Marine Conservation Internship - Thailand

Lying in the crystal-clear tropical waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao’s abundant and diverse coral reefs offer some of the finest scuba diving found anywhere on the planet! The perfect location to maximize your diving and reef ecology experience, this exciting and in-depth program has been specifically designed for those wishing to engage in marine conservation activities that protect, restore and conserve Koh Tao’s coral reefs.

With both 4 & 8 week programs available, get ready for a comprehensive marine conservation experience! For those wanting a little more, join us for a full 12 weeks and complete an award winning Divemaster Internship - perfect for those looking to achieve a professional diving qualification allowing you to transform your passion into a paid job!

Perfect for: Marine Conservation 


  • Become an experienced and qualified diver – no prior diving experience required!
  • Gain a thorough, in-depth knowledge and understanding of reef ecology and conservation
  • Work on several underwater research, monitoring and marine conservation projects
  • Enjoy island life on one of Thailand’s most popular backpacker hangouts!
  • Become a fully qualified Divemaster (12-week program only)

Weeks 1-4: Entry level dive training, Marine conservation & Data collection

Upon arrival on Koh Tao Island your adventure begins with Open Water & Advanced Open Water training and certifications. Next, you’ll move onto your marine conservation training learning all about the incredible array of coral, invertebrates and fish species in the region. You’ll also be taught survey methods and conduct vital data collection to help monitor and conserve the biodiversity and overall health of the reef and marine life it supports.

Weeks 5-8:  Advanced dive training, Ecological research & Project work

Take your dive training to the next level with Advanced First Aid, Oxygen Provider and Rescue Diver certifications. You’ll also get involved with some important ecological research as you explore the complex and vital world of Crown of Thorns starfish and Pelagic fish. There’s also two further weeks of active marine conservation project work where you will continue vital data collection on the condition and biodiversity of the reef ecosystems surrounding Koh Tao.

Weeks 9-12: Divemaster Training

The 4-week Divemaster training program is your first step into the world of professional dive qualifications. Building on the experience you have gained over the past 8 weeks, your Divemaster training teaches you how to become a leader and take charge of dive activities. Once qualified as a Divemaster, you will be able to plan, conduct and lead dives, transforming your hobby into a possible new career!


Piers is a qualified scuba diving instructor and marine biologist holding a BSc Marine Biology degree (first class honours) from the University of Plymouth (UK).

During his time in Plymouth, he conducted research on animal behaviours including contests and decision making in marine invertebrates. Since taking the reins in Thailand, Piers has established several research, monitoring and conservation projects to protect the valuable ecosystems of Koh Tao.

He has also created a marine ecology and conservation programme which is being taught to increasing numbers of students from all over the world. During his time in Thailand, Piers has established a key partnership with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, as well as several other international NGOs. Piers is currently in the process of publishing a textbook titled, ‘Introduction to Coral Reef Ecology’.

During his free time, he is an avid enthusiast for underwater wildlife photography, writes a regular marine ecology blog and has a passion for exploration and adventure.

What's included:

  • Accommodation with breakfast & dinner (Monday to Friday)
  • Airport pick-up and return airport transfer
  • Local project staff
  • Dive and marine conservation training as listed
  • Full set of dive equipment provided for all dives. All equipment is up to date and maintained by an in-house dive technician (See brochure for more details)



  • Open Water & Advanced Open Water


  • Advanced First Aid & Oxygen Provider
  • Rescue Diver


  • Deep 40 & Nitrox Specialties
  • Divemaster 

What is not included:

  • Flights to/from destination
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa & vaccinations
  • Spending money
  • Lunches & weekend meals

Who is this program for?

With no prior diving experience required, this program has been built for gappers, students, early career professionals and avid divers alike! It is a perfect program for individuals looking to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of reef ecology and marine conservation, experience working on several research, monitoring and conservation projects, as well as a professional divemaster qualification (12 weeks only).

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying at a local guesthouse with other members of your group – less than 10 mins walk from the Dive centre, where classes will be conducted daily. Accommodation is dorm-style with free Wi-Fi, AC, en-suite bathrooms & private lockers.

What type of transport will I be using?

Your accommodation is a short walk away from the Dive Centre where your course is run, approximately a 10 minute walk. Local taxis are used to transfer divers between the dive centre and the boat. Taxis on Koh Tao are pick up trucks with an open back seating area and no seatbelts (see example in photo gallery). We do not encourage people to hire their own transport to get around the island, and should you choose to do this (eg. motorbike or bicycles) it would be at your own risk. 

What is the food like?

You will be provided with breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday at a local restaurant. Breakfast options include fruit, muesli and yogurt, breakfast pancakes, eggs and toast. For dinner you can choose anything off the menu! Lunches and weekend meals are not included so you are free to sample the many cafes and restaurants found on the island. Vegetarian and vegan diets can be catered for.

Who will be supervising me?

All classroom and underwater sessions are led by highly qualified and experienced dive staff who specialise in marine biology/ecology and have extensive knowledge of Koh Tao’s reefs. You will also have support through a local coordinator from the Dive Centre who will make sure you have the best possible experience throughout your program.

How much spending money do I need?

You will need money for extra meals, drinks & snacks, as well as for any activities not on the itinerary. We advise you to budget for £100/€120/$150 per week.

Will I have any free time?

The program runs Monday-Friday. Weekends are yours to go out and explore! There is something for everyone - kite surfing, trapeze, climbing and bouldering, paddle-boarding, Koh Tao Cinema, 18-hole crazy golf, cooking classes - and the list goes on and on!

If you are excited by the prospect of diving in Thailand, and would like to learn more, check out our latest blog documenting the vital work our project partner is undertaking in Koh Tao.

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  • Thailand
  • Duration: 4 to 12 weeks
  • Departures: January, April, July, September

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