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If you want to become a diving professional, next summer could be one to rememberThree lucky individuals will be selected to spend their summer at Andark Diving and Watersports’ world-class diving facilities, learning the ropes and fast-tracking their skills in the diving industry, while becoming a PADI Divemaster at no cost to them. Andark uses an internship approach to give the scholars the best experience of the dive industry while earning their PADI Divemaster certification.

Sponsored by Suunto in previous years, the Scholars have had access to all of their required materials and equipment free of charge, with high quality diver training provided by Andark. Suunto will once again be providing state of the art dive computers for the Scholars for the duration of the course, which will be theirs to keep upon successful completion!

The programme runs from mid-June to mid-September. You will be based at Andark’s diver training centre at Lower Swanwick, mid-way between Southampton and Portsmouth. You will also be diving at other locations in the region. You will gain your first professional diving certification working alongside Andark’s team of PADI Instructors in the indoor pool and Europe’s first purpose-built diver training lake, while also learning how a dive centre runs behind the scenes, and helping both novice and experienced divers to learn new skills, as you would as a qualified PADI Divemaster.

Andy Goddard, Andark managing director, said: “We have created an opportunity for three outstanding individuals to join us during the summer months and learn everything about the diving industry. We have both the facilities and some of the most skilled instructors in the industry, so what better way to start for two budding PADI Divemaster students?”

The Scholarship is open to all young adults over 18 wishing to progress their diving to a professional level. Although some previous diving experience is an advantage, there is an option for non-divers to learn the ropes with Andark before the summer by completing their Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Rescue Diver courses, before progressing onto the PADI Divemaster internship.

All we require from you are a positive attitude and willingness to work hard, as some days will be long. You need to be self-motivated, and have the skills and enthusiasm to work with people of all ages and backgrounds. You will need to be available for the entire period between mid-June and mid-September, as this is an intensive programme with a full schedule.

We request applicants produce a personal statement, either written or as a short video (less than 5 minutes) that explains the following, and send it, along with a CV, to before 28th February 2020:

  • Who you are
  • Your interests
  • Why you would make a good PADI Divemaster
  • Any previous diving experience you have


Read previous scholars’ blogs here.