Many people who are interested in becoming scientific divers, expedition leaders, or otherwise make a career in underwater science or marine conservation find that a useful step on the way is to become a divemaster – often through PADI (although other recreational dive agencies are represented as well.) The philosophy is, that while PADI divemaster training has an end goal of getting candidates ready to take the role of a recreational divemaster, and handle in- and out of water supervision of inexperienced divers and non-divers alike, there are certain minimum standards to the course ensuring an understanding of dive safety, physiology, physics, logistics and in water supervision which are useful. In lieu perhaps of other relevant training to prove competency, the PADI divemaster course has become the de facto standard for diving personal in marine expeditions and academe outside of the jurisdiction of OSHA and scientific diving regulation.
To many considering divemaster training for the above reasons, the realities of a commercial dive shop can be disheartening. Greeting, selling to and catering to holiday-makers on their discover scuba diving experience can be exhausting and feel far removed from the end goal of employment in the field of conservation.
Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP) is a registred non-profit NGO, that offers divemaster internships and training with a different focus. Although the PADI training requirements have to be met to honour certification standards, the focus is oriented on scientific diving, technical diving and leading teams of researchers and organising and conducting work underwater in jobs ranging from conducting various survey protocols, salvage and construction of marine protected area infrastructure to removing ghostnets and documenting impact or siltation damage on coral reefs.
The MCP base is in an a remote location, and so the cost of doing a divemaster internship with Marine Conservation Philippines takes into account that you will need food and accommodation as you train. The fee is 450 USD a week. This covers full gear rental, three daily meals, free tea/ coffee/snacks, accommodation, marine park fees, transportation etc. Additionally you will need to commit to a minimum duration based on your past dive experience.
If you don’t bring your own training materials with you, you can purchase manuals as basecost with Marine Conservation Philippines. Materials and certification is Open Water 85 USD, Advanced Open Water 85 USD, Rescue Diver 85 USD, Divemaster 200 USD (crewpack materials only, certification payable directly to PADI)
DIVEMASTER COURSE MINIMUM DURATION
- 8 weeks – If already rescue diver and with 40 logged dives
- 10 weeks – If already open water diver with at least 20 dives
- 12 weeks – If non-diver or diver with less than 20 dives
Marine Conservation Philippines is aiming to become a resource and training centre for research into the mesophotic range. As such MCP values when divemaster candidates stay long enough to learn deep decompression diving and put it into use. We offer technical diver training and diving to divemaster candidates who can commit for longer periods of time.
EXTENDED STAY DISCOUNT.
- 4th Month – 375 USD weekly – Free TEC 40 Course
- 5th Month – 275 USD weekly – Free TEC 45 Course
- 6th Month – 175 USD weekly – Free TEC 50 Course. Trimix courses available too, but you must pay for gasses.
Also check out our recent Divemaster Course video by clicking here!