padi divemaster 

Take your first step into a pro SCUBA career when you become a PADI Divemaster. You’ll join an elite group of divers who lead, mentor, and motivate others.

Divemaster Course

Your PADI Divemaster course will strengthen your skills as a diver and prepare you to be a role model for others. Specifically, you’ll learn to assist with PADI classes, guide dives, and even conduct a few PADI courses. As you do this, our team of pro staff will guide you toward best practices and provide feedback for each activity. Furthermore, they will serve as mentors who can assist you shaping career goals. Each day will bring new information, tasks, and challenges that make earning your certification highly rewarding. Once you complete your course, you’ll be a certified PADI Pro and can start working in the dive industry.

Career Packages

The PADI Divemaster Course is included in 2 of our Career Training Programs. Depending on your current diver rating and career goals, you may want to bundle your Divemaster Course into one of these pro packages. Specifically, these packages include the Fast Track Program and the Career Professional Program Level 1. You can read more about them on our Career Training Packages page. Both of these programs are eligible for Veterans Benefits through the GI Bill.

What Will I Learn?

The PADI Divemaster Course has several parts. They include:

Before you begin your PADI Divemaster Course, you’ll learn all about what it means to be a divemaster using either the Course Manual or the Divemaster eLearning. At the end of each section you’ll complete a knowledge review to make sure you understand the information. Later on, your instructor will review what you’ve learned in classroom and practical sessions.

You’ll also complete an Emergency Action Plan for a local dive site. Your instructor will assign the site during the course.

Watermanship exercises include five water skills, a rescue scenario, and skill demonstrations. Your instructor will review the requirements with you in more detail once your course begins.

  • 400m Swim (no gear)
  • 800m Swim with mask, snorkel, and fins
  • 15 minute Tread
  • 100m Inert Diver Tow
  • Equipment Exchange
  • Rescue Exercise
  • Divemaster Skills Cricuit

You’ll perform the following practical skills during your course:

  • Dive Site Setup & Management
  • Mapping Project
  • Dive Briefing
  • Search & Recovery Scenario
  • Deep Dive Scenario

Participate in and lead portions of the following workshops:

  • Scuba Review 
  • Skin Diving/Snorkeling Supervision
  • Discover SCUBA Diving in Confined Water
  • Discover SCUBA Diving: Open Water Additional Dive
  • DLD: Discover Local Diving

During your course, you’ll assist with classes and lead certified divers during your Practical Applications. They include functioning as a divemaster in the following situations:

  • Open Water Divers in Confined Water
  • Open Water Divers in Open Water
  • Continuing Education Students in Open Water
  • Certified Divers in Open Water

As part of your Divemaster Course, you are required to take a 2-part exam and pass each section with a score of at least 75%

  • Exam Part 1: Divemaster Standards and Procedures
  • Part 2: Dive Theory Exam

Candidates can receive credit for Part 2 of the Exam if they complete Dive Theory Online.


To begin the PADI Divemaster course, students must meet these entrance requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • PADI Diving Medical form signed by a doctor (MD or DO) stating fitness to dive and dated within the last 12 months
  • Certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver  (or PADI recognized equivalents)
  • PADI EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months (or PADI recognized equivalent)
  • At least 40 logged dives are required to start the Divemaster course. Note: 60 dives are required before you can be certified as a Divemaster (must also have experience in Deep, Night, and Search & Recovery)

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