Divemaster course

So you have decided you want to get more out of diving. You may even want to travel or work permanently in the dive industry. The divemaster course (DM) is a lot of fun and hard work, and the great aspect of it is there are no time constraints on how fast you have to complete it. I did my Divemaster very fast, in one month. It was too fast and I wish I had more time up my sleeve to enjoy it a little more.

Being a DM is about learning the ropes, you are effectively at the bottom of the professional dive chain, so you will be completing tasks like lugging tanks or conducting surface cover. It’s also a time where you will be preparing to become an instructor as during the course you will be assisting on courses and learning from your peers.

So what are the initial requirements that you need to consider before you can complete the Divemaster course?

  1. PADI Open Water Diver
  2. PADI Rescue Diver
  3. At least 18 years old
  4. Emergency first response training
  5. Medically fit

Once you tick off the above you are good to go. Let’s now explore in a little more detail what types of activities you can expect.


There is a fair amount of theory on this course and as a tip if you plan on becoming an instructor study hard as it will assist you when you sit the Instructor exam.

Water skills development

The waters skills are where you show your confidence in the water. It consists of five and you have to attain a combined minimum score to pass. It consists of a swim x 2, tread, tow and equipment exchange. I have one piece of advice don’t use tech fins for the surface swims, it almost killed me. From this section the equipment exchange was a blast, basically you sit on the bottom of a pool with your buddy and using one reg, you need to swap all you gear with the other person.

Diver Rescue

This section will borrow all that you learned from your rescue course, although the Instructor will most like be harder on your this time round as you will be expected to be efficient and competent. After all, if it happens in real life as a divemaster you will need to act. Basically, you will need to locate a missing diver, bring them to the surface, provide rescue breaths, tow to safety and exit them from the water. My Instructor made me do it three times until I nailed it, I slept well that night.


Dive Skills Workshop

Here you will learn to demonstrate a series of skills to a level of professional proficiency. On my DM they were very strict and expected perfection, most of the DM’s were progressing on to be instructors so they pushed us even harder. These skills are what you will use when assisting or teaching on courses, it’s the very core of how to communicate to students underwater, like clearing a regulator or swimming without a mask.

Practical skills

As part of the dive master course, you will also need to complete a series of practical skills. These include dive site management, mapping, dive briefing, search and recovery and a deep dive. These are all fun and I would suggest that if you plan on becoming an instructor perfect the dive site briefing.

Workshop programs

The final components of the Divemaster course are where you will conduct workshops. This includes demonstrating that you can deliver refresher dives, skin diving, Discover scuba diving and discover local diving.

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