The PADI Divemaster Course

Do you have a deep and abiding passion for diving? Or, do you merely love it with all of your heart? ....If so, you should consider doing what you love for a living: become a PADI Divemaster!

When you Join the Tribe™ by becoming a PADI Divemaster, you align yourself with the largest and most respected dive tribe in the world—that of PADI Professionals. These are PADI Divemasters and Instructors sharing a passion for diving and an active concern for the health of the world's underwater habitats.

The PADI Divemaster Course

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. This program is all about working closely with our PADI professionals in order to expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. The PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist Instructors with student divers. The PADI Divemaster certification is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

Our program will give you the confidence you need to work in the industry as a Divemaster, or, to pursue further professional dive certifications with the knowledge that you have a solid training foundation on which to continue building your diving career.

What Your Learn

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 skills. 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 you skills and increase your confidence. As a PADI Divemaster, you'll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers, while also experiencing the joy of seeing them transformed by the beauty of the aquatic realm.

What You Can Teach

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives.
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course.
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program.
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience.
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program.
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver students on the tour portion of open water training dives 2, 3 and 4, at a ratio of two student divers per certified Divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
    • surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises.
    • when the Instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team).
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission.
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor's indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.

To take this course, you must be:

  • 18 years old.
  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization).
  • A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization).
  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care provider (or hold a qualifying first aid and CPR training certificate from another organization). Certification must be recent to within the last 24 months.
  • Have at least 40 logged dives to begin the course, and 60 logged dives for certification.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a completed PADI Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

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