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A Guide to Scuba Jobs Abroad

For those born with a sense of adventure, finding a scuba job abroad might just be your calling. Scuba diving is an immensely popular adventure travel activity, wherein working abroad as a divemaster or in a related position can be your ticket to living in some of the most beautiful areas of our planet. If you are interested in constantly exploring new depths, trying new things, and meeting people from all over the world, then work abroad in scuba diving!

Why Work Abroad in Scuba

Why settle for the known? Being a popular adventure sport all over the world, working abroad in scuba diving can take you to any destination where there are new waters to be explored. And because the profession allows for a great deal of mobility, landing a scuba job abroad is likely to be just the beginning of a grand global adventure. It is an unrivaled opportunity to break out of your comfort zone and get lost in the world.


Every continent has their most popular diving spots, and so there are plenty of destinations where to find a scuba job abroad. Starting with the South Pacific, countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia are famous for having some of the best diving in the world. Many adventure travellers from the far corners of the earth flock to these destinations exclusively to dive.

In the Americas, diving is also very popular in Central America and the Caribbean region; countries such as Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in particular can be great places to look for scuba jobs abroad. A little further south, coastal nations including Argentina, Chile, and Peru hold their own when it comes to diving as well.

There are continuous openings to work abroad in scuba diving all over the world. From England to Kenya, each landscape boasts their own unique opportunities. Another convenient aspect about looking for work abroad in scuba diving is that, because it is largely a travel-based activity where your clientele will be coming from all around the world, speaking English fluently can help you land work even if you are not immediately familiar with your host country’s native  language.

Jobs & Positions

Acquiring a scuba job abroad as an instructor or divemaster generally demands a significant amount of training and accreditation. While different countries will vary in their exact requirements, you will most often be expected to be certified as an advanced open water diver, rescue diver, divemaster, and emergency first responder at the base level. This can require up to several months of training; thereafter the more experience you have, the higher level position you can typically look to fill.

Once you have earned the necessary qualifications, the skillset can take you anywhere in the world. There a diversity of different types of scuba jobs abroad that you can look for, ranging from working as a dive instructor to owning a dive shop to assisting in scientific research (or any combination thereof). You will also have the option of either looking for work with an existing agency, or else launching your own private venture.

Visa requirements and salaries for scuba jobs abroad will vary between countries, with pay also largely depending on the amount of experience you have and how much you choose to work. In general don’t expect to make away with a king’s ransom, but look on the bright side – you’re getting paid to do what you love!

Benefits & Challenges

Interact. Getting a scuba job abroad will enable you to continuously meet people from all over the world of an adventurous breed. If you’re a people person, you’ll do great.

Explore. Travel is embedded in the profession; once you gain the necessary qualifications to work abroad in scuba diving, you can bring that skillset to however many new locations your are willing to adventure to!

Dive. Finally, as if it needs being said, finding a scuba job abroad will bring you the opportunity to dive until your heart's content. If you love it enough, why not get paid for it?

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