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How do I become a Professional Diver?

Whether you’ve never tried diving before, have a few dives under your belt or are an experienced diver, you came to this page for a reason. You’re considering becoming a professional diver.

You could have lots of reasons for this. You might be sick of the 9 to 5 and you want a change of lifestyle. Maybe you want the freedom to work in some of the most beautiful places in the world doing what you love. Maybe you’re on a gap year and want to do something cool for a few months on a tropical island. You might just really love diving. Or maybe you’ve never tried it before and you’re just curious about the idea of becoming a professional diver.

Whatever the reason, we’re here to show you the steps you would need to take to become a pro.

The first step to a career in diving is the Divemaster Internship. This can be started with absolutely no diving experience what-so-ever. If you’re already an open water diver, you’ve done the first step. If not, we can get you started and get you on that path!

There’s tons more details on our Divemaster Internship page, but in a nutshell you’ll spend 2-3 months on beautiful Koh Tao, honing your diving skills, learning from seasoned instructors and assisting actual customers as they learn to dive. There’s usually about 10-15 other divemaster interns and you’ll make fast friends and have the time of your life!

At the end of the course, you’ll be a certified divemaster which means that you’ll be certified to take out qualified divers and show them the underwater world. It’s an incredible job which allows you to travel the world and do what you love to do.

After the course, there are tons of options. You could work for a while as a DM, become and underwater videographer or stick around and become a scuba diving instructor. There’s tons more information on options throughout this website.

There are lots of places that offer Divemaster internships on Koh Tao and elsewhere in the world. We are very proud of our program at Roctopus Pro and we feel we offer the best possible education. Check out our Why Roctopus Pro page to see why we think our program offers the best value for the money.

If you have further questions feel free to Contact Us at any time. We’re happy to help.

And feel free to get a little excited. You’re one step closer to living the dream!

The Roctopus Pro Team

Chris Haslam

Chris Haslam

Chris Haslam’s passion and dedication to the undersea world has taken him from his home in Australia to some of the most amazing diving destinations on the planet among them; Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mexico, Honduras, Iceland, Norway, Malta, England, Portugal, Egypt and Sweden, where he has worked as a diving supervisor, dive shop owner, journalist, instructor trainer, equipment consulter, explorer, lecturer and guide, to name a few.

Chris was certified as an SSI Instructor Trainer when he was 27 and has certified over 3000 students at various levels both technical and recreational, including teaching the first SSI Instructor Course in Vietnam. He is also a PADI Staff Instructor, RAID Instructor Trainer, TDI/SDI Instructor, SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor (ex SSI Instructor Trainer, replaced with RAID IT) and teaches advanced trimix/decompression diving in both back-mount and sidemount styles. Chris is an Instructor Trainer for Respond Right and React Right First Aid Courses, and has co-taught various marine biology programs to entry-level university students in Belize and Bahamas based on his strong interest in undersea life and conservation. He has also been involved with a number of worldwide marine conservation projects to help protect the environment that he so cherishes.

Chris has conducted dives to 177m in addition to sidemount dives to 135m. Chris loves to explore, whether it is cold or warm water, deep or shallow, mines, caves, wrecks or tropical reefs. It is all of interest to him. In 2013, Chris participated in a heartfelt expedition to the WWII wreck of the US Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton, which was sunk by a VII Class German Submarine off the coast of Iceland, where he and fellow teammates placed a memorial plaque on the wreck in memory of the fallen sailors. This would not have been possible without the support by sponsor, Ocean Reef.

Chris has also co-written two distinctive technical specialty courses with PADI Regional Manager Jonas Samuelsson. Chris is also the founder of World Dive Team (WDT) and Team Blue Immersion Sweden, both now defunct. His focus has always been on producing quality divers and instructors around the globe, leading dive expeditions, creating environmental awareness and exploring the world’s seas.

Chris is proud to be a Hollis Ambassador and among such an elite and inspiring team of selected divers from around the world. He believes that the strong support from Hollis Gear is enabling him to achieve the heights, or in this case the depths, that he has always dreamed of and is opening new doors. After 12 years of diving, Chris says that every day seems like a new beginning filled with opportunities.

Chris believes that the diving industry is going through positive changes as a result of the development new technologies and expanded diving options and is grateful to be a part of it. His hope for the future is to continue to expose others to the undersea world that he loves through his work in education and exploration and helping individuals to become safer divers and protect the environment.

Chris is one of the partners at Roctopus Pro. He is also Field Service Manager for RAID Asia, www.diveraid.com

Stephen Read

Stephen Read

Stephen began his professional diving career in Queensland, Australia. After 2 years he moved to Koh Tao in 1999. In September 2000 Stephen became a dive instructor. Since 2000, he has certified over 1500 divers from beginners to dive professionals. He is now at a dive instructor status of SSI Dive Control Specialist, Respond Right instructor trainer, and PADI Master Instructor / Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer.

Outside Teaching diving, Stephen maintains an interest in dive medicine. He trained as a Dive Medical Technician at the Diving Diseases Research Centre in Plymouth (UK) and has been working with the SSS Recompression Network & Badelveda recompression chamber since 2003.

Stephen is the main man on the Island for Dive related injuries covering all 56 dive schools on the Koh Tao.

Pete Galea

Peter Galea

Pete is the Manager and an Instructor Trainer at Roctopus Pro. He learned to dive in the cold waters of his home town of Boston, Massachusetts. Even though he saw nothing but a single lobster on his open water course, he fell in love with the sport of diving and decided to make a career of it.

Pete has a graduate degree in statistics from Harvard University and previously used his talents to create custom financial software that billionaires used to manage their money. In 2012 he decided he wanted a change of lifestyle and took up becoming a dive professional. He now pours that same drive and ambition into his passion for diving.

He was previously a manager and head instructor of another dive school on Koh Tao before taking over as the manager and IT of Roctopus Pro in March of 2015. He has certified over 500 divers and instructors.

He also developed his own software to manage dive shops, which is currently being used around the island of Koh Tao. When not diving look for him on stage playing bass with the Koh Tao Pub Crawl cover band.