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The PADI Divemaster Course

The importance of the PADI Divemaster to the overall PADI training program and to each individual PADI Instructor cannot be overstated. Divemaster training is the first leadership level in the PADI progression. The rating denotes an individual who:
1)has a high level of personal diving skill
2)has instructor-level knowledge of diving theory
3)has had significant training in how to assist an instructor during training activities
4)is able to assume a role of responsibility for the welfare of other divers in his charge.

The goals of PADI Divemaster training are to:
1)Enable the candidate to organize, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities, both land- and boat-based.
2)Enable the candidate to effectively act as an instructional assistant to Teaching status PADI Instructors.
3)Develop the theoretical diving knowledge of candidates to a level sufficient to become an instructor.
4)Encourage and prepare candidates for assistant instructor- and/or instructor-level training.

To qualify for PADI Divemaster training an individual must: Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water diver or equivalent rating; Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent; Have completed and logged 20* open water dives; Be 18 years of age or older; Be in good physical condition for diving and submit an approved medical exam form for a diving-medical examination conducted within the past year. *Proof of 60 logged dives required for certification.


The PADI Divemaster course is divided into four distinct sections and three modules: Course Standards and Overview; Watermanship and Skill Assessment; Knowledge Development; Practical Application. Each module is designed to help the candidate develop specialized skills and/or demonstrate a professional level performance in that particular area.

Course Standards and Overview


This introduction explains the purpose and logistics of the PADI Divemaster course. It covers the goals, standards and suggested structure for the course and explains the purpose and content of each training module.

Watermanship and Skill Assessment


Module One is designed to help both the instructor and student to determine the candidate's water-skills ability in four different areas. The four phases of evaluation are: Watermanship and Stamina; General Diving Skills; Problem solving; and Diver Rescue Skills.

Knowledge Development


Module Two is the academic development portion of the Divemaster program. Knowledge is accomplished through reading assignments in The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving and The PADI Divemaster Manual as well as by instructor led lectures and discussions.

Practical Application


While there are two options available that will satisfy the requirements of this module. However, the instructional staff at Olympus believes that the Internship program is unquestionably the best method for development of truly excellent Divemasters. As such, this is the only option we currently offer. during this internship the Divemaster assists instructors with a minimum of five pool sessions and ten open water training sessions. Through this program the candidate gains great insight into the logistics, planning and conduct of recreational and educational diving activities. Additionally, the candidate gains valuable experience in dealing with students while becoming familiar with local dive sites.

Our course fee for the PADI Divemaster course includes: PADI Divemaster Manual, PADI Divemaster plastic slates, PADI's Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving and associated workbook, All instructional fees, ID Photo(s), and miscellaneous handout materials.

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