About the Course: The PADI® Introduction to Divemaster program introduces you to the concepts, skills, and knowledge necessary to join the ranks of PADI® professionals worldwide. You can then decide if you want to complete your training at FFS&S, or with your favorite PADI® Instructor. When you are ready, contact FFS&S to enroll in the course and get your Divemaster training materials.
To earn your Divemaster rating: You will complete a series of knowledge development sessions, water skill workshops and hands-on assessments for the following:
- The role and characteristics of the PADI® Divemaster
- Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
- Scuba diver safety and risk management
- Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
- Business of diving and your career
- Awareness of the dive environment
- Scuba gear setup and management
- Mapping an open water site
- Conducting dive briefings
- Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
- Conducting PADI® ReActivate scuba refresher and skin diver course
- Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs
Your instructor may also offer the PADI® Deep Diver and PADI® Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your Divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.
Total Time Commitment: Approximately 50 hours.
Prerequisites: Rescue Diver, 40 logged dives, CPR and First Aid certification within 24 months, medical clearance to dive.
Equipment: As a dive professional, you’ll need a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and a dive slate. Your PADI® Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful for your scuba diving career. Check with your local dive center for suggestions about dive equipment you’ll need as a dive pro.
Minimum Age: 18
Consider taking Dive Theory Online, another PADI eLearning® program, that takes you step-by-step through dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus a Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) review. By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for half of the Divemaster Final Exam. Your PADI® Instructor can explain how this works when you meet to schedule knowledge review sessions and your water skills exercises, workshops and practical assessments.