For those of you looking to join the leaders of the pack in the dive industry, look no further. The PADI Divemaster training programme is your first step leadership level in the PADI system of scuba diver education. This rating denotes you as a person who:
Has a high level of personal scuba skills
Has instructor level knowledge of diving theory
Has had significant training in how to assist an instructor during course activities
Is able to assume appropriate responsibilities that benefit the welfare of other divers.
In other words, you're the cream of the crop and we want you!
As you may know, many PADI Divemasters go on to become PADI Instructors. So the training and experience you gain through the PADI Divemaster programme helps shape your abilities and attitude toward becoming a professional level diving educator. To help shape you into a Dive Professional, PADI has developed its Divemaster Crew-Pak and various other material.
As a Divemaster, you'll be qualified to:
Organise, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities, both land and boat based
Assist Instructors in conducting PADI programmes.
To qualify for PADI Divemaster training, you'll need to:
Have logged a minimum of 40 open water dives prior to entry into PADI Divemaster training, and completed and logged a minimum of 60 open water dives with experience in search & recovery, night, deep and navigation prior to certification as a Divemaster
Be at least 18 years old
Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a medical exam form signed by a physician.
You'll complete 3 phases in the PADI Divemaster programme:
Watermanship and skills assessment
Watermanship and stamina
General diving skills
Diving physics and physiology
Diving skills and environment
Supervising students in training
Dive planning, management and control
Emergency assistance plan for diving emergencies in the local area
Mapping a local dive site
This involves activities using various structured scuba training sessions, simulated scenarios and internship sessions with actual PADI programmes. These sessions enable you to gain practical experience as an instructional assistant and a supervisor of open water diving activities, both as a coordinator and as an underwater dive guide.
As a PADI Divemaster you'll be able to:
Act as certified instructional assistant to PADI Instructors
Supervise participants in PADI experience programmes for uncertified divers
Generally supervise both training and no training related scuba activities by planning, organising and directing dives
Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers
Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program for certified divers
Enrol in PADI Instructor level training.
Upon successfully completing the PADI Divemaster programme, you'll receive a certification card and wall certificate denoting this rating. You'll also become a member of PADI and receive benefits, including the ability to purchase professional liability insurance.