Divemaster Internship in Maui,Hawaii?
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Apr 26, 2012 12:54 PM Last Post By: section8
Apr 26, 2012 1:22 AM
Divemaster Internship in Maui,Hawaii?Hi, my husband has the opportunity to study yoga in Maui and i would love to go with him and try to do my Divemaster at the same time. I am looking for somewhere to spend a month or 2 and do an internship instead of just a quicker course, does anyone know of anywhere this is possible. Ive emailed quite a few places but recieved very few replies!! If not we will head down to Mexico and Belize afterwards and i wil do it there as I have seen that there are many many places there that do it. Would just be nice to have it to do whilst my husband is busy! Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
Apr 26, 2012 7:17 AM
1Are you a US citizen? I'm guessing not, since you use the word "whilst."
If so, you will need to investigate whether the internship is one of these:
"Participating in a training program that is not designed primarily to provide employment. Will receive no payment or income from a U.S. based company/entity, other than an expense allowance or expense reimbursement related to traveler’s stay."
"a short course of study which is recreational (and not for credit towards a degree), and the course is less than 18 hours per week"
Both of those can be done under the Visa Waiver Program. The first one can be done under a B1 business visa; the second under a B2 tourist visa. (Many people get a combined b1/2 visa)
If it is something different, you may need a student or exchange visitor visa.
Same goes for the yoga program. If it is less than 18 hours a week, it is probably OK. If it is full-time, it may bot be.
You may need expert advice on this.
If you are US citizens or permanent residents, sorry, please ignore me.
Apr 26, 2012 12:54 PM
2I did something similar on the Big Island. It wasn't a formal internship. I worked for free in exchange for the experience and the cost of the course (filled tanks, cleaned the boat, etc). I did that for about six months (not full time, just on my days off from my real job). By the end I had logged hundreds of dives and assisted in the certifications of dozens of students, and then was hired on as paid crew. If you aren't a paying (waiver-signing) customer the dive shop will have to add you as an official crewperson. This means registration with the USCG and adding you to their insurance. I suspect any dive operator would want a much longer committment to make it worth their time/expense/effort. If somebody is serious about working on a dive boat I think the apprenticeship model is the way to go. The DM class seems to be borderline useless to me if it isn't paired with many days actually in the water.
You can probably find a dive operator who would be willing to let you do a paid DM course spread out over your 1-2 months. Look for small operations rather than the large cattle boat dive shops. Small operators tend to be more flexible about stuff like that. I would also call them and talk to them.
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