Going Pro - The First Step

The PADI Divemaster course is the first level of the PADI Professional ratings.
As a PADI Divemaster you will hold the minimum rating for employment in the diving industry.
Your qualification will allow you to supervise recreational diving activities (either boat or land based), work as an Instructional assistant on all PADI courses and is just one step from PADI Instructor.


As a recent diver in training, hopefully your interactions with your instructor have led you to trust and admire him or her as an educator, a mentor, a diver and an individual. The vast majority of recreational scuba instructors are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, personable, empathetic and professional and he or she has hopefully inspired you to become passionate about diving. Maybe you could even see yourself following in your instructor°«s footsteps and becoming a professional scuba instructor yourself. So naturally you start wondering what professional education and teaching credentials your instructor has and whether all instructors have the same qualifications. What is it really like to work as a scuba instructor? And what does it take to become one?

So what are the requirements to become a Divemaster?

First you need to meet all these requirements:

You must be at least 18 years old

Complete the Open Water Course

Complete the Advanced Open Water Course

Complete the Rescue Diver Course

Complete The Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.

A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

At least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn the certification.

What you will you learn

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

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

Further Information at PADI Divemaster

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