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Divemaster Course

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:

  • Knowledge Development

  • Watermanship Skills

  • Stamina and Practical Application

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.

Confined Water
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: Various stamina exercises, dive rescue assessment / development and confined water skills assessment / development.

Practical Application
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 part has two options - an Internship or Practical 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 or actual Discover Snorkeling, Scuba Review, Discover Local Diving or Skin Diver course under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor.


You must participate in:

  • All confined water and class sessions of an Open Water Course.

  • One Open Water course open water training dive.

  • One Advanced, Rescue or Specialty Diver open water session.

  • Three additional open water training dives from any PADI course.

  • One supervisory situation with certified divers not in a formal course.


  • PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent rating.

  • Age: 18 years of age or older

  • Have completed and logged at least 20 dives documented in your personal log book.
    Proof of 60 logged dives is required for certification.

  • Submit to the instructor medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to your fitness to dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the form cannot be the individual enrolled in the course.

Required Materials

  • Current PADI Divemaster Manual & DVD

  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving

  • Diving Knowledge Workbook

  • Recreational Dive Planner (Table and eRDPml)

  • Divemaster Slates

  • Log Book

  • Instructor Guides for the programs PADI Divemasters may conduct:

    • Discover Scuba Diving

    • Discover Snorkeling/Skin Diving

    • Scuba Review/Discover Local Diving




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