Train as a PADI Divemaster

Becoming a PADI Divemaster is a big step and takes commitment: you’ll be sharpening your dive skills to demonstration quality, developing a professional level understanding of dive theory, organising and conducting scuba diving activities plus assisting with other divers in training. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.  is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

PADI Divemaster Programme Details

  • Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world.


    Share your passion for scuba diving by becoming a PADI Divemaster. As a divemaster you’ll supervise scuba diving activities and assist with scuba classes. PADI Divemaster is the first step in your diving career.


    The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops 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
    • Dive setup and management
    • Mapping an open water site
    • Conducting dive briefings
    • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
    • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
    • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

    We also recommend the PADI Dry Suit Diver specialty diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.

    You may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor.


    As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.

    Check with your local dive center to get advice about everything you’ll need as a dive pro.

    Getting Started

    Purchase the PADI Divemaster pack from us. This includes the Divemaster Manual and Instructor Manual for reference during and after the course, the PADI Divemaster Slates and the Decal (required for certification with PADI). You can start now, andwork through eight knowledge development sections in your Divemaster Manual,  preparing you for the Divemaster course here at Scubadive West. €180

    Also take the Dive Theory Online, an excellent 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 along with your waterskills exercises, workshops and practical assessments. €139

As you may have gathered there’s a lot to do, but don’t let that bother you. The Standards for PADI Divemasters are high but the rewards are even higher! Good Divemasters are sought after worldwide by the dive industry, so you will be able to choose a job anywhere in the world. How? ……the PADI ‘Pros’ web-site has a jobs listing (reads like a sun holiday brochure), which will be available to you when you receive your PADI Divemaster Certification.

When Can I Start my Divemaster Training?

You can start your training with us at any stage. Purchase the Divemaster pack and the Dive Theory Online to begin your path to becoming a professional diver!

Having completed the Divemaster manual and the Dive Theory Online course, you are ready to join our group of Divemaster trainees for the intensive Divemaster training course at Scubadive West.

2022 Divemaster training course at Scubadive West

Monday 7th to Saturday 12th February.

2023 Divemaster training course at Scubadive West

February 2023.

How do I Book the PADI Divemaster Course?

Contact us at your convenience to discuss the PADI Divemaster course and we’ll get you started on the road to being a PADI Pro!

Book now… [email protected]

PADI Divemaster Course – More Information

What does it cover?

The PADI Divemaster course is the first professional level within the PADI System of diver education. It allows you to work as a training assistant on PADI courses and programs, supervise certified divers during pleasure diving experiences, and conduct some PADI programs independently. Becoming a PADI Divemaster consists of the following segments: knowledge development, practical application and the Divemaster final exam. The self study portions of the course are:

Divemaster Manual, this covers the topics that prepare you for the practical sessions needed to complete the Divemaster course.

Dive Theory Online, this is a comprehensive overview of dive physics, dive physiology, dive skills, environmental considerations, dive equipment, and decompression theory and the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). Each section consists of multimedia instructional material followed by questions to review what you’ve learned. This is the ideal preparation for Divemaster candidates, to be completed before attending the Divemaster course here at Scubadive West.

Through PADI’s eLearning® system and practical segments of the Divemaster course, you become well prepared to work as a PADI Divemaster

What are the prerequisites for PADI Divemaster?

Prior to enrolling in PADI Divemaster, you must be at least 18 years old, have a current medical attesting to your diving fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months, and be a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue or hold qualifying certifications from another dive training organization. You must also have completed a Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care course (or other sanctioned first aid and CPR course) within the past 24 months and be able to prove that you have completed at least 40 dives (60 before being able to complete the Divemaster course with experience of deep dives, night dives and underwater navigation). If you have any questions as to whether you meet the necessary prerequisites, please contact your PADI Retailer or Resort.

How does it work?

Once you successfully complete Divemaster Manual and Dive Theory Online at home, you will need to successfully complete several practical assessments, workshops and other assignments with our PADI Instructors here at Scubadive West. You will also need to complete the Divemaster Final Exam as well as meet the professionalism criteria. The mojority of this takes place over one week, and is followed up by returning for a few internship weekends to complete the practical assesments. The practical assesments are scheduled dives, where you assist the PADI Instructor on actual training activites with students in training. You receive a thorough breifing beforehand, a de breifing afterwards and you are assesed on your performance. Having completed these practical assesments, you will recieve your PADI Divemaster Certification!


PADI Divemaster Course €750, Includes 6 day intensive course with Scubadive West and the follow up Internship coaching programme and PADI Divemaster materials (Manual, Slates, Instructor Manual and Certification Decal, valued at €185)

PADI Dive Theory is an additional €139.

Total €888

Contact us:

[email protected]

+353 95 43922

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