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Shulamit's Eilat Diving Adventures
Crowne Plaza Promenade
at the Eilat Marina
+972 54 475 8525
PADI IRRA Member S-21541

Licensed by the Israeli Sport Diving Authority

Shulamit Koretz
PADI Master Instructor

Professional PADI Courses and Internships

As a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center we offer a full range of PADI professional courses including Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and the Instructor Development Course (or just the Open Water Scuba Instructor course if you're already an AI or crossing over from another organization).

The following paragraphs explain the various course and internship options, and of course you're welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

About Internships: Internships are unpaid, and you're expected to cover your own living expenses. In exchange for helping us out by supporting daily dive center activities, you can complete missing dives needed for your certification, and get valuable hands-on experience as Divemasters, Assistant Instructors or Instructors, at no extra cost beyond our regular course prices. 

Equipment: We do not charge for equipment rental while you're enrolled in a professional course or internship.

Lodging: We do not provide accommodations, but we are usually successful in helping Divemaster and Instructor Interns find suitable private lodgings for less than NIS 2,000 per month. 

Scheduling: Dates for Divemaster and Assistant Instructor courses are completely flexible. In contrast, OWSI or IDC courses only take place in the two weeks before scheduled Instructor Examinations (IE).

2017 IE dates in Eilat:
March 22/23, June 19/20, September 18/19, and December 6/7.

Instruction: Divemaster and AI Courses are taught and supervised by PADI Master Shulamit Koretz. OWSI Courses and IDC's are taught and supervised by Oren Nesher, PADI Course Director. 


As a PADI Divemaster, you'll be qualified to assist PADI Instructors with students, lead certified divers on guided dive tours, teach and certify PADI Skin Divers, teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs, and conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers all over the world. [Note: Israeli dive regulations do not allow divemasters to conduct mandatory refresher dives or introductory dives.]

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Additional information on course content and prerequisites can be found on the Divemaster Course Page on the PADI website. 

Internship option: You can complete a Divemaster course in 8-10 days, or you can stay for a Divemaster Internship, ideally for at least a month. During the internship, formal course content is interspersed with daily dive center activities (6 days per week) ranging from assisting in courses, programs and guided dives to experiencing how to plan, execute and lead group dives safely. Divemasters who have finished an internship with Shulamit leave with experience and confidence that carry over to the next step, whether it be working somewhere in the world as a Divemaster, or advancing to the next step of an Assistant Instructor Course or Instructor Development Course. 

Costs: The Divemaster Course costs NIS 3,000, regardless of whether you come for just the course or for a full internship. In addition, the PADI course materials cost NIS 850, and you'll pay the application fee including first-year membership of about 100 euros (subject to change) directly to PADI when it's time to be certified. The PADI course materials are available in English and many other languages, but not in Hebrew. Please let us know what language you prefer a few weeks in advance. Classroom instruction is possible in English, German, French or Hebrew.

Dives: If you arrive without the 40 logged dives necessary for enrollment in the Divemaster course, you can complete the missing dives with us at a 50% discount on our guided diving rates. Once you've qualified for the Divemaster course with 40 dives, Divemaster Interns who don't have the 60 dives necessary for completing their certification as a Divemaster can complete those dives for free as part of their internship. While not a PADI requirement, we do request that our Divemaster (or higher) candidates be Nitrox-certified or take a Nitrox course with us.

Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course can be taken as a standalone course, or it is often combined with the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Course in a full Instructor Development Course (IDC) leading to a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

Internship options: You can complete an AI course in 5-6 days, or you can combine the course either with a Divemaster Internship (see above) or an Instructor Internship (see below).

Costs: The standalone Assistant Instructor Course costs NIS 3,000. There are no required course materials, but if you'll be continuing on to the OWSI, you can already purchase the IDC Candidate Crewpak for NIS 2,500. You'll pay the application fee including first-year membership directly to PADI. For our Divemaster candidates who continue on to the Assistant Instructor Course (with or without internship) within 3 months, the combined cost is only NIS 5,000 for the two courses (instead of NIS 6,000).

Assistant Instructor + Instructor Internship

Divemasters who don't have the 100 dives necessary for becoming an instructor, as well as those who would like more practical Divemaster experience before preparing for the IE and becoming PADI Instructors, can enroll in an Instructor Internship. In this case an Instructor Candidate will begin the Assistant Instructor Course right away, and stay on as an Instructor Intern in the weeks leading up to the OWSI portion of the IDC. Instructor Interns who don't have 100 dives will complete the missing dives while participating in and supporting daily dive center activities (6 days per week) during their Internship, at no extra cost. 

Instructor Development

If you've gotten this far then you probably know all about it, but in any case information on course content and prerequisites can be found on the Instructor Development Course page on the PADI website.

A full IDC including the required EFR Instructor Course takes at least 10 days. The OWSI (plus EFR Instructor Course) will take 5-6 days.

Costs: A full IDC (AI+OWSI) costs NIS 5,750, which also includes the required EFR Instructor Course. In addition, the course materials (Instructor Candidate Crewpak and EFR Instructor kit) cost NIS 2,500, and you'll pay the Instructor Examination fee of GBP 555 and the EFR Instructor certification fee of GBP 72(both subject to change) directly to PADI.

The OWSI course costs NIS 3,750 (including EFR Instructor), and all of the other additional costs associated with the full IDC and IE apply, although of course you don't have to purchase the Instructor Candidate Crewpak again if you purchased it for your AI Course. 

If you're already an AI or an instructor doing a crossover from another organization, and you enroll in an OWSI course, you can attend the AI Course sessions of the IDC at no charge, assuming that a full IDC (and not just an OWSI) is taking place. It will be good practice for the IE.

Israeli Apprenticeship

If you're planning on working as a dive professional in Israel (AI or Instructor), you need to obtain an Instructor Permit (ishur hadracha) from the Israeli Diving Authority. If that's your plan, you're welcome to stay on with us at no charge immediately after the AI Course or IE as an unpaid intern (stazh) and obtain your permit. Contact us for details.