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PADI Divemaster

Being a divemaster is the first level of the PADI “Professional” ratings. On successful completion of this program you will be qualified to supervise recreational diving activities, either boat or land based.

It also allows you to act as an Instructional Assistant, and is the minimum rating required for employment in the diving industry. We will supply you with on the job training to prepare you for work in the diving business.

Once certified as a PADI Divemaster you are qualified to:

  • Assist PADI Instructor in conducting PADI programs
  • Supervise participants in PADI experience programs
  • Generally supervise both training and non-training related diving activities
  • Teach and certify Skin Divers
  • Conduct PADI Scuba Review for certified divers
  • Enroll in PADI Assistant Instructor or the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Prerequisites to become a Divemaster:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver / Rescue Diver Certificate, or equivalent rating
  • Duration: approx 2 weeks to 2 months
  • Minimum Dives Required: 40 logged with deep & navigation diving experience
  • Medical Clearance: Signed by a licensed physician within 12 months.
  • Minimum Age: 18 years

Divemaster Course

Quoted rates are in Thai Baht & per person**

RTakes 2 weeks to 2 months
RFull Instruction
RUnlimited Shore Dives
RFull PADI library access
RFREE transport on Phuket

Divemaster Course Extra

Quoted rates are in Thai Baht & per person**

RTakes 2 weeks to 2 months
RFull Instruction
RUnlimited Shore Dives
RFull PADI library access
R5 PADI Specialties*
R20% discount on materials & equipment purchases
RFREE transport on Phuket

* Please note: you can choose from 5 PADI specialties such as: Nitrox Diver Course, DSAT Gas blender Course, Deep Diver Specialty Course, Under Water Navigator Specialty Course, PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Course and many more!

** PADI Member Fees: AUS$ 178

PADI Divemaster Course Overview

The PADI Divemaster course is a performance- based program, so course duration depends on class size, logistics, and divemaster candidate performance characteristics.

The recommended 50 hours course is based on a class of six candidates learning through a combination of independent study, classroom, confined water and open water sessions. The PADI Divemaster course is divided into three modules:

  • Knowledge Development
  • Water Skills & Stamina
  • Practical Application

Knowledge Development

  • The role and characteristics of a PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising diving activities for certified divers
  • Assisting with student divers in training
  • Dive theory introduction
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Equipment
  • Decompression theory and dive tables
  • Divemaster conducted programs
  • Risk management
  • Business of diving
  • Furthering your dive career

Water Skills & Stamina

Stamina Assessment:

There are four exercises that evaluate stamina, water-skills, each rated by points. There is no passing score for any single exercise, but a combined score of 12 or more is required prior to certification. In addition, candidates must complete all exercises prior to certification. Candidates who fall short of a combined score of 12 may be given time to practice and develop their abilities while continuing in other areas of the course.

Diver Rescue Assessment & Development:

The Diver Rescue Assessment and Development has three goals. First, it evaluates effectiveness to assure that candidates can perform a rescue if necessary in an emergency. Second, it improves the quality of rescue skills to be more role model for assisting with the PADI Rescue Diver course. Third, it forms the foundation of demonstration quality rescues required during the IDC/IE. This exercise is the simulated rescue of an unresponsive, non-breathing diver. You will have lots of time to observe demonstrations and practice under the direction of our MSDT or IDC Staff Instructors.

Confined Water-skill Demonstration Development:

The Confined Water-skill Assessment and Development has two purposes – to verify that the candidate can perform the 20 basic dive skills from the PADI Skill Evaluation, and to train the candidate to perform these skills to demonstration quality.

Practical Application

During your training, you will be working closely with your instructors in learning how to assist and conduct training dives for PADI open water diver courses, Discover Scuba Diving programs, specialty courses and more.

You will also get an opportunity to spend time and gain hands on experience in working with a busy dive center, retail shop, customer service programs, and guiding experience once you are ready.

Best of all, we offer unlimited shore diving to our Divemaster Candidates to help them gain more under water experience and increase their number of logged dives.

Divemaster Training Materials

  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving Multimedia or book (for your independent study of dive theory)
  • The PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook (for your independent study of dive theory)
  • PADI Divemaster Manual. You must read the manual and complete all of the Knowledge Reviews
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • The Recreational Dive Planner, Table and Wheel versions
  • The Electronic RDP
  • Divemaster Slates
  • Candidate Equipment

During open water scuba training, you, the divemaster candidate, must be equipped with the proper equipment for the diving environment.

This includes, but is not limited to:

Fins, mask, snorkel, cylinder, regulator, alternate air source, buoyancy control device (BCD) with low pressure inflator, weight system, appropriate exposure suit for the environment, timing device and depth gauge (or dive computer), compass, knife/dive tool (unless prohibited by local laws or regulations) and an emergency signaling device (whistle, flare, inflatable signal tube).

You are welcome to use our rental equipment during the time you are deciding on your own equipment.

Please remember that all professional divemasters are expected to have their own dive gear in order to obtain employment.

For your convenience, we have special priced packages for your diving equipment and training materials.

Who is a PADI Divemaster?

The dive community expects several characteristics of an individual with the PADI Divemaster rating.

These include the following:

  1. Exemplary diving skills a PADI Divemaster skills can be used as demonstrations for student divers
  2. Rescue skills a PADI Divemaster can prevent and manage accidents and role model rescue skills for student divers in training
  3. Professional-level knowledge of dive theory. Depth of theoretical knowledge goes hand-in-hand with expertise and professionalism. This is the foundation for problem solving and creativity in the divemaster duties, and for subsequent growth as a PADI Assistant Instructor
  4. Competence as a certified assistant PADI Divemaster know how to support instruction by handling logistical, supervisory and limited educational duties under an instructor’s supervision. Dive management and supervision abilities PADI Divemasters accept appropriate, limited responsibility for certified divers within the context of leading or managing diving activities. This requires good people skills and good judgment along with a strong working knowledge of dive environments and activities. The PADI Divemaster assists the dive operation with risk management.
  5. Ethical role model behavior PADI Divemasters are expected to display common honesty and courtesy, and follow accepted, responsible dive practices. Their behavior reflects well on them, the dive operation for which they work, and the PADI organization.
  6. Enthusiasm and fun people learn to dive for the excitement, adventure, and challenge – or broadly, for fun. They look to PADI Divemasters to assist them in having fun within their interests and skill levels. Divers expect PADI Divemasters to be pleasant and sociable individuals to interact with. The PADI Divemaster assists with the dive community’s diver retention efforts.