PADI Divemaster

The next PADI Divemaster class starts on March 3, 2021. Enrollment ends Feb. 15, 2021.

Scuba Shack’s PADI Divemaster training program is an intense 13-week program representing 75 clock hours of instruction. PADI Divemaster represents the first level of professional designation in PADI.

The program will consist of classroom lectures and workshops by Scuba Shack’s faculty, practical exercises in both confined and open water, and experience in both the retail and service side of the scuba diving business.

Students will be required to travel to Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, Rhode Island and to Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for practical exercises. Cost for travel, lodging and food will be the student’s responsibility above and beyond the tuition and material cost payable to Scuba Shack.


  • Minimum age to participate is 18 years old
  • Must be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver
  • Completed 40 logged scuba dives prior to starting the program (60 needed for designation)
  • Completed Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for scuba diving by a physician with 12 months.

Course Outline

  • Knowledge development – 8 modules
  • Water skills: 400-yard timed swim, 15-minute survival tread (final two minutes with hands out of water), 800-yard snorkel swim, and equipment exchange problem solving
  • Dive rescue assessment
  • Dive skills workshop and assessment
  • Dive site set-up and management
  • Mapping project
  • Dive briefing
  • Search and Recovery Scenario
  • Deep Dive Scenario
  • ReActivate Program
  • Skin Diver/Snorkel Supervision
  • Discover Diving Program
  • Discover Local Diving
  • Open Water Assisting
  • Continuing Education Assisting
  • Certified Divers in Open Water


Students will be evaluated in accordance with the current PADI Divemaster grading standards. Students must complete knowledge review, score at least 75 percent on written tests and 3.2 on graded practical skills.

Student Materials

In addition to the required equipment outlined in the Scuba Equipment Requirements section of this catalog the following material will be required:

PADI Divemaster Crew-Pak with Instructor Manual – includes (subject to change)

  • Divemaster manual and slates
  • Instructor manual with binder
  • Divemaster package
  • Electronic Recreational Dive Planner – multi-level
  • PADI professional training log
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Application holograms
  • Divemaster brochures
  • Discover Scuba Diving cue cards
  • Scuba Tune-up Book
  • PADI Pro bag
  • Confined Water Cue Card
  • Open Water Cue Cards

Certification Requirements

Upon completion of the Scuba Shack PADI Divemaster Course students will be eligible to submit their application directly to PADI as long at the applicant has completed 60 logged scuba dives including experience in deep, night and navigation dives. They must also have been Emergency First Responder trained within the last 24 months.

Please call Scuba Shack at (860) 563-0119 or email us to arrange a consultation to discuss more details regarding the training including costs and other expectations.