Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba 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. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.
What You Can Teach
After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorizes to:
- Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and derecting dives
- Assist a PADI Instructor during the training session for any PADI Rescue Diver course
- Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
- Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
- Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
- If qualified as Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program
- Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photography specialty
- Independently guide Open Water Diver course student on the tour portion of the Open Water Course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two 2 student diver per certified divemaster.
- Accompany Open Water Diver Students under direct supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
- Surface swim to and from the entry/exit point and during navigation exercises.
- When the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or decent, a divemater can remain with other student divers (With individual student or buddy team.
- Accompany student divers during the Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the direct supervision of an Instructor.
- Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist Aqua Mission
- Conduct subsequent dives under an Instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants has satisfactory completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
- Teach Emergency First response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor Course.
The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, ect. It is higly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.
The Learning Materials You Need
The PADI Divemaster crewpak includes everything you’ll need to start the PADI Divemaster program. The complete set of materials includes:
- The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment.
- Divemaster slates
- PADI Divemaster Manual
- CD-ROM with instructor outlines for Divemaster-conducted programs (exclusive item not available for purchase separately)
You also have the option to take Divemaster Online and purchase the Divemaster eLearning Crew-Pak.
To take this course, you must be:
- 18 years old
- A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months.
- Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
- Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.