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Non-Professional and Professional Internships

WE WANT YOU !!

Our Non-Professional Education Internship is for Certified Divers...

...who want to become Dive Professionals. This is the 6th year of Sail Caribbean Divers' non-professional level internship program.

 

During the last four years thirty students have completed the non-professional level program, earning over eighty certifications collectively. All have gained substantial diving experience and several of these students have gone on to join our Dive Professional Internship Program.

 

Application for and enrollment in this program is not an offer of employment or IDC placement. Enrollment in the Non-Pro Internship is also not a guarantee of your acceptance into the Pro-Internship. It is, however, an excellent opportunity to participate in an intensive dive educational training program. We do not barter course fees. We have highly qualified staff with a wealth of teaching experience and our students get a chance to work with all of them during their educational programs.

 

We accept two candidates into this program per month. Students interested in our non- professional level intern program must be certified divers with a recognized agency. Students can join at any point in their diving careers -right after Open Water Certification, or later. Non-pro level student interns please see the grid below for details on courses you can participate in during your training internship. We offer Advanced, Specialty, Rescue & Dive Master certifications during the internship and the program is uniquely tailored to match your certification level. We've listed the basics here, but all PADI courses (beyond entry level) are available to you during the internship. All students will be attending class/diving 5 days a week. The remaining time students are free to dive, relax and enjoy the island pace or study for further educational courses.

 

  Advanced Open Water Rescue Diver & Emergency First Response Dive Master
Course Fees $425 $415 & $110 $665
Course Materials ~$75 ~$115 ~$226
Scuba Equipment Rental Equipment available at no charge Rental Equipment available at no charge We recommend you consider a rent-to-own plan or ask about great rates on new equipment!
Additional Fees N/A N/A Medical, PADI Fees ~$100
Accommodation shared apt. ~$200/week shared apt. ~$200/week shared apt. ~$200/week
Board N/A N/A N/A
Travel you supply R/T ticket to BVI you supply R/T ticket to BVI you supply R/T ticket to BVI
Medical Insurance Recommended Recommended Recommended
Professional Liability Insurance Not Required Not Required Not Required
Program Length 1 week 1 week 3-6 weeks
What's the Next Step Complete Rescue Complete Dive Master Apply for enrollment in Pro Intern Program

 

What's the catch? None that we can think of, but there are some things you should know. The Non-Pro Internship can encompass 1 or more courses. Typically students should plan to be here for 4-6 weeks if they are enrolled in multiple courses. See this FLOWCHART for details on other PADI courses. To summarize, all applicants must provide:

  • Proof of scuba certification from a recognized agency (minimum: entry level)
  • Transport to/from Tortola, BVI
  • Course materials for all continuing education courses (may be purchased at our facility)
  • A $400 deposit to secure a place in the program, the balance of all course fees is due on commencement of each course. Fees are payable by cash, traveler's check or credit card. WE DO NOT OFFER BARTER PAYMENT OPTIONS
  • Students may take advantage of low cost shared accommodation on request, but are not required to and may arrange their own accommodation.
  • Willingness to experience and participate in the operations of a very busy PADI dive center

Our Professional Education Internship is for Dive Professionals

This is the 8th year of Sail Caribbean Divers Internship Program for dive professionals.

 

During the last five years over seventy people have completed the professional internship program. Candidates have come from varying backgrounds & experience levels, even some from our Non-Pro internship. All participants have gained invaluable experience within the dive industry. Many of our interns have found industry employment in the Caribbean, Caymans, Thailand, and Australia.

 

Acceptance into this program is not an offer of employment or IDC placement. It is, however, a unique first hand experience with the inner workings of a PADI 5 Star Dive Center. We are the only dive center in the BVI with a resident Course Director. Mike Rowe has been in the diving industry for over 23 years and has successfully qualified over 400 instructors. Everyone dreams about it, you can be a part of it!

 

We accept two candidates into this program each month. Candidates must be PADI Dive Professionals (minimum level: PADI DiveMaster) before enrolling. Qualified individuals will join us for 30 days in a non-paid professional level internship position and will be included as a trainee on our team for 5-6 days a week. The remaining time interns are free to dive, relax and enjoy the island pace or study for further educational courses.

 

What's the deal? All candidates get Seamanship training on board our fleet of four Newton Dive Boats, and participate in everything our full time staff do every day. This is a comprehensive industry experience that will give you exposure to every facet of a dive business, including but not limited to:

  • Experience/training compressor operation
  • Experience/training to guide divers and snorkelers
  • Assisting with PADI courses
  • Assisting divers and snorkelers with travel plans & making reservations
  • Experience assisting divers with equipment selection, rental and gear purchases
  • Experience in maintaining boats and scuba equipment
  • Training in scuba retail management, retail, inventory and operating a scuba Point of Sale system
  Pro Internship Candidate Pre-IDC Instructor Development Course & Instructor Exam Pro Internship Candidate Post-IDC MSDT
Course Fees $400 $1020 $800
Course Materials $0 ~$730 ~$195
Scuba Equipment We recommend you consider a rent-to-own plan or ask about great rates on brand new equipment! Candidates must provide their own equipment, rental equipment is available at nominal rates. Candidates must provide their own equipment, rental equipment is available at nominal rates.
Additional Fees $0 Medical, PADI Fees ~$145, IE ~$575 PADI Fees ~$325
Accommodation shared apt. ~ask for current rates shared apt. ~$200/week shared apt. ~$200/week
Board Discount Rates N/A N/A
Travel you supply R/T ticket to BVI you supply R/T ticket to BVI you supply R/T ticket to BVI
Medical Insurance Required Recommended Required
Professional Liability Insurance Required Not Required Required
Program Length 4 weeks ~2 weeks ~2 weeks
What's the Next Step Consider enrollment in the IDC and become an Instructor Consider enrollment in the Post IDC Internship and become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer Jump into the industry with both feet, you are ready!

 

What's the catch? None that we can think of, but there are some things you should know. Applicants must be PADI Divemasters or PADI Assistant Instructors or have recently completed the SCD NON-Professional Level Internship. Pro Interns are NOT required to enroll in an IDC, but may want to after their internship. Pro interns who enroll in an IDC are eligible for 20% off Instructor Level Education. IDC Candidates are not required to enroll in a POST IDC internship, but may want to after their IDC. All internship applicants must provide:

  • Proof of scuba certification from a recognized agency (minimum: PADI Divemaster)
  • Transport to/from Tortola, BVI
  • Course materials for continuing education courses (may be purchased at our facility)
  • $400 deposit to secure a place in the Internship
  • Shared accommodation is available on request, but candidates are not required to use it, and may make their own arrangements
  • Willingness to experience and contribute to the operations of a very busy PADI dive center
  • Pro level Interns must also provide proof of professional liability insurance

 

The Non-Pro and Pro Level internships can be combined in some situations. Candidates who are already PADI Rescue Divers for example, might join the Non-Pro program for the completion of their Dive Master certification and then enroll in the Pro program to put that training to use & practice valuable skills. To combine programs, please speak to our Course Director Mike Rowe directly. Contact him via e-mail: mikerowe@sailcaribbeandivers.com.

 
And if you are still not sure if one of these programs is for you, here are some reasons we think it will be the best experience you've ever had in the diving industry...
  • Our staff will pick you up at the ferry terminal or airport when you arrive and assist you with moving into your accommodation.
  • Your mentor will work with you each week to assure you are getting the training you want and need and also to facilitate your overall experience.
  • Because our crew are long term industry professionals with diverse industry training your experience will be very well-rounded.
  • We are a very busy facility with a large variety of activities happening daily, not a sleepy beach shop.
  • Your training will be diversified and comprehensive...it will include every aspect of the diving industry - boat handling, retail sales, equipment rental and more...not just diving.
  • As a 5 * IDC, not only do we offer professional development courses, but also entry level and continuing education - which means exposure to numerous student divers.
  • The BVI boasts 8 wrecks and plenty of reef, with over 70+ dive sites, the variety of sites is an excellent training ground for gaining an understanding of marine environments and navigating unfamiliar sites successfully.
  • The BVI is an excellent jumping off point for other Caribbean Destinations.
  • Student interns dive for free anytime they are diving outside of their normal training courses.
  • Interns get a discount on educational materials...making learning that much more accessible!
  • We balance quality with quantity and we play too - spend an hour in The Rowes & Crown after a long day, spend a night out listening to a Type of Toad, join the SCD Darts Team and play in the Inter-island Competition, play cricket on the lawn on the Queen's Birthday, relax at a beach BBQ, enjoy an inexpensive dinner at the "Mexican", enter a team at the Tamarind Club Quiz Night on Fridays, go bowling, see a movie or take a hike in the rain forest at Sage Mountain National Park.

 

 

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