This is the first step into your new career. Not only do you get to dive a lot, but you also get to experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you. Other divers look up to Divemasters because they are leaders who motivate and mentor
PADI Divemaster is the first level of your professional training. You will work closely with your PADI instructors who will guide you to fine-tune your dive skills, refine your rescue skills, and motivate you to learn and protect the environment that we are privileged to dive in. You will gain knowledge, experience, management, and supervision abilities that will guide you as you become a role model for other divers. We will also teach you how to interact with the environment with good diving practices and a knowledge of the variety of marine life that takes the dive to the next level.
As a PADI Divemaster, you will lead others as you supervise diving activities, assist with diver training, and with a little more training after you finish your course, as a DSD leader, be able to teach new divers their first skills before the instructor takes them on their first dive. Whether you decide to travel to faraway tropical islands or work in your local dive shop close to home, adventure awaits you. Divemasters are respected dive professionals of the world’s largest and most respected dive organization – PADI
* We include the costs of PADI materials separately in our professional courses as candidates may wish to personally purchase in advanced. If you wish to purchase the materials through us, then please let us know with enough time to have them shipped
The Divemaster course will take you to the beautiful places around the world where you will be able to guide people and enjoy the looks of wonder on their faces as they dive. This course can be completed by one of the following options
Fast track - less time
You already have a minimum of 50 dives, you have done the theory at home, now you just want to finish the course. This course can be completed in two weeks if you have fulfilled all the prerequisites listed below.
Normal – standard course
The standard divemaster program that can be completed over a period of 4 weeks and will cover all program requirements
Extended – more time
Need some extra time to complete the required dives or just wish to take some more time and gain experience guiding divers. With this option, you have an extra two weeks to take the pressure off you and let you enjoy more of the island and its wonders.
This does not cover any extra accommodation or food expenses.
Please have a look at our DOWNLOADABLE COURSE GUIDE for details.
The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:
The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
Diver safety and risk management
Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
The business of diving and your career
Awareness of the dive environment
Dive setup and management
Mapping an open water site
Conducting dive briefings
Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs
Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and PADI Search and Recovery Diver speciality diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.
Tipp: You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Divemaster course - ask your instructor.
You have included in the price of your course PADI Divemaster Online – PADI’s eLearning option –to start now. You can work through eight knowledge development sections at home, using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace. You also have access to an online version of the Divemaster Manual for reference during and after the course.
Consider taking Dive Theory Online, another PADI eLearning® program, that takes you step-by-step through dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment, and environment, plus a Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) review. By successfully completing the Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for half of the PADI Divemaster Final Exam. Your PADI Instructor can explain how this works either upon contacting us or when you meet to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your water skills exercises, workshops, and practical assessments.
Professional courses and required materials are listed separately. Elearning assists in advanced preparation for all courses and codes will be assigned upon payment. Pre-payment is required for all purchases and shipping of materials and crew packs. Please allow enough time for shipping of products to be available upon your arrival
For the candidates enrolled in the two-week fast track option, completing all eLearning academics before arrival is a requirement
If you have not already begun with your studies online, no worries at all. You may purchase upon arrival your Divemaster eLearning Crew-Pak, which also includes other reference materials – like the PADI Instructor Manual and The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – that you’ll need during the course
For those who do not pre-study using eLearning before arrival, candidates are advised to use their evenings for reading and study. A workplace agreement is in place to ensure that both students and instructors comply with what is required of this course.
Equipment is NOT included in the course. You may rent for a small monthly fee your basic equipment but to start the PADI Divemaster course, we also highly recommend you have:
a timing device (an underwater watch or computer)
reel and DSMB
a pocket mask
As a dive professional this should be included with your basic scuba equipment.
During practical skills and exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you will use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags, and slates.
Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.
PADI Rescue Divers who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Divemaster course.
You also need to have:
Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
At least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn certification.
All students must purchase dive insurance. www.diversalertnetwork.org is a great place to obtain dive accident insurance.
Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask your PADI Instructor
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DOWNLOADABLE COURSE GUIDE
This guide presents all the PADI core courses offered in our GoPRO package deals
PADI OPEN WATER DIVER
PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER
EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE
PADI RESCUE DIVER
PADI EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR
PADI MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER
PADI STAFF INSTRUCTOR
For a more detailed description of each course, please download the following document.