PADI Divemaster course

The PADI Divemaster course brings you to the first professional level in scuba diving. In your Divemaster training or Divemaster internship you will learn what it is like to work in a diving center.

You will get involved in the daily life of the dive center, dive local dives sites and assist PADI Instructors with dive courses. During the PADI Divemaster course, you will learn about diving theory, you will learn how to organize dives with customers and you will do training exercises that stretch your ability to avoid and solve problems.

You will put this all into action by working together with the diving staff on the daily dive trips and dive courses. Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and work together with Instructors who are teaching student divers.

Before you start

You need to : Be 18 years old or older PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent (If you are not, you can do the missing courses with us).

You need CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months, 40 logged dives and a medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Some of our partners in are a PADI Career Development Center. Here you can start your Divemaster course with only 20 logged dives.

Manta Ray Bali

Bali, Indonesia

Enjoy the Balinese culture, food and diving during your divemaster course!

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Moalboal, Philippines

Beautiful views, exceptional diving. A great place to do your divemaster course!

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Phuket IDC

Phuket, Thailand

Great diving, beautiful beaches and good party scene.

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What will you learn?

PADI dive theory

Dive Theory and skills:

  • Complete knowledge development segments of the PADI Divemaster course (online).
  • Complete the Divemaster theory exam (online).
  • Make an Emergency Assistance Plan for dive site.
  • Complete waterskills exercises (swimming and stamina exercises) and reach a combined minimum score.
  • Complete a diver rescue assessment.
  • Complete a dive skills workshop where you will learn to demonstrate all skills from the PADI Open Water Course to student divers.


Complete practical application skills:

  • Dive Site Set Up and Management
  • Mapping a dive site
  • Give a dive briefing
  • Practice a search and recovery scenario
  • Practice a deep dive scenario


PADI Divemaster
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Workshops on divemaster-conducted programs:

  • Reactivate
  • Skin Diver course and snorkeling supervision
  • Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water
  • Discover Scuba Diving Program – Additional Open Water Dive
  • Discover Local Diving in Open Water


Practical assessments (assisting Instructors and other diving staff)

  • Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water
  • Open Water Diver Students in Open Water
  • Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water
  • Certified Divers in Open Water



What does a Divemaster do?

So what jobs can you expect to do as a qualified PADI Divemaster? There’s a lot!


Main duties as Divemaster will be to supervise and guide certified divers. This is actually much more than swimming around and pointing at fish!! In your Divemaster course you will learn all it takes to assure that your customers have an enjoyable diving experience; organizing equipment, choosing your dive site and planning your dive, anticipating and avoiding potential problems, etc.

Assisting with courses

As a qualified PADI Divemaster you can also assist Instructors in conducting dive courses of all levels. This can be a very useful and rewarding job. You can assist your Instructor by helping students to overcome learning difficulties and supervising students (that are taking their first breaths under water) when they are not under the immediate Instructors attention. Being a PADI Divemaster allows you to apply to become a DSD Leader. A DSD Leader can take ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ participants in the pool or confined water, after a brief explanation of the basic diving knowledge. This allows you to take people in shallow water, let them practice their first breaths with scuba equipment and teach them the first basic diving skills like regulator clearing and mask clearing.


There are also some PADI courses that you can teach as a Divemaster. For instance, a PADI Divemaster is allowed to teach all (AWARE) courses without dives. After completing the appropriate Specialty Instructor course a PADI Divemaster is also allowed to teach the Digital Underwater Photography course. If a diver has not been active for a long time and wants to do the PADI Reactivate Program, that can also be taught by a PADI Divemaster.

PADI Divemaster online

With the Divemaster online study materials you can study from home! Your Divemaster Crew-Pak includes digital materials that you can use for independent study of your Divemaster Theory.


No more time in the classroom

With PADI Divemaster online you can begin studying at home. At your own pace, you can work through the interactive sections of the Divemaster theory.

The PADI Divemaster online also includes the Divemaster theory exams. Once you completed all online sections and the exams, you can focus on the practical part of your Divemaster training and don’t need to spend time in the classroom.

You can view the Divemaster online material using a desktop or laptop computer or you can download it for offline viewing when using a tablet or phone.

Divemaster Theory

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. The Divemaster theory prepares you for the practical  exercises and workshops in the course. Topics include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • IDC Dive Theory review

Asia Scuba Instructors eLearning

On our Dive Theory page, you can find a summary of the most important topics of the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving. This theory is part of the Divemaster exam and you will study this in more detail to become a PADI Instructor.

The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving is a great book to own and to use for reference. However, to make studying easier I have created an IDC Divetheory primer that you can download for free.

Our Dive Theory practice exam shows you a preview of the PADI Dive Instructor exam and Divemaster Exam.
You can test your knowledge with multiple Dive Theory and PADI standards exams.