The importance of the PADI Divemaster to the overall PADI Training Program and to each individual PADI Instructor cannot be overstated. Divemaster training is the first leadership level in the PADI system. This rating denotes an individual who:

•    Has a high level of diving skills.
•    Understands a great deal about diving theory
•    Has a significant amount of experience helping train student divers
•    Is able to assume a tremendous amount of responsibility for the welfare of other divers in his/her care

Many Dive masters will eventually go on to become PADI Instructors, and it is the experience and training gained through the Divemaster course that shape their ability and attitude as professional diving educators.

Target Objectives

•    To enable the candidate to organise, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities, both shore and boat based.
•    To enable the candidate to effectively act as an instructional assistant to a certified PADI Openwater Scuba Instructor.
•    To develop the candidates theoretical diving knowledge to a level sufficient to become an Instructor.
•    To prepare and encourage the candidate for Instructor level training.

The PADI Divemaster Program is designed to train individuals as supervisory personnel for Openwater diving activities. In this role, the Divemaster may oversee general diving activities, serve as an underwater guide or as an instructional assistant. Divemaster training consists of three instructional modules which may be taught concurrently. These modules include:

•    Skill assessment
•    Knowledge development
•    Internship

Course Overview

MODULE ONE: Watermanship and Skill Assessment

This segment is to be conducted in a pool or confined openwater environment. The time frame is dependent on the number of candidates, their abilities and available facilities.

Knowledge Development

The format and therefore the schedule of this segment may vary from formal classroom study to a self-directed program of study done at the candidate’s convenience. Specific learning objectives and topic outlines are provided to indentify areas of importance and to direct the teaching activities. Understanding is assessed through the PADI Divemaster exams.

MODULE THREE: Internship

The internship module requires the candidate to act as an instructional assistant during both pool and openwater training sessions. The scheduling is flexible and is dependent upon student motivation and logistical considerations. To accelerate the training process the candidate may wish to assist more than one Instructor. An Internship Evaluation form (detailed later) should be filled out at the conclusion of each session.


•    Divemaster Manual


•    Equipment (equipment can be hired at preferential rates for the course)
•    Divemaster Crewpack
•    Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving & Workbook
•    RDP, eRDP, Wheel RDP
•    PADI Membership Fee


Certification Requirements For Divemasters

In order to be certified as a PADI Divemaster the candidate must:

•    Satisfactorily complete the PADI Divemaster Watermanship and Skill Assessment.
•    Satisfactorily complete a diver rescue evaluation.
•    Score satisfactorily on the divemaster exams.
•    Prepare an Emergency Assistance Plan for diving emergencies in the local area and include the appropriate contact information.
•    Prepare a map of the shoreline and underwater terrain of a local training site selected by the Instructor.
•    Satisfactorily serve as an instructional assistant for no less than five PADI pool sessions and ten PADI openwater sessions

Why The PADI Divemaster Course?

As an achiever and a PADI Divemaster a whole new industry is open to you. With your PADI Divemaster certification you are now able to secure insurance which is an important requirement when looking for employment in the recreational diving industry. At most professional stores all staff must be at least a PADI Divemaster prior to employment. This highly respected rating opens up a whole new career in a fast growing progressive industry. As a PADI Divemaster you are now eligible to commence your instructor training. The avenues open to Openwater Instructors are endless and demand is always high for these highly trained and respected individuals. Since the Instructor rating is recognised world wide, it allows you to travel to exciting and interesting destinations. As a Divemaster you are respected and looked upon by the industry as an achiever, reward enough for the dedication and effort you have put into your course.


In order to qualify for the PADI Divemaster Training the candidate must:

•    Be certified as a PADI Advanced Diver or equivalent rating
•    Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver
•    Be 18 years of age or older
•    Submit an approval medical form for a diving medical examination conducted within the last year and be in good physical condition for diving.

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