Gap Year Scuba Diving Internships 

Are You Considering Taking Time Out Of Formal Education ?

A professional diving internship to become a PADI Divemaster, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or beyond is a very rewarding opportunity for scuba divers, with 1 to 3 months to spare and want to travel. A full time job in the scuba diving industry may not be your ultimate objective; there are many PADI Pros that work part time or teach only friends or family or simply enjoy the status and benefits of being a PADI Pro. You may even just want to be a better diver and use your gap year to improve your sport.

Whatever your motivation, internships with Downbelow – PADI 5 Career Development Centre represent excellent value for money and international level quality training. It’s an opportunity to immerse in the business of scuba diving by accelerating development, smoothing out the learning curve and gaining valuable hands-on dive industry experience in our two busy premier dive centres. Professional scuba diving internship graduates can hit the ground running, ready for immediate dive job employment in even the busiest of dive centres.

Gap Year Scuba Diving Internship

At Downbelow we take all diver training very seriously and when it comes to professional courses we have a dedicated team of highly qualified instructors & course directors who teach, guide and offer advice to all candidates.

We operate TWO PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centres in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The first known as the Beach House is located on Gaya Island where “Rainforest meets the Reef” located just 10 mins boat ride from the City of Kota Kinabalu (KK). We are the only operator here – away from the crowds. Our second dive centre is located on Manukan Island, 10 minutes speedboat ride from KK city and within the resort. The advantage to you as the GoPro candidate is that you will get to experience two very different dive centres during your program which is beneficial to your training & potential career in the industry.

Our training facilities at the PADI 5 Star IDC Centres and the head office at KK Times Square on the mainland, are ideally suited to all PADI Courses. Providing year round access to our confined water area directly in front of our dive centres and open water dive sites a giant stride from our jetty or minutes away by speedboat.

Our Downbelow Adventure Lodge where you will be staying is ideally located nearby our marina and within the IMAGO shopping & entertainment complex. So you will get the best of both worlds, by day you are on a tropical island paradise and by night close to all the city services.

You will no doubt have many questions. Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions section of the website or use the Live Chat below.

Safety First 

Travelling abroad and spending time away from family & friends assists youth development but you want to make sure you stay safe. Here are Downbelow we operate all our services in-house. We own and operate our logistics network including speedboats and road transportation vehicles. Our team are full time and the majority have been with us for many years. We own and operate our own adventure lodge where our internship candidates reside. We own and operate our own PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centres, travel centre & dive shop. We follow PADI Standards & Procedures and British HSE guidelines for diving at work. Read more about our commitment to keeping you and your family safe. 

Which Internship Is For You ?


One Month PADI Instructor Course

GBP 1200.00

One Month PADI Instructor Course

  • One Month Unlimited Scuba Diving
  • PADI Instructor Development Course
  • One Month Accommodation (Dormitory)
  • PADI IDC Crew Pack with Back Pack
  • All Diving Permit & Jetty Fees, Land & Boat Transfers
PADI Master Scuba Diver

Two Month PADI DM & IDC Internship

GBP 2,200.00

Two Month PADI DM & IDC Internship

  • TWO Months Unlimited Scuba Diving
  • PADI Divemaster Course
  • PADI Instructor Development Course
  • Two Months Accommodation (Dormitory)
  • PADI Divemaster Crew Pack
  • PADI IDC Crew Pack with Back Pack
  • All Diving Permit & Jetty Fees, Land & Boat Transfers
Scuba Diving Manukan Island Resort

Three Month PADI Internship

GBP 2800.00

Three Month PADI Internship

  • Three Months Unlimited Scuba Diving
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • Emergency First Response Course
  • PADI Divemaster Course
  • PADI Instructor Development Course
  • Three Months Accommodation (Dormitory)
  • PADI Divemaster Crew Pack
  • PADI IDC Crew Pack with Back Pack
  • All Diving Permit & Jetty Fees, Land & Boat Transfers

Internship Pre-Requesite

Be at least 18 years of age. Hold an entry level scuba diving certification for example PADI Open Water and have been qualified for a minimum of 6 months prior to the start of the internship. Be medically fit to scuba dive and present a medical statement signed by a physician.

Open Up a Whole New World Of Opportunities

We have been in the business of teaching progressional level courses for two decades. During this time many of our PADI GoPro candidates have been gapper’s taking time out of education or a well earned career sabbatical. Joining a professional internship program is very rewarding, you get to meet the most amazing people, many of whom are like-minded and also on a gap year. You will make life-long friendships and the experience will no doubt open up even more opportunities than you thought possible. 

What Makes Downbelow Different ?

  • Customised Itineraries To Save Money & Maximise Time
  • Genuine Focus On Conservation & Outreach Community Programs
  • TWO Full Service Island Based PADI 5 Star IDC Centres – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
  • Own and Operate Our Adventure Lodge Accommodation – KK Times Square
  • Fully Comprehensive Quality Control Standards and Procedures
  • TWO Resident PADI Course Directors – In House and Full Time
  • Gained International Awards for Excellence, Education and Experience
  • Awarded the PADI Green Star Award for Environmental Practices to Reduce our Environmental Footprint
  • Hassle FREE – airport to airport service all under one company
  • Dedicated experienced travel consultant for planning your trip, during your trip and post trip support
  • Approved British Ministry of Defence Commercial Dive Centre
  • Company Profits Support Welfare & Marine Conservation