Steps for PADI Divemaster Internship
Start your Gap year with DJL Diving. Our gap year internship includes all courses from beginner up to PADI Divemaster.
You'll also receive all required diving manuals, your own full set of scuba equipment to keep, unlimited diving during the internship and student materials (for example dive planning tables) plus all application fees.
Read more: Steps for PADI Divemaster Internship
Getting a Visa for your Scuba Diving Internship in Thailand
Lets now take a look at the visa regulations in Thailand & how to get the best possible visa for your diving internship, plus discuss some frequently asked questions:
If you make no prior arrangements & fly straight into Thailand you'll be issued with a 30 day 'Visa On Arrival'. Since the duration of the internship is two months you'll make either have to 'visa runs' to another country (excluding Myanmar) in order to remain in Thailand, or you can go over to the immigration office in Koh Samui and get your visa extended by 30 days there.
This means crossing the border out of Thailand, then re-entering however over a land boarder the visa which is currently issued is a 15 day tourist visa. If you go to the Thai Embassy/consulate in somewhere like Malaysia, Lao or Cambodia you can apply for a 60 day tourist visa.
This is ok, but there is a cheaper and easier way of doing things.
It can work out much better to apply for a one year Non - Immigrant visa (currently the favoured visa for coming to undertake dive training in Thailand is the category ED type, however the favoured visa does seem to change on a fairly regular basis so it is worth checking with the embassy/consulate). This allows you to remain in Thailand for 90 days at a time, only making a visa run every three months, when the multiple entry type of this visa is issued by the Thai consulate/embassy (check with the Thai embassy/consulate that you are going to be applying for your visa with if they will issue the 1 year Multiple entry version of this visa as some will and others won't). The multiple entry types of these visas do seem to be issued much less frequently than previously, but it is work making enquiries especially if you are planning to take further training once you have completed your Divemaster Internship, for example one of our IDC packages.
The best way to to apply for these visas and get information about them is to contact a Thai embassy/consulate in your country of origin.
For the visas over 60 days you'll need a couple of documents from us (which we e-mail to you once you have paid your deposit for the internship as we are confirming that you are coming to take the training with us and so essentially acting as your sponsor for the visa). There is an application fee but it works out much better than going down the 'visa on arrival' route.
You need to contact your local Thai consulate for the exact fee, but expect it to be a little over 150 US dollars.
Our advice is don't leave things till the last minute - sometimes these things take a while to organize so be proactive, however you can't apply too early either as you have to enter Thailand to activeate your Non-Immigrant visa within 90 days of it being issued.