Working Around the World As A Divemaster – Part I

Posted March 21, 2013 by Charli Moore in Expat Life

Want to travel long term but don’t want to do a nine-to-five job? Adapting to your new surroundings and taking on varied roles are often the best way to secure short term paid employment as you explore the world. There are a few options that you could choose from that will allow you to work in almost every country during your RTW adventure.

Have you considered becoming a Divemaster?

The divemaster qualification is universally recognized as the entry level to the professional diving world. As a divemaster you are well placed to find employment with dive operations all over the globe. With dive companies covering almost every body of water on the planet you’re better equipped to find an opportunity for employment wherever you travel.

Why not combine travel with your love for scuba diving?

During the summer of 2011, I traveled to Costa Rica where I spent three months in training with a dive shop on the Pacific coast. Having never scuba dived before I went from scuba noob to divemaster in just over ninety days. Moving from open water student through the advanced, rescue diver and divemaster courses the experience immersed me in the industry and gave me the vital skills necessary to forge a diving career.

As a qualified divemaster, I am able to assist instructors with dive education and supervise activities for qualified scuba divers, skin dives and snorkelers, all the while enjoying the opportunity to explore the underwater world.


Where should you go for your certification?

So you’re sold on the idea of working your way around the world as a divemaster but where do you start?

If crystal clear water and spectacular landscapes excite you, visit:

The Silfra rift is a crack between the American and Eurasian continents, drifting further apart at a rate of around 2cm each year it provides a unique insight into the huge forces at work on our planet. A world class dive site the glacial run off from underground wells provides visibility which quite often exceeds one hundred meters.

If you are a history buff keen to experience the most diverse marine wreck in the world, try:

One of the world’s most famous shipwrecks the SS Yongala and its 124 passengers sank in 1911 during a tropical cyclone. Sitting in just 33m of water it has become a living reef hosting an incredible wealth of life. With no recorded survivors the wreck was declared a tomb and it has long been forbidden to penetrate the vessel in a bid to preserve its deteriorating structure.

If you love the warmth of the tropics and have a sense of adventure, consider:

  • Elephant Head Rock — Similan Islands, Southern Thailand

The most well known dive site in the Andaman Sea Elephant Rock provides the opportunity for cave and shark diving (note additional qualifications are needed to dive inside cave systems). Home to whitetip, blacktip and leopard sharks along with hundreds of fish species this site is a divers paradise.


If you’re a scuba diving buff, getting your divemaster certification is an excellent way to fund your long-term travels. To find out more about how to get certified as a divemaster, stay tuned for Part II of this article.

About the Author

Charli Moore

Travel writer and blogger Charli is a digital nomad currently travelling the world with her other half Ben. Whether backpacking through Central America or road tripping around Australia they embrace each and every opportunity for adventure. Read more about their insatiable wanderlust on their blog, Wanderlusters.

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