100% AWARE Partner for More Than a Decade

AMD-B has been a 100% AWARE Partner for More Than a Decade

by Mardia, AMD-B’s 2023 Divemaster Internship


As a business that heavily relies on the ocean, AMD-B understands its moral responsibility to protect and conserve the well-being of the undersea. As dive operators, we recognize the critical role we play in offering the opportunity to experience the never-ending beauty of the ocean while promoting environmental and marine conservation.

To fulfill this purpose, AMD-B has been an ardent 100% AWARE partner for over a decade. We actively promote a thriving and bountiful ocean by contributing donations to Project AWARE on behalf of every student who is certified through PADI PIC Online with us. Moreover, every student certified with us receives the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card. This allow students to proudly display their support and cherish their positive experiences for a better ocean with us.

We have also dedicated our company to becoming a PADI Eco Dive Center, supporting conservation through PADI AWARE Adopt The Blue to increase awareness of conservation issues and take responsibility for their resolution. The ‘Blue Project’ serves as the foundation of our Eco Dive Center. Through this initiative, we actively support conservation efforts by adopting dive sites, undertaking reef restoration, and organizing regular beach and underwater clean-up events.

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This year, we are thrilled to share the significant progress we have made in our conservation endeavors. We have installed 45 hexagonal reef stars, providing a habitat for marine life and contributing to reviving marine ecosystems. Additionally, we have successfully restored 810 coral fragments, aiding in the recovery of fragile coral reefs. Furthermore, in our ongoing commitment to reducing marine debris, we have made substantial efforts in our adopted sites, Padangbai Beach, The Jetty, and Blue Lagoon. As of 2023, we have removed 120.325 kgs of marine waste and 129.23 kgs of coastal waste.

As a PADI Eco Dive Center, we strictly adhere to the environmental guidelines set by PADI and Green Fins. We aim to minimize our impact on marine ecosystems by following sustainable diving practices. We take great pride in our marine conservation efforts and ensure that our dive operations have a minimal ecological footprint.

At AMD-B, we firmly believe that education and awareness are key drivers of change. In addition to our conservation efforts, we have conducted community outreach programmes in local schools to raise awareness about ocean protection and educate students about the importance of preserving our oceans. Moreover, we have collaborated with local organizations to further our cause. By joining forces, we can amplify our impact and work towards a sustainable future for our oceans.


AMD-B 24th Birthday

Diving Into 24 Years of Adventure: AquaMarine's Journey to Excellence

by Mardia, AMD-B’s 2023 Divemaster Internship


On this special day of 18 September 2023, AquaMarine Diving – Bali is filled with immense pride and joy as we celebrate the 24th anniversary. AquaMarine has been dedicated to providing unparalleled diving experiences, discovering stunning underwater worlds, and advocating for marine conservation for over two decades.

Starting as a very small, but passionate, company in 1999, AquaMarine has grown into one of the most reputable diving companies in the industry. Throughout the journey, we have always aimed to exceed expectations by prioritizing safety, professionalism, and adventure for the guests.

AquaMarine is also committed to ocean sustainability through the Blue Project. This initiative aims to connect and appreciate the marine environment by raising awareness about preserving the ocean and its inhabitants. Through beach clean-ups, underwater clean-ups, campaigns, educational initiatives, and collaboration with local communities, we strive to positively impact the marine ecosystems we explore.


The director, Annabel Thomas, expressed her disbelief that it’s already been 24 years since the company opened. However, she also shared her wishes for the future, including the staff’s professional development, continued support for the local dive community, providing excellent service for guests, promoting Bali’s phenomenal diving, and sharing the beauty of the underwater world with as many people as possible.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of AquaMarine’s loyal customers and dedicated team members. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the trust, enthusiasm, and belief in our mission. Together, we have made countless memories and formed lifelong friendships. We are excited to continue exploring and sharing the beauty of the underwater world with everyone. Here’s to 24 years of excellence in diving and many more to come!


2024 Divemaster Internship Programme

PADI Divemaster Internship for Indonesian Citizens

The Indonesian Archipelago – including our beloved Bali – contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem. Fed by the plankton-rich waters of the Indo-Pacific, it creates the world’s richest marine bio-geographic zone, with diving to suit every level of ability and a myriad of interests.

With such amazing diversity, it is unsurprising that new, pristine, diving locations are discovered almost daily. New destinations bring new dive opportunities which drive new dive operators to expand access to these incredible locations. Rapid expansion in the number of dive businesses creates an ever-increasing demand for well-trained professional dive staff.

Recognizing this demand, AMD-B believes there is a very real need to encourage the local community to join and work in this expanding industry. In 2012, the company took its own steps to encourage this participation and pledged to run an annual “11 Month PADI Divemaster Internship Programme for Indonesian Citizens”.

A maximum of four coveted Intern positions are made available each year. This ensures each intern receives individual and personalized training, as well as the 1-on-1 attention required to complete this extensive programme.

AquaMarine Diving – Bali is now seeking applications for the 2024 Internship.


PADI Divemaster Internship Programme

A senior PADI Instructor has assigned as a mentor for the duration of the Internship. The mentor is also part of the team that trains the intern from Open Water Diver, all the way through the courses to PADI Divemaster.

AquaMarine’s Senior PADI Instructors have been working the Indonesian waters for many years and know the local dive industry intimately. They are dedicated to passing on this expertise to the “next generation” of Indonesian scuba diving professionals.

Within 6 months, each intern will have achieved the PADI Divemaster certification. Then the real work begins in starting to operate as Dive Guides for visiting divers under the supervision of AquaMarine’s senior staff. Through a steady process, they gain experience and hands-on knowledge of their responsibilities which builds a solid foundation for their future professional careers in one of the world’s fastest growing industries.


AquaMarine is committed to, and firmly believes that it is vitally important to provide their interns with top quality guidance, and train them to become well-rounded, safety- and customer-oriented Divemasters, ready to be employed here in Bali or elsewhere in the country.

In 2023, AquaMarine’s 12th year of the programme, two interns, Abi (West Java) and Mardia (East Sulawesi) were accepted onto the Internship which they passed with flying colours. These two young people see a new horizon in their lives as diving professionals who have discovered a passion for introducing divers to Indonesia’s underwater world.

If you know any young Indonesians who would be suitable candidates to join AquaMarine’s award-winning dive team by being part of the ‘2024 11 Month PADI DM Internship for Indonesian Citizens Programme’, please ask them to e-mail HRD-Dive@AquaMarineDiving.com for more information.

Application Deadline: 31 October 2023. Programme runs 08 January – 30 November 2024. Must be able to: Speak English, swim, and be available for interview in Bali.