Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.
During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.
As you progress through your Divemaster course, you’ll expand your diving knowledge, hone your skills and increase your confidence. Then, as a PADI Divemaster, you’ll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the joy of seeing them transformed by the majesty of the aquatic realm.
You Can Teach
After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:
- Superviseboth training and non-training-related activities by planning,organizing and directing dives
- Assista PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Divercourse
- Conductthe PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
- Conductthe PADI Discover Local Diving experience
- Conductthe PADI Scuba Review program
- Ifqualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conductthe PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
- Earnthe PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor ratingto be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographerspecialty.
- Independentlyguide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of OpenWater Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of twostudent divers per certified divemaster.
- AccompanyOpen Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADIInstructor during:
- surfaceswims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigationalexercises
- whenthe instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, aDivemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individualstudent or buddy team)
- Accompanystudent divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training divesunder the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
- Conductthe PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
- Conductsubsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision forDiscover Scuba Diving participants after participants havesatisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
- TeachEmergency First Response courses after successfully completing anEmergency First Response Instructor course.
At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.
The Scuba Gear You Use
- Youuse all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such asa dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.
- Itis highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment,as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba divingskills.
The Learning Materials You Need
The PADI Divemaster crewpak includes everything you’ll need to start the PADI Divemaster program. The complete set of materials includes:
- TheEncyclopaedia of Recreational Diving – a comprehensive overview ofdiving physics, physiology, and equipment.
- PADI DivemasterManual
- PADI InstructorManual
- RDPTable or eRDPMLwith associated instructions for use booklets
- PADI’sGuide to Teaching (Optional)
- PADIDiving Knowledge Workbook (Optional)
- ScubaTune-Up Guidebook (Optional)
You also have the option to take Divemaster Online and purchase the Divemaster eLearning Crew-Pak.
To purchase Crew-Paks, contact your local PADI Five Star IDC Dive Shop or Resort. For Divemaster Online, you can sign up today.
To take this course, you must be:
- 18years old
- APADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification fromanother training organization)
- APADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another trainingorganization)
- AnEmergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifyingfirst aid and CPR training from another organization) coursecompletion within the past 24 months.
- Haveat least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
- Befit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by aphysician within the last 12 months.
Courses That Will Prepare You for Success as a PADI Divemaster
Here are some suggestions for other PADI courses that will help make you more successful as a PADI Divemaster:
- Searchand Recovery (Highly recommended)
- DeepDiver (Highly recommended)
- DiveTheory Online
- CoralReef Conservation
- DigitalUnderwater Photographer
- EmergencyFirst Response Instructor
- EmergencyOxygen Provider
- EnrichedAir Diver (You can even sign up for the PADI Enriched Air CourseOnline!)
- PeakPerformance Buoyancy
To plan your divemaster course contact the Dive School Manager.