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Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world.

Divemaster Course

Duration: approx  2weeks minimum

* (Course speed depends on the group)



  • Completed Dive Medical Form signed by a doctor,

  • completed e-learning record,

  • Towel, swimsuit, mask, snorkel, dive equipment for ocean.  


Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level?  Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

PADI Rescue Divers who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Divemaster course. You also need to have:

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask your PADI Instructor.

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

We can 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.

Course is broken into:

Knowledge Development


Waterskills Development:

400 Metre/Yard Swim - swim 400 metres/yards nonstop, without swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes.

800 Metre/Yard Swim - swim 800 metres/yards face down, using mask, snorkel and fins, nonstop, without flotation aids and without using arms to swim.

15-minute Tread - tread water, drown proof, bob or float using no aids wearing only a swimsuit for 15 minutes, with hands out of the water during the last two minutes.

100 Metre/Yard Inert Diver Tow - tow (or push) a diver for 100 metres/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 alternate regulator second stage.

Diver Rescue - During the Divemaster course we will develop and assess a candidate's rescue skills and evaluate a candidate's ability to respond to a submerged, unresponsive, nonbreathing diver.

Dive Skills Workshop - Divemaster candidates must develop demonstration-quality Dive Skills and during the evaluation they must score at least 3 points on each skill, with a total of 82 points needed for certification, with at least one underwater skill scoring 5 points. Candidates must also practice and perform a role model mask removal and replacement demonstration, scoring at least a 4.

Practical Skills

Dive Site Set Up and Management

Mapping Project

Dive Briefing

Search and Recovery Scenario

Deep Dive Scenario


Programs Workshops

The Divemaster Conducted Programs workshops provide candidates with hands-on experience of the PADI Programs they will be able to conduct once they have been certified as a Divemaster, including organisation, handling problems, performance requirements and PADI Standards relating to the programs.

Reactivate in Confined Water - This workshop prepares candidates to independently conduct a PADI Reactivate program for certified divers.

Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision - This workshop can either focus on preparing candidates to teach the PADI Skin Diver course, or on showing candidates how to lead snorkeling tours and supervise snorkelers.

Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water - This workshop helps candidates understand the extra caution and conservative measures needed when working with nondivers.

Discover Scuba Diving Program - Additional Open Water Dive - This workshop continues reinforcing to candidates the extra caution and conservative measures needed when working with non-divers.

Discover Local Diving in Open Water - This workshop allows candidates to practice evaluating dive conditions, planning a dive, giving a dive briefing and leading a dive and supervising divers.

Practical Assessments - During the practical assessments candidates work with student divers taking a PADI Course, providing them with real-life problems and realistic training. The more realistic the training, the more candidates learn about responding to diver problems.


Practical Assessment  - Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water


Practical Assessment  - Open Water Diver Students in Open Water


Practical Assessment  - Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water


Practical Assessment  - Certified Divers in Open Water


Diver Medical Form

The World Recreational Scuba Training Council/DAN (Diver Alert Network) and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society worked together to produce the Diver Medical form.  

Before any training can take place divers are required to fill out this Diver Medical Form.  Please read thoroughly and answer honestly. If you can answer "Yes" to question 3, 5, or 10, OR any question on page 2, then you are required to obtain a physician's release on this form. 

Training Refund Policy

To sign up for a course a 50% non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking. Elearning codes transferred to another student if the e-learning code has not been sent.

Rescheduling Fee:  $150 rescheduling fee for missed courses or last minute changes, within 1 week of the start date. This fee must be paid before rescheduling to the next course date.

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