PADI Divemaster Certification

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Scuba Courses - Become a PADI Professional Divemaster

Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

What's Included?

  • Free Air Fills during your course (for dives pertaining to the Divemaster course)
  • You will be assigned a primary instructor that will serve as your mentor for the duration of the training
  • Academic Classroom Session
    • Covers all lectures, exams and presentations.
    • Topics:
      • Supervising diving activities
      • Assisting with student divers
      • Diver safety and risk management
      • Dive Master conducted programs
      • Specialized skills and activities
      • Business of diving
      • Dive environment awareness
      • Dive theory
  • Pool sessions that include:
    • Developing skills to demonstration quality
    • Working directly with students in a variety of classes
    • Stamina exercises
    • Divemaster led program workshops
  • Beach Dives that include:
    • Assisting with classes
    • Open Water workshops
    • Underwater Mapping
    • Deep diving and Search and Recovery diving
  • 5% Student Discount on all non-sale items when you purchase scuba gear during your course - some restrictions apply

What You Learn

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

As you progress through your Divemaster course, you'll expand your diving knowledge, hone your skills and increase your confidence. Then, as a PADI Divemaster, you'll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the joy of seeing them transformed by the majesty of the aquatic realm.

What Do I Need to Get Started?

The prerequisites for this course are:

  • 18 years old or older
  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months.
  • Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • Have the most current Divemaster materials.

The Learning Materials You Need?

The PADI Divemaster crewpak includes everything you'll need to start the PADI Divemaster program. The complete set of materials includes:

  • New PADI Divemaster manual version 3.0 rev 2010
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving (paperback version)
  • New Divemaster slates version 3.0 rev 2010
  • PADI Instructor manual
  • New Divemaster application
  • The crewpak also includes over $42 in bonus materials.
  • PADI Pro logbook
  • Discover Scuba Diving Cue Card
  • Scuba Tune-Up Guidebook
  • Sturdy briefcase bag

The candidate is also required to have:

  • Divemaster DVD (70844E/F/S) not included in the DM Crewpak
  • eRDPML (70031) and RDP table to complete the exam.

Optional Materials:

  • PADI's Guide to Teaching (Optional)
  • PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook (Optional)

To purchase Crew-Paks, contact House of Scuba or shop online at

How much does Divemaster Course cost?

  • Contact House of Scuba Training Department for details

How Long will it Take?

Most Divemaster Classes require two to three months to complete, but if a Divemaster Candidate commits to a full-time effort, the class can be completed in as little as two or three weeks.

What You Can Teach

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist aPADI 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 Aqua Mission
  • 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.
  • Work as part of a dive boat crew as a DM and dive guide.
  • 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

  • You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.
  • Divemaster candidates are expected to have all their own dive gear with the exception of tanks and weights. It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. House of Scuba has Guaranteed Best Pricing, so take advantage and fully equip yourself for the job!

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Class Schedule

The Divemaster Course is very flexible. The below schedule reflects a typical class approach:


This is the very first thing we do after you sign up for the course. There is a presentation on the Roles and Characteristics of a Divemaster, we make sure all paperwork is filled out and all the prerequisites are met.

Academic Presentations

This is the section that covers all the work you will do in the Divemaster Manual. You should plan on 4 evenings or 2 full days. You can also do the Divemaster Online Program.


This a series of in water exercises that are accomplished over several pool sessions.

Work Shop and Practical Application

There are several workshops that prepare you to work as a PADI professional. In addition to the workshops, you will work directly with students under the guidance of an instructor to further you ability to safely lead divers.

You can also start with the PADI eLearning Certifcation online from the comfort of your home! Click here to get started.

Are you ready to experience one of the most adventurous activities possible? Submit the form below or give us a call at 858-581-2800 and ask to speak with one of our Scuba Instructors!

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