There are many reasons to become a PADI® Divemaster or Scuba Instructor: to work and travel, to share your love of the underwater world with others, or simply for the personal challenge. Along the way, you’ll hone your scuba diving skills and emerge as a leader in the world’s largest community of divers bound together by a shared passion for adventure and ocean conservation.
Divemasters are experienced scuba divers who serve as guides, mentors and leaders to other divers. If you’re interested in turning your passion for diving and ocean conservation into a part-time or full-time career, the PADI® Divemaster course is your first step.
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
18 years or older
40 logged dives,
CPR and First Aid certification within 24 months,
medical clearance to dive
Approximately 50 hours
As a dive professional, you'll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you'll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.
Whether you want to hone your skills and dive like a pro or turn your passion into a career, you can start your journey towards PADI Divemaster now - for free!
The PADI Introduction to Divemaster program introduces you to the concepts, skills, and knowledge necessary to join the ranks of PADI Professionals worldwide. You can then decide if you want to complete your training at your local PADI Dive Center, Resort, or with your favorite PADI Instructor.
When you are ready, contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll in the course and get your Divemaster training materials.
Consider taking Dive Theory Online, another PADI eLearning® program, that takes you step-by-step through dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus a Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) review. By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for half of the Divemaster Final Exam.
Your PADI Instructor can explain how this works when you meet to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your waterskills exercises, workshops and practical assessments.
For more information on the Divemaster course, becoming a Divemaster or what being a Divemaster means then feel free to speak to any of the team; they'll tell you about their experience, what they enjoyed the most and what they do now they've taken their first step towards being a PADI Pro.