You are a certified diver and you wonder if the PADI Divemaster is for you? Let’s have a look at some of the aspects of the Divemaster course. We will look at the reasons you might want to be trained as a Divemaster and what the course implies.
What is a PADI Divemaster?
Before going into detail as to what are the requirements to become a PADI Divemaster, let’s clarify a few things about what this certification is.
The PADI Divemaster certification is the first level of professional training. It allows you to guide certified divers on dives, and will also entitles you to run some programs on your own such as the Skin Diver course or the Reactivate program.
The main difference with the PADI Instructor rating is that, as a PADI Divemaster, you cannot teach people the core courses such as PADI Open Water Diver or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. In order to be able to teach those, you will need to complete the PADI IDC and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Why should I consider becoming a Divemaster?
There are a few reasons to decide to complete your Divemaster training.
One would be if you are considering working in diving part-time or full-time, as this is the first professional certification. This is also a good way to get an insight on what working in the dive industry is like, as a lot of the PADI Divemaster Internship programs last a few weeks and will give you a good understanding of how a dive shop runs and what duties are expected of a PADI Divemaster.
Another reason you might want to get certified as a PADI Divemaster is simply to improve your diving. You will review a lot of the skills learnt in previous courses, log a lot of dives and generally work on improving your diving skills as a diver. The course will also give you a broader understanding of the theory of diving, as well as usually improve your confidence and safety as a diver.
Finally, we all know that diving can be quite expensive and this is a good way to get a lot of diving done over a few weeks for a good price!
How to become a PADI Divemaster
Now that we’ve covered the reasons why you could consider doing this training, let’s have a look at what is involved.
One component of the course is dive theory, where you will review some concepts you have learnt already but also increase your knowledge on topics such as diving physics and physiology, Divemaster duties, the standards of the PADI system, etc.
Finally, you will spend a lot of time diving and learning how to guide divers
To become a PADI Divemaster requires dedication, motivation and a love for scuba diving.