PADI Divemaster Course

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.

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.

As a dive professional, you must 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.

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

Our PADI 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 / waterskill competency is required to become a Divemaster. Here are the PADI Divemaster waterskills performance requirements:
  • 400 Yard Swim Swim
    400 yards nonstop, without swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes
  • 15-minute Tread Water
    Tread water, drown-proof, bob or float using no aids and wearing only a swimsuit for 15 minutes, with hands (not arms) out of the water during the last two minutes.
    Exceptions: A candidate with a physical impairment that makes it difficult / impossible to hold hands out of the water is exempted from that portion of the exercise with no effect on the score.
  • 800 Yard Swim
    Swim 800 yards face down, using mask, snorkel and fins, nonstop, without flotation aids and without using arms to swim. Exceptions: A candidate with leg-use limitations who normally arm swims, may use arms.
  • 100 Yard Inert Diver Tow
    Tow (or push) a diver for 100 yards nonstop, at the surface, without assistance – both divers equipped in full SCUBA equipment.
  • Equipment Exchange
    In confined water, demonstrate the ability to effectively respond to an unusual circumstance underwater by exchanging all SCUBA equipment (except exposure suits and weights) with a buddy while sharing a single regulator second stage.
At time of certification the candidate must verify that he/she 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

Cost: $899
+ $259 eLearning
+ $424.30 Crew Pac

Required Deposit: $600

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Age Requirement

18 Years or Older

Course Prerequisites:

Rescue Diver, 50 Logged Dives, CPR and First Aid Certification within 24 Months, PADI Oxygen Provider, Medical Clearance to Dive within 12 months

Required Equipment:
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • BCD
  • Regulator
  • Dive Computer
  • PADI Recreational Dive Planner
  • 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.

PADI Divemaster Course

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