The PADI Divemaster course builds on the problem solving skills developed in the PADI Rescue Diver program, and extends their application from accident management and prevention to supervisory situations with students and certified divers.

Diver Prerequisites

  • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver
  • 18 years old
  • Logged 40 scuba dives. Certification Requirements by the end of the course: logged at least 60 scuba dives including experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care trainingwithin 24 months
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months

Forms

Required:

  • Divemaster Application (10144)
  • Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk/Non-agency
  • Acknowledgment Form – General Training (10072)
  • Medical Statement (10063)
  • Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding (10060)

Recommended:

  • Divemaster Candidate Information and Evaluation Form (10147)
  • Divemaster Skill Development Score Sheet (10150)

OVERVIEW

At the time of certification, divemaster candidates need to have current EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months. The candidates also have to have completed at list 40 logged dives before starting the course and at list 60 logged dives prior divemaster certification.

The PADI Divemaster course is divided into:

  • knowledge development
  • waterskills development
  • practical application sections

For the knowledge development segment of the course, candidates have two independent study options: 1) complete the PADI eLearning® program – Divemaster Online; or 2) read the PADI Divemaster Manual and watch the PADI Divemaster Video.

The Divemaster Final Exam is divided into Part 1 and Part 2, and there are two versions of the exam – A and B. Each part contains 60 questions. Part 1 tests knowledge relating to supervising divers and instructional activities. Part 2 tests environmental and dive theory knowledge. Candidates must score 75 percent on each part of the exam.

For the waterskills development segment, we will schedule several confined water dives to spread out the exercises.

We will conduct the practical application skills and workshops as developmental sessions that include a variety of problem-solving scenarios.

Candidates who have a PADI Search and Recovery Diver certification may be credited with completing Skill 4 - Search and Recovery Scenario. Candidates who have a PADI Deep Diver certification may be credited with completing Skill 5 - Deep Dive Scenario.

We will do our best to have divemaster candidates work with student divers during Practical Assessments 1-3. However, if this will be not feasible, role playing is acceptable.


SEQUENCING

Sample Divemaster Course Schedule – 1

The following sample schedule suggests ways of organizing the PADI Divemaster course when candidates complete independent study through Divemaster Online.

DAY ONE

Preparation: Candidates read the PADI Divemaster Manual Chapter 1 online. Candidates print out eRecord after completing Divemaster Online.

Classroom: Course Orientation and The Role and Characteristics of a PADI Divemaster. Review Knowledge Review for Topic 1.

Confined Water:

  • Waterskills Exercises 1 and 2
  • Skill demonstration practice (one skill to score 5; review 24 skills)
  • Workshop 1 – Scuba Review in Confined Water

Assignments: Emergency Assistance Plan and Mapping Project locations.


DAY TWO

Confined Water:

  • Waterskills Exercises 3 and 4
  • Diver Rescue
  • Workshop 2 – Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision

Open Water:

  • Skill 1 – Dive Site Set Up and Management
  • Skill 4 – Search and Recovery Scenario

DAY THREE

Confined Water:

  • Waterskills Exercise 5
  • Workshop 3 – Discover Scuba Diving in Confined Water

Open Water:

  • Workshop 4 – Discover Scuba Diving - Additional Open Water Dive

DAY FOUR

Confined Water:

  • Dive Skills Workshop - evaluate 24 skills

Open Water:

  • Skill 3 – Dive Briefing
  • Workshop 5 – Discover Local Diving in Open Water

DAY FIVE

Classroom: Divemaster Final Exam

Open Water:

  • Skill 5 – Deep Dive Scenario
  • Practical Assessment 3 – Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water

DAY SIX

Confined Water:

  • Practical Assessment 1 – Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water

DAY SEVEN

Open Water:

  • Practical Assessment 2 – Open Water Diver Students in Open Water

DAY EIGHT

Open Water:

  • Practical Assessment 4 – Certified Divers in Open Water

Sample Divemaster Course Schedule – 2

The following sample schedule suggests ways of organizing the PADI Divemaster course when candidates study independently with the PADI Divemaster Manual and Video.

DAY ONE

Preparation: Candidates read the PADI Divemaster Manual Chapter 1 and watch the Divemaster Video

Classroom: Course Orientation and The Role and Characteristics of a PADI Divemaster. Review Knowledge Review for Topic 1.

Confined Water:

  • Waterskills Exercises 1 and 2
  • Diver Rescue

Assignments: Emergency Assistance Plan and Mapping Project locations. Read the Divemaster Manual Chapters 2 and 3 and review the video.


DAY TWO

Classroom: Review Knowledge Reviews for Topic 2 – Supervising Diving Activities and Topic 3 – Assisting with Student Divers

Confined Water:

  • Waterskills Exercises 3 and 4
  • Skill demonstration practice (one skill to score 5; review 24 skills)

Open Water:

  • Skill 1 – Dive Site Set Up and Management

Assignments: Read the Divemaster Manual Chapters 4 and 5 and review the video.


DAY THREE

Classroom: Review Knowledge Reviews for Topic 4 – Diver Safety and Risk Management and Topic 5 – Divemaster-Conducted Programs

Confined Water:

  • Waterskills Exercise 5
  • Workshop 1 – Scuba Review in Confined Water
  • Dive Skills Workshop - evaluate 24 skills

Assignments: Read the Divemaster Manual Chapter 6


DAY FOUR

Classroom: Review Knowledge Reviews for Topic 6 – Specialized Skills and Activities

Open Water:

  • Workshop 2 – Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision
  • Skill 4 – Search and Recover Scenario

Assignments:Assignments: Read the Divemaster Manual Chapters 7 and 8


DAY FIVE

Classroom: Review Knowledge Reviews for Topic 7 – Business of Diving and Your Career and Topic 8 – Awareness of the Dive Environment

Confined Water:

  • Workshop 3 – Discover Scuba Diving in Confined Water

Open Water:

  • Skill 3 – Dive Briefing
  • Workshop 4 – Discover Scuba Diving - Additional Open Water Dive
  • Workshop 5 – Discover Local Diving in Open Water

Assignments: Read the Divemaster Manual Chapter 9


DAY SIX

Classroom: Review Knowledge Reviews for Topic 9 – Dive Theory Review and administer Divemaster Final Exam

Open Water:

  • Skill 5 – Deep Dive Scenario

DAY SEVEN

Confined Water:

  • Practical Assessment 1 – Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water

DAY EIGHT

Open Water:

  • Practical Assessment 2 – Open Water Diver Students in Open Water

DAY NINE

Open Water:

  • Practical Assessment 3 – Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water

DAY TEN

Open Water:

  • Practical Assessment 4 – Certified Divers in Open Water

TECHNIQUE

Waterskills Exercises

  1. 400 Metre/Yard Swim – You will have to swim 400 metres without stopping. You can use any stroke or combination of strokes. No swimming aids are allowed.
  2. 15 Minute Tread – You will have to tread water, drown proof, bob or float using no aids and wearing only a swimsuit for 15 minutes, with hands (not arms) out of the water during the last two minutes.
  3. 800 Metre Snorkel Swim – You will be asked to swim 800 metres without stopping using mask, snorkel and fins. You must swim face down, not use arms. No flotation aids are allowed.
  4. 100 Metre Inert Diver Tow – At the surface, you must tow (or push) a diver for 100 metres nonstop without assistance. Both divers will be having on full scuba equipment. If a you stops, the exercise is incomplete and must be repeated.
  5. The Stress-Test – This exercise creates an environment with unforeseeable challenges that requires candidates to apply their experience, knowledge and creativity to meet the demands of the moment. The details of the exercise will be reviled during the course.

Diver Rescue Assessment

We will start with the victim in full scuba equipment submerged about 25 metres from the rescuer. The rescuer has to enter the water to locate and surface the victim.

Dive Skills Workshop

Developing Demonstration-quality Skills – We will learn the characteristics of a demonstration quality skill focusing on exaggerating the critical attributes. The goal is to execute the skill in a way that allows student divers to see and then copy the skill. The fine-tuned skill demonstrations are effective teaching tools.

Practical Skills

  1. Dive Site Set Up and Management – This skill prepares candidates to organize and manage the predive preparation at a dive site whether they are supervising certified divers or acting as an instructional assistant.
  2. Mapping Project – Candidates combine several skills – dive planning, underwater navigation, search patterns and data recording – to make a map of a dive site.
  3. Dive Briefing – Because candidates will conduct dive briefings during course workshops and throughout their divemaster careers, this skill allows them to practice speaking to a role-playing group of divers while using their Divemaster Slates as a guide.
  4. Search and Recovery Scenario – As dive professionals, candidates will likely be involved in a search and recovery operation at some point during their careers - even if it’s just searching for a dropped piece of dive equipment. This skill provides practice in running search patterns and using a lifting device.
  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.

Divemaster-Conducted Programs Workshops

  1. Scuba Review in Confined Water – This workshop prepares candidates to independently conduct a PADI Scuba Review program for certified divers.
  2. Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision – This workshop can either focus on preparing candidates to teach the PADI Skin Diver course, or on showing candidates how to lead snorkeling tours and supervise snorkelers.
  3. Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water – This workshop helps candidates understand the extra caution and conservative measures needed when working with nondivers.
  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 nondivers.
  5. Discover Local Diving in Open Water – This workshop allows candidates to practice evaluating dive conditions, planning a dive, giving a dive briefing with a complete environmental orientation, leading a dive and supervising divers. It also has candidates learn how to and demonstrate deploying a surface marker buoy (SMB).

Practical Assessments

  1. Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water
  2. Open Water Diver Students in Open Water
  3. Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water
  4. Certified Divers in Open Water