Divemaster Internship in Cozumel

The Divemaster internship in Cozumel gives you the skills and experience required to safely lead groups of certified divers and is the first step towards an exciting career as an Dive Professional without requiring you to complete an instructor program. Professional Divemasters can work for Dive Centers and Resorts, guiding dives in a variety of environments and conditions. You will earn the Divemater certification after completing this internship.

The SSI Divemaster program is ISO Certified (ISO 24801-3) and provides candidates with the knowledge and training necessary to supervise and guide certified divers on recreational scuba dives.

Benefits of Completing the Divemaster Internship in Cozumel

When you complete the Divemaster internship with Salty Endeavors you are taking your first step on an exciting journey. Learn to safely lead certified divers in various environments and conditions. By giving dive briefings, doing site evaluations, and leading dives, you will become a confident Divemaster in no time. Begin your diving career working as a Professional Divemaster today!


Prerequisites & Requirements For Divemaster Internship

Approximate Class Schedule

  • Starts on the 1st of each month
  • Choose from 4 or 10-week classes
  • Maximum four (4) students per class
  • Completetion of eLearning by student
  • Classroom lectures by our Divemaster Instructors and Instructor Trainers
  • Mix of shore and boat diving
  • Multiple in-water, classroom, and remote workshops
  • Online final exam
  • Certification processing!

We offer you two options for your SSI Divemaster Internship

Detailed Overview of your Divemaster Internship Schedule

Academic Sessions

Of course, it is not as fun as diving, but classroom lectures are required. Sessions include the following topics:

  • What is a Dive Guide?
  • Preparing for the Dive
  • Conducting the Dive
  • Your career with SSI
  • Dive Emergencies
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Science of Diving

Practical Application

This is the fun part of your Cozumel Divemaster Internship. We go out and dive and practice the skills we learn in the classroom and confined water. Sessions include:

  • Water Fitness
  • Snorkeling
  • Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Stress & Rescue
  • The Dive Briefing
  • Guiding the Dive
  • Guiding a Deep or Night Dive
  • Introduction to Freediving

Ecology Sessions

Learning about the environment you will work is paramount. Our Divemaster Internship includes the following Ecology certifications:

  • Marine Ecology

Our Platinum Divemaster Internship will also earn the following certifications: 

  • Fish Identification
  • Coral Identification
  • Sharks
  • Turtles
  • Manta & Rays
  • Marine Mammal
  • Marine Invertebrates

Note: Each Ecology Session is an SSI certification course. These are 8 resume-building certifications included in our internship and not included in our competitors Divemaster Internship! Additinoally, an SSI Divemaster can teach all Ecology classes. You will graduate our internship with the ability to teach (read: earn more income) before becoming a certified scuba instructor. 

Remote Workshops

We all remember the best part of being a student – field trips! During your Divemaster Internship in Cozumel you will  participate in a number of workshops which include:

  • Retail & Selling
  • Hyperbaric Chamber
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Turtles (Seasonal)
  • Eagle Rays (Seasonal)
  • Fill Station
  • Equipment Repair / SSI Equipment Techniques certification

Environmental Protection

Protect what you love. As part of your Cozumel Divemaster Internship you will participate in and organize local beach clean ups. But Salty Endeavors practices what it teaches.

  • Our harbor shop is powered by 100% solar electricty
  • All paperwork within the Divecenter is completed digitally. Student paperwork, liability waivers, employee dive logs – no paper at all!
  • Blue Oceans participating member
  • Reef contributing partner
  • I.CareAboutCoral contributing member

The Platinum Internship

Be it refreshing an old skill for you, or learning new skills, your Platinum Divemaster Internship in Cozumel will earn the following certifications:

  • Underwater Navigation
  • Deep Diver
  • Night & Limited Visability
  • Perfect Buoyancy
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • React Right
  • Stress & Rescue
  • Ecology (All)


Need to complete a few pre-requisites before enrolling in our Divemaster Internship?

Not to worry! We can process from Open water up to and including Open Water Instructor. Use the form below to build your ideal Divemaster internship in Cozumel and and a staff member will get back with you.

Why Choose Salty Endeavors for Your Divemaster Intership?

Our Divemaster Internship is very different from any other course you have done before. In all diving courses, you must meet some theoretical and practical requirements to get your certification. However, in our Divemaster program, we go further.

We will not only teach you the theory and practice that the course requires, but you will also learn how it is working in a dive center. You will be able to see how to prepare a diving tour, how the logistics part works, and you will learn to solve real problems with real customers. In other words, a complete Divemaster Internship.

With a combined teaching experience of 50+ years, spanning across 10+ countries in 3 continents, our instructors are some of the best in the industry. Though you cannot buy that kind of experience, you can, however, benefit from it during your internship with Salty Endeavors. We also employ some of the most experienced Dive Masters in Cozumel, combining for over a century of experience and 40,000 dives!

The experience of our staff is unparalleled, and we are ready to share this experience and knowledge with you. You will work hand in hand with our Instructors and Divemasters, and we will quickly make you feel like one more member of our dive family.

Our goal is not simply that you get your certification: We want to prepare you so, as soon as you finish your training, you have the experience and confidence necessary to find a job as a Divemaster anywhere in the world. The Divemaster Internship will take you from being a recreational scuba diver to a fully employable scuba diving professional. Now isn’t that a nice choice to have?

As a fast-paced dive center where we teach and dive in small groups, we provide you an excellent balance between classroom and water, between tuning up your dive skills, assisting on courses and guiding full boats of certified divers. A combination of projects and workshops round out the education and internship.

Anyone can get a Divemaster certification, but not everyone has the same experience and knowledge after completing the course. We help you to get that extra experience to make a difference. When looking for your first job as a Divemaster after the course is completed, we want you to feel like if it were not the first time working; like if you had been working as a divemaster before.

We teach the full spectrum of SSI ecological courses included in your internship. We believe a good Divemaster also has a mastery of the environment of which they work. Your clients are going to ask you questions about the envirnment after every dive. This is one more step in your preparation that most internships forget about.

We offer you a path where you can build a career out of diving if you wish to, like we did! Start your professional career underwater as a true professional!

Frequently Asked Questions



How many dives are included?

Our 4-week internship includes 34 scheduled training dives. Additionally, a number of the scheduled classroom and workshops are only half days, which gives you an opportunity for another 10 dives. Finally, you have 7 days off scheduled, which you are free to do with as you wish. You can sleep in, explore Cozumel, or take in additional 28 dives. This makes a minimum of 34 dives and a maximum 72 dives over your 28-day program. 

Our 10-week internship includes 74 scheduled training dives. Additionally, many or your classroom or workshops will allow you to complete an additional 26 dives during the class. Finally, you are scheduled for 13 days off, which allows you an additional 52 dives. This makes your minimum dives at 74 and your maximum dives at 152. 

Please note this will be a mix of boat and shore dives. Boat dives are subject to space availability. Shore dives are always available. All dives are weather dependent. Any missed dives due to weather closures cannot be rescheduled or refunded. 

How many days off will I have?

Our 4-week program has scheduled 7 days off. 

Our 10-week program has scheduled 13 days off.

You can use this to complete up to 4 dives daily, but you are not required to do so. You can use these days off any way you prefer. They can be a great way to explore the topside of Cozumel and the entire Riviera Maya. Or take some continuing educations classes not offered in your internship. 

Exactly which certifications are included?

Our 4-week program includes the following certifications: 

  • Divemaster
  • Science of Diving
  • Equipment Techniques
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Marine Ecology

Our 10-week program includes all of the above certifications, plus the following additional certifications:

  • Underwater Navigation
  • Night & Limited Visability
  • Perfect Bouyancy
  • Deep
  • React Right
  • Stress & Rescue
  • Fish Identification
  • Coral Identification
  • Turtle Ecology
  • Manta & Ray Ecology
  • Shark Ecology
  • Marine Invertebrates
  • Marine Mammals

Why do you include the Ecology certifcations?

We feel as a working dive professional it is paramount for you to understand the environment you work in. Your divers will constantly ask you questions about the reefs and animals you see. These classes will prepare you to provide the best customer service possible (read: increased tip money) with educated answers to your diver’s questions.

Furthermore, as an in-status SSI Divemaster, you have the ability to teach all the Ecology classes. By allowing you to teach and process certifications prior to becoming a scuba instructor, this provides you a signficant opportunity to increase your income.

Our 4-week program includes the SSI Marine Ecology program. Our 10-week program adds the remianing 7 SSI Ecolgy programs – Fish, Coral, Turtle, Shark, Rays, Marine Invertebrates, and Marine Mammals.

Can I teach as a Divemaster?

Yes! As an in-status SSI Divemaster, you have the ability to teach all the Ecology classes. By allowing you to teach and process certifications prior to becoming a scuba instructor, this provides you a signficant opportunity to increase your income.

Is lodging included?

Yes! Our 4-week internship includes 28 nights lodging, while our 10-week internship provides 70 nights of lodging. 

Lodging is provided at the Salty Endeavors’ Divemaster house only and is subject to availability. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 

Can I provide my own lodging?

Yes! While we prefer to have you in our Divemaster provided housing to facilitate the learning environment, we understand some people may wish to find their own housing. In the event you find your own housing, we will discount you $10 per night from your internship price for any night not used .

Who will be my instructor?

Our staff rotates each month who will be the lead mentor for the Divemaster Internship. However, due to days off, sick days, or personal leave, we may substitute any of our instructors for a given session. 

That said, all professional level classes at Salty Endeavors are overseen by Instructor Trainer #61484 Henry Schultz. Henry is the only SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Instructor Trainer located in the Riviera Maya and Quintana Roo, which means no SSI instructor in Eastern Mexico is equally or more qualified than Henry. 

Additionally, Salty Endeavors employs a full time staff of 5 additional instructors, all of whom are Advanced Open Water Instructor or higher. Salty Endeavors has been the leading SSI training center in Cozumel for 6 years in a row, and our highly experienced instructors are the reason why. None of our staff are seasonal help. They all live in Cozumel full time and are legal residents of Mexico with decades of teaching scuba on their resumes. You will not find a more experienced staff. You can meet all our staff at this page

Who will be the Divemasters leading the Internship?

Salty Endeavors employs the “Cozumel Hall of Fame” Divemasters. None of our Divemasters have less than 25 years professional diving experience in Cozumel. When it comes time for you to jump on our boats and learn from the Divemaster, you will literally be learning from working legends. Over 15,000 professional dives each! No where in the world can match our team’s experience. You can not purchase that level of knowledge, but you can train underneath the divers with this experience. But only at Salty Endeavors. 

Can I take additional classes during my internship?

Yes! On your scheduled off days you can register for any of the con-ed classes we offer. 

I already have some certifications included in the class. Can I switch to other classes I do not yet have?

Yes! We will happily switch you to any of our other con-ed classes. Additional fees may apply pending which class(es) you choose. Please contact us for further details. 

I already have some certifications included in the class. Can I get a discount for those classes?

Yes! We can refund our expenses for any continuing education you already have and do not need from our internships. Please contact us for further details. 

What expenses are not included?

Basically only your living expeneses. You will need to provide your own transportation, food, toiletries, and entertainment. 

What form of payment do you accept?

We suggest all payments be completed using the following free payment services:
• Zelle ( letsgodiving@saltyendeavors.com ) – Already integrated with most USA bank’s online banking
• Venmo ( @SaltyEndeavors ) – last 4 digits of phone number are 1396
• CashApp ( $SaltyEndeavors )
• Revolut ( https://revolut.me/saltyendeavors )
• Cash (when in Cozumel). US Dollars preferred but Mexican Peso accepted at that day’s currency conversation rate.

Please also note we use Venmo as a fee-free payment service. If you elect to pay a payment protection fee, this fee is YOUR responsibility. Your invoice will be credited with the amount we recieve, and you will be billed for the remaining balance.

However, we can process online payments using the following payment providers, with associated fees:
• Bank-to-bank transfer (add a 1% processing fee – maximum of $10)
• Visa, MasterCard, or Discover (add 3.5% to payment for processing fees)
• PayPal (add 3.5% to payment for processing fees). Please note as we are a business account we are unable to accept PayPal Friends & Family.

How do I reserve my space?

We require a $250 non-refundable deposit to enroll in our Divemaster program. This will unlock your eLearning, which you keep even if you cancel your reservation. 

The remainder of the balance must be paid in full 24 hours prior to your start date. 

Are there any refunds?

No. The deposit is non-refundable as it essentially purchases your SSI eLearning materials, which is not refundable from SSI or Salty Endeavors. Once your remaining balance is paid (24 hours prior to day one), no refund is offered for missed days or cancelled classes. In the event you need to leave for an emergency of any sort, we can reschedule missed days for future classes.

Am I guaranteed to pass this class once I pay my tuition?

No. There are very specific objectives which must be met in order for you to earn your Divemaster certification. Failure to meet any objective is cause for not processing a certification. Our dedicated dive staff will work with you as much as needed to improve your dive skills, but tuition paid does not equal a right to certification.

Locations for your Divemaster Internship

Your Cozumel Divemaster Internship will primarily take place in these three locations – our habor for boar dives, Tikila Beach for shore dives, and of course our classroom.

Harbor - Boats

Classroom - Pool

Shore Dives