Train as a PADI Divemaster

So you want to become a PADI Divemaster?

Becoming a PADI Divemaster is a big step and takes a lot of 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 Programme Details

The PADI Divemaster course offered here in Scubadive West consists of three modules:

  • Knowledge development
    · Water Skills and stamina
    · Practical Application

There are 12 topics to cover in the Knowledge Development, which you must cover through independent study, projects and discussion. You will purchase a PADI Divemaster Crew Pack, The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, the Diving Knowledge Workbook and your own Electronic Multilevel Dive Planner.
Lectures and discussions will be scheduled in order to broaden understanding on all subjects and when all studies are complete you’ll take the PADI Divemaster Exams which require a 75% or higher mark for certification.

General Water Skills and Stamina will be evaluated and improved where necessary through timed swims, snorkels, tows and floats. This is to make you an excellent role model for other divers.

Practical application(s) will combine theory and water skills in conjunction with actual confined and open water training dives. Included are dive briefings and a mapping project of a dive site. Again your abilities in this area will be assessed for certification.

PADI Divemaster requirements:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Cert. (or equivalent) with proof of 20 dives
  • PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent) & current CPR and First Aid certification
  • Be at least 18 years old at start of training
  • Medical clearance for diving signed by a physician
  • We here at Scubadive West also require that the candidates have their own equipment and maintain the equipment as required. We offer substantial aid in obtaining the equipment here as we intend our DM’s to be complete divers upon certification of the course.
  • If the candidate chooses to do Scubadive West’s PADI Divemaster Internship (recommended) it is for a six to eight week period here at Scubadive West. Schedule alterations and personal obligations can be dealt with easily! Many of our Divemasters in training just come on weekends.

As you may have gathered there’s a lot to it already 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. We offer this programme throughout the year, and you move through at your own pace.

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!

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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 and 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 online portion of the course, PADI Divemaster Online, covers nine topics that prepare you for the practical sessions needed to complete the Divemaster course. 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 Online?

Prior to enrolling in PADI Divemaster Online, 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?

After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.

Other costs – There is a separate application fee due to PADI that needs to be submitted        with the Divemaster application once the course is successfully completed.
Materials – The PADI Divemaster Online program will provide you with perpetual access        to an ebook version of the PADI Divemaster manual, a required material. However, to complete the PADI Divemaster course, you also need a current PADI Instructor Manual, both the Table RDP and eRDPML, The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, and a set of the PADI Divemaster slates. There are other required materials and equipment, some of which you already have. Your PADI Retailer or Resort will guide and counsel you on what you need, and will make suggestions to help you prepare        for a valuable course experience.
Contact us here at Scubadive West  to discuss total courses costs, equipment, materials and logistical  requirements.

What else is required to become a PADI Divemaster?

Once you successfully complete Divemaster Online, you will need to successfully complete several practical assessments, workshops and other assignments with your PADI Instructor. You will also need to complete the Divemaster Final Exam as well as meet the professionalism criteria.

How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?

The eLearning segment of the course is available for one year from the time of course        registration. Though you must finish the online portion of the course within that time frame, you will have perpetual access to an online version of the PADI Divemaster manual.

How do you document that you’ve completed the eLearning segment?

Once you finish the eLearning portion of the course, your dive center is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical phase of the program. At the end of the eLearning program, you can print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to your selected PADI Retailer or Resort.


PADI Divemaster Internship €750

PADI Divemaster Crewpak €195

(Includes PADI Divemaster Manual, PADI Instructor Manual, Divemaster Slates and proof of purchase Decal)

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+353 95 43922