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

Prerequisites & Requirements

  • Age Requirement
    • 18 years or older
  • Course Prerequisites
    • Rescue Diver*
    • 40 logged dives
    • CPR and First Aid certification within 24 months*
    • Medical clearance to dive

*If you do not have these certifications, we offer courses before the start of the divemaster program to get you ready. Inquire over the phone to create a custom package for the start of your professional journey


As a dive professional, you'll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you'll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates.

Time Requirement

The Divemaster Course is conducted over a 9 day period. Each day will typically be from 8-5 consisting of either classroom sessions, pool work, workshops or boat dives.