Dive Master Course
Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational 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.
Benefits of a PADI Divemaster
- You become a professional member of the world’s largest dive training organization.
- You get paid for doing what you love whether full time or part time.
- You receive quarterly training bulletins and Undersea Journal from PADI
- You receive surface interval, digital magazine from PADI
- You get access to PADI member’s area which provides information on upcoming events
- Being a dive leader you are respected for your achievement and most often students and customers turn to you for advice.
- Certain programs like Discover Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, skin diving, scuba review can be conducted by a Dive master
Material required for the course
- Divemaster Manual
- PADI Open Water Instructor Manual – General Standards and Procedures
- Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
- Diving Knowledge workbook
- RDP table, wheel and electronic version
- Complete personal set of equipment
Pre-requisites of PADI Dive Master Course
- PADI Rescue Diver or Equivalent
- Primary and Secondary care training within last 24 months
- 60 logged dives (to complete the training)
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Should be able to swim 400 meters (6-13 min), snorkel 800 meters (14-21 min) and float for 15 minutes and the last two minutes your hands (not arm) should be out of water, 100 m inert diver tow (2-5 min).
Time is required to complete the course
It is preferred that you opt for one month internship to be able to work with real people. The course can be completed in two weeks depending upon your ability to complete the course requirement.
What do I learn in Dive Master Course?
The Knowledge development module consists of 12 topics:
- The role and characteristics of a PADI Divemaster.
- Supervising diving activities for certified divers
- Assisting with student divers in training
- Dive theory introduction
- Decompression theory and dive tables
- Divemaster conducted programs
- Risk management
- Business of diving
- Furthering your dive career
Water Skills & Stamina
There is no passing score for any single exercise, but a combined score of 12 or more is required prior to certification. In addition, candidates must complete all exercises prior to certification.
400 m swim
The candidate must swim 400 metres/yards without stopping using no swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes desired. If a candidate stops, the exercise is incomplete and must be repeated.
|< 6min 30 sec||5|
|6 min 30 sec to 8 min 40 sec||4|
|8 min 40 to 11 min||3|
|11 min to `3 min||2|
|more than 13 min||1|
Using no aids and wearing only a swimsuit, the candidate will stay afloat by treading water, drown proofing, bobbing or floating for 15 minutes, with hands (not arms) out of the water during the last 2 minutes.
A candidate with a physical challenge that makes it difficult/impossible to hold hands out of the water is exempted from that portion of the exercise with no effect on the score.
|Performed satisfactorily||5 points|
|Floated but hands not out of water for the last two minutes||3 points|
|Used side or bottom for support not more than twice||1 point|
|Used side or bottom for support more than twice||incomplete|
Using a mask, fins, snorkel and swimsuit only (no BCD or flotation aids) and swimming with the face in the water, the candidate must swim nonstop for 800 metres/yards. The candidate may not use arms to swim, unless the candidate has a physical challenge that limits leg use and arm-swimming is the individual’s normal swimming method while diving.
|Less than 13 minutes||5 Points|
|13- 15 mins||4 points|
|15-17 mins||3 points|
|17 to 19 mins||2 points|
|more than 19 mins||1 point|
400 m tired diver tow
Wearing full scuba equipment, the candidate must push or tow an inert diver in full scuba at the surface 100 metres/yards nonstop without assistance.
|Less than 2 min 10 secs||5 points|
|2 min 10 to 3 min 15 secs||4 points|
|3 min 15 to 4 min 20 secs||3 points|
|4 min 20 secs to 5 min 30 secs||2 points|
|More than 5 min 30 secs||1 point|
Dive Rescue Assessment and Development
Developing Demonstration Quality Skills
Performing 20 Basic Scuba Skills
- Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning and disassembly
- Predive safety check (BWRAF)
- Deep water entry
- Buoyancy check at surface
- Snorkel-regulator/regulator snorkel exchange
- Five point descent
- Regulator recovery and clearing
- Mask removal, replacement and clearing
- Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use stationary
- Freeflow regulator breathing
- Fin pivot (neutral buoyancy)
- Five point ascent
- Remove and replace weight system on the surface
- Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA)
- Hovering motionless for 30 seconds
- Underwater swim without a mask
- Remove and replace weight system underwater
- Remove and replace scuba unit underwater
- Remove and replace scuba unit on the surface
- Buddy breathing stationary and swimming (donor and receiver)
Emergency Action Plan
Under Water site mapping project
Complete Equipment Exchange while buddy breathing
Divemaster Conducted Programs
Discover Snorkeling, Discover, skin diving, discover scuba diving, discover local diving, Scuba Review
Dive Briefing to customers
Conducting tour for certified divers
Assisting Instructors in conducting Open water training in pool and open water
Assisting Instructors in conducting continuing education programs in pool and open water
Forms & documents required for enrolling in PADI Dive Master Program
- Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement – Form No. 10072
- Standard Safe Diving Practices and Statement of Understanding – Form No. 10060
- Medical Statement Form No. 10063
- Dive Master Application Form No.10144
- One 4.5 cm x 5.7 cm clear head and shoulder photograph
- All relevant diving equipment, such as air cylinders, fins, wet suits, snorkels, etc.
- All relevant course material
- Boat trips required for ocean/sea dives
- Airfare, hotel-stay, or any other travel arrangement to/from Goa
- Hotel/airport transfers
- Any item not specifically mentioned in the inclusions section