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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

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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!


  • 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



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.


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.


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+!

Duration Option Price  
6 (Week)Shared Dorm AOW to DMGBP 2819Book Now
8 (Week)Shared Dorm OW to DMGBP 3259Book Now


  • 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


  • 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.


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