PADI Divemaster

Our Divemaster internship program gives you the experience and skills necessary to be employable in the dive industry. The program is structured to ensure you get hands on experience with all aspects of diving – from leading fun divers on our scheduled trips and assisting Instructors during their courses to repairing and maintaining scuba diving equipment.

Before you decide on the Divemaster internship program you should look at the duties and responsibilities of a PADI Divemaster. These can be found on the PADI website and are outlined briefly, scroll down to read a more detailed explanation. Essentially a Divemaster is responsible for supervising diving activities, conducting scuba review courses and can also assist Instructors with their PADI courses.

The length of your program will depend on a number of factors including your current certification level, number of logged dives and dive experience. If you are looking to turn your diving hobby into a career a longer internship will be more beneficial, allowing you to gain practical work experience as a Divemaster before seeking employment or becoming a PADI Instructor.

The core aspects of the Divemaster program take on average 6 weeks to complete. Any additional time spent at the dive center will further prepare you to work in the dive industry, whether it be acting as a DM on our daily trips or continuing your dive education. Students do not need to have their own diving equipment and are welcome to use our rental gear for the duration of the program. However, all students must have their own watch/ dive computer and backup in order to keep track of dive profiles and a safety marker for drift and training dives. We encourage students to invest in their own dive gear and we have equipment deals for interns including regulators, BCD’s and dive computers.

Pricing will vary, please contact us for more information.


The PADI Divemaster course requirements can be divided into four broad categories, knowledge development, water-skills development, dive skills workshops and practical application.

Knowledge Development

The course fees include a PADI Divemaster Crew-pack, a set of manuals, tables and workbooks for you to read and complete during your divemaster course. The Divemaster manual and Encyclopedia of Diving have a range of diving information along with a workbook to help you work through the information. Your PADI Instructor manual outlines the key standards for the courses you can conduct as a DM and for those you may assist a PADI Instructor with. The instructor manual also lists the skill requirements and outlines methods for conducting PADI courses.

Water-skills Development

To ensure that student divers are physically fit to act as a PADI Divemaster there are a number of timed swimming exercises to complete as well as a skill known as an equipment exchange. Also known as the stress test, student divers will exchange all scuba equipment (besides wetsuit and weights) while maintaining neutral buoyancy in 6m/20ft of water. While this would never be required of a divemaster underwater the skill is used to challenge student divers and to have them experience the changes in buoyancy and competence that occur as a diver becomes stressed.

Dive Skills Workshop

As a PADI DM you will be qualified to conduct the Scuba Review course, a refresher of the 24 basic scuba diving skills that are taught in the open water course. The workshop is done a number of times during the divemaster internship and your instructor will help you master these skills and show you the step by step methodology used in the PADI system to teach each skill. Once students are comfortable they will conduct a scuba review of their own under the supervision of their Instructor.

Practical Application

This section is the culmination of all the skills you have learned during the course, it consists of five practical skills, five workshops and four assessments of your abilities when working with student divers during courses and certified divers on dive trips.

Practical Skills

Skill 1 - Dive site setup and management

Skill 2 - Dive Site Mapping Project

Skill 3 - Dive Briefing

Skill 4 - Search and Recovery Scenario

Skill 5 - Deep Dive Scenario

Workshops - Divemaster conducted Programs

Workshop 1 - Scuba Review in Confined Water

Workshop 2 - Skin Diver Course and Supervision

Workshop 3 - Discover Scuba Diving Program

Workshop 4 - Discover Scuba Diving Program - additional OW Dive

Workshop 5 - Discover Local Diving

Practical Assessments

1. Open water diver students in confined water

2. Open water diver students in open water

3. Continuing Education student divers in open water

4. Certified divers in open water


Divemaster Duties
Active status Divemasters are authorized to:

1. Supervise both training and fun diving activities by
planning, organizing and directing dives.
2. Assist an instructor during confined and open water training.
3. Guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion
of Open Water Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a 2:1 ratio, under the
instructor’s indirect supervision.
4. Accompany Open Water Diver students under the instructor’s
indirect supervision during surface swims to and from the
entry/exit point and during navigational exercises; as well as
supervise remaining students when the instructor conducts a
5. Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or
specialty course dives under the instructor’s indirect
6. Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers independently. This also
includes conducting the PADI Seal Team Aqua Mission: Skin
Diver Specialist.
7. Conduct the Discover Snorkeling program.
8. Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect
supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants at a 2:1
ratio, after participants have satisfactorily completed the first
dive with an instructor.
9. Conduct the Discover Local Diving experience.
10. Conduct the Scuba Review program for certified divers, or for
PADI Scuba Divers who are refreshing their skills.
11. Conduct the skin diving skills segment of the Open Water
Diver course during any confined water dive.
12. If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently
conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or in confined open
13. Accompany certified PADI Scuba Divers on subsequent dives.
14. After completing the corresponding instructor training,
a. Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under
the direction of a PADI Instructor.
b. Emergency Oxygen Provider courses.


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