PADI Divemaster Internship Position available on Roatan Island

Divemaster Wanted – Join the Tribe and take a SCUBA diving internship with Roatan Dive Academy, powered by Subway Watersports, on the Caribbean island of Roatan, the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Divemaster Interns will gain a unique insight and hands-on experience working in the scuba dive industry while obtaining the education, training and credentials needed to become a PADI Divemaster.

Our Divemaster internships start on the first and fifteenth of every month, with some flexibility given based on personal schedule and preferred flight availability.

Monthly Open Water Scuba Instructor courses are available to our interns at a discounted rate, and others are more than welcome to sign up as well!

We offer bundle package discounts, group discounts and even College/University course credit!!!

Join the adventure industry and become a Divemaster on the Caribbean island Roatan, Honduras. Experience a new career that lets you work at the most exotic locations around the world.

Divemaster Internship Highlights

  • Hands-on education in a fun atmosphere.
  • On the job training with expert Divemasters, Instructors and recreational divers.
  • Unlimited free diving and use of dive equipment.
  • Free Accommodation.
  • Free lunch and transportation to the dive center.
  • Dive free for life*
  • FREE Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty ($100 value)
  • Huge discounts on specialties, dive equipment and more!!!

A career as a PADI Divemaster or SCUBA Instructor is nothing less than spending your working life exploring and guiding others through a precious part of the underwater world.

Diving Internship Places Available

To maintain high quality training we limit the amount of interns to a maximum of 10. You will be trained by multiple Staff Instructors and/or our experienced Course Director. All interns will be living in the same house, for FREE.

Check out internship availabilities in specific months and get to know the current and future Divemaster Interns.

Divemaster Internship Time Period

1 Month minimum

For an Open Water Diver to attain the professional level of Divemaster, an 8 week internship is recommended.

If you are entering our program as an Advanced Open Water Diver, we recommend 6 or 7  weeks to complete your Divemaster internship, depending on your number of logged dives.

For Rescue Certified divers, 4 or 5 weeks is typically enough time, again, depending on your number of logged dives.
You may be able to finish the course work sooner but gaining experience is the most important (and fun) part of the internship.
If you are certified with an agency other than PADI, we can convert your current certification to the PADI system with no additional time or expense.

Divemaster Intern Accommodation

Accommodation is included in the Divemaster internship and Instructor programs. You will stay in a five bedroom, five bathroom house, shared with other interns. Lunch is provided by Subway Watersports. Food for breakfast and dinner can be bought at large nearby supermarket and cooked in the fully stocked kitchen in the house. There is a restaurant and bar only a 5 minute walk from the house and several other local restaurants are nearby of various calibers and prices. The house has free wi-fi Internet, a daily maid service, TV and DVD player, washing machine, a large porch with hammocks and a beautiful ocean view, and so much more!
Additional nights at the intern house before or after your internship are available for $15 per night (space permitting).
Interns are not required to stay at the intern house. If you are looking for private or more upscale accommodation we are more than happy to assist in finding another place, with some options being available very close by!


Open Water diving certification is recommended, but not required.  We can train those who have never even been under the water before, we just recommend a slightly long-term period.

If you are considering taking your Open Water Instructor Course, please be aware that PADI requires you to be Open Water certified for a minimum of six months before you can take your Instructor Exams.

We accept friendly, motivated, outdoorsy and fun water-lovers with a deep respect for nature.

The minimum age is 18 years. It is also important to be in moderate to good physical shape.


  • Staff the dive shop; guest check-in, sign up clients for activities and assist with their retail purchases.
  • Assist in the preparation of the dive boats, loading tanks and setting up guests equipment as well as end of day shut down activities.
  • Learn to fill dive tanks and if interested mix Nitrox (we have a certification available in this)
  • Help gearing up customers with diving equipment.
  • Assist our staff with divers, students and other Interns in their programs.
  • Help with the overall customer flow and safety of guest divers.

Additional Opportunities:

  • Dive daily (usually once or twice sometimes more, this is up to you!)
  • Shark Dive
  • Lionfish hunting license (training provided by the Roatan Marine Park)
  • Practice Spanish
  • Assist in monthly Instructor Development Course IDC
  • Spend time on a beautiful Caribbean island and dive on part of the world’s second largest barrier reef. Wall dives, night dives, shark dives, explore caverns, see whale sharks and dolphins. Roatan is an exceptional place that you’ll find difficult to leave.
  • Meet people from all over the world with the same passion for diving as you.

During the Internship you will also have the option to do any specialty diver courses at discounted prices, and afterwards continue your education by becoming an Assistant Instructor or Instructor.

Divemaster Internship Cost**

What’s included

Pick up when you arrive, accommodation, course fees from your level up to Divemaster, diving, equipment use and staff lunches at the resort are included in this adventure. However, breakfast, dinner, flights, visas (where applicable) and insurance are not included. The cost of your adventure is broken down to the time you spend here.

We recommend:

4 weeks US $ 1530*, if you arrive as Rescue Diver Certified with more than 30 dives.
5 weeks US $ 1830*, if you arrive as Rescue Diver Certified with less than 30 dives.
6 weeks US $ 2170*, if you arrive as Advanced Open Water Certified with more than 20 dives.
7 weeks US $ 2470*, if you arrive as Advanced Open Water Certified with less than 20 dives.
8 weeks US $ 2790*, if you arrive as Open Water Certified.
9 weeks US $ 2990*, if you arrive as non-certified.

*including AWARE Coral Conservation Specialty (Material & Certification included for FREE; Value US $ 100.00!)

PADI Training Material, certification cost etc

Please note that the Divemaster internship cost includes instruction however PADI standards require that student divers have in their possession, a personal set of training materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterward. Also PADI charges a fee when sending for official dive course cards.

Training Material and certification comes to:

$754 – If you arrive as non-certified.
$655 – If you arrive as Open Water Certified.
$586 – If you arrive as Advanced Open Water Certified.
$439 – If you arrive as Rescue Diver Certified.

Note that these cost may vary if you already own materials. The DM application is not included in above cost and has to be paid to PADI with a credit card (Approximately $105). PADI requires that Divemasters must own the following additional equipment: a personal copy of an RDP (Recreational Dive Planner), an eRDPML (electronic Recreational Dive Planner Multi Level), pocket mask, a whistle, a compass, a underwater cutting device such a knife, an underwater timing device, and, a surface signaling device. These items are not included in the above prices. We have these available for sale individually or take advantage of our discounted “Pro Paks” that we offer to our Divemaster candidates at a discount of 20% off our regular retail prices!

The internship cost does not include flights, insurance, breakfast or dinner. It is recommended that you budget $400 per month for food shopping (depending on appetite!) and entertainment. Food stores are nearby and scheduled intern trips with the bus are planned two or three times per week. Please realize that by joining this diving adventure you are not guaranteeing your certification in any courses since PADI course certification is a result of completing/passing required coursework, completing dives and/or examinations.

Assistant Instructor and Instructor course

Once you have completed your Divemaster internship you have the option to expand your employability, knowledge and skills by becoming an Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor. The Assistant Instructor is the first step and can be added ‘on demand’ during your Internship, taking about 5 days. The cost is an additional $1121 to your Internship fees (this includes accomodation, lunch, equipment use, Marine Park fees, IDC Crew Pack, AI course fee & PADI application fee). Instructor Development Courses at Subway are scheduled to run once a month directly followed by an Instructor Examination here on Roatan or Utila. As a Subway Intern & PADI Divemaster you can attend our IDC and enjoy the benefit of a 10% IDC course fee reduction. The cost is an additional $3099 in fees (this includes accomodation, lunch, equipment use, diving, the IDC Crew Pack, EFR Instructor Manual, Assistant Instructor course fee, IDC course fee, Nitrox Instructor course fee, Emergency Oxygen Provider course fee, EFR Instructor course fee, and PADI OWSI Examination/Application fee).

To train to be a PADI Divemaster, an Open Water Diver must complete the following courses

Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Response and Divemaster. Anywhere else, totaling approximately $1800 US in Instruction costs. Additionally, a diver must have completed a total of 60 Open Water dives (which can cost about $50 US each) before eligibility as a Divemaster. So, there is NO CHEAPER WAY to become an excellent diver than with a Divemaster internship at Subway Watersports. Experience a new lifestyle and come home a “Pro”.

Why doing your Divemaster internship with Subway Watersports?

We have been offering this internship since 2001 and seeing how much fun the interns have during their training and how successful they are working in the dive industry showed us that we are on the right track. We pioneered this type of internship in the Bay Islands and many shops are now copying our approach. We believe that becoming a dive professional during an internship gives you the most experience and shows you what life in the dive industry is all about. Subway Watersports is a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center, Green Star Award winner and the first National Geographic Dive Center in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Basically these titles mean, that we are following the highest quality standards set by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and National Geographic.

Work opportunities

We work closely with most of the other dive centers here on Roatan assisting them with their staffing needs. We have a constantly growing community of Divemasters and Instructors that have taken their new profession out to see the world.  We provide references and resume/CV building advice and guidance, and offer job openings to our candidates when the fit is right.
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