Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this programme you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications. At Ocean Diver we offer the opportunity to work along side our instructors to develop experience and confidence to lead diving. The course takes a minimum of around six months although this is dependent on your own current skills and availability. We offer an active dive club that you can get involved in, developing leading and coaching skills. You are always welcome to assist on all pool and open water dives and you have the opportunity to develop wider skills such as organising a trip, supporting with social media or arranging talks or training for the club. Come along to a club meeting to have a chat with members and instructors to learn more about the programme and the sorts of opportunities we can offer.

What You Learn

During the PADI Divemaster programme, 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 organise and solve problems as well as help others improve their diving. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

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.

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 everything you’ll need to start the PADI Divemaster program. The complete set of materials includes:

•The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving - a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment.

•Divemaster slates

•PADI Divemaster Manual

•CD-ROM with instructor outlines for Divemaster-conducted programs (exclusive item not available for purchase separately)

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


To take this course, you must be:

•18 years old

•A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)

•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 organisation) 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  signed by a physician within the last 12 months.


£399 plus the Dive Master Crew Pack plus entry into open water sites and air fills. If you’re a club member the course fees are £199 in recognition for your support in running activities for the club and coming on club trips to build your experience.

Please note: you’re expected to have your own kit now you’ve reach pro level.

Why Ocean Diver?

We are passionate about safe and enjoyable diving. We will focus on your development and training during your course. We will teach the dive theory directly if you prefer that to online learning at no additional cost. You will be invited to all courses and training sessions, but we will brief and debrief you at each session based on your training needs, in addition to including you in the briefing and debriefing of students. You will be able to access the skills and experience of our team. We would encourage you to join the club (£40 per year) to fully access the club trips and get more out of your course. If you’re looking to complete the IDC we can offer coaching during and after the DM course and we will also mentor you to prep you fully for becoming an instructor.

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