and two nights’ of diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard.

11:30am – Your first training dive in the ocean.

12:45pm – Lunch – a hearty soup with an array of fresh salads, cold meats and bread rolls.

2:30pm – Your second training dive.

6:00pm – Dinner – the menu changes on each trip however it is always wholesome, hot and plentiful! Then – time to relax!

surface diving australia7:00am – Third training dive before breakfast – this will be the deepest training dive of your certification.

8:00am Breakfast served with choice of cereals, toast, spreads, fresh fruit, and bacon and eggs.

10:30am “Your fourth and final training dive.

12:00pm – Lunch a pasta dish served with a variety of fresh salads.

3:00pm – You are now a certified diver! Time to take your first pleasure dive!

6:00pm Dinner.

7:00pm The chance for a guided night dive see the reef in a whole new light, quite literally!

6:30am – Your first dive of the day.

7:30am – A hot breakfast accompanied by fresh fruit salad, cereals and toast.

9:00am – After breakfast, the vessel makes its journey to the last site on the trip, your chance to take your second dive of the day.

11:00am – Your last dive! When you surface, freshly made sandwiches will be waiting, served as the vessel heads home.

4:00pm – Transfer to the hostel.

7:30pm – Join the crew and fellow passengers at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner if you wish (Dinner not included).

This will be your final night in hostel accommodation. If you wish you can extend your stay with the hostel, and enjoy some of the sights and attractions in and around Cairns perhaps add on the Cairn Adrenaline Overload

Day 7 – Check out of Hostel

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Occasionally changes are made to improve our trips based on past customer feedback, our own research and other factors beyond our control, such as the weather.

Accommodation & Meals

Six nights of accommodation are included in the price, with all nights bar four and five (when you will be staying aboard the dive boat) spent in a fantastic shared dorm hostel in Cairns.

Located on the Esplanade, the hostel is in the heart of Cairns, opposite its famous lagoon. It offers clean and comfortable accommodation with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Here you´ll be staying in 4 or 6 bed dorms. Facilities include:

  • A swimming pool
  • BBQ
  • Pool table and table tennis
  • Common room access
  • Guest kitchen use
  • TV
  • Internet access
  • Safety deposit box
  • Tour desk use
  • Air-conditioning
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Telephone access

twinshare boat accommodationDuring your three days and two nights (on nights four and five) aboard one of our three fully equipped dive charter vessels, you´ll have a choice of accommodation, as all vessels feature a choice of twin-share cabins, or double cabins. For customers travelling alone, we will arrange a twin share cabin with another scuba student of the same sex.

There are also two large decks aboard, one for storing your gear, and the other for sunbathing and relaxing. Meals are not included during your stay in Cairns, but will be served and included during your stay on the dive boat. Consisting of three breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners, breakfasts will normally include eggs, bacon, fruit salad, cereals and toast. Lunch is often a choice between pasta, salad or sandwiches, and dinner is always a wholesome, hot, and plentiful dish. You´ll also be served morning and afternoon tea while aboard, so you shouldn’t go hungry!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The maximum student to instructor ratio is 10 students to one instructor during classes. There will also be Divemaster present as well to watch out for you. On the boat there is capacity for 32 people, and it usually operates to full capacity.
This means your home for the time being is the boat! This is your room, your restaurant, your chill out place.
The warm waters of Tropical North Queensland are ideal for year round diving. Water temperature can vary from 22 ° to 28 ° Celsius (75 ° to 85 °F).
Yes, there are sharks in every ocean. A variety of sharks inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. What we most commonly encounter are smaller species which pose no threat to divers or snorkellers. The shark that Australia is infamous for is the Great White shark, prefers cold water of the Southern Ocean and does not exist in Tropical North Queensland.
There are 2 main types of dangerous jellyfish in our local waters. The Box Jellyfish is coastal dwelling and is never seen on the reef. They breed in estuaries and live their life on the shoreline, therefore do not pose a threat to divers. The Irukandji jellyfish is also predominantly a coastal dweller but is occasionally found on the reef. Divers are rarely troubled by either species but there is still a risk of being stung. Full body coverage is recommended when jellyfish are prevalent. The jellyfish season in North Queensland is from November to April.
We have 16 exclusive dive sites on 4 spectacular outer reefs. The reefs: Thetford, Pellowe, Milln and Flynn are situated on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, south east from Cairns. These sites are rarely visited by other vessels, so divers get the exclusive opportunity to view magnificent corals and fish life without the crowds. We generally only ever do two dives at any one dive site – weather pending.
The Great Barrier Reef is generally not a deep dive destination so more your shallow diving. Our dive sites have an average depth range of 10 – 25 metres (30-80 feet). As coral relies on sunlight for growth, some of the best snorkelling and diving can be done in shallow areas around the reef top.
No. We include all required equipment you may need for any dive or snorkel package. If you are interested in purchasing gear, you can stop by the retail shop the evening before your trip between 4 7:45pm to gear up.
Before every dive, the dive supervisor conducts a detailed site briefing beforehand. We will arrange a dive buddy for you. We offer an Instructor in the water for the first dive to see if the certified divers are ok in the water and the first night dive will be offered with an Instructor.
Yes, as long as evidence of certification can be provided eg log book, verification letter from your certifying dive company. You can do this by contacting your original certifying organizations. We can provide assistance in this area if you are PADI affiliated.
All three vessels have 14 twin share cabins and 2 doubles available at the same cost. Every two cabins share shower and toilet facilities. For clients travelling alone, we will arrange a twin share cabin with another person of the same sex.
A maximum of 32 passengers are on the liveaboard vessel. There will be a mix of skill levels on board snorkellers, certified divers and people completing diving courses such as Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster courses.
Yes. We can provide complimentary transfers from Cairns & Northern Beaches, accommodation as far as Palm Cove. We do not pick up from private addresses but will collect passengers from the nearest hotel or pick up point. Please note we do not pick up from the Airport.
A compulsory fee of AU$16.50 is collected for the Government Environmental Management Charge. A total of AU$70.00 (subject to change) per person is payable directly to the dive company in Australia. This amount incorporates the EMC as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs. (Subject to change at short notice)
You will need to take along 2 towels – one for swimming and one for showering. You´ll need swimwear, comfortable clothes for three days, toiletries etc. Luggage needs to be kept to a minimum (small bag) as space is limited on boats. Any excess luggage can be kept safely in storage for you at our retail shop.
Yes, you are allowed to bring alcohol on board, but in moderation as we only have limited space on all of our boats. Please note once any alcohol has been consumed, you are not allowed to go into the water again until the following day. We encourage responsible drinking.
PADI standards recommend you leave at least 24 hours after your last dive before flying. You can fly, then dive the same day, however not dive then fly. You will complete your last dive around 12 noon on your last day of the liveaboard trip, so flying the next day any time after noon will be ok. Other activities to avoid are sky diving, hot air ballooning and going to Kuranda.
  • Minimum age 12 years of age
  • 10 minute tread water 200m swim or 300m with snorkel and fins
  • Dive Medical according to Australian Standard (AS4005-1) required by Government Regulations.
You have 2 options: you can still go on the liveaboard trip as a snorkeller or you can obtain a partial refund, only for the dive course and lice a board (available only up until the end of the first day of class). Some medical conditions that can preclude you from diving include heart disease, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy.
You will need to bring your swimsuit and a towel. If you have not already completed your dive medical, bring some money to pay direct to the doctor. (AUD$60 cash or credit card) You will also need to bring cash on both days for lunch. We do not have an ATM facility at the Training Centre but this facility is available within a five minute walk.
The maximum student/instructor ratio is 10 students to 1 instructor in the pool and 8 students to 1 instructor on the outer reef. The classroom numbers are capped at 16 students.
We offer courses in German on Tuesday and Friday, and Japanese on Thursday´s. PADI offer a wide variety of languages in the Learn to Dive manuals i.e. Italian, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese. Please make your request at least 2 weeks prior to you starting your course and we will endeavour to obtain the correct manual for you.

Included

  • Pre departure information pack
  • 9 Dives (4 training dives and 5 pleasure dives including one night dive)
  • PADI Open Water certification
  • PADI Open Water manual
  • Dive log book
  • Transfers from your Cairns hostel accommodation to the dive school
  • 6 night´s total accommodation (4 nights hostel dorm share & 2 nights twin share on board dive boat)
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and morning & afternoon tea (aboard the boat)
  • 2 Passport Photos
  • Use of all dive & snorkel equipment – includes dive computer, wetsuits and dive torch
  • Prescription lens mask (if required)
  • 24 hour emergency support

Excluded

  • Airport transfers
  • Compulsory dive medical costing AUD60 payable directly to the doctor on the first day of the dive course
  • Extra charges of AUD70. This amount incorporates the EMC as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs
  • A compulsory fee of AU$16.50 is collected for the Government Environmental Management Charge
  • Your meals on days 1,2,3 and the farewell dinner on day 6
  • Underwater camera hire (optional)
  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

Dates

Flexible start dates

 

SSI Dive Control Specialist Gili Trawangan Indonesia

This is the SSI DIVEMASTER Equivalent: Gain your SSI Open Water through to Dive Control Specialist. Starting from the beginning and working up to a dive professional! Located in the gorgeous Gili islands, it is a little more expensive than doing your divemaster in Thailand, but the diving is much better and the experience is more refined. The Gilis are a piece of paradise on earth and you will love doing your dive training here.

This is the SSI DIVEMASTER Equivalent: Gain your SSI Open Water through to Dive Control Specialist. Starting from the beginning and working up to a dive professional! Located in the gorgeous Gili islands, it is a little more expensive than doing your Divemaster in Thailand, but the diving is much better and the experience is more refined. The Gili ´s are a piece of paradise on earth and you will love doing your dive training here.

Dive Control Specialist The  SSI Divemaster

Train to become a professional diver with an SSI Dive Control Specialist qualification. Diving every day you can work in the dive industry all over the world. Through out the course of this programme write up we will refer to this as a Divemaster as this is essentially the same. You can read about the difference here

Gili Islands Divemaster

From 6 weeks to 8 weeks (depending o your current diving qualifications) you can live on a beautiful tropical island and live the dive dream!

Highlights:

  • Diving with rays sharks and hundreds of turtles
  • Living by the sea on a stunning tropical island
  • Being welcomed into a close nit tropical island travel community
  • Great nights out in superb beach bars
  • Excellent instruction from western Dive Instructors

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Itinerary

In order become a Divemaster you have to go through various stages. The following is an estimate of the time spent on each you need to go through to become a Divemaster. If you are already a qualified diver you can skip the courses you have already done.

Open Water course. Duration: 5 days

The Open Water Course consists of confined water training in our pool, scuba dive theory, and four open water dives at world class dive sites located around the Gilis. We have a huge variety of marine life in the area, and over the course of your four dives, you have a good chance of seeing big stuff like sharks and turtles, as well as some fascinating smaller stuff like octopus, cuttlefish, lionfish and scorpionfish.

Advanced Adventurer

The Advanced Adventurer course is designed to build on the knowledge you acquired in your Open Water course, give you new and exciting underwater experiences, and fine tune your diving skills. The course consists of five dives. Two of the dives are compulsory (the deep and navigation dives) and the other three you may choose from a variety of options, the most popular being: night dive, naturalist dive, nitrox dive, computer dive, peak performance buoyancy or photography dive. There are no quizzes, exams or videos on the advanced course it´s all about diving.

For each dive you receive an extended briefing and debrief from your instructor regarding your chosen option. Upon completion of this course you will be certified to dive to 30m.

Open Water 5 days

  • 5 nights
  • Day 1Arrive at 11am and Course Orientation at 5pm
  • Day 2; Theory / Pool
  • Day 3; Theory / Pool
  • Day 4; 2 x OW Dives
  • Day 5; 2 x OW Dives

Advanced Adventurer

  • 3 days, 3 nights
  • Day 1; Arrive at 11am, pool refresher session and 1 x dive
  • Day 2; 2 dives
  • Day 3; 2 dives

Rescue and EFR

The rescue course is a practical and fun course, and moves your diving skills on from focusing on your own diving to being more aware of others in the water.

The Rescue Diver course is taught together with the Emergency First Response (EFR) Course. The EFR course is a short course that combines CPR and First Aid into a single course and teaches you the same internationally recognized emergency protocols used by paramedics and doctors worldwide, while recognizing that you are a lay person and keeping it simple.

The Rescue Diver course is designed to build on your skills as a diver and your newly acquired Respond Right skills by exposing you to hypothetical emergency situations in a diving environment. You will learn to refine and further develop your accident prevention and handling skills, as well as learning to manage a diving emergency if you’re ever faced with one. The course consists of theory work, videos and practical application while diving. You will learn a variety of rescue techniques so that you will be prepared to face a multitude of diving emergency situations, from assisting panicked divers both above and below the surface, to handling unconscious divers underwater and orchestrating missing diver searches.

By the end of the course you´ll feel confident that you have the skills to deal with situations if they should arise in a diving environment, which adds to your enjoyment and expertise as a diver, and is the perfect step up to the Divemaster level.

Divemaster study and practical (internship)

From week three  you start your Divemaster internship where you will cover the following:

Week 3

  • Knowledge reviews chapters 1-4
  • Rescue assessment
  • Skill circuit
  • Swim test
  • Now you can begin assisting with students!

Week 4

  • Knowledge reviews chapters 5-9
  • Assist on courses
  • Pick a site and start ´mapping project´
  • Leader stress and rescue discussion
  • Skill circuit
  • Swim test

Week 5

  • Knowledge reviews chapters 10-12
  • Assist on courses
  • Emergency assistance plan
  • Continue working on mapping project
  • Prepare and present classroom presentation to your classmates
  • Skill circuit
  • Complete swim tests

Week 6

  • Final theory exams
  • Final assists
  • Complete mapping project
  • Prepare and present pool presentation on real life students
  • Carry out a Divemaster Conducted Programme on real life students
  • Equipment exchange
  • Final skill circuit

The Daily Life

Every day: we make sure you sit down with your Mentor at the end of every day to go over everything progress on the course, questions, concerns, evaluations, and party plans! Every day will be different but will be full of amazing under water encounters.

Extra week(s)

To build up experience as a Divemaster and built up your CV we offer extra weeks at the dive school for reduced prices. This weeks you really gain a lot of experience from which you can benefit if you want to work in the diving industry.

Finally

Once you are qualified you face the final and ultimate www. The Divemasters right of passage, the snorkel test!

Please note you need to start with 40 dives in your logbook. You will complete some dives in your training up to dive master level but there will be a shortfall if going from scratch. So you will need to undertake further dive training to hit 40 dives. This will cost you approximately 5 pounds per dive, which you can either pay locally, or book a top up package of £200 at the time of booking to get you to 40.

Accommodation

All accommodation options are good, clean, spacious and close to the dive centre and bars and restaurants. The accommodation is in high season a bit more expensive then in low season.

Low Season dates: 1st October until 14th December / 8th January until 31st May High Season dates: 1st June until 30th September / 15th December until 15th January

Standard Accommodation

Standard accommodation is in a shared room.  Before that sense of fear of God into you about spending your time with other sweaty bodies in the tropics, realise where you are going.  It’s a paradise island, where outdoor living is King.  It’s not shabby hostel either, with a swim at Bar seconds from the beach it’s an amazing place to stay and hang out with other travellers after your dives.

Facilities include:

  • Air Con
  • Hot Water
  • Free breakfast
  • Personal Lockers
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Luggage storage
  • Activities bookings
  • Rooftop Bar
  • Chill-out Area
  • Book Exchange
  • Open Air Cinema
  • Daily Film Screenings
  • Evening meal options
  • Beach Views
  • Weekly Events and Activities

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Your Qualification allows you to:

  • 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.

The Visa required will depend on the length of stay planned. Visa on arrival (30-days US$25) You automatically get 30-days on arrival when you enter into the country. You will need to pay for this at the airport, and it is best to bring US$ notes dated from the year 2000 onwards for the payment. Most airport immigration offices will not accept credit cards, so be prepared with the cash.

Once your first 30-days runs out you can visit the Immigration office in Lombok and apply for an additional 30-days for around $50. This involves one day spent in Lombok and a lot of Indonesia paperwork, so can be a day wasted if you are on a tight schedule! If you know you want to be here for longer than one month, then it is best to come prepared with a 60-day tourist visa.

Tourist Visa (60-days, cost depends on the Embassy where visa application is processed) For anyone planning to be here for up to 2 months, a 60-day tourist visa is definitely the easiest way to go. These visas need to be pre-arranged and collected from an embassy outside of the country before entering into Indonesia. The time taken to process the visa is usually 3 working days, and the cost will depend on which embassy you are using. You can check the latest requirements on our Visa section.

Apart from the tourist attractions like temples and waterfalls, and the usual beach activities like sunbathing and snorkeling, you can go fishing, horse riding, water skiing, wakeboarding, and there is a surf break to the south of the island for the experienced surfer. If any of you are golfers there is a fantastic 18 hole course 10 minutes away in the speed boat. It’s not a cheap day out when compared to everything else in Indonesia, but good value for western standards: transport, green fee, clubs, buggy, caddy, lunch and drinks will cost you about $100. The best thing to do on your day of is chilling as this is the island for it!

There are no police on Trawangan, however the local population have put together an equivalent organization called SATGAS. They answer to the Kepala Desa (Head of the Village) so if, for example, you lose anything they’ll be your best chance for finding it. There office is located just behind the harbour.
No, the aggressive hawkers you may have had experiences with in Bali are not allowed onto the island. However on your way to the Gilis you will possibly come via Bangsal harbour. The hawkers there will try to sell you everything from cigarettes to return tickets, telling you that these are not available on the islands. Everything they offer is available on the island and probably cheaper.

While it is perfectly safe to swim and snorkel around the Gilis you should never try to swim to the next island, it is much further than it looks and the currents in the middle of the channel can be very strong even for the best of swimmers.

There are no cars, motorbikes, in fact no motorized transport on Trewangan,so no traffic accident will happen. Everything is very close together so there’s no chance of getting lost. The locals are also very friendly and always keep an eye out, so finding staying safe will not be a problem. However just line in every country there is the hazard of getting drunk and feeling unwell. Take it easy as you will always dive the next day. The current of the sea around the Gili´s is very strong so skinny dipping after dark is also not a good idea.

On the island Visa/Mastercard, Travellers cheques, and almost any foreign currency are accepted in the western run restaurants. There is also an ATM/cash point machine on the island, however it does not accept all cards and it runs out of cash quite regularly so bring some rupiah as a back up. You can change money at the local money changers and even get cash on credit cards but the exchange rates will not be in your favour and commissions will be charged. We go to Lombok for shopping once a week and at the same time get cash from ATM’s for our customers when the machines on the island do not work.

No, despite what you may have heard there is no malaria on Gili Trawangan. Some areas in Lombok (20 minutes by boat) however are known to have it. If you have to take anti malarial medication don’t use Larium, as in about 50% of cases it produces unpleasant side effects when combined with diving.

No, you do not need to be fit to learn to free dive. Eben if you have to much body fit, have not been working out for a while and you smoke you can join and learn how to free dive.

No, this is something totally different to scuba diving. You do however need to love water, as this is where you will be spending a lot of your time!

The Open Water course to Divemaster course you attend if you do not have any prior experience (OW to DM). This course takes 8 weeks.

The Advanced Open Water to Divemaster course you can attend if you are already an Open Water diver (AOW to DM). This course takes 6 weeks.

The Rescue to Divemaster course you can do when you are already an Advanced Open Water diver (rescue to DM). This course takes 5 weeks.

You can add on an extre weeks to built up your CV. You will be ‘working’ as a Divemaster at our dive school so you can built up experience which will help you getting a job as a Divemaster in the future.

To get to the Gili’s you need to fly to Bali. From here you need to take a boat to Gili Trawangan. The boat ride is included, but there is no airport pick up or hotel in Bali included. This can be arranged for you however. The boat ride from Bali to the Gili’s is about 2 hours by fast boat. If you are already on Bali we also can arrange to pick you up from your hotel.

We dive all year around here and conditions are usually good. During rainy season (normally Dec-Mar) the visibility is less but this time is also when we can see Manta Rays. The rest of the year visibility is 20 meters+!
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Included

  • Pre departure information
  • Welcome by our staff
  • In country support
  • Accommodation
  • Beakfast
  • Dive gear for rent
  • All certificates (if you pass)
  • Gili Eco Trust Reef Tax
  • All books
  • Unlimited diving
  • Free Divecomputer specialty

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals (breakfast is included)
  • Your hotel in Bali on the first night
  • Drinks
  • Dive computer
  • Dive knife
  • Return fast boat transfers from Bali to Gili Trawangan
  • Pick up and transfer to the boat from your hotel on Bali
  • nnual fee for your Divemaster (GBP 80 if you wish to work as a divemaster)
  • Extra week(s) to built up experience as a Divemaster. From on 369 euro.

Dates

We have multiple departures per month. Please contact us for specific dates & availability.