Do you have a deep passion for diving? Are you that person that doesnt feel right if you're not diving regularly? Do you enjoy interacting with other divers? If so, you should become a PADI Divemaster. The PADI Divemaster course is the first "professional" certification course that will prepare you to assist in scuba diving classes, work on dive boats, work as a dive guide and, if you desire, become a scuba instructor.
PADI Divemaster Course
The Divers West Divemaster course is a challenging certification to acheive. You must demonstrate your commitment to the lifestyle and to scuba diving. If you're looking for a quick and easy certification to put on your wall to show your friends, our course is not for you. The Divers West Divemaster course is a full blown internship. In addition to meeting the PADI performance requirements in academics, pool and ocean skills, you will learn by participating in "real" classes with real students. You will follow and mirror working Divemasters, Instructors, and the dive shop owner to observe the business of teacing scuba classes from start to finish. You will intern on an actual working dive boat. During this time you will learn and develope the skills necessary to be a successful Divemaster. Your required participation will be every month, almost every week. including weekends...for 3-5 months. Do you have what it takes?
What You Learn
The Divers West Divemaster internship teaches you the business of scuba diving on land and sea. We will not teach you how to scuba dive. You must already be a competant scuba diver with a Rescue Diver certification with a minimum of 40 logged dives. We will hone your skills to a professional level that will prepare you to assist and later on teach scuba courses. (If you haven't been in the water for a while but you're sure this is the next step for you, we can still help you get up to speed. Call for details.)
You will learn dive leadership, and professionalism skills through academic study and practical work which takes place at the shop, pool, and ocean. You'll be evaluated on your scuba skills and stamina exercises. You will be evaluated on your professionalism and availablity. Are you showing up only when it's convenient for you? This will stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You'll put all this together into through an internship program that will rotate you through a variety of PADI courses with actual students in training.
What You Can Teach
After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you can:
Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.
The Scuba Gear You Use
As a professional candidate you will be required to own all of your own scuba equipment. No renting. Familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills and demonstrates confidence. The gear must be similar in brand and function to what your instructor is using when teaching a class. Ask Divers West about Dive Master candidate equipment discounts.
The Learning Materials
The training material provided includes:
PADI Divemaster Manual
PADI Instructor Manual
The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving - a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment
Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
PADI Professional Log
DSD Cue Cards
PADI Pro Bag
PADI Divemaster Application package
There are other required materials that a Divemaster Candidate will need but may have received them during other PADI programs so they have not been included in the Divemaster Crew-Pak. Please ask your PADI Instructor for the full list of required materials that you will need for the program.
You also have the option to take Divemaster Online.
For all your learning materials and equipment, contact DIVERS WEST. Otherwise, you can sign up today online.
Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
Must be available to complete the program within 4 month*
Must be availale for your classroom sessions, pool sessions, and available to intern with most ongoing PADI course being offered during your 4 month internship. Scheduling will be discussed at sign-up.
Other Courses That Will Prepare You for Success as a PADI Divemaster
Here are some suggestions for other PADI courses that will help make you more successful as a PADI Divemaster: