PADI Divemaster Course

Whether you want to polish your diving skills and scuba dive like an expert or turn your passion into a career, the PADI Divemaster certification is exactly what you need. It is the most sought-after professional-level rating. Introducing you to the concepts, skills, and knowledge, this diving course lets you join the ranks of PADI professionals across the world. 

PADI Divemasters teach and inspire other divers. The first level of PADI professional training, this course teaches you the skills that are required for supervising dives and assisting dive instructors. PADI Divemaster is great for you in case you are interested in pursuing a career in the diving industry or becoming an excellent diver one day. 

To start this diving course, you must have at least 40 dives and reach 60 in order to achieve the certification. The total dives required to complete the PADI Divemaster course means you can do it anywhere between 6 weeks and 6 months for attaining the certification.

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Prerequisites to take PADI Divemaster course

  • At least 18 years old
  • Medical clearance to dive
  • PADI Rescue Diver certified
  • 40 logged dives before starting the course
  • 60 logged dives when finishing the course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certified
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care completed within the past 2 years (or a refresh)

What PADI Divemasters do

  • Conduct dive briefings
  • Teach the PADI Skin Diver course
  • Call themselves a scuba diving professional
  • Complete scuba reviews, such as PADI ReActivate
  • Obtain professional scuba diving liability insurance
  • Supervise training and non-training-related diving activities
  • Lead Discover Snorkeling and Discover Local Diving programs
  • Assist in Discover Scuba Diving programs and lead additional dives

How one can get this rating

  • Complete the Divemaster Knowledge Development sections and then pass the Divemaster Final Exam
  • Create an Emergency Assistance Plan
  • Complete a dive skills workshop and assessment
  • Pass five water skills exercises and a diver rescue assessment
  • Complete practical assessments for assisting on scuba courses
  • Demonstrate practical skills, such as mapping, searches and briefings
  • Demonstrate professionalism toward other team members, guest divers and students
  • Complete Divemaster-led program workshops, such as ReActivate and Discover Scuba Diving

What courses can divemasters teach

A PADI Divemaster can teach the following after completing their course:

  • Discover Snorkeling
  • PADI Advanced Snorkeling program (including the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission)
  • PADI ReActivate

With additional training, they can become qualified to teach the following:

  • PADI Mermaid courses
  • PADI Freediver courses
  • Emergency First Response first aid and CPR courses

If you are passionate for teaching but are unsure whether you want to go as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, then with the PADI Course Director, you are eligible to teach any of the following PADI speciality courses:

  • AWARE Specialist
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • PADI Distinctive Specialty courses without dives

PADI Divemaster: A professional dive leader

Instructors are assisted by divemasters in teaching scuba diving courses. They can also help them by fulfilling leadership responsibilities and getting paid. In addition to that, if you are getting paid for scuba diving, it means that you are a dive professional.

How long does it take to become a PADI Divemaster?

Your schedule, personal progress, and the route chosen will decide the time taken to achieve the PADI Divemaster certification. One can choose to complete the course in a shorter duration or undertake a longer-term internship where you can study and work along with students. Therefore, the course can take anywhere from a few weeks to many months. This certification is the first rung on the professional diver ladder. If you want to work in diving either full-time, part-time, or in another capacity, then go for the PADI Divemaster course. 

Jobs involving scuba diving

PADI dive certifications make you eligible for scuba diving jobs. The PADI Divemaster certification will open up a world of opportunities in front of you. you can become a scuba diving instructor at a gorgeous location as a dive pro. Continuing your diving education will make you eligible to be a part of a marine research and conservation team. That way, you can use your skills to contribute to science and the environment. You can contribute to marine conservation efforts across the globe. If not all this, then you can choose to run your own dive shop.

Top dive sites in the Andaman Islands

The Andamans is home to the best diving sites in India. The island’s crystal-clear waters are known for rich marine life that includes colourful corals and incredible fish. Some of the best sites in the Andaman Islands are as follows: 

  • Whitehouse Rock– a hill-like formation emerging from a sandy bottom at a depth of over 30 meters
  • MV Mars–the wreck of a small wooden local cargo ship
  • S.S. Inchkett–a wreck covered in scorpionfish, cleaner shrimp, and patches of soft corals.
  • Broken Ledge–an incredible dive site of low-lying rocky outcrops
  • Jackson Bar–one can spot manta rays, eagle rays, and white-tip reef sharks here
  • Red Pillar— the best spot for diving for beginners 
  • Turtle Bay—has plenty of sea turtles
  • Tribe Gate—popular for hard corals and small groups of fish
  • Nemo Reef—houses fringing reefs crowded with large groups of colourful fishes
  • Dicksons Pinnacle—covered with soft corals and a highly rich marine life
  • Minerva Ledge—an enormous block of hard corals in clear waters, with sea dwellers including sharks
  • Jonny’s George—abundant hard corals along with unique fishes
  • Lighthouse—perfect balance of vibrant fish and soft & hard corals

Andaman Island, the untouched Indian union territory, is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Especially famous for scuba diving, the island is popular for offering such activities that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. Except for Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Barefoot, Dive Andaman will provide the guests pick-up and drop-off facility. Our PADI-certified instructors will make sure that you are able to learn each and every aspect of this certification.

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