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If you have ever dreamed of starting a career in the dive industry, then this is the first significant qualification you will need. Upon gaining certification as a PADI Divemaster, you can guide certified divers and assist PADI Instructors with students in training and conduct the Skin Diver, Discover Local Diving and Scuba Reviews programs.

It is a minimum 10 day program — alternatively the various modules can be spread over a longer period to accommodate surf conditions, weather, etc. Most participants allow a generous amount of time (sometimes as long as a few months) to allow for the accumulation of dive hours, different group dynamics and aquatic situations.

Course content is varied, but includes:

Learning dive leadership through classroom and independent study sessions
Completing water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open waters
Training exercises to test organizational and problem solving capabilities
Assisting instructors with students
Co-operate in the day to day workings of the dive school

The pre-requisites for the course are PADI Advanced Open Water certification and PADI Rescue Diver or other equivalent certifications. You must also have at least 40 logged dives before commencing, which will have reach 60 logged dives before the program completion, plus have a medical clearance certificate signed by a physician.

With this certification, you will be able to:

  • Gain work in a dive shop
  • Lead certified divers on the Fun Dives
  • Assist instructors with students for all the other PAID courses
  • Teach and certify the PADI Skin Diver and the Discover Snorkeling programs
  • Conduct scuba review programs to certified divers

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  • Knowledge Development
  • Water Skills and Stamina
  • Practical skills: Dive site set up and management, mapping project, dive briefings search and recovery scenario and deep dive scenario
  • Divemaster Conducted Programs: Scuba diver in confined water, Skin diver course and snorkeling supervision, Discover Scuba Diving program in confined water, Discover Scuba Diving program in Open Water, Discover Local Diving in Open Water

The PADI Divemaster Course is designed to train qualified Rescue Divers in how to control, manage and supervise groups of divers.

This 3 module course provides extensive development of ones diving skills, stamina and theoretical diving knowledge.

The swim test involves a 400 yd swim; an 800 yd mask, fin, snorkel swim; a 100 yd tired diver tow in full equipment; and a 15 min tread all of which are time based evaluation.

There are also extensive written exams covering the areas of physics, physiology, equipment, dive management, supervision, skills & environment, and dive tables.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is certified as a PADI Divemaster and qualifies for PADI Membership and attendance at a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).

The Divemaster course includes:

  • All teaching materials and certification
  • All dive equipment
  • Free coffee and tea
  • Drinks and snacks on the boat
  • Boat trips