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PADI Divemaster Course - Start Your Professional Journey



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Are you ready for the ultimate challenge in your diving career? Do you have a thirst for learning more about every aspect of diving, from physics, physiology & equipment to decompression theory? Do you want the opportunity to pass your experience and expertise to student divers?

The PADI Divemaster Course is your ticket to new job opportunities as well as international travel and a leadership level qualification.

PADI Divemasters are an invaluable member of any diving centre and are utilised to assist with student divers in training or to guide dives for certified divers. PADI Divemasters are a role model for other divers and as such possess excellent diving knowledge, demonstrate good judgement and are enthusiastic and encouraging in their approach to all other divers, especially those in a training environment.

PADI Divemasters are also involved in leading and managing diving activities and as such are expected to follow established and responsible diving practices.


Guided by a PADI Instructor, the PADI Divemaster course will help you to develop all of these attributes and responsibilities, whilst dealing with real students. This program is one of the most rewarding, challenging and enjoyable of all the PADI courses and is your first step on the PADI professional ladder.

Course Overview​

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster

  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers

  • Diver safety and risk management

  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills

  • Business of diving and your career

  • Awareness of the dive environment

  • Dive setup and management

  • Mapping an open water site

  • Conducting dive briefings

  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive

  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course

  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Course Prerequisites

  • Candidates must be a certified PADI Rescue Diver qualification or equivalent.

  • Candidates must have successfully completed a sanctioned first aid course, including CPR training, within the past 24 months. The Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary Care course meets this requirement.

  • Candidates must have logged at least 40 Open Water dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn certification.

  • Minimum age of 18 years old.

  • Medical Statement signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.

  • By the end of the course, candidates need to have logged at least 60 Open Water dives.

Required Course Materials (Not included)​

The following training materials are required by each candidate for use during the course and for reference after. Although the PADI Divemaster DVD is not required, it must be viewed by each candidate. The PADI Divemaster Ultimate crewpack is highly recommended as this contains all of the required materials, including the PADI Divemaster Decal which will be required to process candidate applications on completion of the course.

  • PADI Divemaster Manual

  • PADI Instructor Manual

  • PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving

  • PADI Slates

  • PADI RDP & eRDP With Instructions for use booklets

  • PADI Divemaster Decal (Required for PADI Divemaster Application)

  • Log Book

If you prefer to study on-line then PADI offer an e-Learning version of the PADI Divemaster Manual, allowing you to complete the eight knowledge development sections using a web based system. Please contact us for more details on this option.

Recommended Course Materials


In addition to the required training materials, the PADI Dive Theory eLearning program is strongly recommended. This takes you step-by-step through dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus a Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) review. By successfully completing the PADI Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for half of the Divemaster Final Exam. Not only will this program stand you in good stead for your PADI Divemaster course, it is a useful tool for those going on to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

Continue The Adventure...


As a PADI Divemaster you are open to the opportunity to work in the dive industry in dive centres around the world. Now that all of the theory work has been studied and committed to memory, why not take the next step on the professional ladder and enrol on the PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor courses. These programs will allow you to put your diving expertise and knowledge to good use by teaching you how to deliver PADI programs including the PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver & PADI Rescue Diver courses.

PADI Divemaster - Schedule

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    Starts Jan 14, 2024

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  • How Deep Can I Go?
    That depends on your certification level, age and experience. As a certified PADI Open Water diver you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres, in conditions similar to, or better than those you are trained/experienced in. As a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 30 metres, in conditions similar to, or better than those you are trained/experienced in. As a PADI Deep Diver you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres, in conditions similar to, or better than those you are trained/experienced in. Depths deeper than 40 metres are considered as Technical Diving and require additional Technical Divier training and equipment. PADI offer a wide range of Technical Training programs, including the use of mixed gases and rebreathers.
  • What Are The Age Restrictions For Scuba Diving?
    The minimum age to become certified as a PADI diver is 10. The PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification is available for those aged between the ages of 10 & 14. Ten & eleven year olds must dive with a certified parent/guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres. Those aged between 12 and 14 must dive with a certified adult to a maximum depth of 18 metres. Those aged 15 and over are classed as adults, with no upper age limit. The PADI Bubblemaker & PADI Seal Team programs allow children from the age of 8 to experience Scuba Diving in the safe confines of a swimming pool.
  • Do I Have To Be A Good Swimmer?
    No, you don't have to be a strong swimmer. There is however a requirement that you are able to swim a distance of 200 metres (non-stop) and complete a 10 minute tread water/float. There is no time limit on the 200 metre swim and no particular stroke required.
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    The duration of a Scuba Dive can vary, depending on the environment, conditions and depth.
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