For those who are interested in turning their love of scuba into a paying career the PADI Divemaster course could be the way to go. The course will allow you to expand on your existing scuba diving knowledge and polish your dive skills to a professional standard.
The Dive Master Course will let you grow on a personal level
The course will provide you with both leadership and supervisory skills to enable you to supervise dives and offer assistance to dive instructors with their students.
The leadership skills are delivered to you both in a classroom environment and via independent active study; you will also have to prove your skills in several practical exercises that will test your stamina and level of water skills.
Training exercises will provide you with hands on teaching experience as you will be helping others to improve their scuba skills during training sessions and in other practical exercises.
As the dive master course develops and you progress through the various topics and sections you will discover new found confidence in your own skills which once you are fully qualified you can use to motivate, lead and mentor other divers to experience the enjoyment that scuba diving provides.
What the Dive Master Qualification Means
When you are a fully qualified PADI Divemaster you will be able to do all of the following:
- Plan, organise and supervise dives either for training or non training purposes.
- Offer assistance to PADI Instructors during any PADI diver courses.
- Deliver the PADI Skin Diver Course and Discover Snorkelling Programs.
- Deliver the PADI Discover Local Diving and Scuba Review programs.
- Go on to add the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Instructor qualification and teach the underwater photography course to students.
- Guide Open Water Dive students on the tour section of the course.
- Accompany dive students on Adventure Dives or speciality training dives along with their PADI Instructor.
- Deliver the PADI Seal Team (Children) Aquamission – Skin Diver Specialist
- Go on to qualify in the Emergency Response Instructor Course and then deliver the Emergency First response course to students.
Course Requirements – Equipment and Materials
All of the standard, basic dive equipment is required plus some further accessories like a dive slate, knife, dive watch and compass. In essence all equipment should be your own and not borrowed as you need to be very familiar with all of the items and develop a high level of understanding about the strengths and weaknesses of your own equipment.
Some learning materials are provided in the PADI Divemaster Crew-Pak though you will need to invest in some further course materials such as the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving which provides information on all aspects of diving including physiology and diving mechanics and the physics involved in successful scuba diving.
This course is not open to everyone; there are certain conditions that need to be met before anyone is accepted into the Divemaster program. All applicants must be aged 18 or over and hold both the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and rescue diver certifications (or equivalent qualifications from another training provider) as well as qualifications in Emergency First Response and Secondary Care (Or CPR and first aid certificate from another organisation), the course for which needs to have been completed with the 24 months prior to your application.
Applicants should have a total of 40 open water dives under their belt before applying for the program and 60 before they can be certified as Divemasters. You should also be able to provide a medical statement signed by your doctor stating that you are in good health and fit to take the course.
Suggested Courses before you take the Divemaster course
There are a number of PADI courses that will help to prepare you for your role as Divemaster, which you should consider taking to increase your skill set and further develop your dive technique and experience. It is highly recommended that you undertake the Underwater Search and Recovery and Deep Diver courses before applying to be a Divemaster.
As you can see becoming a scuba pro is not your ordinary scuba course. Taking the step to become a Divemaster will be your first step on the professional ladder of the scuba industry. It needs persistence, passion, and stamina do become a pro. I did the course 5 years ago and after that I became a PADI open water instructor. By doing these courses I created the opportunity to travel the world and meet interesting people. And the best part I could dive as much as I wanted and get paid a descent salary.
What are your thought on this? Would you like to become a scuba pro? Feel free to leave your comments below. I look forward to it.
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Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.