PADI Divemaster

PADI Divemaster

Do you have a deep and abiding passion for diving? Or, do you merely love it with all of your heart? If so, you should consider doing what you love for a living: become a PADI Divemaster.

When you Join the Tribe™ by becoming a PADI Divemaster, you align yourself with the largest and most respected dive tribe in the world—that of PADI Professionals. These are PADI Divemasters and Instructors sharing a passion for diving and an active concern for the health of the world’s underwater habitats.

What You Learn in PADI Divemaster

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 you 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 the aquatic realm.

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 a PADI 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 AquaMission
  • 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.
  • 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.

It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find most everything at your local dive shop

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Divemaster crewpak includes:

– PADI Divemaster Manual
– Divemaster slates
– PADI Instructor Manual
– The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment
– Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
– PADI Professional Log
– DSD Cue Cards
– PADI Pro Bag
– PADI Divemaster Application package

There are other required materials that a Divemaster Candidate will need but may have received them during other PADI programs so they have not been included in the Divemaster Crew-Pak. Please ask your PADI Instructor for the full list of required materials that you will need for the program.

You also have the option to take Divemaster Online and purchase the Divemaster eLearning Crew-Pak.

To purchase Crew-Paks, contact your local PADI Five Star IDC Dive Shop or Resort. For Divemaster Online, you can sign up today.

PADI Materials

PADI Divemaster candidate materials

  1. Divemaster Online or the PADI Divemaster Manual – used as a primary independent study tool.
  2. Divemaster Video – shows Divemaster responsibilities and reviews practical application. Must be viewed by candidates.
  3. Divemaster Slates – useful guidelines to use during training and after certification.
  4. RDP – table and eRDPML including associated Instructions for Use booklets.
  5. The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving book and Multimedia – reference and information source. Multimedia version contains additional information plus more than four hours of video.
  6. PADI Instructor Manual – contains the standards needed for the programs Divemasters can conduct independently and for programs they can help with as certified assistants.
  7. Professional Training Log

Recommended educational materials and resources

1. Other PADI materials that may be used for independent study and
allow candidates to update knowledge and skills include:
a. PADI’s Guide to Teaching
b. Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
c. Diving Knowledge Workbook
d. Dive Theory Online
e. PADI manuals and videos for all levels leading up to Divemaster.
f. PADI Specialty manuals and videos
g. The Law and the Diving Professional
h. The Business of Diving
i. Children and Scuba Diving: A Resource Guide for Instructors and
j. AWARE – Our World, Our Water manual
2. The PADI Pros’ Site, and are websites
that every divemaster should have bookmarked and visit regularly.
Encourage new divemasters to log in to the Pros’ Site as soon as their
certifications are processed and they are PADI Members.


To take this course, you must be:

  • 18 years old
  • 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 (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

PADI Divemaster Course Schedule

Session Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Time Location
Conducted by Gill Dbs Gill Dbs Gill
Join the Tribe™ Jul 9 Aug 13 Sept 10 Oct 8 Nov 12 7pm-9pm Classroom
DM Theory 1 Jul 20 Aug 24 Sept 21 Oct 26 Nov 23 7pm-10.30pm Classroom
DM Open Water 1 Jul 21 Aug 25 Sept 22 Oct 27 Nov 24 9am-4pm ECP Car park C4
DM Open Water 1 Jul 22 Aug 26 Sept 23 Oct 28 Nov 25 9am-4pm Pool
DM Theory 2 Aug 3 Aug 31 Sept 28 Nov 2 Nov 30 7pm-10.30pm Classroom
DM Open Water 2 Aug 4 Sept 1 Sept 29 Nov 3 Dec 1 9am-4pm ECP
DM Pool 2 Aug 5 Sept 2 Sept 30 Nov 4 Dec 2 9am-4pm Pool
DM Theory 3 Aug 10 Sept 7 Oct 5 Nov 9 Dec 7 7pm-10.30pm Classroom
DM Make-up Pool Aug 11 Sept 10 Oct 8 Nov 12 Dec 10 9am-4pm Pool
DM Assist Pool* Aug 12 Sept 9 Oct 7 Nov 11 Dec 9 9am-4pm Pool
DM Assist Trip 1* Aug 17-19 Sept 14-16 Oct 12-14 Nov 16-18 Dec 15-16 Full day Trip
DM Assist Trip 2* Aug 24-26 Sept 21-23 Oct 19-21 Nov 23-25 Dec 22-23 Full day Trip

*Actual dates may differ subjected to availability due to seasonal changes, weather conditions and staff-student ratio. Please check with in-store manager and your instructor.

PADI Divemaster Course Curriculum


Join the Tribe™

  • Get to learn more about the PADI Divemaster course and what it offers.

DM Theory 1

  • Orientation and Knowledge Review 1. An overview of administration, including the Paperwork required, your Assignment & Files, Dive Site Maps & Tide Tables, and the list of Equipment for PADI Divemasters.
  • Go through the expectations of your PADI Divemaster course and procedures for pool sessions, open water dives and on trips.
  • Learn the role and characteristics of a PADI Divemaster. Briefing for the next day’s Open Water dive at East Coast Park will also be covered.

DMT Open Water 1

  • Demonstrate Equipment Assembly, Disassembly, Donning & Adjustments and Pre-dive Buddy Check. You will also be assessed on your Rescue exercise, Dive Briefing, Search & Recovery skills and Mapping techniques.
  • Skill 1 — Dive Site Set Up and Management gives PASI Divemaster trainees hands-on practice at preparing and organizing a dive site for divers, and helps you develop your decision-making skills and judgment for supervising divers before and after a dive.

    Skill 2 – Mapping Project allows candidates to combine dive planning, underwater navigation, search patterns and data recording skills.

    Skill 3 — Dive Briefing gives candidates guided practice in conducting a dive briefing while using their Divemaster Slates and learning to effectively communicate with divers. It’s a good idea to have candidates use their Mapping Project dive site map during this skill, if possible.

DM Pool 1

  • Demonstrate the 20 basic open water skills. Push your stamina on the 100m inert diver tows, as well as keep your cool on the Equipment exchange while buddy breathing.

DM Theory 2

  • Knowledge Review Markings 2-9, Questions and Answers session & Dive Site briefings.
  • Ask questions and learn about Diving Safety and Risk Management, Divemaster-Conducted Programs, Specialized Skills and Activities, The Business of Diving and Your Career, Awareness of the Dive Environment and Dive Theory Review.

DM Open Water 2

  • Dive Briefings, DSD briefings, DSD Open Water Dives, Discover Local Diving in Open Water and Debriefing.

DM Pool 2

  • Start off with the stamina exercises — 800m snokel swim, 400m swim and the 15 min tread. Demonstrate the 4 skin diving skills followed by the Skin Diver workshop, Scuba Review workshop and DSD in confined water workshop.

Diver Rescue & Diver Skills Workshop 6 to 10

Diver Rescue assessment may be conducted in either confined or open water. You may need to completely review or even reteach rescue skills, especially if it’s been a long time since candidates participated in the rescue diver course.

The Dive Skills Workshop is designed to develop and refine candidate skill demonstrations. Because candidates will likely assist with courses, it’s important to take the time to make sure they have role-model skills.

DM Theory 3

  • Revision and consultation of Instructor followed by PADI Divemaster Course Theory Exam.

DM Assist Pool

Assisting with Student Divers

Practical Assessment 1 – Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water

Workshop 1 – Scuba Review in Confined Water leads candidates through the basics or organizing and conducting Scuba Review for certified divers.

Workshop 2 — Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision prepares candidates to teach the PADI Skin Diver course, or focuses on how to lead snorkeling tours and supervise snorkelers.

Workshop 3 — Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water helps candidates understand the level of supervision required when working with nondivers as a certified assistant.

Workshop 4 — Discover Scuba Diving Program – Additional Open Water Dive continues reinforcing close supervision required when leading Discover Scuba Diving participants on a additional open water dive.

Workshop 5 — Discover Local Diving in Open Water allows candidates to practice evaluating dive conditions, planning a dive, giving a dive briefing and leading a dive.

DM Assist Trip 1

Practical Assessment 3 – Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water, 4 – Certified Divers in Open Water & Skill 1 to 3.

Skill 5 — Deep Dive Scenario provides candidates with additional experience and guided practice to better prepare them to supervise deep dives.

DM Assist Trip 2

Practical Assessment 2 – Open Water Diver Students in Open Water & Skill 4 & 5


Sample Itinerary

Continued Education



PADI Divemaster Course
SGD 1799.00

– Basic Equipment Rental


PADI 4-in-1 DM Package (Rescue + EFR + Nitrox + DM)
SGD 2099.00



Additional Sessions

Theory – no cost, until 31 Dec 2012

Pool – no cost, until 31 Dec 2012

Open Water – no cost, until 31 Dec 2012

DMT Assisted Trip – S$370 per session