- Written by Eco Dive
The PADI Divemaster course is the first step on the road to becoming a dive professional. As a Divemaster you are able to work in the dive industry, assisting instructors and leading certified divers.
With our Divemaster course you get incredible value. As part of your training you will do the Deep Diver, Air Fill Operator, Dive Centre Employee and Search and Recovery specialties. Added to the Emergency Oxygen Provider course you would have done as part of your Rescue Diver course, you are now also a Master Scuba Diver. These courses have been chosen because they will help you progress in your dive career.
That's more value than any other dive centre in South East Queensland.
As a Divemaster you will be a reflection of the Dive Centre and all the Instructors you work with. Our course is based on the high standards that PADI have set, but we take it to the next level, providing you with more experience across a range of courses and situations.
The Divemaster course is also designed to prepare you to become a Scuba Instructor if that is your wish, and we can help you get there too. During the course you will develop your knowledge of diving and dive theory to a level expected of an Instructor, making that next step so much easier.
The course consists of 3 modules.
Module – 1 Waterskills and Stamina
Your watermanship will be tested with a series of timed tests, a rescue exercise and an exercise where you and a buddy will exchange all of your equipment underwater while sharing a single regulator.
This module consists of:
- Stamina Assessment and Development - 400m swim; 15 minute tread water; 800m snorkel; 100m tired diver tow; equipment exchange underwater.
- Diver Rescue Assessment and Development - based on the rescue exercise from the Rescue Diver course
- Confined Waterskill Assessment and Development - where you demonstrate how to complete the 20 basic scuba diving skills from the Open Water course.
It is very rare for a DM candidate to pass all of these segments on their first attempt, so we will work with you on any area that might need improvement.
Module 2 – Knowledge Development
In this section of the DM course we will develop your dive theory and dive knowledge to a level expected of an Instructor.
This module consists of completing:
- All sections of the DM manual by a combination of self-study and classroom tutorial
- An Emergency Assistance Plan for a site you are familiar with
- DM examination, yes the dreaded 'E' word
Module 3 – Practical Application
This module consists of acquiring the following skills:
Skill 1: Dive Site Set up and Management - you will learn how to manage the dive site, work with emergency equipment, set float/flags and descent lines, manage diver accounting procedures, and practice the social and customer service aspects of working with students and customers.
Skill 2: Mapping Project - you will create a site map for a local diving site that could be used to brief divers on a trip. It may take several trips to the site to complete the map.
Skill 3: Dive Briefing – you will practice giving a dive briefing for a familiar dive site covering the 10 points of an effective briefing as noted on the Divemaster Slates. Candidates can incorporate the map from Skill 2 into their briefing.
Skill 4: Search and Recovery Scenario – candidates practice searching for and lifting lost items to the surface.*
Skill 5: Deep Dive Scenario – candidates practice the safety-related skills relevant to diving below 18m.*
* Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty ratings credit toward these respective skills.
The following workshops and assessments give you the training and experience they need in confined or open water to carry out your functions after certification. (After reviewing the standards for each program, candidates take the lead under the instructor's guidance; or, in Workshop 3, candidates play the role of the assistant.)
Workshop 1: Scuba Review in Confined Water
Workshop 2: Skin Diver Course and SnorkeLling Supervision
Workshop 3: Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water
Workshop 4: Discover Scuba Diving Program – Additional Open Water Dive
Workshop 5: Discover Local Diving in Open Water
These four in-water segments are scored on the your ability to meet the objective and to anticipate instructor and diver needs. Divemasters demonstrate skills such as the ability to organise a dive, assess a site, coordinate and supervise divers, recognise and overcome difficulties. You will become practiced at these skills by assisting on each course more than once.
Assessment 1: Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water
Assessment 2: Open Water Diver Students in Open Water
Assessment 3: Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water
Assessment 4: Certified Divers in Open Water
- Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver
- 18 years old
- Logged 40 scuba dives
- Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
- Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months
Required Materials (included in the course fee)
- PADI Divemaster Manual
- PADI Instructor Manual
- RDP – Table and eRDPML including associated Instructions for Use booklets
- The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
- Divemaster Slates
- Divemaster candidates must view the PADI Divemaster Video
- PADI's Guide to Teaching
- Diving Knowledge Workbook or Dive Theory Online
- Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
Call us now on +61 7 5531 6277 to find out more.