Our center is a well established PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort teaching the entire range of recreational PADI courses. Imagine if you could swap the 9-5 office grind and dreary commute and instead wake up to a beach vacation – for life? Well this is now a possibility by undertaking Lalaguna Villas Dive Resort PADI career development internship program.

The choice is yours – a two month break or a ‘gap year’ or a complete career change – this program makes what you might have thought a dream your new reality. At the end of the program you will be a PADI Divemaster or PADI Dive Instructor able to work in almost any country in the world.

What could be more motivating or satisfying than a job that brings joy to you and to others doing something you love…and that involves a few minutes commute to a sandy white beach fringing clear aqua marine water?

Located in Indo-Pacific’s Coral Triangle and boasting over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is home to some of the world’s best scuba diving. With pristine coral reefs, lush coral gardens, huge schools of fish, rare critters, manta rays, and even whale sharks–there’s something for everyone in the Philippines!

The Lalaguna Villas Dive Resort PADI Divemaster or PADI IDC Instructor internship lasts anywhere from four weeks to eight weeks and is perfect for anyone who really wants to make a change in their lives. Our center is a well established PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort teaching the entire range of recreational PADI courses.

We are located in Small Lalaguna on Oriental Mindoro Island in the Philippines.

We are known for our professionalism, safety, but most of all for our fun approach to diving.

Lalaguna Villas Dive Resort helps you to achieve your dream from the beginning to the end. The choices can seem overwhelming at first, but we break down all your options and expenses into an easy to understand format. You also have the option of an all inclusive package for simplicity.

We will train you from beginner or current level to become a competent and professional PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor, ready to find work anywhere in the world!

Our Premium Package includes everything you need during your stay. The only exception is food and drinks, which we think you would prefer to find yourself.

Included in the package:

  • Courses
  • Instructor fees
  • Required books/e-learning and training materials
  • PADI certification fees

We can also assist you with

  • Accommodation
  • Visa renewal
  • Selecting and purchasing dive equipment


  • Divemaster requires membership fees payable directly to PADI
  • Instructor Development course requires exam & membership fees payable directly to PADI

Each of our instructors has been through PADI’s rigorous training program and has reached the level of at least PADI Staff Instructor. They each have different experiences and specializations and you can learn something different from each instructor. The dive shop is run with the highest degree of professionalism.

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As well as getting a top quality diving education, you will get to experience some of the best diving in the world. Unlimited diving is included in the package which includes daily dive/s.

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We offer several standard packages, but we will tailor a program suited to your needs and budget. After your initial contact with us, we will assess your needs and design a suitable program for you. After you arrive you will be treated as an individual. You will not be just one more intern among a mass of many. Class sizes are very small and often one-on-one.

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Some budding dive professionals wish to learn on a part-time basis due to educational or work commitments and Lalaguna Villas offers flexible, part-time professional development to suit your availability.

For those who wish to accelerate their progress to dive professional, we recommend a full-time internship program. We believe that complete immersion in a dive operation is the best way to prepare you for a future in the dive industry.

Our experienced instructors will ensure you meet the highest PADI standards, but when you are not participating in courses you may find yourself:

  • Assisting our experienced divemasters, including diving with guests;
  • Socializing, completing logbooks, and perusing  fish identification books with guests;
  • Assisting our instructors in teaching a wide variety of PADI courses;
  • Learning how to fill scuba tanks and how to blend Nitrox breathing gasses;
  • Learning about all local dive sites and sharing this knowledge with guests;
  • How to drive a boat and how to hoist and throw an anchor;
  • How to plan and manage diving day trips;
  • How to plan tomorrow’s diving board & activities;
  • How to service and care for equipment; and
  • How to run a safe and efficient dive shop.

These are all useful skills for a budding dive professional and if you are still not dived out, jump on any dive boat because unlimited diving is included in the Lalaguna Villas professional internship!