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The first level as a PADI professional is PADI Divemaster. PADI Divemaster training extends the accident management and prevention skills learned on the Rescue Course to include supervisory situations with student divers and certified divers.
PADI Professionals are in demand all around the world, wherever there is diving. PADI Divemaster’s work as dive guides in some of the most amazing dive destinations, including Liveaboards and Exotic Tropical Islands, as well as having opportunities to work part or full time in diving in their local area. Whatever direction you decide to take, there will always be fantastic adventures waiting!!
The Divemaster course is a 4-6 week internship program and introduces candidates to supervisory situations with student divers and certified divers. A Divemaster’s problems may not always be safety related – they may include customer service, business or operational challenges.
The knowledge you gain from the course will help you with the choices and decisions you make.
To be sure that you have the relevant experience and are fully prepared to begin the Divemaster Course, candidates must meet the following prerequisites:
– Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another organisation)
– Be at least 18 years old
– Show evidence of 40 logged scuba dives
– Completed EFR Primary & Secondary Care training within 24 months (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organisation)
– Provide a Medical Statement showing you have been evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the past 12 months.
You should also be in fairly good physical condition as the Divemaster Course can be physically demanding and strenuous.
During the Divemaster Course and for use once you become a PADI Professional, Divemaster Candidates are expected to have a full set of equipment. Having your own equipment during training allows you to become familiar with it and will make your training and diving easier and more comfortable. If you have equipment and are not sure what to bring then bring everything you have. If you tend to feel the cold then make sure you bring a full length 3-5mm wetsuit, particularly if you are taking the Divemaster course during the cooler months.
During the Divemaster Course Divemaster Candidates must have: fins, mask, snorkel, buoyancy control device with low pressure inflator, regulator, alternate air source, submersible pressure gauge, weight system, appropriate exposure protection, timing device, depth gauge, compass, knife / diver’s tool, slate, dive table and two surface signaling devices – one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.) and one visual (inflatable surface tube, flare, signal mirror, etc.).
The Dive Academy will provide tanks, weights and weight belts for the duration of the Divemaster Course.
If there is any item of equipment you don’t have you can buy it from The Dive Academy and you will get 10% discount on anything you buy.
If you need to buy a full set of equipment we will give you advice and recommendations about what you need and what is the best option for you. As well as our honest, invaluable advice you will also receive 15% discount.
Required PADI Materials
To make sure you are fully prepared for your role as a PADI Divemaster, to help you gain the knowledge and information that will help you pass the course and to help you become a good PADI professional there is a list of PADI materials that you must have for the course:
– PADI Divemaster Manual
– PADI Instructor Manual
– RDP Table and eRDPML including associated Instructions for Use booklets
– The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
– Diving Knowledge Workbook
– Divemaster Slates
– Instructor Guides for programs a Divemaster may conduct:
– Discover Scuba Diving Program Instructor Guide
– Reactivate Instructor Guide
– Discover Local Diving Instructor Guide
– Log book
Divemaster candidates must also view the PADI Divemaster video
To complete the Divemaster Course candidates must have all areas of Knowledge Development, Watermanship Skills and Practical Application completed to the satisfaction of our instructor.
In addition to completing the above sections of the course, before they can become certified Divemaster’s candidates will also need to have logged at least 60 scuba dives including experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
– Divemaster candidates need to complete the Knowledge Reviews found in the Divemaster Manual.
– Candidates need to complete the two part PADI Divemaster Exam, scoring 75% or higher on each part of the exam and review any questions answered incorrectly. Candidates will use the eRDPML, a calculator and the PADI Instructor Manual for reference during the exams.
– Divemaster Candidates’s need to prepare an emergency assistance plan with information needed to manage a diving accident at any particular dive site.
Divemaster candidates need to complete five waterskills exercises, earning a combined exercise score of at least 15. There is no passing score for any single exercise.
– Exercise 1: 400 Metre/Yard Swim – swim 400 metres/yards nonstop, without swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes.
– Exercise 2: 15-minute Tread – tread water, drown proof, bob or float using no aids wearing only a swimsuit for 15 minutes, with hands out of the water during the last two minutes.
– Exercise 3: 800 Metre/Yard Swim – swim 800 metres/yards face down, using mask, snorkel and fins, nonstop, without flotation aids and without using arms to swim.
– Exercise 4: 100 Metre/Yard Inert Diver Tow – tow (or push) a diver for 100 metres/yards nonstop, at the surface, without assistance; both divers equipped in full scuba equipment.
– Exercise 5: Equipment Exchange – in confined water, demonstrate the ability to effectively respond to an unusual circumstance underwater by exchanging all scuba equipment (except exposure suits and weights) with a buddy while sharing a single regulator second stage.
During the Divemaster course we will develop and assess a candidate’s rescue skills and evaluate a candidate’s ability to respond to a submerged, unresponsive, nonbreathing diver.
Dive Skills Workshop
Divemaster candidates must develop demonstration-quality Dive Skills and during the evaluation they must score at least 3 points on each skill, with a total of 82 points needed for certification, with at least one underwater skill scoring 5 points. Candidates must also practice and perform a role model mask removal and replacement demonstration, scoring at least a 4.
The Practical Application section of the Divemaster Course makes up the largest part of the course and gives candidates the practical, hands-on training needed to become a good Divemaster. Before completing the course candidates will need to complete the following practical skills, workshops and practical assessments:
Skill 1: Dive Site Set Up and Management
This skill prepares candidates to organise and manage the predive preparation at a dive site whether they are supervising certified divers or acting as an instructional assistant. The Dive Academy incorporate this with managing a day on the boat to include meeting customers when they arrive, organizing and directing the customers throughout the day and planning, briefing and leading a dive.
Skill 2: Mapping Project
Candidates plan, brief and execute a survey on one of the dive sites around Samui and create a detailed map of the site showing underwater relief, important points of interest, Relevant environmental notes, recommended entry/exit areas, local facilities, and potential hazards. The planning and execution of the plan are more important than the quality of the drawing!!
Skill 3: Dive Briefing
Divemaster candidates conduct a dive briefing for a familiar dive site covering all 10 points listed on the Divemaster Slates, including site description, dive procedures, safety procedures and entry and exit procedures. They will then safely lead a dive executing the plan outlined in the briefing and making sure the divers are shown the marine life and best features of the dive site.
Skill 4: Search and Recovery Scenario
Divemaster candidates will go through various search and recovery scenarios that allow them to demonstrate a methodical search of an area to find various sized objects, learn how to tie knots correctly underwater and to demonstrate how to safely rig and bring objects to the surface.
Candidates who have a PADI Search & Recovery Diver certification may be credited with having already completed this skill.
Skill 5: Deep Dive Scenario
Because deep diving takes more planning and preparation, this skill provides candidates with additional experience to better prepare them to supervise deep dives. Candidates will prepare emergency breathing equipment, practice descent techniques for a deep dive, navigate using a compass at depth, and practice safe ascent techniques including the 3 minute safety stop.
Candidates who have a PADI Deep Diver certification may be credited with completing this skill.
The Divemaster Conducted Programs workshops provide candidates with hands-on experience of the PADI Programs they will be able to conduct once they have been certified as a Divemaster, including organisation, handling problems, performance requirements and PADI Standards relating to the programs.
Workshop 1: Reactivate in Confined Water – This workshop prepares candidates to independently conduct a PADI Reactivate program for certified divers.
Workshop 2: Snorkeling Supervision – This workshop focuses on preparing candidates how to lead snorkeling tours and supervise snorkelers.
Workshop 3: Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water – This workshop helps candidates understand the extra caution and conservative measures needed when working with nondivers.
Workshop 4: Discover Scuba Diving Program – Additional Open Water Dive – This workshop continues reinforcing to candidates the extra caution and conservative measures needed when working with non-divers.
Workshop 5: Discover Local Diving in Open Water – This workshop allows candidates to practice evaluating dive conditions, planning a dive, giving a dive briefing and leading a dive and supervising divers.
During the practical assessments candidates work with student divers taking a PADI Course, providing them with real-life problems and realistic training. The more realistic the training, the more candidates learn about responding to diver problems.
Practical Assessment 1 – Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water
Divemaster candidates assist an Instructor conduct an Open Water Course Confined Water Session, including helping to organise predive equipment setup by student divers, supervising student divers not receiving the immediate attention of the instructor during training, helping a student diver overcome a learning difficulty, helping to respond to, or prevent, student diver problems as they occur and demonstrating a skill for student divers.
Practical Assessment 2 – Open Water Diver Students in Open Water
Divmaster candidates help an Instructor assess an open water training site as to site suitability for training entry-level divers, help organise predive equipment setup by student divers, assist in the preparation of the site, supervise student divers not receiving the immediate attention of the instructor during training, respond to, or prevent, student diver problems as they occur and lead student divers on an underwater tour.
Practical Assessment 3 – Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water
Divemaster candidates assist on a PADI Continuing Education Course such as Advanced Open Water or a Specialty Diver Course. They help coordinate student diver flow during training, escort continuing education student divers during training, reporting performance and learning difficulties to the Instructor and helping a continuing education student diver overcome a learning difficulty.
Practical Assessment 4 – Certified Divers in Open Water
Divemaster candidates conduct a dive for certified divers including environmental and diver assessments and taking appropriate supervisory steps based on the assessments. Candidates give a predive briefing appropriate to the dive site, account for buddy teams entering and leaving the Water and respond to, or prevent diver problems appropriately.
Divemasters are expected to display professionalism in their attitude, appearance, interaction with others and care for the dive environment. As part of their overall evaluation, Divemaster candidates are scored on their professionalism. By measuring these attributes, Divemaster candidates can better understand what it takes to be a dive professional.