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.