Become a Divemaster on Gili Trawangan
We are a dive professional development centre, located on one of Indonesians tropical paradise Islands, Gili Trawangan. We run our programs through PADI 5 star dive resort Trawangan Dive Centre. Not only do we offer Divemaster programs managed by a dedicated PADI Course Director, but we also provide options for future progress with in-house IDC (Instructor Development Centre) and Tech Divemaster internship if you wish to follow that path.
The ‘Go Pro‘ Program will fully prepare you for further development as a dive professional. Our PADI Professionals are confident, knowledgeable, and prepared to work anywhere in the world with the right skill set and attitudes.
Our mission is to provide an exceptional PADI Divemaster program that combines training, conservation and career development as a dive professional.
With that in mind our Divemaster trainees are not only aware of the environmental issues and the responsibility they carry as the ocean ambassadors, but they are also skilled professionals confident above and below the surface.
We believe that practice, patience, dedication, and joy is the way to achieve success in the industry. By focusing on education, awareness, and adventure, we are covering all aspects of THE professional diving experience with a great deal of fun in-between.
The Gilis are three little islands situated in North Lombok with Gili Trawangan being the largest. There are no cars nor motorbikes allowed on the islands, therefore you get around either on foot, bicycle, or cidomo (colorful local horse cart). This creates a unique vibe and truly original experience.
Gili Trawangan is bursting with energy and social life. There is a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodation suitable for any budget. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind after an exciting day of diving.
Trawangan Dive Centre has an incredibly friendly vibe due to the passionate team of instructors. Their love for diving, experience level and care for the marine life is immediately apparent, not to mention contagious. During your course, you will build friendships that last forever with the instructors and fellow DMTs (Divemaster trainees). Before you know it, you will feel you’ve found a home away from home.
The PADI Divemaster course is the first step to your professional career as a diver. After completion, you’ll be qualified to guide certified divers. This includes dive planning and briefings as well as showing them all the amazing creatures and making sure they come back safely after the underwater tour. You are also a role model for other divers and people will look up to you, asking for tips and tricks on how to improve their diving skills. You truly become the Ocean Advocate from this point onwards.
To fulfil your needs, we have created three different Divemaster packages. This allows you to follow your interests and develop skills and knowledge in the areas that excite you the most.
For those who are pursuing the Divemaster program as the first step to a professional career, becoming a better diver or simply to take a break and do something fun we offer the standard package.
This package includes standard PADI Divemaster course along with additional workshops. This program will help you to understand the local marine life, dive physics, physiology, equipment, and much more.
The Divemaster course itself is super flexible. You will not only learn about diving but also share experience and responsibilities with the team of other professionals working in a very successful dive operation.
Free fun diving during your course
Discounts on meals and accommodation in our restaurant and hotel
Hands-on experience of working in a busy dive centre
Theory workshops: Fish ID, Physiology, Physics, Coral
Additional workshops about Buoyancy and Currents
and many more ...
Price starts from:
Everything in Standard
Project Aware Shark Conservation Speciality Course
Introduction to Biorock
Ocean Quest Coral Propagation Course
Opportunity to volunteer with Gili Eco Trust
Gili Eco Trust Re-Cycling Tour
and many more ...
Price starts from:
Everything in Standard
Free entry to the Gym (Gili Fit)
Two diving speciality courses (e.g. Sidemount, Deep, Wreck, Drift or Nitrox)
CCR Rebreather Introduction Course
Equipment maintenance workshop
Introduction to filling compressed air
and many more ...
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What comes Next?
With Trawangan Dive as your base dive centre you have the opportunity to gain knowledge far beyond the Divemaster course. You can choose to become a dive instructor with our in-house Instructor Development Course or become a technical diver.
Instructor Development Course
For those of you thinking about progressing to your Instructor Development Course our Divemaster program gives you a very solid starting point. With that in mind we’ve add some extra skill circuits and opportunity to assist regularly on various courses from Discover Scuba Diving Program to Rescue in order to get you ready.
Read here what our Previous Divemaster’s saying about us
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you based at Trawangan Dive Centre?
Yes, Divemaster Gilis is part of Trawangan Dive Centre career development sector. Therefore you are able to take part not only in your professional training but also in basic dive courses and specialities.
Are you PADI?
What is included in the course?
Depending on a Divemaster package, we include different workshops and courses.
But overall the course includes:
- PADI Divemaster course
- Unlimited fun dives.
- Dive equipment (BCD, regulators, fins, mask, snorkel, and wetsuit). All in all, we still recommend bringing your own mask, snorkel, fins, and a dive computer.
- Discount in our “Fat Cats” restaurant.
- Discount on speciality courses and technical diving course.
- Two Trawangan Dive dive t-shirts.
- Visa extension assistance.
- Assisting with finding accommodation.
- Assisting with finding job opportunities.
- Free wifi in the dive centre.
- PADI Membership fees
- PADI Crew Pack (course materials). You can purchase them at Trawangan Dive or order them on-line prior to your arrival.
- Indonesian Visa fees.
- Dive computer.
- SMB (surface marker buoy) with the reel.
What visa do I need?
As you will be attending your dive training, the only visa you need is a tourist visa.
If you are planning to come only for 30 days it’s free of charge for most of the countries.
If you are planning to stay 60 days you can get a tourist visa on arrival, just make sure you pay the required fees, once you arrive at the airport in Bali or Jakarta (bare in mind not all the ports offer that option). With that visa, you are allowed to stay in Indonesia for 60 days without leaving the country, but you will need to extend it after 30 days. You can do that in Lombok immigration office. We are happy to help you with the extension through our agent. The fees are usually around 1,000,000IDR (100 AUS).
If you are thinking of staying longer than that, you can apply for a social visa in your home country, through the local Indonesian embassy. In order to do that you will need an Indonesian sponsor, we can assist you with that as well. Bear in mind that none of those visas give you permission to work in Indonesia.
Read more about visas here.
Is there a discount for doing multiple courses at the same time?
Yes! We offer a 10% discount on any continuing education courses you do with us at Trawangan Dive as well as technical diving courses with Trawangan Tech.
If you bring your own equipment (BCD, regulators, mask, fins, and dive computer) you’ll also get 1,000,000IDR. taken of your Divemaster course fees.
For those interested in continuing with Instructor Development Course we have additional discounts as well.
Are there set start dates?
Divemaster course is a very flexible course therefore we do not have a set date for start and finish. That means you can hop on at any time, however, if you are thinking about doing your IDC (Instructor Development Course) we advise you to plan a sufficient time prior to the starting date of the course.
How long does it take?
We recommend giving yourself 4 to 6 weeks. That is sufficient time to finish all your assignments as well as relax and enjoy the island vibe.
If you are already experienced and fairly confident diver we can arrange the course that will last shorter than that.
On the other hand, if you are not certified diver just yet or you do not fulfill the prerequisites to start the Divemaster program we can extend that time as well.
Can I work while I am there to cover the cost of the course? Do you offer a free internship?
Unfortunately due to Indonesian visa regulations you are not allowed to work while you’re in training without an appropriate working visa. That gives you a great opportunity to just focus on the task you are due to complete and progress as a diver without additional pressure. We find that more beneficial for our candidates, as that leaves you the freedom to enjoy the island and the course itself.
In effect to that, we do not offer free internships for our Divemaster candidates.
Where can I find accommodation?
There is plenty of options to choose from, depending on your budget. We can recommend you some homestays, where we usually accommodate our candidates or assist you with finding the accommodation suitable for your needs. The best way to go is to book a room for two to three nights prior to your arrival, you can use platforms like booking.com or agoda.com. Once you are on the island, you can just have a look around and find something that will fit you best.
What equipment is required?
Once you start your Divemaster course you’ll be required to have an SMB (surface marker buoy) with a minimum 30-meter line. It should be visible, minimum a meter long, and design to seal at the bottom after deployment.
Another important piece of equipment for dive professionals is a dive computer, however, you have an option to rent one for the time of your training.
We recommend bringing your own mask and snorkel as well.
If you didn’t have the chance to get the required equipment before your arrival you can purchase them at Trawangan Dive store.
Let us know if you have any question. Send us a message or visit us at our dive shop. We would love to meet you!
Read our Blog for more information
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