PADI Divemaster Course

PADI Divemaster Course

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

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.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask your PADI Instructor.

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. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • 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

The Divemaster course consists of 3 parts:

  1. Knowledge Development
    You self-study with the Divemaster Manual and watch the Divemaster Video (a book and DVD package), or sign up for Divemaster online, the eLearning option (available in english language).
    You will also participate in theory lessons with our instructors, emphasising on areas where you need additional tutoring. 
  2. Waterskills exercises & dive skills workshop 
    Swim tests, equipment exchange while sharing a single breathing source and diver rescue drill. This is followed by demonstrating 24 dive skills from the Open Water Diver course, which are graded. 
  3. Practical Application
    Divemaster candidates must successfully complete practical skills, workshops and practical assessments.
    In this part you will start to assist your instructor in actual training situations with Open Water students and get introduced to divemaster-conducted programs like reActivate and DSD in confined water.

The Divemaster course is an intensive program that will require14 days to complete, within a a timeframe of six months.

Owning full diving equipment is mandatory.