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. At Pura Vida Divers, you’ll complete your training amidst award-winning pro staff at a PADI 5* Dive Resort.


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.


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®.


In addition to certifying candidates as PADI Divemasters, this 4-week program will enhance the divemaster course with real-world experience and customized training workshops. After completing the internship, new PADI Pros will be ready to begin their careers in the dive industry.

The internship will include additional workshops and training in:

  • Crewing, Line Handling and Deck Handing
  • Dive Guiding
  • Assisting with Classes
  • Fill Station Management
  • Gear Maintenance and Sales
  • Night and navigation diving

Participants will also receive career counseling, resume workshop, and letter of recommendation.


We begin PADI Divemaster Training programs whenever it fits your schedule! Some candidates set aside a few weeks of time to complete their course, while others complete their training during nights and weekends. We are happy to work with your schedule!


Our 4-week long Divemaster Internship will run for 2 sessions this year.

Session 1: 
May 18-June 15
Session 2: July 13–August 10

If you are interested in the internship but unable to make these dates, contact


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

You’ll also take an open book Standards Exam.

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

Divemaster Candidates who complete the Divemaster eLearning will receive credit for Part 1 of the Exam. Candidates can receive credit for Part 2 of the Exam if they complete Dive Theory Online.


Age: At least 18+

Medical Clearance: PADI Diving Medical form signed by a doctor (an MD or DO) stating fitness to dive and dated within the last 12 months

Diving Certifications: Certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or PADI recognized equivalents)

Primary/Secondary Care Training: PADI EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months (or PADI recognized equivalent)

Minimum Logged Dives: At least 40 logged dives are required to start the Rescue and Divemaster components. Note: 60 dives are required before you can be certified as a Divemaster (must also have certifications in Deep, Night and Search & Recovery)

Accident Insurance: Diving Accident Insurance (DAN is recommended)

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