PADI Divemaster Course

Course Introduction

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.

What You 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. 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. 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.

What You Can Teach

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

  • Supervise both 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.

  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.

  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course 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.

  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.


certification Requirements

Divemaster candidates must meet all course performance requirements and:

  • Complete knowledge development segments including Knowledge Reviews in the PADI Divemaster Manual or through the Divemaster Online, and pass the Divemaster Final Exam.

  • Create an Emergency Assistance Plan for a designated dive site.

  • Complete waterskills exercises.

  • Complete a diver rescue assessment.

  • Complete the dive skills workshop and assessment.

  • Complete practical application skills.

  • Complete divemaster-conducted programs workshops.

  • Complete practical assessments.

  • Meet the professionalism criteria. At time of certification, verify the candidate has:

  • Logged at least 60 scuba dives including experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.

  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.

  • Read and agreed to the PADI Membership and License Agreements.



Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver
    Logged 40 scuba dives
    Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
    Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months

    Age requirements

    PADI Dive Master Minimum Age Requirement is 18 years old.

    required Books

    The PADI Divemaster Crewpak

    The Divemaster crewpak includes all required materials for the revised Divemaster course including:

  • PADI Divemaster manual version 3.0

  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving (paperback version)

  • Divemaster slates version 3.0

  • PADI Instructor manual

  • Divemaster application

The crewpak also includes over $42 in bonus materials.

  • PADI Pro logbook
  • Discover Scuba Diving Cue Card
  • Scuba Tune-Up Guidebook
  • Sturdy briefcase bag

    Purchasing the crewpak saves you money versus buying all the required items above items above ala carte

    The PADI Divemaster candidate is also required to view the

  • Divemaster DVD (Online)

  • The PADI Divemaster candidate will need a

  • eRDPML

  • RDP table imperial

  • RDP table metric

to complete the Divemaster exams


    Required Scuba Gear

    Divemaster candidates are required to have all their equipment with them for all classes and dives.

    The PADI Divemaster candidate is required to have all their own professional SCUBA gear. Your equipment will need to be in professional condition.

    The dive master candidates SCUBA gear should include:
    Professional Scuba Gear
    Dive Bag, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Booties, BCD, Regulators with SPG, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Compass, Dive Knife, Weights, Communication Slate, Wetsuit and Gloves.
    Professional Scuba Safety Gear
    Safety Whistle, Surface Marker, Underwater Signal Device, Rescue Pocket Mask, Dive Flag and Dive Light.
    Professional Rescue Gear
    Rescue Throwing Bag, Rescue Pocket Mask and First Aid Kit.
    Emergency Repair Kit
    A small dry box with: Equipment Repair Multitool, extra O-rings, etc.
    Personal Equipment
    Dry Bag, Sunglasses, Logbook, Sunscreen (spf30+), Lip Balm, Hat, Towel and Ear Dry.

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

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    We offer private lessons seven days a week. Sign up today and start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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