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PADI Divemaster

What is it?

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.

Who can take part?

To enrol on the PADI Divemaster course you need to have your PADI Rescue Diver qualification (or equivalent from another training organisation), be a minimum of 18 years old and have completed at least 40 logged dives (60 dives required prior to certification). You need to have a current Emergency First Response or other first aid and CPR qualification (completed within the past 24 months) and you must have a certificate of fitness to dive signed by a medical professional within the last 12 months.

What does the course involve?

To become certified as a PADI Divemaster an individual must:

  • Complete knowledge development segments including Knowledge Reviews in the PADI Divemaster Manual or through the Divemaster Online, and pass the Divemaster Final Exam.
  • Create an Emergency Assistance Plan for a designated dive site.
  • Complete five waterskills exercises.
  • Complete a diver rescue assessment.
  • Complete the dive skills workshop and assessment.
  • Complete practical application skills
    • Skill 1 — Dive Site Set Up and Management
    • Skill 2 — Mapping Project
    • Skill 3 — Dive Briefing
    • Skill 4 — Search and Recovery Scenario
    • Skill 5 — Deep Dive Scenario
  • Complete Divemaster conducted programs workshops.
    • Workshop 1: Scuba Review in Confined Water
    • Workshop 2: Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision
    • Workshop 3: Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water
    • Workshop 4: Discover Scuba Diving Program – Additional Open Water Dive
    • Workshop 5: Discover Local Diving in Open Water
  • Complete practical assessments
    • Practical Assessment 1 — Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water
    • Practical Assessment 2 — Open Water Diver Students in Open Water
    • Practical Assessment 3 — Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water
    • Practical Assessment 4 — Certified Divers in Open Water
  • Meet the PADI Divemaster professionalism criteria.
  • 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.

How long will it take?

The Divemaster course is very flexible in terms of scheduling and can be scheduled to fit your availability. Part of the course is done on an internship basis where you will be working with your instructor and real students for your practical assessments. You can work through the modules and assessments at your own pace so there is no fixed timescale for completing the course. The more time you have available the quicker you will be able to gain your certification. Most people complete the course in 6-9 months, gaining lots of experience as they progress through the course, but it can be done more quickly or over a longer period if required.

How do I book a course?

We run the Divemaster course on an individual basis, so can start your course whenever is convenient for you. If you are thinking of enrolling on the course then call in and see us at the shop for a chat with one of our instructors who can discuss scheduling and logistics with you and get you started.

Course Prices

Course Cost
PADI Divemaster £425
PADI Divemaster Crewpak* £219

If you choose to complete the Knowledge development portions of the course by E-learning there is a fee payable to PADI when you register for e-learning.

*The Divemaster Crewpack includes the PADI Instructor Manual, PADI Divemaster Manual, the Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving, DM slates, DSD Cue Card, Scuba Tuneup Workbook and Professional Log Book.

Course fees include all scuba equipment (although as a trainee Divemaster you are encouraged to own your own dive equipment) and all tuition. At the end of the Divemaster course you become a PADI Member and there is an annual Membership fee payable direct to PADI.. Entry fees and transport to dive sites are not included.

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