Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational 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. 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. You put this knowledge into action through a series of practical training exercises.
The PADI Divemaster course consists of three phases:
1. Watermanship and skills assessments
- Watermanship and Stamina
- General Diving Skills
2. Knowledge Development
- Role and Characteristics of a PADI Divemaster
- Supervising Diving Activities
- Assisting with Student Divers
- Diver Safety and Risk Management
- Divemaster-Conducted Programs
- Specialized Skills and Activities
- The Business of Diving and Your Career
- Awareness of the Dive Environment
- Dive Theory Review
3. Practical Application involves training activities using various structured training sessions, Divemaster-Conducted program workshop, Practical Skills workshop and Practical Assesment.
These training sessions enable the candidate to gain practical experience as an instructional assistant and a supervisor of open water diving activities, both as a coordinator and as an underwater guide.
Upon successfully completing the PADI Divemaster course, the individual becomes a member of PADI and receives benefits including the ability to purchase professional liability insurance (which may be required to conduct some activities listed below).
PADI Divemasters are qualified to:
- Organize, conduct and supervise land and boat-based recreational diving activities.
- Assist PADI Instructors in conducting PADI Diver courses.
- Enroll in PADI Instructor level training
- Generally supervise both training and non training related diving activities by planning, organizing and directing dives.
- Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers
- Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program for certified divers.
The PADI Divemaster course is conducted over seven days and includes at least seven open water dives.
- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization).
- PADI Rescue Diver certified (or qualifying certification from another training organization).
- CPR/First Aid training within 24 months.
- Be fit to dive and submit Medical Statement signed by your physician that is less than one year old.
- 40 logged dives before starting the course (20 logged dives for students enrolled in our Go-Pro / Career Programs) and 60 to earn the certification.
- Minimum Age: 18 years old.
Required Paperwork for EASE
- Divemaster Crew Pak
- Recreational Dive Planner: RDP Table and eRDPml
- Divemaster Video
Course Preparation – Independent Study
- Complete Divemaster eLearning online prior to class
- Complete Dive Theory eLearning (optional). Can get credit for one of the exams.
- Read the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving