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Divemaster

The first step in pursuing a professional career in diving is to attain the PADI Divemaster certification. After you have become a certified Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver, you've reached a skill level that allows you take be trained as a PADI Divemaster. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you'll expand your diving theory and knowledge to the professional level. Then, in an especially fulfilling aspect of the course, you'll learn PADI's carefully designed techniques for supervising diving activities and assisting divers with training.

What You Learn

If your love of diving interests you in making it a full or part-time career, the PADI Divemaster course gets you started. Designed to develop your leadership abilities and expand your diving knowledge to a professional level. Whether or not you're on a career path, the Divemaster course can expand your capabilities and make you a better diver. The PADI Divemaster Manual covers: the role of the Divemaster, dive planning, dive management and control, and the procedures you'll use when supervising divers in a variety of activities and environments.

Prerequisites:  18 years old, 40 logged dives (60 logged dives upon completion of Divemaster), CPR and First Aid certification within 24 months, PADI Rescue Diver certfication.

Cost: $489.00 includes Instructor and Divemaster manuals and slates.

You will also have to complete the Divemaster E-learning program by registering with PADI at the link below. 2015 cost for Divemaster e-learning is $225.00

 

 

Other Required Materials: Recreational Dive Planner Table and eRDPml, The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, logbook, application fee. 

The Divemaster Course is divided into 4 phases:

  1. Watermanship and Skills
  2. Knowledge Development
  3. Practical Applications (internship)
  4. Workshops
Watermanship and Skills

  • 400 yard swim
  • 15 minute tread
  • 800 yard swim w/mask/fins/snorkel
  • 100 yard inert diver tow (full equipment)
  • Equipment exchange: In confined water exchange all scuba equipment (except exposure suit and weights) while sharing a single regulator
  • Diver Rescue: respond to an unresponsive, non-breathing diver (confined water or open water)
  • Dive Skills: demonstrate the following skills: equipment assembly, predive safety check (BWRAF), deep water entry, buoyancy check surface, snorkel/regulator exchange, five-point descent, regulator recovery/clear, mask removal/replacement, air depletion exercise and alternate air source use (stationary), alternate air source ascent, free-flowing regulator breathing, neutral buoyancy, five-point ascent, controlled emergency swimming ascent, hover motionless for 30 seconds, underwater swim without mask, remove/replace weight underwater, remove/replace scuba unit underwater, remove/replace scuba unit surface, remove/replace weight surface, head first skin dive, swim 50 feet underwater on one breath while skin diving, snorkel clear blast method, snorkel clear displacement method
Knowledge Development
  • complete all Knowledge Reviews from Divemaster Manual
  • watch Divemaster Video
  • prepare emergency assistance plan
  • complete Divemaster exam

Practical Application

  • Dive Site Set Up and Management
  • Mapping Project
  • Dive Briefing 
  • Search and Recovery Scenario*
  • Deep Dive Scenario*
  • Practical Assessments: 1) open water students in confined water, 2) open water students in open water, 3) continuing education students in open water, 4) certified students in open water

*These applications may be satisfied with Search and Recovery and Deep Diver Specialty certifications.

Workshops

  • Scuba Review in Confined Water
  • Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision (confined or open water)
  • Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water
  • Discover Scuba Diving Program Additional Open Water Dive
  • Discover Local Diving in Open Water