Published: August 10, 2023

Location: Indonesia


Closing Date: Ongoing

Divemaster & Marine Biology Training Program

Programme overview

This program aims to combine PADI divemaster training and marine biology theory modules. Candidates, once certified, can go on to proudly work as SCUBA professionals with a deeper understanding of the marine environment or go on to pursue degrees and careers in Marine Science, feeling capable in contributing to marine conservation efforts worldwide.




About the organisation

Bali Diving Academy is a renowned PADI 5 star IDC center with a 100% safety record and the highest quality standards. We were founded in 1991, and since then have regularly worked together with National Geographic, the Marine Megafauna Foundation and the Coral Triangle Center. Since our opening, our main passion: Connect You With The Ocean. Your mentor will be an experienced PADI Instructor and Marine Biologist or recognized Coral Conservationist with whom you will get in touch to discuss any open points before the course / internship.


About the programme

The program consists of 11 lectures covering all aspect of being a PADI Divemaster and discussions on varied marine science topics, including an introduction to basic marine ecology, coral reefs and transect methodology and scientific diving standards, etc. Accompanying fieldwork in world class dive sites enhances the knowledge acquired in the classroom.

Candidates will participate in conservation projects:

Project 1

Weekly visits to do a digital scan and a 3D mapping of the Coral Castle restoration project in North Coast of Nusa Penida island. A project that we are collaborating with Coral Cousins, each 3D scan will help to keep track the growth of the transplanted coral fragments, the biodiversity and the development of the structure shapes. In few months to a year time, we will create an animation of the restoration structures.

Project 2

Help to transplant, monitor and maintain coral restoration project that initiated by Nuansa Pulau Community of Nusa Penida. Candidates will also have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by educating the Nusa Penida community about conservations.

Program details

  1. Learn from our experienced Marine Scientist – through participating in 11 lectures and practical applications in marine data collection.
  2. Pay weekly visit for digital scan and 3D mapping of Coral Castle restoration project
  3. Monitor and maintain Coral fragments transplantation projects with Nuansa Pulau Community
  4. Able to plan dive trips and guide certified divers.
  5. Assist courses – from DSD to Rescue Diver training, learn to assist an Instructor.
  6. Dive a lot with cool sea creatures – Mantas, turtles , octopus, reef sharks and even Mola Mola!

What do you get?

Apart from the training and invaluable experience in the ocean as a research diver:

  1. SCUBA training at a professional level and invaluable insight and experience into marine science and conservation.
  2. PADI Divemaster Certification (you will have all you need to proceed immediately with the Instructor course if you would like to go into a career as a diving instructor).
  3. Recommendation letter signed by our resident Marine Scientist (by request) in case of future applications to university programs or conservation programs.
  4. All confirmations needed to validate credits with your university (by request)
  5. An intro to marine science digital handbook containing all the topics covered and tailored specifically for the program by our resident Marine Scientist as well as all data reports produced by the candidates during training



The training is based in the middle of the Marine Protected Area of Nusa Penida, in Nusa Lembongan a little paradisiacal island 30 minutes boat ride from south Bali. The dive sites we go to have some of the highest diversity of marine life in the world: more than 400 species of reef-building coral and large ocean dwellers like turtles, manta rays, and sharks, not to forget about the iconic sunfish or Mola-Mola, which, depending on the season, can be seen in the region on a regular basis.



6 weeks (certified diver) + 2 weeks optional warm up (special rate package tailor made based on diver experience). Around 8-10 weeks (non-certified diver), duration would be adapted depending on your level.

2023 calendar:

14 September – 25 October
9 November – 20 December

2024 calendar:

22 Jan – 4 March
18 March – 28 April
13 May – 21 June


Costs and pre-requisites

Would you like to be a scuba diver that wants to go pro-level while also gaining a further appreciation and knowledge of your future work environment as value-added to your Divemaster rating?

Are you fascinated by the underwater world and want to gain more scientific knowledge while conserving it?

Or, are you looking forward to starting a degree in Marine Science and would like to get a head start by combining your Divemaster Training with an introduction to marine biology and hands-on fieldwork?

If you’ve answered yes to either of these, congratulations and we hope you will join us! Please note that if you are a student at university this internship can be approved and give you credit towards your Master and/or Bachelor’s degree. You don’t need to be a certified diver or a scientist to apply this program.

For 6 weeks DMT + Marine Biology program: $2,195USD


What’s included

Price includes:

  • Transportation (from the airport and back to the airport or south Bali)
  • Divemaster Training with Experienced PADI Instructor as mentor
  • All Taxes
  • Lunch when diving from the boat
  • Marine Biology Theory
  • UNLIMITED Dives: Diving Penida and Lembongan for 6 weeks internship (duration can be adapted)
  • PADI Divemaster Digital Crew Pack + slates (value of USD340)
  • Full Set of rental Dive Equipment (but as a professional diver we strongly recommend to purchase and bring your personal equipment for diving)
  • 6 Weeks’ Full Accommodation in Private Room with aircon and basic breakfast (can be upgraded to higher category room with extra charge)

*6 weeks program is only eligible for certified diver, for non-certified diver, price will be varied depending on your level


How to apply

In order to guarantee an internship in the best conditions, we accept only a limited number of trainees. Don’t hesitate to enrol now or ask more information by simply writing an email to us on You can also send an enquiry by the enquiry form or send us a WhatsApp on +62 877-6004-8543.