PADI – Divemaster

The first step as a PADI professional is to become a PADI – Divemaster through one of the most rewarding course. It is the first step of living the dream to dive the best sites, meet the most awesome people and turn a passion into work. If you ever look up to your dive guide or instructor thinking, that would be my job. Then the PADI – Divemaster course should be your next thought.

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How is it to be a pADI - Divemaster?

Becoming a PADI – Divemaster is one of the most rewarding feeling in diving. It is the start of a career as a dive professional. Someone who’s passion have taken over and turned what they really love in to a work opportunity. 

Lead divers on discover local diving programs and other dive trips

Even if a PADI – Divemaster has many functions the main one remains to guide certified divers on their local trips. Divemasters are the ones who knows the dive sites best and knows how to take care of other divers to provide unforgettable experiences. They take care of logistics, briefing, entries and exits, and of course the guiding divers through their dives.

Assist instructors in teaching

One of the functions of PADI – Divemaster is to assist instructors in teaching scuba diving courses and programs. Both in theory and in water. As a certified assistant, you can help with the course flow and provide assistance to students learning. You can help doing demonstrations of the skills, provide tips and hints to students learning and share you passion with them.

Teach independently certain courses

As a PADI – Divemaster you will be allowed to teach specific courses on your own. The PADI – ReActivate scuba refresher program or the courses related to snorkeling are possible.

You may also as a PADI – Divemaster become qualified to teach specialties such as the PADI – AWARE Specialist or the PADI – Coral Reef Conservation among other courses. Here is a quick list of PADI Specialties that are possible for a PADI – Divemaster:

  • AWARE Specialist
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • PADI Freediver courses
  • PADI Mermaid courses
  • Other PADI Distinctives Specialties without dives

Also with some little extra training, you will be able to teach the PADI – Discover Scuba Diving program in a pool or confined water. It is also possible to lead participants enrolled in that program who already completed an initial open water dive with an instructor up to 14 days after that initial dive.

Live the dream and dive

It is the dream of most diver to be able to travel the world and dive in the most beautiful places. Almost every diver has looked at their instructors or divemaster thinking, what if this could be me. What if I could this hobby or activity into work and get paid to dive and take part of diving activities all the time. What if I could be this cool boy or girl enjoying his time under the sun on a sandy beach.

This is exactly what taking the first step as a dive professional is and enroll in a PADI – Divemaster course.

The PADI - Divemaster course curriculum

The PADI – Divemaster is really of the most exciting course in scuba diving. There is a lot to do, to achieve, and students are encouraged to leave their comfort zone and learn as much as possible through their course at the dive center.

Academic, the theory and science of diving

Even if diving is a mostly practical activity, there is a lot of science involved. From the formation of coral reefs that we love to see to the experimentations of Haldane that made diving a safe sport it has its root in theory and science. We could also say that even floating on the water to the air we breath are things that are explained with diving.

For this reason, one big part of the course is to study and understand the theory and science behind diving.


There are many workshops in the PADI – Divemaster course and they are all interesting and rewarding. Some examples of that is the dive briefing or the creation of an Emergency Assistance Plan for the local conditions. As an example, making a briefing in front of other divers can be a stressful experience to some people, and learning how to conduct meaningful briefing in structured way greatly reduce the stress.

Other workshops will cover orientation. An important aspect of any guided dive. As the divemaster is the one who leads group of divers, it is important that he knows how to navigate the sites. Finding the cool fishes and organisms is as important as to making sure the group gets back to the boat or to the pick-up point.


You will be tested for your watership skills. Doing different timed swim and water threading. This is important as a Divemaster as they assess on the general fitness required to offer possible assistance to divers in need as well as the attitude required to overcome problems and conditions.

How is the PADI - Divemaster course scheduled?

Since the PADI – Divemaster course is the first level of professional rating and one of the most complete and interesting course, there is no way that an exact schedule is provided. As a professional in learning, it goes much more than just a simple academic and skill related course. Students are encouraged to learn every part of the workings of a dive center. From customer relationship, gear handling, logistics, guiding and many other domains and tasks related. It is also required to take part of specific activities that might not have a clear schedule depending on customers of the dive center.

It is technically possible to become a PADI – Divemaster in 2 weeks as stated on the PADI website but we feel that it might be too condensed and might miss on important parts and skill acquired during such a short period. Courses will range from 3 weeks to 2 months depending on the conditions, commitment, personal skills prior to enrolling and other elements.

Requirements of the PADI - Divemaster course

The PADI – Divemaster is the first level of professional rating so it has higher requirements than other courses. For legal purpose and responsibility it is required to be at least 18 years old. However, the course can be completed as a PADI – Junior Divemaster certification which does not allow to work immediately but gives the same base as a divemaster.

As duties of a divemaster involve the safety of other divers, it is required to hold the certification Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care or an equivalent certification achieved in the 24 months prior to the PADI – Divemaster course. This requirement is usually covered as part of the PADI – Rescue Diver course as it is one of the requirement to earn the latter.

Since a higher experience level as a diver is expected, the course has a minimum of 40 logged dives. As diving can have medical implications, students enrolled in the course has to provide a clearance from a physician made in the 12 months prior to the course.

Requirements in short:

  • To have a PADI – Rescue Diver or PADI – Junior Rescue Diver or equivalent certification.
  • To hold a Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care certification or equivalent, valid and current from the previous 24 months
  • A minimum of 40 logged dives or 20 logged dives for the PADI – Junior Divemaster certification
  • Be 18 years old or 15 years old for the PADI – Junior Divemaster certification
  • Be cleared for diving by a physician in the 12 months prior to the course

What is included with the PADI - Divemaster courses

Courses and packages include everything needed for the completion of the course. No surprise fees or additional rental. Bring sunscreen, a towel, and a smile and you are set. We will take care of the rest.

  • The learning material in electronic format for the duration of the course
  • The one or many instructors that will help you on your journey
  • The certification card in electronic format (available in a plastic format on special request)
  • Rental of the full kit of gear including; mask, fins, snorkel, short wetsuit, regulator set, buoyancy compensator, and weight system. Dive computer, tanks, and fills are included as needed.
  • The Nitrox analyzer for the workshop
  • Meals and snacks when taking part in trips include breakfast and lunch, as well as fruits, refreshments, tea, coffee, soft drinks, electrolyte drinks, and of course drinking water.

Course packages offered

This course is quite simple and straightforward. As the basic course is only theoretical with a workshop we offer the option of 2 open water dives with Nitrox to the participants.

PADI - Divemaster Packages
Base PADI - Divemaster course

What You need to know about the PADI - Divemaster course

As a professional level, to keep active status, yearly fees have to be paid directly to PADI. The course includes all the fees for the material and other things required to complete the course but does not include the fees paid to the agency PADI. These fees are to be paid yearly after to maintain an active status as a PADI – Divemaster.

Divemaster students are expected to own or purchase their own full set of gear at the time or during the course. Like most professional, divemasters should have their own gear for which they are familiar. Plongée Koh Phangan Diving can help in the purchase of the equipment.

What comes next after the PADI - Divemaster course

We think that professional should never stop learning and are recommending some extra course that are complementary to the PADI – Divemaster certification such as the PADI – Search & Rescue course or the PADI – Sidemount Rec Diver course which can help a divemaster understand the needs of the divers using such configuration. Other good certifications that could potentially lead to the divemaster teaching their own course are the PADI – Fish Identification or the PADI – Digital Underwater Photographer courses.

  • The PADI – Search & Rescue course
  • The PADI – Sidemount Rec Diver course
  • The PADI – Fish Identification course
  • The PADI – Digital Underwater Photographer course