PADI Divemaster Course 

  • Go Pro - Your First Step in the Professional Direction

    Looking for the first step in working with Scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster programme. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you will expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

    The course will fine tune your diving skills whilst introducing you to the theory behind diving. Learn about dive physics, physiology and equipment.

    As a Divemaster you will be able to assist our instructors on some courses. But the exciting thing is you can instruct some courses as well as guiding local dive trips.

     Get A Life Go Pro



    • PADI Divemaster


    • 18 Years of age
    • PADI Rescue Diver
    • 40 Logged Dives


    • $2499 inc GST

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Start dates - please enquire

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  • Course Content

    Knowledge DevelopmentelearningLogo
    eLearning – Independent online study prior to the course in our digital classroom. You will be presented with videos and slides to teach you all need to know before moving on to the practical skills. (Divemaster Course eLearning FAQs) 


    Confined Water Training
    In the pool you will develop your demonstration skills and how to supervise divers. Revison on your rescue skills will also be reviewed and you will learn the procedures to instruct courses such as PADI Skin Diver Course. Once these are proficient in the pool, then the ocean beckons.

    Open Water Training
    You will learn to superivse in the ocean as well as guiding divers around your local dive sites.



    Your schedule will be designed on a case by case basis. We can offer both Full-Time and Part-Time

    Training Materials

    The PADI Divemaster crewpak includes:

    • PADI Divemaster Manual
    • Divemaster slates
    • PADI Instructor Manual
    • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving - a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment
    • Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
    • PADI Professional Log DSD Cue Cards
    • PADI Pro Bag
    • PADI Divemaster Application package

    There are other required materials that a Divemaster Candidate will need but may have received them during other PADI programs so they have not been included in the Divemaster Crew-Pak. Please ask your PADI Instructor for the full list of required materials that you will need for the program.


    After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

    • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organising and directing dives
    • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
    • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling programme
    • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
    • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review programme
    • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme.
    • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty.
    • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified Divemaster.
    • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during: surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
    • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
    • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
    • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

    At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education

  • Equipment Requirements

    As a minimum when you train, you will want your own mask, fins and snorkel, boots, gloves and a knife. While you can hire mask and fins, these items do have a very personal fit and you will be more comfortable in your own equipment.  For the duration of the course we provide all of the SCUBA equipment you need but you can of course choose to provide your own and it is much better to learn in equipment you intend to use as a diver. 

    Dive Otago has a wide range of scuba equipment for sale and your instructor can help choose the best gear for your diving needs. We will give you expert advice and help you make sensible, informed choices. We can put together tailored packages to suit your individual diving needs and budget. 


    - Gloves and boots
    - Dive knife
    - Whistle
    - Safety Sausage
    - Pocket Mask
    - Slate and Pencil 


    - Scuba Equipment 
    - Semidry Wetsuit or Dry suit 
    - Mask, Snorkel and Fins
    - Torch

  • Prerequisites


    18 years of age by the completion of the course.


    RSTC Diving Medical Questionnaire. If you answer yes to any of the questions on the first page of the RSTC Medical form you will need to get the form signed off by a doctor. (We highly recommend going to hyperbaric/Diving Doctor)


    • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation).
    • PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation).
    • Basic First Aid Certificate (must be current, expires every two years). Ask about our First Aid Courses if you need this prior to Rescue.


    Dives: Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification

    Cold water experience or a Pre-assesment: If you have never dived in cold water before it is nescessary to complete a Pre-assesment in our pool prior to getting into the water for any further training. Because we dive in temporate waters our equipment is slightly different to that used in warmer waters and it is vital that we introduce you to this in a pool environment before training begins.

    A bit rusty?: 

    If it has been a while since your last dive it is important that we run over some of the important skills you would of learned in your open water course before we head out to the open water. We can do this in a Pre-Assessment session in our on-site pool prior to your training. We will have a look at your log book, but please let us know if you want to join this session anyway.



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