Divemaster Course

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Divemaster Program

Congratulations on your decision to become a PADI Divemaster!

The leadership skills you’ll learn during your training will add immensely to your diving pleasure and confidence. By adding to your Rescue Diver skills, it will make you one of the most qualified people at the dive site. With the Divemaster certification, you will qualify to serve as an assistant to a PADI Instructor, providing a valuable service. Most of all, you will be prepared to begin training to become a PADI Instructor!

Characteristics expected of a PADI Divemaster:

  • Exemplary diving skills
  • Exceptional Rescue Diver skills
  • Professional-level knowledge of dive theory
  • Competence as a certified assistant
  • Dive management and supervision abilities
  • Ethical role model behavior
  • Enthusiastic and fun!

As a certified PADI Divemaster, you will be qualified to:

Independently guide Open Water diver students on the tour portion of the Open Water diver course training dives 2-4, at a ratio of 2:1

Accompany Open Water students under the indirect supervision of an Instructor during surface swims, navigation exercises, and staying with the group while the Instructor conducts skills such as ascents.

Conduct any subsequent dives for Discover Scuba Diving, at a ratio of 2:1 (if insured), after they successfully completed the first dive with an Instructor.

Conduct Discover Local Diving experiences for certified divers (if insured)

Conduct Discover Snorkeling (if insured)

Conduct Scuba Review for certified divers (if insured)

Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers independently (if insured)

Accompany certified divers during training dives, generally supervise training and non-training activities, assist a PADI instructor in the confined water (increase ratios by 4 additional students) and assist in the open water (increasing ratios by 2 additional students) for the Open Water course. Also, your assistance can increase the allowable student ratio for an Instructor by 4 additional students for courses beyond the Open Water course.

To qualify for entrance into the PADI Divemaster course, you must:

Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water diver, or equivalent

Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver, or equivalent

Have logged at least 20 dives in your personal logbook

Be at least 18 years of age by the start date of the course

Submit a medical clearance signed by a physician

Have a complete set of SCUBA equipment

There are 3 segments of the PADI Divemaster course:

Knowledge * Watermanship & Stamina * Internship

Knowledge Development

You will be required to successfully pass a 120 question exam, including these topics:

Supervising Activities For Certified Divers

Supervising Student Divers In Training

PADI Divemaster Conducted Programs & standards

Dive Physics

Dive Physiology & First Aid


Decompression Theory And The RDP’s (Tables And Wheel)

Dive Skills And The Environment

You may complete individually, or part of a team, an emergency assistance plan for a local dive site. This information should include medical contact information, local authorities, nearest recompression facility, communication requirements and any other important information. You will also make a map of the local dive site – individually or as part of a team.


This is the portion where you get to put it all together – applying the knowledge and skill you mastered in the previous sections. At the very minimum:

You will conduct an actual Discover Snorkeling, Discover Local Diving, Scuba Review or Skin Diver course under the direction of a PADI Instructor. Close attention will be paid to your ability to complete a briefing, effective and safe in water supervision, and a debriefing.

You will participate in at least 5 confined water sessions while training actual students.

You will participate in at least 4 open water training dives.

You will participate in at least 1 open water training dive from a continuing education course.

You will assist in a supervisory situation with certified divers not enrolled in a formal course.

The question often pops up, “How long will it take to finish the course?” Well, this course like all the other PADI programs, is performanced based. This means that you will be allowed to progress at your own pace. Some master the academic knowledge in a matter of days while others may take a few weeks. Completing the practical application portion can also vary. Some candidates will be able to devote everyday to this training while others may wish to spread it over several months. Therefore, it is possible to complete the course in as little as 3 weeks or up to a year or better.

The $795 tuition includes all your pool fees, classroom sessions and even the boat trips. It does not include your Divemaster Crew Pack or Springs fees (Vortex $20, Morrison Springs free)

You can expect to get approximately 10 – 15 dives during your training which will credit toward your required 60 dives to complete your training. Payment plans can be arranged.


Watermanship And Stamina

This portion may be completed in as little as 2 or 3 pool sessions or confined open water. You must score at least 12 points for the following exercises:

1. 400 yard swim – without stopping – no swim aids

under 6 minutes = 5 points

6 to 8 minutes = 4 points

8 – 10 minutes = 3 points

10 – 12 minutes = 2 points

12 + minutes = 1 point

3. 15 minute tread – with hands out for the last 2 minutes

Performed satisfactorily = 5 points

Did tread but no hands out = 3 points

Used side no more than twice = 1 point

Used side or bottom more than twice = 0

3. 800 yard mask, snorkel & fin swim

Under 13 minutes = 5 points

13 – 15 minutes = 4 points

15 – 17 minutes = 3 points

17 – 19 minutes = 2 points

more than 19 = 1 point

4. 100 yard inert diver tow

under 2 minutes = 5 points

2 – 3 minutes = 4 points

3 – 4 minutes = 3 points

4 – 5 minutes = 2 points

more than 5 = 1 point

Additionally, you will need to master an effective rescue of an unresponsive diver. This will include in-water resuscitation and equipment removal of both rescuer and victim.

Another portion of the watermanship and stamina is the skill circuit. You will learn how to demonstrate the following skills (with a score of 3 or better):

gear assembly

pre-dive safety check (BWRAF)

deep water entry

buoyancy check at surface

5 point descent

weight belt R & R (remove & replace)

fin pivot

5 point ascent

snorkel-regulator exchange

BC – R & R (remove & replace)

hover motionless

buddy breathing stationary

buddy breathe swimming

mask R & R (remove & replace)

free flow regulator

alternate air source – stationary

emergency swim ascent

regulator recover & clear (remove & replace)

You must score at least a 3 on each skill – and score a total of no less than 63 on the entire circuit. The scoring is as follows:

Couldn’t perform skill – had great difficulty = 1

Performed with some difficulty = 2

Performed correctly although a little quickly = 3

Performed very smoothly – no problem = 4

Showed details of skill – looked easy – showed subskills = 5

The final skill is the equipment exchange between two divers while buddy breathing. This will assess your ability to deal with unexpected problems and stress. This is a problem solving evaluation and development tool only, it has no other application. The grading system is the same as above. You must score a 3 or higher.

You will soon earn your rating as a PADI Divemaster and be considered as a dive professional! This includes being a leader, a supervisor, a teacher, a boat master, a rescue diver, a medic, an equipment specialist, a marine environmentalist – a diving expert!

“This can be one of the best decisions of your life!”  -Anna Schmitz

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