Job Placements in the Dive Industry

When you compare the ‘return on investment’ when you become a Diving Instructor to many other business’ you will see that it will not take long before you make back your investment. Obviously this will depend on the type of dive venture you work for. Some operations will pay 100% commission, others a base wage plus commission, others a wage and living cost. With 65 or more dive schools on Koh Tao and many more on Koh Samui and Phuket it does not take long before a position arises and we’ll do our best to aid you with CV preparation, placements and a reference (we include this for free in your MSDT internship program). Whilst we can’t guarantee that every student will be offered employment at Davy Jones Locker, we always try to give opportunities to people who come through our training programmes before recruiting from outside of the dive centre. This applies to both divemaster and diving instructor work.

There is regular freelance work available  Koh Tao, which some diving instructors prefer instead of being tied into one dive school. Once you are certified as a divemaster or diving instructor It's simple enough to join one of the freelance facebook pages and start to build up a network of dive centres that  you enjoy working for and have a good relationship with.

Earning Potential as a Diving Instructor

As an active Dive Instructor in a trustworthy facility do not be surprised if you actually find that you are able to save 2-3 times more a month than you actually spend. That is why when most scuba diving Instructors do make a decision to move on, they have usually saved enough to head off to the next exotic location, the only question is where next? Hawaii, Galapagos, Bali or Australia, well that is one question we will let you answer.

Underwater Videography

Completing an undewater videography internship can provide you with some great employment opportunities in the dive industry. There is regular work available on Koh Tao as many dive centres film their Open Water students. Open Water videos are a fantastic souvenir for students to take home and are very popular. This is also a great way for videographers to build up experience and hone their skills. As well as there being worldwide opportunities to work with dive centres, underwater videgraphy is a skill that can also open the door for jobs in media, film, tv etc. You can find out more about training on our underwater videography internship page.



  • Koh Tao island is like paradise on earth. If you don’t like cheap alcohol, great food and beautiful surroundings don’t bother.

    James – UK
  • A favourite in northern Sairee and a popular dive outfit... Friday night pool parties are a big draw!

    Lonely Planet
  • A trip around the world was hijacked, a boyfriend was (temporarily) abandoned, and a lifestyle was discovered the minute my feet were again in the DJL.

    Lisa – USA
  • Dear DJL, Thanks for the last 2 months, best experience so far! cheers to all the DMT’s for making the course a memorable one!!

    Heesh – UK
  • We did our PADI Advanced Open Water course here, it was Excellent!! Great instructor, not only teaches but gave us confidence, Thanks Tim and everyone in DJL!

    Han and Sammi – Hong Kong
  • Thank you for a great course, the happy girls from Norway

    Gina and Hege – Norway
  • Thanks DJL and Luke for the awesome dives, you guys helped me overcome my fear of the open water. Cheers!!

    James – Canada
  • I don’t want to leave! I’ve had such an amazing time here and a lot of that is thanks to the great team at DJL! Thanks to my instructors Giles and Simon and the Divemasters Bob and Harry for all the teaching and support you’ve given me.

    Sally – UK
  • This is a day i’ll always remember, my first time diving, the instructor was great, I will be back!

    Ofir - Israel