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