The Divemaster program is your first step as a professional diver if you are looking to make diving a career or simply help assistant instructors and instructors with diver training programs.

Working closely with a Scuba Shack PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

What will I need?
At this training level, you must have your own gear. For this course, you’ll need to complete medical statement and releases. As this is the first professional level, the medical statement must be signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

You’ll enroll in the PADI Divemaster eLearning program, plus you’ll need the required slates, instructor outlines for Divemaster-conducted programs and the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving.

Those enrolling in this program must be a minimum of 18 years of age, and be certified as a PADI Rescue diver or equivalent. You must also be trained and current (within two years) in first aid and CPR. You’ll need a minimum of 40 logged dives to start the program and 60 dives for certification

What will my commitment be?
The Divemaster Course involves a significant commitment of time on weekends and evenings during the week. Training is a mix of academic and pool sessions, along with internship training and evaluation during other courses.

What results should I expect?
After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during: surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

Call Scuba Shack for pricing and schedule.

What’s next?
PADI Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor