NAUI Divemaster Course

The NAUI Divemaster rating is the highest NAUI leadership-level certification with the exception of Instructor.

Would you like to lead dives and dive trips and take certified divers on vacations to the world’s best dive sites? Many Divemasters are employed full-time or work independently supervising certified divers during club, store, resort or charter tour and travel activities. As a NAUI Divemaster you enjoy again and again adventures to which you introduce your clients. NAUI Divemaster certification is another option leading to NAUI Instructor qualification. The program is designed to train experienced and knowledgeable divers to organize and conduct enjoyable open water dives for certified divers.

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 NAUI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.

Qualifications of Graduates
  • An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct dives for certified divers if the diving activities and locale approximate those in which the Divemaster is trained. Additional training, knowledge or experience is necessary for the Divemaster who desires to organize highly specialized activities, such as wreck penetration, cavern or ice dives or enter a new locale.
  • An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct NAUI Recognition (such as International Diver) and Experience Programs (such as Stingray Experience) and award appropriate recognition materials to participants.
  • An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to assist an active-status NAUI Instructor in diving courses.
  • An active-status NAUI Divemaster who completes a NAUI-DAN First Aid Instructor orientation, who has completed all required NAUI-DAN orientation modules and is using the NAUI-DAN training and support materials, may teach the NAUI-DAN First Aid programs.
  • If all other prerequisites are met, a current NAUI Divemaster is qualified to enter a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC).

Our NAUI Divemaster Course is an intensive 7 day program that will combine pool training sessions, open-water training dives, academic classroom training, Divemaster intern experience with real divers, and more. Students will be checking in daily at 7:30 AM and most days finishing around 6:00 PM with some evening briefings / debriefings and short lunch / dinner breaks. Do not plan other outside activities / distractions during the seven days of training. Plan to arrive the day before training begins and plan to fly out at least 24 hours after training concludes.

Prospective candidates often ask about what level of swimming / water skill competency is required to become a Divemaster. Here are the NAUI Divemaster swim requirements:

880 Yard Distance Swim
Swim 880 yards total during a dive

In-Water Victim Transport
Transporting victim to shore or boat

At time of certification the candidate must verify that he/she has:
  • Logged at Least 70 SCUBA Dives Including Experience in Night Diving, Deep Diving and Underwater navigation
  • Completion of Required Examinations
  • Upon completion of all certification requirements, each leadership graduate must complete a NAUI Membership Application, which the instructor will process.

Cost: $1999 + Course Materials

Required Deposit: $750

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Age Requirement

18 Years or Older

Course Prerequisites:

Rescue SCUBA Diver, 60 Logged Dives, NAUI First Aid for Dive Professionals or equivalent, NAUI Oxygen Provider or equivalent, Medical Clearance to Dive within 12 months

Required Equipment:
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • BCD
  • Regulator
  • Dive Computer
  • Cutting Tool
  • Compass
  • Surface Marker Buoy (SMB)
  • Reel
  • Slate
  • Lift Bag
  • Primary & Backup Dive Light (LED Preferred)

We have the above items together as a package or individually available for purchase at student discounted prices in our dive shop.

Tanks and weight rentals are provided as part of your enrollment.

Notice About PADI Certification Card Issuance Policy:

PADI recently updated its Certification Card policy. New certifications are issued using a digital e-card, viewable by downloading and using the PADI app. Plastic certification cards are available at an additional cost.

NAUI Divemaster Course

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