The PADI Divemaster course is the first step to becoming a Diving Professional. The course is a comprehensive training program designed to shape and develops the skills and attitudes required to become a Divemaster. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.
The course involves working with real students and real instructors in actual training situations. This rating denotes you as a person who has a high level of personal diving skill, instructor level knowledge of diving theory and trained in how to assist an instructor during training activities.
- Be certified as a Advanced Open Water Diver.
- Be certified as a Rescue Diver.
- Have logged a minimum of 20 open water dives prior to entry into Divemaster training, and completed and logged a minimum of 60 open water dives with experience in night, deep and navigation prior to certification as a Divemaster.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a medical exam form signed by a physician.
- Watermanship and skills assessment: Watermanship and stamina, general diving skills.
- Knowledge Development: Diving physics, diving physiology, diving skills and environment, supervising students in training, dive management and control, dive planning, emergency assistance plan for diving emergencies in the local area, mapping a local open water site.
- Practical Application: This involves training activities using various structured sessions, simulated scenarios and internship sessions. These training sessions enable you to gain experience as an instructional assistant and a supervisor of diving activities, both as a coordinator and as an underwater guide.
- Act as certified instructional assistant to Instructors.
- Supervise participants in experience programs for uncertified divers.
- Generally supervise both training and no training related diving activities by planning, organizing and directing dives.
- Teach and certify Skin Divers.Conduct the Scuba Review program for certified divers.
- Enroll in Instructor level training.
Upon successfully completing the Divemaster program, you'll become a member of PADI and receive benefits, including the ability to purchase professional liability insurance (which may be required to conduct some activities).