8 week internship for Rescue divers to become an SSI Diving Instructor. Customisable packages to include courses, dives, materials, accommodation, equipment and more.


  • 10 SSI Dive Courses
  • 100+ Dives
  • 8 Weeks Accommodation
  • Full Set of New Equipment
SSI Dive Leader pathway

The Best Path to Turn Pro

The Ocean Tribe SSI dive instructor internship in Kenya is designed for all levels from beginners working all the way up to instructor, to Divemasters getting some experience before making the transition to instructor. This means that the internships last from anywhere between 4 weeks to 7 months depending on the level that you already hold on arrival.

The internships cover a range of courses including your core SSI Courses from Open Water to Stress & Rescue Rescue Diver but also first aid courses, specialty diver courses, and the professional level courses SSI Divemaster, SSI Dive Con and the SSI ITC, when you learn to work in and teach scuba diving.

Along the way as you gain experience you will receive the SSI recognition ratings of Advanced Open Water Diver, Specialty Diver and Master Diver.

This is coupled with work experience along the way in the African paradise destination of Diani Beach. Our combination of dive courses ensures that you emerge from the internship a very well-qualified dive professional.

The Ocean Tribe SSI Dive Instructor internship has been designed with many groups in mind.

  • The diving enthusiast who would like to turn a passion into a career
  • GAP Year students looking for that experience with a difference and a resulting qualification from it
  • People looking for that career change away from the 9-5 lifestyle
  • Career breaks
  • Military Resettlement
  • Simply those who are looking for a job that can be used in some of the worlds most exciting and exotic locations and a job that can be taken from place to place with your skills being useful all around the world

Ocean Tribe SSI internships offer the full selection of SSI courses to bring out interns as extremely well rounded divers. The amount of time allotted to each course on the SSI Divemaster Internship is listed in the timeline below for structuring your plans

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SSI’s Training Standards and Total Teaching System are the perfect blend of structure and flexibility. We train you to be a dive professional capable of making judgments to meet the challenges of your geographic area and the needs of your students.


SSI’s Dive Professional pathway will teach you to lead dives, train you what it takes to produce confident, comfortable divers and make you a valuable asset in a dive center or resort.


SSI Dive Professionals are respected all over the world because for their reputation of creating divers. The fact that business education is part of the dive professional training adds no small part to this acknowledgment.

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Diani Beach, Kenya- What a Place to Do Your Diving Internship!

Diani Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, frequently being listed in the Top 10 Beaches in the World. What a place to complete your scuba diving internship. Diani town/village is basically a straight line running along the beach with tourist activities blended with local Kenyan culture. There is loads to do when you are not taking advantage of the excellent scuba diving and snorkelling, from camel rides, skydiving, kitesurfing, fishing trips or just general beach chilling.

Mombasa is a short matatu (minibus) ride away where you can experience the noise, bustle and history of the city and check out the markets and cultural monuments to be found there.

Whilst Diani is not a concrete jungle of nightlife, there are some cool beach bars, lounges and discos to found with loads of like-minded people. We promise that you won't be sad if you miss your flight to leave!

Diani is close to Shimba Hills National Park for close safaris, or we can also arrange overnight trips to Tsavo and the other Kenyan national parks, as well as expeditions to club Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Kenya or go white-water rating or kayaking up-country. There is always something to do and experience in this wonderful country.

Check out the Lonely Planet Guide to Diani Beach
How Much is this All Going to Cost?

Package Options

With Dive Gear


Comprehensive Package with Your Own New Dive Equipment

  • SSI Dive Courses Rescue to Instructor
  • SSI 4 Specialties
  • SSI Manuals & Materials
  • SSI Application Fees
  • Equipment Package Silver
  • Find Own Accommodation

With Digs


Full Package with a Room at Our Intern House

  • SSI Dive Courses Rescue to Instructor
  • SSI 4 Specialties
  • SSI Manuals & Materials
  • SSI Application Fees
  • Accommodation 8 Weeks
  • With Rental Equipment

The Works


Full Package with a full set of equipment and accommodation

  • SSI Dive Courses Rescue to Instructor
  • SSI 4 Specialties
  • SSI Manuals & Materials
  • SSI Application Fees
  • Accommodation 2 Months
  • Equipment Package Silver

Equipment packages can upgraded. Please contact us to find a bespoke price.

Internship Dive Equipment Package Option

At Ocean Tribe we believe you should be equipped with the 'tools of the trade' from day 1. After all you are going to be a professional diver. As such we have put together the dive intern equipment package with everything you will need. And if you work out the prices above it comes to just $700 on top of your basic internship price. For a full set of equipment that is a fantastic deal. We challenge you to find better.
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  • Aqualung Octopus internship dive equipment
  • i550 Air Integrated Dive Computer with Compass
  • Aqualung favola mask
  • Aqualung snorkels internship dive equipment
  • Aqualung mahe shorty wetsuit
  • aqualung boots
  • Aqualung struts adjustable fin
  • lumen x6 torch
  • dive bag
  • divers slate
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Dive Internship Frequently Asked Questions

The things we get asked the most by prospective interns.
1What is the local cost of living?
The average cost of living / month is around $500 US (with your accommodation included). It all depends on how much you are out and about, what activities you are doing etc. You will be studying some of the time and diving a lot of the time but bear in mind what you want to do with the rest of the time and budget accordingly.


Kenya has a wide range of different cuisines available including western food. While you will have to go to Mombasa to find the large chain fast food joints, you will be taken on a tour of the local area by Ocean Tribe interns and shown the best places to eat.


You do not need to bring a big wardrobe to Kenya. Bear in mind what you will need. You will be in a dive environment most days or a beach resort the rest of the time. You might want a couple of things for going out but it can be better to buy things here in Kenya. (And as a result not have to worry a lot about the excess baggage charges on flights). Clothes can be fairly cheap here with open!air markets selling shirts and tops from a few hundred shillings, and jeans for not much more. At the more up market department stores shirts and T’s are 1000 shillings upwards. Any clothes you feel you can’t do without then it is a good idea to bring them with you.


A bottle of local beer (Tusker, Pilsner, Whitecap) will set you back about 200-300 shillings in a bar. Foreign beers (except) are more expensive and harder to find.. Spirits are usually 200 to 300 bob a glass (plus mixer).

Getting Around

Most of the interns use local transportation such as motorbike taxis, tuk tuks and matatus (local minibuses) for going short distances. For longer distances taxis can be arranged but these can be a little pricey if you are on a serious budget.

For getting around East Africa there are options like the train, the inter!city buses that run or the low cost airlines such as Fly540. The national airline Kenya Airways also operates flights from the coast to up!country.
2Entertainment and Nightlife
Diani is one of the main tourist areas in Kenya, however still maintains a beach island feeling. There are a few discotheques in the area for dancing although the popular Forty Thieves and Nomads Beach bars are the main hangouts for divers and locals alike. There are also backpacker bars and loads of fabulous restaurants to choose from.
3What is my SSI Instructor / Divemaster qualification worth after I finish the internship?
SSI diving qualifications are among the most widely recognized worldwide and can be used anywhere in the world.

SSII Instructor

The SSI Open Water Instructor (OWI) rating is the first SSI Instructor level attained by dive professionals. During their training, instructor candidates review SSI Standards, procedures, philosophies and teaching methods, as well as hone their practical teaching ability, watermanship, and diving knowledge.

After successfully completing an SSI Instructor Evaluation (IE), OWIs take responsibility for introducing people to scuba diving through various PADI programs and courses.

Teaching status SSI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct a range of SSI programs from Try Scuba Diving up to Dive Guide (except or specialties which require specific Specialty Instructor ratings).

SSI Divemaster. The divemaster rating is the second SSI Pro Membership level. SSI Divemasters supervise diving activities for certified divers, assist instructors with training student divers, and instruct skin diving and snorkeling.

This rating denotes an individual who has exemplary diving skills and role model behavior, solid rescue skills, professional level knowledge of dive theory, dive management and supervision abilities, and competence as a certified assistant.
4How can I build up my experience following my internship? Can I stay on for work experience?
We offer a variety of experience packages for new instructors following the successful completion of their Instructor Evaluation (IE) including Specialty Instructor, Advanced Open Water Instructor, Divemaster Instructor and Dive Control Specialist Instructor.

We encourage you to take advantage of these programs and build up your experience as an instructor before going out and working as an instructor and also to get the opportunity to work with our really experienced instructors and learn from them to help make you a more confident instructor yourself.
5What are your procedures for First Aid and Diving Accidents?
All our dive staff are fully trained in First Aid and CPR. We have an emergency action plan enacted by all staff in the event of an emergency.

The nearest recompression chamber for Buccaneer Diving is just down the road in the Kenya Naval Yard in Mombasa. As a general note, it is a good idea to bring your own small first aid kit with you for dealingwith minor scrapes and illnesses. Other good things to bring include mosquito repellent and anti malarial tablets (not larium).
6What is the banking system like for me to have access to my money?
Almost all the Kenyan banks now have ATMs at most branches. The most reliable machines for international withdrawals are acknowledged as being at the Barclays Bank, who have a large network of ATM in most Kenyan towns and support Visa, Mastercard and Cirrus International networks. If you need to get money sent from home then there are Western Union and Moneygram offices and it is always a good idea to have some international travellers checks in the event of an emergency.
7Do I Need Diving Insurance?
Diving insurance can be provided through most travel insurance packages. Check how much you are covered for though. We recommend Divers Alert network (DAN), who can provide dive insurance packages up to professional level and the top packages will cover you for non-diving related conditions. Other companies include Dive Master Insurance and Dog Tag insurance in the UK. It is a good idea to carry insurance in the unlikely event that anything were to happen to you, you are definitely covered.
8What should I do to keep myself safe?
When in Kenya you should avoid carrying anything valuable when you are out and about. Anything of serious value we can keep for you in a safe at the office such as passports, and you should not carry too much cash on you at the risk of pick-pockets. The best course of action is simply to keep your wits about you, especially at night. But by and large Kenya is a fairly safe country by African standards. For more information see:!information/health
9What is there to do when I’m not diving?
Wow where do we begin? There is so much to do in Kenya, starting from the famous safaris, which can be included as bolt!on or as part of your internships, to the famous games parks of Kenya. Obviously down here at the coast there are fabulous water sports, skydiving, kiteboarding & fishing as well as cinemas, shopping areas and restaurants. If it is an outdoor activity then it can probably be done in Kenya and you should also take the time to see the wonderful Swahili culture, dating back to the Omani occupation hundreds of years ago.
10Is Kenya a good place to bring families?
With a number of the Ocean Tribe staff, being born and raised in Kenya we can definitely say yes to this. The Kenyan people are immensely friendly and it is a great environment to bring a family to. It is possible to find childcare here and there are also international schools and nurseries.
11How long should I do my training for and why does the full Open Water to Instructor internship last 7 months?
Assuming that you will want some time away from diving and a day or two off a week then you need to allow yourself time to fit in all of your courses and get the dives that you need in. The guides provided from each starting level for each internship give a good indication of how much time you will need although in certain cases they can be done quicker.

The full Open Water to Instructor Internship lasts 7 months to allow you time to acclimatise when you arrive and complete your SSI Open Water Diver Course

. There must be a break of at least 6 months between the completion of your Open Water course and your SSI ITC/IE so this allows you to meet this requirement if you are starting from the beginning.
12Do the dive centre offer any rewards for working in the internship?
As it would be illegal in Kenya there are not paid assignments when you are on your internship. There are chances to earn more SSII Courses, dive trips and equipment deals.
13Do the dive centre help you look for employment following completion of your Instructor Evaluation?
Yes, following the successful completion of your SSI IE you are entered into our Diver Job Program when we will provide you with advice, contacts, and CV assistance to help you find your first job as a diving instructor.
14Do I need a medical to dive?
When you arrive here before you start your training you will be asked to fill out the SSI Medical Statement and before the professional courses, you will be taken to get a medical at a local hospital.

We do however recommend that you get the medical done and a couple of copies signed by your family doctor before coming to Kenya. The PADI Medical Statement applies to every course and can be downloaded here. Genuine medical statements not copies have to be submitted to SSI for the IE and Instructor Application.
15Is the Local Diving Seasonal?
Diving in Kenya can be done all year around. The rains can affect visibility as they wash sediments from Kenya’s rivers into the ocean, but this does not have much effect on the marine life. The best diving in Kenya is between October and April. Between May and September the conditions are rougher but we still dive daily and can learn lots
16Do I need any inoculations/medications to come to Kenya?
We recommend that you ask your doctor about this before coming. Generally Hepatitis, Typhoid, Polio and Tuberculosis shots are required. Yellow Fever inoculations are also required by many countries when arriving from Kenya so it is a good idea to have them.

Also you might want to consider taking anti!malarial tablets for the duration of your stay. It is a good idea to consult your doctor about this 4!8 weeks prior to coming to Kenya. If you take prescribed medication then bring enough with you, clearly labeled with a doctor’s prescription, as although it is fairly easy to get most medicines in Kenya, it will provide you with peace of mind with proven medicines.
17What is the local communication infrastructure (mobile phones, internet etc) like?
Kenya has a modern up to date communications network. When you get here we will take you to buy a local SIM card for your mobile, which can go into unlocked mobiles. You can buy mobile phones here fairly cheaply, if you do not want to bring your mobile from home. Those on International roaming can receive calls although this is more expensive and is not recommended as bills can skyrocket quickly. If you have a laptop with wireless connectivity then get Skype on it and you can use Skype and a headset to have free/ cheap conversations through the Internet in various hotspots.
18What are the local voltage and pin types?
Kenya’s voltage is 220!240AC, 50 Hertz. The plugs in are generally of a three!pin type with two parallel flat pins and a ground pin, the same as is used in the UK. Bring a universal adapter to run any electrical items if necessary.
19How much do I pay for my flight and who do I fly with?
Flights from the UK and Europe should be around £500 UK but this can vary depending on the time of year and how soon in advance you book it etc. Either go directly to the airlines in the links posted after or sites such as The airport you need to fly to is Mombasa International (MBA). This normally means that you will have to fly first into Nairobi and take the one hour transfer flight, down to the coast.

Airlines-Kenya Airways, British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, Lufthansa, Air France/ KLM, Air Arabia, Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Saudi Arabian, Jet Airways, Egypt Air, South African Airways, Air Kenya, Rwandair

Package Itinerary

  • Arrival Mombasa

    Pickup from Mombasa airport and transport to Diani to get you settled in at the dive intern accommodation and orientated to the dive school
  • Week 1- Orientation and Get Diving

    Days 2 & 3 are spent acclimatising yourself and finding out about the local area around Diani. If you are being fitted out for dive your own equipment in Kenya this will happen on day 2. You will also run through your training schedule with the internship manager and also find time to study your SSI Open Water digital materials. On day 3 begin diving for fun and SSI Specialty diver courses to be completed by the end of your program (4 in total)
  • Week 2-4 Divemaster Training

    Science of Diving Course. Log more experience dives and practice your staged diving skills.
  • Week 5 - Get More Specialised and Work Experience

    Once you complete the Divemaster course its time for work experience with Ocean Tribe instructors. Study and practice for SSI ITC.
  • Week 6-7

    ITC Preparation course, React Right Instructor Course, SSI TCC and SSI Instructor Evaluation to become an SSI Diving Instructor.
  • Week 8

    SSI Specialty Instructor Courses and SSI Team Teaching with another SSI Dive Instructor to introduce you to teaching an SSI dive course.
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