This is PADI’s first level of leadership training. Your personal diving skills will be sharpened to near perfection while you obtain a professional understanding of dive theory, organization and the supervision of students. It is a serious course designed for the serious diver.
The course is divided into three sections:
You will have the opportunity to attend several scheduled classroom sessions or simply study the material independently. The covered topics include: Supervising general diving activities, assisting with student divers in training, dive theory introduction, diving physics, diving physiology, dive equipment, decompression theory and the RDP, Divemaster conducted programs, risk management, the business of diving and your diving career.
This portion of the course will evaluate your stamina and develop your skills to a demonstration quality level. It is a lot of fun and guaranteed to challenge you. The topics include: dive rescue assessment / development and confined water skills assessment/development.
This part of the course allows you to put into practice the knowledge and skills you will use as a Divemaster. It contains two segments. The first part includes Required Training Exercises that all candidates must complete. These exercises develop your organizational and problem solving skills. The second is an Internship.
#1 – Required Training Exercises
Mapping Project With a buddy, you will survey a dive site and create a map showing underwater topography, points of interest, entry / exit points, local facilities and potential hazards.
Equipment Exchange You will demonstrate the ability to solve unanticipated problems underwater by exchanging all scuba equipment (except exposure suit and weights) with a buddy while buddy breathing.
Divemaster Conducted Programs This exercise familiarizes you the programs you will be able to conduct as a certified Divemaster. You will conduct a simulated Discover Snorkeling, Scuba Review, Discover Local Diving or Skin Diver course under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor
#2 – Internship
You must participate in:
Three confined water and class sessions of an Open Water Course.
Three Open Water course open water training dive.
One Advanced, Rescue or Specialty Diver open water session.
One supervisory situation with certified divers not in a formal course.
Prerequisites for the Divemaster Course
(includes all online material, books, boat charters and course fee)