Published: December 28, 2020

Location: Indonesia


Closing Date: Ongoing

Divemaster and Research Diver Internship

Programme overview

Why become a Dive Master? Before you can be a good research diver, you first must be a good diver. The 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.




About the organisation

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, 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.

At Indo Ocean Project we envision a healthy and profitable marine ecosystem throughout Indonesia to benefit the growing tourism industry and help protect the livelihoods of local coastal communities for generations to come. With the help of our free open access data base, we contribute to local legislation and policy to support the creation and maintenance of marine parks.

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


About the programme

The 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. It’s a packed course with a huge amount of knowledge to absorb and new skills to learn so you shouldn’t be bored for a single minute!

The project runs 6 days a week and all interns are entitled to 1 day off per week or 4 days off per month.

Your first few weeks are dedicated to dive, methodology, and fish ID training and workshops. Each practical task is paired with a workshop where you will receive in depth training with an instructor before applying this knowledge in the field.

The days are flexible according to weather and tides, scheduling, and course work. The typical day begins at 7:30am and finishes around 4:30pm with an average of 6-8 hours of work per day.

With a goal of 6-8 dives per week, you will be in the water most days – whether on the boat, in the pool, or both! You will assist staff members and each other 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.



We have 3 locations to choose from!

Penida Project:

  • Located on the island of Nusa Penida off the south eastern coast of Bali in the Lombok Straight. The Penida MPA hosts a year round population of manta rays, seasonal sightings of mola mola, and beautiful coral reefs. But watch out! Penida is famous for strong currents and cold upwellings which bring in nutrient rich waters.
  • Entry airport: Denpasar (Bali) DPS
  • Program fees: From $380 USD/week
  • Key highlights: Flagship location and home to Indo Ocean Project headquarters, year-round manta rays and seasonal mola (ocean sunfish). Well grounded database and coral restoration nursery, drift diving and nutrient rich upwellings

Raja Ampat:

  • Raja Ampat is comprised of over 1500 small islands surrounding 4 main islands of Misool. Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. These large islands is where Raja Ampat get’s it’s name from, which means the Four Kings. The project headquarters are located on the island of Waigeo around 20 minute’s drive from the regions capital, Waisai.
  • Entry airport: Sorong (West Papua) SOQ
  • Program fees: From $490 USD/week
  • Key highlights: Incredible marine biodiversity, marine megafauna like reef sharks and both reef and oceanic manta rays, remote destination with pristine diving conditions.

Bira Project:

  • Located on the southern tip of Sulawesi in a famous ship building community called Bira. This untouched paradise is around a 4-hour drive from Indonesia’s third largest city, Makasar. Picturesque private beaches and unexplored dive sites, Bira is quickly becoming known as Indonesia’s number one shark diving destination. Blue warm water and thriving coral reefs are the main draw to this remote part of Sulawesi.
  • Entry Airport: Makasar (South Sulawesi) UPG
  • Program fees: From $380 USD/week
  • Key highlights: Reef sharks, sea turtles, and marine park development. Incredible white sand beaches with remote drift diving in a sleepy traditional Indonesian boat building village



8 weeks.


Costs and pre-requisites

Costs depend on location. 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.

This program is aimed at advanced divers, 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.

Minimum age requirement is 20 years old.


What’s included

  • Accommodation
  • Local airport pick-up
  • Two program shirts
  • Visa assistance
  • Pre-arrival training materials and support
  • Five conservation and research speciality certifications

Not included:

  • 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)


How to apply

Applications are accepted year round for any start dates. However with limited spaces available you may have to be flexible. We tend to fill up around 6-8 months in advance. Read our Introduction & Application Guide here.

You can apply online or contact for more information.