This internship combines the Divemaster and Instructor training courses, with customized workshops and real work experience in the Dive Center.


We’re here to help you start your journey on the PADI professional ladder! Becoming a PADI professional is an amazing experience and Xcalak, Mexico is one of the best places to do it – we’re sure that you will enjoy hanging out in our diverse marine park with our manatees and eagle rays whilst gaining this incredible experience and qualifications!

The Internship program itself combines the Divemaster program and the Instructor Development program, with real work experience in the dive center learning how to problem-solve safety-related issues and to have a positive, solution-oriented attitude toward customer service, business and operational challenges with practical, hands-on experience. During the Instructor Development phase of your Internship you will complete the Instructor Development Course (IDC), then enrol in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). The IE evaluates the teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism that you have learned in the IDC. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the rating of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and be able to teach all PADI courses from Entry-level to Divemaster.

As well as gaining these amazing qualifications, your Internship also includes many bonus courses and workshops that are designed to help you find employment after your training. As a responsible and 100% Project AWARE Dive Centre, we are also 100% committed to making sure that all XTC Interns learn to be environmentally-aware future Instructors and help to preserve this fragile environment for future generations.

The DM/IDC Internship is a fun but challenging course for most people and the outcome is to be able to follow your dreams of trading in that office for the ocean. It’s calling you… Are you ready?

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To enroll on a PADI Divemaster course, candidates must:

To move on to the PADI IDC, candidates must have:

To enroll in the PADI Instructor Examination you must have:

*It is highly recommended that you complete the IE as soon as possible after the IDC program*


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You must have, in your possession, a personal, current set of the Divemaster and Instructor materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterward. In order to meet the requirements you will need to purchase crewpacks for the courses:



There may be other required materials from previous courses, please check with the Course Director for full details. 

We do not include the price of materials in our Professional level courses as we find that sometimes candidates prefer to buy them in advance. If you would like to purchase your required materials from us, then please let us know in advance so that we can have them shipped with enough time.


Tanks and weights will be available for use throughout your course. In addition, you will need to have:

As a minimum you will need to bring with you your dive computer or time monitoring device, as well as a compass and delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB). All other required equipment is available at a very reasonable price for you to rent for the duration of your course should you not wish to carry it with you. Do bear in mind though that, as a PADI Professional, you will be required to have this equipment in the future, particularly if you want to work in the industry.

what's involved in the INTERNSHIP?

As part of your Internship you will be fully immersed into all aspects of the Dive Center whilst gaining your professional diving qualifications. XTC is a full-service Resort, so this offers you the opportunity to get hands on and learn about all the different aspects of dive center management including tec diving, administration, pool maintenance, equipment maintenance, customer service, sales, hospitality and much more. You will get the opportunity to work with real customers and learn to deal with real situations and experiences.

Emergency First Response Instructor Course performance requirements:

Divemaster course performance requirements:

Instructor Development Course performance requirements:


So, if you care about quality training, helping our environment and you love quiet, un-crowded places where you can connect with nature… then XTC and Xcalak may be just the place for you.


Booking & Prices

We believe in transparent pricing. As a PADI professional you will be responsible for paying application and on-going membership fees directly to PADI to keep your rating. We have outlined these costs here, to the best of our ability, so that you can work out exactly how much the course, materials and application fees are going to cost you. Let us know if anything is unclear.









Contact Details

Km 54 Camino Costero a, 77940 Xcalak, Q.R., Mexico

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