Dive Master & Research Diver Internship

Indo Ocean Project
August 2, 2018
Nusa Lembongan, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Job Type
Closing date


About Indo Ocean Project

Indo Ocean Project was founded by marine biologists, dive instructors, and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe to create a nation wide standardized data collection and research diver training program in Indonesia, the heart of the coral triangle. IOP has been working together with dive operators, various universities, and the local communities to carry out scientific research to address shark, ray, and marine conservation issues in the Indo-Pacific area.

Our field expeditions in Indonesia hosts international and local research projects focused on marine mega fauna and coral reef conservation in marine reserves across the country.

The aim of the Indo Ocean Project is to generate high quality scientific data to inform local mangers and stakeholders about the status of shark and ray populations in the Marine Protect Area (MPA), and to increase marine conservation awareness among the local communities and general public.

You don’t need to be a diver or scientist to take part! Our project relies on the experience and expertise of our volunteers from around the world to take action and take part.

About Nomads Diving

Nomads Diving is a fully equipped dive centre located 1km away from the main harbour of Toya Pakeh in Nusa Penida in the south of Bali. It is a multi lingual team with the ability to teach in English, French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Bahasa Indonesian.

As a Dive Master Trainee (DMT) with Nomads, you will work closely with multiple instructors and experinced dive guides to help prepare you to become a dive professional. After the completion of this course you will be ready to complete your Instructor Development Course (IDC) or continue on as a research diver.

Why Us?

Indonesia has been ranked as the number one shark fishing nation for the last 3 decades. Geographically, Indonesia should have some of the highest biodiversity of shark, ray, and predatory species in the world, but the high demand for shark fins and manta ray gill rakers has caused severe overfishing across the country and nearly exhausted the population. This is the front lines of marine mega fauna conservation efforts.

Due to the difficulties of studying elasmobranch abundance in the wild, different techniques had to be invented in order to address different ecological questions. One of these techniques is the Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV). This shark study method has been used in numerous studies around the world and has been shown very successful.

Interns with Indo Ocean Project are crucial to successful BRUV deployments, retrievals, and analysis. It takes a team to get everything done in the limited time available to us. As a member of the research team you must be ready to work efficiently together in a fast paced environment to unsure a success.

About The Internship

Why become a Dive Master?

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with your mentoring Dive Instructor and Nomads’ team, you’ll fine tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

Before you can be a good research diver, you first must be a good diver. The PADI Dive Master and Research Diver Internship will give you the skills needed to work either in marine conservation/research or the diving industry. You will meet like-minded individuals and be able to network with experienced and aspiring marine biologists and organizations from around the world.

What will you learn?

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions with your mentoring instructor, Watermanship skills exercises and workshops, and hands on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba activities. In partnership with your research diver internship you will be able to conduct and lead various marine research.

Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Intensive Fish Identification and survey methods
  • Baited Remote Underwater Video research and methodology
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting recreational and research dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

**You may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor and professor for more details**

What scuba gear will you use?

As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and a surface signalling device. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, life bags, and slates. This is your time to start building your personal set of gear. All equipment purchased through Indo Ocean Project receives a 10% discount. Ask us for more information.

Current Projects

As an Indo Ocean intern you will be trained in various research methods and trusted to adhere to our strict methodology laid out during your training period. We host multiple research and conservation projects and you will be expected to assist in the operation, running, and planning of each of these.

Currently there have 4 resident projects with 2 projects under development.

  1. BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video) – underwater video survailance to monitor shark, ray, and fisheries target species populations throughout the MPA. A batied camera is dropped 4x per week throughout the reserve and left to record for 1 hour. The footage is later analaysed by our team and submitted to Dr. Mark Bond at Florida International University and The Coral Triangle Centre in Bali.
  2. Roving Survey Dive – 30 minute stardized survey where certified research divers actively seek out and positively identify indicator species. Data is logged and shared with various local and international sources.
  3. Indo Shark Log – citizen science outreach program collecting shark and ray sightings across Indonesia. Managing online submissions and promoting local stakeholders to get invovled and submit their sightings. The research team manages and inputs this data into various local and online sources.
  4. Eco Ocean Bricks – collecting plastic bottels and soft plastics to create eco bricks later used for building materials. We specifically target soft plastic removed from the ocean during our underwater clean up dives.

In development:

  1. Coral Restoration – in partnerhship with Coral Triangle Centre we manage the coral restoration areas throughout the MPA and assist in coral transplanting.
  2. Mangrives 4 Bali – in partnership with Trash Hero Indonesia, we collect recycled plastic bottles and mangrove propugules along the coast line of Penida, Cinningan, and Lembongan. The propogules are placed in a nursery for 3 months to grow and later transplanted throughout Bali.

About Nusa Penida

The project headquarters is located on the island of Nusa Penida in the Penida Marine Park. Penida is a diver, surfer, and yogi paradise only a 30-minute boat ride from southeast Bali and ideally located only 1 hour away from the Denpasar International Airport. It is part of the Klungkung Regency district which includes the three islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida.

Nusa Penida is known as “The Golden Egg of Bali” and is around 200 square kilometres with around 45,000 inhabitants. In 2010, Nusa Penida was name an MPA (Marine Protected Area) by the 41 local villages and a strong community effort, one year later it was recognized by the Indonesian government. As a part of the district of Bali, it is rich in Hindu culture with many temples to visit and ceremonies to attend throughout the year. The people are among the friendliest in the world and are very welcoming to all visitors and proud to show off their beautiful island. It is off the beaten Bali track, but it is an adventure seekers dream with world-class diving, cliff jumping, hiking, surfing, and yoga. Bali is only a 30-minute boat ride away and filled with shopping, beaches, night life, and a number adventure activities.

Diving in the Penida Marine Park

Nusa Penida has quickly become a dive destination because of its year round sightings of manta rays and the seasonal appearance of the famous Mola Mola (Sunfish). Divers travel from around the world to dive the famous dive sites of Blue Corner, Crystal Bay, and Manta Point. Your best chance to see the Mola Mola are from the months of July – October, while manta rays are spotted year round at their favorite cleaning and feeding stations along Nusa Penida’s cliffs. The water temperatures can range from 16 degrees to 30 degrees with cold upwelling’s arriving in June bringing nutrient rich waters from the depths of the Lombok straight. The majority of our dives are drift dives, where we jump off the boat and drift with the current until our dive is complete and the boat crew picks us up wherever we surface. The fast current draws in the large sharks and rays as it is easier for them to breathe. The ocean surrounding the three islands are a MPA (Marine Protected Area) with many research projects and conservation initiative helping to protect the land and sea park.

Typical Day

The project runs 7 days a week and all interns are entitled to 1 day off per week or 4 days off per month. These days can be accumulated if you require a few days off in a row.

Your first few weeks are dedicated to dive, methodology, and fish ID training and workshops. Once you are trained and have successfully complete your BRUV research diver and Fish ID test you will take part in the daily research tasks.

The average day begins at 07:30 when the team meets at Bali Diving Academy to prepare for their day and ends around 17:30, with rotating night shifts until 19:30 around once a week.

The boat leaves Nusa Lembongan at 08:30 and 10:30 for 2 tank dives daily and occasional afternoon 1 tank dives in the afternoon. You will assist a staff member throughout the day with their daily tasks changing daily on demand. You will alternate between staff so you can see different diving and teaching styles to start creating your own. Your time will be slipt between the following tasks:

1) Dive Master's and Dive Guides - learning how to guide dives around the Penida Marine Park.

2) Instructors - assisting courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Rescue Diver in the pool, classroom, and open water.

3) Research Team - Take an active role in the research team as a research diver and field scientist collecting abundance data on dives and placing and retrieving the BRUV's.

4) Office Time - Help the dive team in the office with equipment maintance and repair, sales and bookings, data entry and analysis, independent study, and dive master workshops.


Projects like this rely on the generosity of our partners and volunteers to develop and grow. In order for us to create an awesome adventure for you we do require a tuition to cover your expenses while on program. Because of the donations from our local partners we are able to keep the cost low while covering all your needs so you can focus on your training and your work during this adventure.

Below you will see the package options available depending on your current diving experience. All prices are in Indonesian Rupiah.




PROGRAM FEES: 30,200,000 IDR

Description: For advanced diver’s who have completed most of their diver training before program start date.

Prerequisites: For candidates who have completed their Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, CPR/First Air & O2 Provider courses prior to their program start date. Have a minimum of 40 logged dives and have been cleared for diving by a doctor.

Courses Included: PADI Dive Master, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty, BRUV Diver Specialty, Manta Conservation Diver Specialty

Minimum Time Commitment: 8 weeks



PROGRAM FEES: 39,250,000 IDR

Description: For experienced divers who need to complete their rescue skills during their program.

Prerequisites: For candidates who have completed heir Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver courses prior to their program start date. Have a minimum of 20 logged dives and have been cleared for diving by a doctor.

Courses Included: PADI Rescue Diver, EFR CPR/First Air & Oxygen Provider, PADI Dive Master, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver, BRUV Diver Specialty, Manta Conservation Diver Specialty

Minimum Time Commitment: 10 weeks



PROGRAM FEES: 46,000,000

Description: For divers with beginner knowledge and experience who have completed their first diving course with a few extra dives.

Prerequisites: For candidates who have completed their Open Water Diver training prior to their program start date and have been cleared for diving by a doctor.

Course Included: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Rescue Diver, EFR CPR/First Air & Oxygen Provider, PADI Dive Master, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver, BRUV Diver Specialty, Manta Conservation Diver Specialty

Minimum Time Commitment: 12 weeks



PROGRAM FEES: 56,000,000

Description: For applicants who have no previous diving experience and need to complete all the required prerequisites to complete your PADI Dive Master certification.

Prerequisites: Comfortable in the open water, can complete a timed 400m free swim and tread water for 15 minutes, have been cleared for diving by a doctor.

Course Included: PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Rescue Diver, EFR CPR/First Air & Oxygen Provider, PADI Dive Master, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver, BRUV Diver Specialty, Manta Conservation Diver Specialty.

Minimum Time Commitment: 16 weeks



  • Return flights to home country
  • In country spending money
  • Meals (can eat for 20,000 IDR+ per meal)
  • Travel and Dive Insurance
  • Personal Dive Computer
  • PADI Professional Processing Fees (2,500,000 IDR)
  • PADI DM Crew Pack and Training Manuals (3,800,000 IDR)
  • PADI DM Crew Pack and Training Manuals with e-Learning (3,300,000 IDR)

**Prices are subject to change depending on project changes and requirements**

Next Step:

Applications are accepted year round for any start dates. However with limited spaces available you may have to be flexible. High season is from June - October and spots fill up quickly during these dates. You can apply online at https://indooceanproject.org/expeditions/penida-project/apply-now-penida/ or contact info@indooceanproject.org for more information.

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