Research Assistant + Divemaster Internship

Research Assistant + Divemaster Internship

This comprehensive three month training program provides all the necessary practical and theoretical training to prepare you for a professional career in marine conservation science. IMR Divemaster Trainees will acquire and expand on the knowledge of a Research Assistant by confidently leading underwater surveys, as brought by the knowledge and experience gained through the PADI Divemaster course. As an IMR Divemaster Trainee, not only will you be ready to function in a research capacity, you will also learn the responsibilities, etiquette, priorities, knowledge and career guidance required to work as a dive professional. This is an immersive experience for motivated individuals that wish to change careers, or are serious about significantly boosting their employment prospects as a professional diver and marine conservation scientist.

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Skills Acquired

  • PADI Divemaster certification
  • Intimate knowledge of coral reef ecosystems and processes
  • Intimate knowledge on Indo-Pacific coral, fish, benthic, invertebrate and disease identification
  • Underwater field training in 3-Dimensional reef modelling, diver operated Stereo Video System (SVS), benthic assays, and reef impact protocols (coral bleaching, coral disease, drupella spp., and crown of thorns starfish outbreaks
  • Data analysis of images using the most up to date software systems (CPCe, EventMeasure, and ArcGis)
  • Leadership experience within a Non-Profit NGO
  • Experience working with Marine Scientists in a professional environment
  • Experience realising, teaching, and cultivating innovative research techniques
  • Experience leading underwater training and research dives
  • Data processing, statistical and analytical skills
  • Communicate science through community outreach activities
  • ~50 training and science dives per month (weather permitting)
  • Career guidance and job placement training
  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.
  • PADI Rescue Diver + Emergency First Responder
  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science (or equivalent) is preferable but not essential.
  • Minimum 3-month commitment.
Anemone / clownfish fish in Apo Island, Philipines
  • Divemaster training + crew pack
  • 10 day coral reef ecology & physiology lecture series
  • Workshops on Indo-Pacific coral, fish, benthic, invertebrate and disease identification
  • Underwater field training in 3-Dimensional reef modelling, diver operated Stereo Video System (SVS), benthic assays, and reef impact protocols (coral bleaching, coral disease, drupella spp. and crown of thorns starfish outbreaks
  • Data analysis of images using the most up to date software systems (CPCe, EventMeasure, and AgiSoft)
  • ~50 training training and survey dives per month (weather permitting)
  • Marine sanctuary fees
  • SCUBA equipment (tanks, weight belt and weights only)
  • All necessary field equipment
  • 24hr in-country support
  • 3x meals Monday to Saturday
  • Accommodation
  • 24hr internet access
  • Airport / ferry pick-up from Dumaguete
  • 2x IMR T-shirts
Red sea turtle swimming under the surface of the sea in Dauin, Philippines

All prices are marked in Philippine pesos

Price
₱295,000 (₱98,500 per month)
Anemone / clownfish fish in Apo Island, Philipines
  • Flights
  • Visa (beyond 30 days)
  • Travel and Diving Insurance
  • SCUBA equipment (gear hire available)
  • Additional drinks and excursions
  • Recreational dives (available on Sundays)
  • PADI Divemaster PIC
Red sea turtle swimming under the surface of the sea in Dauin, Philippines

Course Dates

31st January

28th April

28th February

28th May

31st March

28th June

30th April

28th July

31st May

28th August

30th June

28th September

31st July

28th October

31st August

28th November

30th September

28th December

31st October

28th January

Additional Courses

Research Assistant

Research Fellow

Research Assistant + Instructor Development