Assist in running a dive centre on the paradise island of Pulau Tiga, the location of TV’s “Survivor” Game Show. You’ll experience running a water sports centre and assist the Dive Master in taking care of the dive centre, guiding and assisting new learners, handling customers enquiries, customer service and reporting to the Dive Instructor.
If you stay for three months, you can do a total of 60 dives as a prerequisite to the Dive Master Course. You can also develop your diving skills by taking several courses – i.e. PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Aid Response, Rescue Diver etc.
Travellers and the Resort have partnered together to provide our interns the opportunity to do a placement at the Resort’s Water Sports Centre – to give diving enthusiasts the chance to gain experience in a beautiful setting! Your daily tasks could vary but the main objectives of this placement are for you to:
- Gain experience of running a water sports centre.
- Assist the Dive Master in the daily running of the centre.
- Develop your diving skills by taking several courses – i.e. PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Aid Response, Rescue Diver etc.
Dry Activities: Job responsibilities include looking after the water sports centre, for example; general cleaning (of the centre and the beach), handling customers inquiries, manning the centre, filling up oxygen tanks, cleaning diving equipment, assisting the movements of the boats or assignments set by the Resort Manager (guiding trail walks, assisting water department, assisting other departments), conducting English Classes.
Wet activities: The main activity you will take part in is assisting the Diving Instructor, for example; helping the instructor while conducting diving lessons, supporting and guiding learners, preparing diving gear for lessons, interacting with new learners. You will also be responsible for cleaning and maintaining the diving equipment, and getting the boats and Jet Ski’s ready for guests.
Requirements: You’ll need to start the programme with a PADI open water qualification to be considered for this course, and you’ll need to be minimum age 18.
You’ll have the opportunity (at additional cost) to take the following courses during your project (depending on your previous experiences and length of project):
- Open Water Course and Advanced Open Water Course,
- Emergency First Aid Response Course,
- Rescue Diver Course,
- Dive Master Course (optional and subject to certain criteria, such as minimum age of 18).
This is not a conservation project but you may have the opportunity to participate in the following other activities:
- Monitoring and Surveying Artificial Reef (snorkelling) – replacing and/or repairing damaged coral, continuing the development of the reef, conducting an inventory of the marine life encountered (specifically fish), cleaning underwater rubbish, collecting and replanting coral fragments. Due to the location of Pulau Tiga, heavy winds are common resulting in beach debris.
- Monitoring and Surveying House Reef (snorkelling) – this will involve conducting an inventory of the marine life (fish, coral, giant clams, etc) encountered at the designated area, clearing underwater rubbish, feeding fish, reporting the quality of water (i.e. visibility, under water current, seaweeds, jellyfish, red-tide, etc), reporting any damaged corals.
- Developing an Artificial Reef – to form the foundation for planting corals, setting up coral nursery units etc (some of this work will be undertaken as a dry activity).
These activities are not guided by a marine biologist, so your input will not have any academic value. Instead, these activities provide you with the opportunity to be involved in useful work for the centre whilst practising your diving skills. Some of the activities are quite routine and in some respects similar to underwater gardening (for example, clearing underwater rubbish, collecting and replanting coral fragments, etc.) During each of the above activities you will dive with other interns who may be on the placement at the same time as you and will not be supervised by a member of staff from the dive centre.
During your stay you might encounter days when the weather is not suitable for water activities and therefore dry activities will take place. Once you have gained your PADI Open Water certification you can also proceed with the following courses during your placement:
FIRST MONTH: *Open Water Course, Advanced Open Water Course
Please note, if you already have a PADI open water qualification then you do not need to take this course.
SECOND MONTH: Emergency First Aid Response Course, Rescue Diver
THIRD MONTH: Dive Master Course. This is optional. During this course you will also learn, amongst other things, about customer service, fish and coral identification, reef structure and underwater current movement.
During the first week of your placement you’ll have most of the afternoons off so that you can acclimatise to the tropical weather and to be familiar with the surrounding environment. During the rest of the placement you’ll work 6 days per week. Your day off will not usually be over the weekend as this is when the dive centre is at its busiest. If there are several interns doing this placement at the same time then you may be able to arrange some of your days off together. If you’re taking any of the PADI courses, some of your spare time will be spent studying for the exams.
You’ll spend 3 days doing dry activities and 3 days doing wet activities. You must take your own fins, mask and wet suit (which can be bought locally, if needed) but diving equipment is provided (this includes BCD, regulator and Scuba tanks).
This is not a conservation project but there are some elements of conservation based activities that you can become involved with during your stay (see above). Diving is possible all year round although the weather tends to be stormy between June, July and August. All diving is weather dependant.
The resort can accommodate a maximum of 120 people at any one time – it’s peak occupancy period tends to be from April/May to Sept/October when usually it will be at least 70% full. At other times of the year, occupancy can drop to around 20%. During the Low season, you’ll find that the staff have more free time to give 1 to 1 instruction, where as during the high season, you’ll have more exposure to customers, but more diving will take place in a group.
Pulau Tiga Resort is privately run and has chalets for guests set in a beautiful and quite exotic environment, with lovely walkways that run between the accommodation and the various facilities at the resort, surrounded by colourful local flora. The Resort’s range of facilities is good (see below), but focuses mainly on diving and water-sports, including a jetty set into the tropical beach. Wi-Fi / Internet: Wi-Fi is available in the Reception in the Resort, but not in the accommodation.
Traditional Longhouse: While on your project, you’ll stay in a Malaysian longhouse, where you’ll get to experience a taste of living in a traditional style. The Longhouse is traditional in style only – it is a modern facility with a lovely wooden verandah giving beautiful views and is nestled under trees. The facilities are comfortable, clean and very tropical. You will share your accommodation with a maximum of three per room.
FOOD: Your meals will consist of local cuisine and are provided in the Resort’s Restaurant, the same food provided to the fee-paying resort guests. Meals are taken in the form of a buffet, served daily and usually including two main courses with local vegetables and salads, followed by fruit. Tea, Coffee and Juice is available all day.
During your placement you will have free access to non-motorised water sports equipment, such as Kayaks – a great way to explore some of the island! Jet Ski’s are also available for hire. Local staff are friendly and live on the island – they will often get together for a game of volleyball or football in the evenings. Many of the staff speak good English.
There are also many trails through the undergrowth that you can explore easily and are well worth the effort. One of the features of Pulau Tiga are the several active mud volcanoes which can be found around the island, especially at the summit. Here you can cover yourself in volcanic mud for a natural skin cleansing treatment! These are well worth visiting for the view as well as the volcanoes.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS INTERNSHIP
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience this amazing culture first-hand!
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!