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Scuba Diving Scholarships & Grants – Opportunity Board

Scuba Diving Scholarships & Grants – Opportunity Board

Scuba diving is an expensive hobby, and this can be a barrier to those who have something to offer to this industry but don’t have the means to pursue their passions. Many organisations and brands come together to offer scuba diving scholarships and grants to offer opportunities to more divers.

We’re all about levelling the playing field and offering opportunities to as many divers, and as many marginalised divers, as possible. If you’re looking for up-to-date information on scuba diving grants and diving scholarships, you’re in the right place!

We’ll keep this page updated with all of the best diving grants out there, in hopes of encouraging more women and marginalised groups to take on these incredible opportunities.

Opportunities are arranged with the soonest closing dates at the top. New opportunities will be added as they open. If you are a brand or organisation offering a scuba diving scholarship or grant, or you find an opportunity not listed on this page, please forward to [email protected]

Rolex Our World Underwater Scholarship Society – 2023 Scholarships and Internships

What Is It?

The Rolex OWUSS programs offer incredible opportunities to young people seeking careers in scuba diving. Scholars are supported through a year of experiences in the field, with access to an incredible network of contacts and equipment sponsorship from scuba brands.

“Currently there are three Scholarships: North America, Europe, and Australasia. Each Scholarship provides a hands-on introduction to underwater and other aquatic-related endeavors for a young person considering a career in an underwater-related discipline. One scholar is selected from each of the three regions and each scholar spends approximately one year working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields.”

“Each scholar travels primarily within their region, but may have opportunities throughout the underwater world. The range of experiences may include active participation in field studies, underwater research, scientific expeditions, laboratory assignments, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction, and other specialized assignments.”

There are also 7 summer internships available, with focus areas including dive medicine, underwater photography, and marine biology.

Who Can Apply?

Applicant requirements vary between the scholarships and the internships. Scholarship requirements can be found here, and internship requirements can be found here.

How Do I Apply?

The scholarship application process is extensive. It includes providing thorough evidence of diving proficiency, four letters of recommendation, and response statements to two prompts. An application fee of $50 (or £50, or $50 Australian) is applicable depending on the region you are applying for. Full application details can be found here.

A similar process applies for the summer internship applications, with a lower fee of $25. You can find the application details here.

Applications close 15th January 2023

Scuba Diving Instructor Training – Kerry College

What Is It?

Kerry College of Further Training and Education offers pathways to further study, employment, third level and apprenticeship. There is an increase in the demand for highly skilled and qualified Scuba Diving Instructors in Ireland, as participation in water based sports is on the increase.

Their Scuba Diving Instructor course will train people from Open Water to Instructor level, with all application fees, tuition fees, examination fees, and certification fees covered. This takes place across a 41 week full-time course, including 6 weeks of work experience. Additionally, students will study for ISA Powerboat Award/Diver Coxswain certification.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be aged 18+ and in possession of Leaving Cert, LCVP, LCA or QQI Level 4 Major Award. There is a mature student application route for those aged 23+. Non EU applicants must obtain permission to work in Ireland. Full pre-requisites can be found on the website.

How Do I Apply?

Applications must be made online through the Kerry College website.

No closing date is specified

Government Funded Diving – Maldives

Banner detailing the Maldivian Government Dive Training Grants, details below

What Is It?

The Maldivian Government is initiating a training programme aimed at up-skilling job seekers in priority trade areas, including scuba diving. This is an exciting opportunity for Maldivian residents to develop their skills to either PADI Divemaster or PADI OWSI level.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be Maldivian residents currently living in Maldives, aged 16-65, and should be either unemployed or currently working less than 20 hours per week. Full eligibility criteria can be found here.

How Do I Apply?

Dive operators taking part in this programme are listed on the Maldivian Job Center website.

Closing dates vary depending on dive operator

DiverSeaFy – Open Water Certifications

Banner detailing the DiverSeaFy Open Water Certification Scholarships, details below

What Is It?
There are many benefits that the ocean has to offer and Diver•Sea•Fy believe that those benefits should be accessible to everyone. They want to open the door to the underwater world for youth of colour that might not otherwise get the opportunity.

They offer the opportunity for students to receive their Open Water Certification, breaking down the financial barrier to entry involved in learning to scuba dive.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are open to students of colour, aged 14-18, living in the LA area. 

How Do I Apply?
Prospective students must fill out the Diver•Sea•Fy Google Form.

They must also provide a 250 word (maximum) response explaining their interest in the program, and a letter of recommendation from an adult. This could be a teacher, counselor, coach, or any adult that would advocate on their behalf. These supporting documents should be emailed to [email protected].

No closing date – applications are rolling