Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world.
Share your passion for scuba diving by becoming a PADI Divemaster. As a divemaster you’ll supervise scuba diving activities and assist with scuba classes. PADI Divemaster is the first step in your diving career. *This course fee only covers your online training and assessments. Practical training, dives, dive equipment, training materials and application forms are available at additional fees via your PADI Dive Center.
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:
The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
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
Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.
What does this course prepare you for?
Work at local dive centers, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations.
• Assist PADI Instructors with students
• Lead PADI Scuba Divers on guided dive tours
• Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers (snorkelling)
• Teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs
• Conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers (refresher course)
• Lead certified divers on Discover Local Diving experiences
• Teach Emergency First Response (EFR) programs (after successful completion of an EFR Instructor course)
• Run Discover Scuba sessions (after completing DSD Leader)
Minimum Age: 18
As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.
Variable, dependent on volume of other courses, plus your availability. As a guide, you need a bare minimum of 6 weekends for the internship.
• Certified Rescue Diver or have an equivalent certification from another training organisation
• Valid EFR or equivalent first aid certification, within the past 2 years
• Current signed medical examination
• 20 logged dives to start, 60 for completion
• Preferably have your own equipment before the start of the course
(we offer a 10% discount on dive gear for Divemaster students).
Where can I go from here?
A PADI Divemaster can enroll in the PADI Assistant Instructor course or enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course to become a certified instructor.