Conservation through research and education

Indo Ocean Project

About

Dive Master and Research Diver internship with multiple locations in Indonesia, the heart of the coral triangle. Complete your PADI dive master course along with 5 ecology specialties written and designed by our team of marine biologists and dive professionals and approved by PADI and SSI. Marine megafauna, coral and mangrove restoration, marine park management and much more. You don't need to be a scientist to get involved!

Reviews

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Christa
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Transformative

I started my internship questioning my abilities and by the end I attained a level of confidence in myself I've never had before. The amount of experience I gained through this program is irreplaceable. As a diver and conservation biologist this program really delivered experiences that enhanced my skills and knowledge. You could tell the staff wanted you to get to your highest possible potential while with them and have been more than happy to help with future endeavors. With my program complete, I feel eager to step into the next phase of my life.

Pros
  • Supportive
  • Challenging
  • Safety is a priority
Cons
  • Getting a scooter is necessary
  • There's no usable kitchen
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Julia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Divemaster internship

I completed my 8 week divemaster and research diver internship here. It has given me so much knowledge and experience to go out and start a career in marine conservation. I have a lot of fieldwork experience now. The diving is incredible and so is the diving support. I had the best time and feel supported since leaving the project in my future career choices and help with CV. I did 60 dives in 8 weeks which was plenty. I had to change my start date numerous times due to covid and family issues and IOP was very accommodating for this. So glad I finally made it!

Pros
  • Amount of diving
  • The support before and afterwards
  • The scientific research
Cons
  • Accommodation has no useable kitchen
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Susanne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

IOP Aug/Sep 2022

I completed my IOP internship with no background in marine biology or any related field, but a lot of motivation as well as professional and diving experience. The program helped me to get more insights into the daily life of dive professionals as well as the science side of things. The learning curve is very steep for every one but its very valuable lessons that make you better divers as well as provide you with experience to add to your "toolbox" for future employers. Reeflex divers is a great dive center with a strong focus on being eco friendly.

Pros
  • Great diving and great instructors
  • hands on experience in field work
  • safety and eco conscious dive center
Cons
  • it's a bit far off the "center" so a scooter is a must
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Selena
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

I was searching for an internship for completing my master degree in marine sciences and I found this program on the social network. My experience with IOP was amazing, in two month I learned so much regarding both conservation and diving and at the same time I had so much fun with my fellow interns. The IOP staff is amazing, especially regarding all the workshops related to the marine life and diving techniques. During my 10 weeks program I learned different techniques in order to collect useful data, like survey dives, BRUV deployment and analysis and coral restoration techniques.

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Ellie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Divemaster and Research Diver Internship

IOP is unique in a lot of ways, but what makes it special is the focus on marine conservation and the passionate staff that deliver the workshops. The team at IOP are so supportive, knowledgeable and open to sharing all of this with the interns. Reeflex divers is a fantastic, efficient, environment-conscious dive centre with high standards in their equipment and teaching. All of the interns are there to learn and grow as divers and individuals, and it was amazing to come back into this world again after years away.
You will meet wonderful people, become a much better diver and discover a whole new world of marine life that will make you an asset as a divemaster and/or instructor if that is the career path you choose.
The parts of the internship I appreciate the most are the high standards of teaching, the focus on marine conservation and engagement with the local community, being taught by Indonesian divers and scientists, meeting a community of like-minded people, diving in challenging conditions (at times), and the support network around interns before, during and after the internship.

Pros
  • The support and knowledge of the whole IOP team
  • High standards of teaching and safety at both IOP and Reeflex Divers
  • Improving your skills as a diver
Cons
  • Having to ride a scooter to reach the nearest town
  • Basic accommodation given the cost
  • Not being able to stay!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Helen Wu

A city girl from Hong Kong who loves nature and adventures, just do it slowly, cautiously and preferably in small group, because introvert.
Helen Wu diving with a diving buddy

Why did you choose this program?

When I was researching ideas for my career break, I only had two wishes: something to do with diving and something I can give back to the environment.

After stumbling upon Indo Ocean Project (IOP) online and read so many good reviews about them, I knew this is where I want to be. Living on an island, diving everyday, learn about the environment and meet like-minded people are more than what I wish for.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

IOP have all the contacts to help you with the basics. From visa application, transportation from Bali to Nusa Penida to on site accommodation, they have it all sorted for you.

They also have Facebook group for up-coming interns and alumni, as well as WhatsApp group for stand-by interns, the answer to your concerns is just one question away!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Be mentally prepared to live on an island. Put your city-life standard and western-norm expectation aside. Embrace the purity of simple living and enjoy the presence of animals and nature.

Be open-minded. The things you deemed as “challenge” would be your accomplishments when you look back to it. No dives are the same and you only train once as divemaster, so make the most of every moment with a smile.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The program is well organised with good structure. A typical day involves two dives, either from the boat or shore. Followed by afternoon activities like knowledge workshops or skill practices or independent study. Once the work is done comes the hardest part of the day that requires the most brain power - to decide what’s for dinner.

Every five to six days we get a day off, which we usually spend exploring the island, go on fun dives or get a well deserved massage.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Coming in I had plenty of concerns. Do I have the body strength to take on the intense physicality of daily diving? Am I be able to keep up in learning all the scientific knowledge and training? And my biggest concern of all - will I make friends as a mid-thirty Asian woman amongst the many young gap year-goers?

As it turns out, all of my fears and concerns are just overthinking, as IOP is an accommodating place where you can take your time and do it in your own comfortable pace.

And as cliche as it sounds, age really is just a number, be your true self and you will attract your kind of people wherever you are.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Michaela Dudasova

Job Title
Program Coordinator
She is a big dreamer and usually, she reaches her goals.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite memory comes from Galapagos, where I have witnessed that humans are able to coexist and protect wildlife. My experience in Fiji started with a shark conservation project that brought me to my current job within Indo Ocen Project in Indonesia. I have experienced a proper life village with bucket showers :)

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Yes. I have gained professional diving knowledge. Also understanding group dynamics within the diving industry and politics. How to encourage people positively, and how to overcome their fear of current and the mental pressure. I have become a better listener. Able to deal with various personality types and tailor training approach.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

We have a student from Italy who we had to send home when COVID hit the world and after 2 years she came back to complete her program with us. We have also a fun diver in our diver shop who has done a number of certifications and then returned to us to complete divemaster & marine conservation training.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Research program. Since I have completed my program as a first intern of the Indo Ocean Project the program was still in the basic program stage. On this day our current interns have the opportunity to experience our mangrove project, survey dive program, BRUV, coral watching, coral restoration, and many more. I would like to experience their programs as a student.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are raising professional divers and marine conservationists. We are able to change people's life, showing them different directions and reaching personal goals. Our main uniqueness comes through our passion. All staff who work for Indo Ocean Project are passionate about their job. Our job is not only a job but a lifestyle.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Translate company value through the staff to our students, amazing communication skills, teamwork, and passion for what we do. Our passion comes through with amazing teamwork. We are not only coworkers but also amazing friends. Our positive vibe and passion translate in our job and students feel it too