Internships at Chang Diving Center,
Nothing what is worth it, is for free? We are continually receiving requests to give our courses away for free in exchange for work.
In the diving industry there is a common misconception regarding the meaning of “Internship”. Many people believe that it means that you get the dive courses for free in exchange for working around the dive centre. That is not what it meant by the internship option on the courses.
At Chang Diving Center
both the Divemaster Internship and the Instructor Internship. Means an “Internship” which you pay for. What it actually means is that you complete the courses over a period of time, by working alongside our Instructors. Learning and gaining valuable experience by watching real courses, real students and by learning what other jobs around the dive centre are carried out by our Professionals, to help the dive centre function on a daily basis.
This includes packing bags, washing equipment, washing cups, PADI-SDI-TDI-Training-Equipment Maintainence, helping keep our Boat and Office clean, dealing with Social Media, customer service issues and many other day to day tasks that are required to run the business. Learning the essential but less glamourous side to being a Dive Professional is part of the courses, particularly Divemaster.
There are many reasons why “free internships in exchange for work” are not a good idea and why we don’t offer them:
A good dive centre would hopefully have all of the jobs required to run effectively already being carried out otherwise how would they function?
If that is the case you would only be given the real meaningless and worthless tasks to carry out, which would be of no benefit to your development. It is known that often free interns are used as nothing more than cheap labour.
Real Dive Professionals
spend a lot of time, effort and money along the way to gaining a good amount of knowledge and experience so why would we give away for free the benefit of that knowledge and experience? If you get it for free there, is a good chance that your training will not be as good or carried out with as much enthusiam as it would if you paid for it.
Being a Dive Professional isn’t all about diving with lovely fishes. It is an amazing lifestyle and a great way to live, but like many other professions it is hard work and some of it not so glamourous. You need to learn as much about your new profession as you can, the good bits and the not so good, to help you become a success.
Here in Thailand it is illegal to work without a work permit so a free internship could lead to problems for both us and anybody doing jobs around the dive centre. Its also completely against the Dive Industry Standards.
There are many Divemasters and Instructors in the diving industry looking for work that have spent money and time on becoming a Pro and having people work for free only makes finding a job more difficult for those deserving it.