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Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. By guiding certified divers, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun when diving as you do. Not to mention, having the opportunity of assist on dive courses will grant you a broader understanding on how others feel about diving as well as what are the most commonly faced challenges students go through.

When trained by a small, hands-on dive operator like us you’ll be able to witness all aspects of our operation, get to know our lovely local staff, support our daily tasks and still have a close mentor in one of our instructors. And that’s not all! Expect to learn from our experienced dive staff more about fundamental aspects of the dive industry as:

  • Ocean conditions and how to plan dive trips considering them

  • The intricacies of working on the tourism industry

  • The challenges and rewards of being an employee of a dive operator in Timor-Leste

  • Niches within the dive industry

On top of that, Timor-Leste’s diverse diving areas will provide plenty of opportunities for divemasters in training to get to know reef life not seen in many other locations within the Coral Triangle. What a great chance it is to receive your first professional certification on a location so peculiar, unique and fantastic as Timor-Leste!


  • Age 18 years or over

  • Have logged 40 dives

  • Be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the last 12 months

  • Have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months

  • Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

  • Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or have equivalent rating from other organization

  • Provide own dive computer, surface marker and reel as a basic safety equipment

Included on the packages:

  • All training related to the Divemaster Course

  • PADI Divemaster crew pack

  • Equipment rental 

    • A discount of US$ 150 is granted if you have all of your own gear (including regulator, BDC, mask and fins)

  • All dives needed to complete 60 dives

  • Possibility to participate and receiving certification on other training sessions being conducted to regular guests (upon payment of PADI fees only)

Not included on the packages:

  • Professional rating fee (payable directly to PADI)

Training only option details:

  • Timeline can be adapted to the student's personal schedule.

Internship option details:

  • Course covers 6 weeks

  • Accommodation with breakfast and lunch included

  • Opportunity to assist on courses with students

  • Hand-on experience of a dive operation

  • Chance to learn about equipment and compressor maintenance

  • Possibility to join any of our dive trips (upon availability of space)

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Learn the story of how Compass started and how it is going now


Discover hot to get to the remore Timor Leste


This is the island where we dive the most biodiverse coral reef

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"The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish"

Jacques Cousteau

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