Why take this course?

Begin your dive career-take the first step and become a PADI Divemaster. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. Your confidence will grow with every breath.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI Rescue Diver Certification or equivalent
  • Proof of 40 logged dives prior to start of course with 60 at the end of the course
  • Medical Exam for diving within the past 12 months
  • 18 years of age
  • PADI EFR or equivalent in the past 2 years (CPR)
  • You are expected to have your own equipment that is professional in both appearance as well as performance

What will I learn?

  • In the Watermanship and Skill Assessment portion, you’ll demonstrate your comfort in the water and refine your diving skills to the point of being able to demonstrate them for students.
  • In the Knowledge Development portion, you’ll learn more about the theory of diving, including dive planning, dive management and control, supervising students in training, physics, physiology, equipment, skills and environment, and dive tables.
  • In the Practical Application portion, you’ll work with actual Open Water students in both the confined and open water and lead advanced specialty dives like night and deep dives.

What to expect

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 yard swim; an 800 yard mask, fin, and snorkel swim; a 100 yard tired diver tow in full equipment; and a 15 minute tread, all of which are timed based evaluation. There are also extensive written exams covering the areas of physics, physiology, equipment, dive management, supervision, skills and environment, and dive tables.


For those candidates who would like to accelerate their progress through the Divemaster Course, we recommend the following PADI E-learning courses:

  • PADI E-learning Divemaster Course (Online)
  • PADI E-learning Dive Theory (Online)

E-learning costs are in addition to standard course costs.

Required Materials

  • PADI Divemaster Crew Pac
  • Recreational Dive Planner, eRDPml, and instruction booklets for both
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Logbook

Want to get started right now?

Contact instructor_development@diversden.net

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