About the Course
You are in charge! Divemaster's are the backbone of the diving community.
Your first step into the professional levels of recreational diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Work closely with a PADI Instructor to expand your dive knowledge, develop your leadership abilities, and hone your skills. As a divemaster you'll be able to supervise dive activies and assist instructors with student divers.
Dive 2000’s PADI Divemaster course is a performance based program, so course duration depends on student performance and logistics. The course starts as soon as you commit. As the Divemaster course is run in conjunction with other courses such as the PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced OWD and Rescue Diver courses, the duration of the course on average will take approximately three months. The final timeframe will will ultimately depend on your availability to attend the above courses.
It would then be a good idea to map out in your diary which dates will suit you and plan your course according to your schedule. This really applies to the practical application (module three) part of the Divemaster course.
- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent).
- PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent).
- First Aid and CPR Certificate completed with in the last 24 months.
- Be at least 18 years of age at commencement of training.
- Submit an approved medical exam form not older than one year.
- Submit proof of at least 20 logged dives to commence the course. (Note: 60 logged dives are required for certification, course dives are credited towards this requirement).
All course theory and practical instruction, pool fees, and the Divemaster Pack including Divemaster Manual, Medical History form, Divemaster application form, Divemaster final exam answer sheet, Skill Development Score Sheet, 15 x Practical Application Record Sheets and the Divemaster Candidate Information and Evaluation Form.
PADI membership and insurance, reference manuals, scuba equipment, air fills, any extra costs associated with the ongoing internship after completion of the formal programed phase. (e.g. pool fees, boat dives and accommodation costs if you choose to assist an Instructor on an activity outside of the course parameters i.e. not normally associated with Dive 2000’s Divemaster internship).
- Complete set of dive gear including air cylinder and weights
- Dive Computer
- Knife / dive tool
- Dive slate
- Emergency signaling device (whistle, flare or safety sausage).
Required Reference Materials
- PADI Divemaster Course Instructor Guide (available on loan)
- Divemaster Manual (provided)
- Divemaster Slates (provided)
- The Recreational Dive Planner, Table and wheel version
- The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
- The PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook
- Useful References:
- Open Water Diver Manual
- Adventures in Diving Advanced Open Water Diver Manual
- Rescue Diver Manual
- Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
- We recommend the PADI Instructor manual or CD-ROM (available on loan)
Course Details & Module Requirements
The Divemaster Course consists of three modules as detailed below:
Module One: Knowledge Development
The Knowledge Development Module takes the form of pre course independent study. This Module establishes the foundation you will need as a professional-level diver and for continuing on to the PADI Assistant Instructor and Instructor levels. You will apply much of what you learn in this module during the Waterskills and Stamina Module and the Practical Application Module. You will meet the performance requirements for this module through a combination of independent study and evaluation by written exams. As part of this module you are also required to complete a local Emergency Assistance Plan.
Module Two: Waterskills and Stamina Development
The Waterskills and Stamina Module will develop your water skills and stamina to the role model level appropriate for demonstrating to student divers, and to prepare for higher training levels. In the Confined Waterskill Assessment and Development portion of this module you will develop the 18 basic scuba skills to demonstration quality. In the Stamina Assessment and Development portion of this module your basic swimming skills will be evaluated, with opportunity to improve.
This module also includes Diver Rescue Assessment and Development. This portion will evaluate your response to a simulated unresponsive, non-breathing diver at the surface. The goal is to refine your skills beyond the Rescue Diver level.
Module Three: Practical Development
In the Practical Application Module the Divemaster trainee undertakes an internship to gain practical experience as an instructional assistant. The trainee is required to attend five Open Water Course pool modules and ten open water or ocean modules. This requirement is completed by trainees accompanying various Instructors on several Open Water Diver courses and other diver training courses e.g. Advanced, Rescue or Specialty courses.