There are many reasons why divers decide to 'Go Pro' and travel. But, getting paid to dive and sharing the rewards of scuba diving with others ranks among the most popular.
The information in this section explains how long it takes, what you need to do, and how much it costs to complete the Divemaster training course in Pattaya, Thailand.
The Divemaster rating represents the first rung on the ladder for divers who want to teach scuba diving for a living.
But, it's not about being a boss! It's about having all the attributes that help other divers get the most out of diving.
Simply put, a Divemaster is all of the following... and a lot more too:
Certified Divemasters have expanded diving theory knowledge beyond the basics. They have exemplary dive skills and they display a strong passion to mix with other divers.
It may be cliché, but based on personal experiences I can confirm that PADI professionals live a life different from many others.
You will develop strong leadership abilities. Then, you will be helping to transform the lives of divers you meet and lead the way in ocean conservation.
The words and actions of all divemasters carry weight. Why? Because divers, non-divers, and youngsters see them as ambassadors for the 'Blue Planet' (aka the underwater world).
So, what are some of the best ways to promote yourself as an 'Eco-Conscious Influencer'? One of the most popular is to organise a beach and underwater cleanup. But, you could also:
You'll work with an instructor to hone your scuba skills and then learn how to anticipate common diver problems - and how to fix them.
Wait - there's more...
Getting a job as a PADI Divemaster means you'll have many roles. You will organise, and help to supervise, many of the daily diving activities and classroom sessions. But most of all, dive masters are best at leading guided dives and working on diving liveaboards.
As long as there is safe water to explore, PADI® Divemasters can work there. Even so, you will find most of them working at the best scuba diving destinations that our Blue Planet has to offer.
A typical working day for a dive master will include a submersion with sea life animals and nature. As a result, the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy scuba diving adventures together is the main attraction.
It gets better:
How can you top that? Easy... they also get paid for sharing their passion and fervour for scuba diving with others who have common interests.
In a nutshell, having the divemaster certification will open up the door to getting different kinds of paid diving jobs almost anywhere in the world.
Note: Last time we checked, there were well over six thousand PADI® Dive Centers, Resorts, and Liveaboards worldwide to choose from.
A combination of classroom-based tuition and several assignments of independent study make up the Divemaster program. The main objective will be to enhance your skills in diving knowledge and leadership.
Other parts of the course will increase your ability to organise scuba activities and to solve diver related problems, such as making sure the dive equipment is safe and comfortable.
Thus, while helping student divers improve their scuba, as a divemaster candidate you will also be experiencing:
Most of the schooling is 'hands-on' mentorship type of tuition. So, you will be working alongside a PADI Instructor - or in some cases several different instructors to complete various assignments. The PADI® Divemaster program will qualify you to:
The course schedule for dive master training varies. It will depend on how much previous experience you have and how many extra certifications you need to meet the entry requirements.
As a general rule of thumb, it takes most candidates around three (3) weeks of training to complete all of the PADI Divemaster course assignments.
Note: You can complete the course tasks through one of the structured divemaster internships or through a series of practical training exercises.
There are several requirements that you will need to meet before you can enrol in the PADI® Divemaster course, including:
Important: You might be able to use qualifying certifications from other diver training organisations (e.g. BSAC, CMAS, NAUI, SSA, SSI) if they meet the standards required to start PADI Divemaster training.
So now you may be wondering what exactly can a Divemaster do after getting certified? In most cases, they will play an assisting role with a qualified instructor - in the water and during classroom sessions.
One common duty for a divemaster after certification is leading certified scuba divers as a guide during underwater diving adventures.
If you end up working at a dive shop, you may also spend much of your day filling air tanks, cleaning the gear, and helping with roster calls.
Other activities that divemasters can do, may include:
They can also lead divers who have successfully completed a DSD experience on further guided dives. But, each participant must have already made the first DSD dive with an instructor. All DSD participants must:
Another question you may be asking is what courses can PADI Divemasters teach after they have completed their training assignments. After paying PADI membership fees, they will be qualified to teach:
Extra training means you may also get qualified to teach other courses, such as:
Another way to earn extra income, such as when bad weather stops you being in the water, is to teach the so-called 'dry' specialties.
Divemasters can get certified by a PADI Course Director to teach any of the following:
Important: *All prices are subject to change without prior notice and assume all prerequisites have been met to start the course. The price does not include any specialised training manuals, PADI® membership fees, or scuba equipment required to meet the diving assignments. All deposits are considered non-refundable.
In fact, several factors will influence the exact length of the dive master course, including the dive center you choose and how much time you have.
In general, completion of the PADI Divemaster course should take around fifty (50) hours for most divers who already have the Rescue Diver certification.
Nonetheless, you can speed up the process by completing the scuba diving theory eLearning™ sessions in advance (e.g. if you have a short time frame).
Important: You should allocate a little extra time if you plan on completing additional internship training to become PADI DSD Leader.
That's a tough question to answer! Generally speaking, you should be asking any prospective trainer how much experience they have and what facilities they have to offer you.
Please check out our FAQ of scuba diving and take a look through our customer testimonials to get some idea of what you need to know before making a decision about PADI Divemaster training in Thailand.
The scuba diving buddy system is a safety rule that pairs two or more divers together. Moreover, the group should also perform the standardised pre-dive safety check (BWRAF) before entering the water.
Nonetheless, PADI does consent to a type of 'solo diving' through the Self-Reliant Diver certification course, which is available in Pattaya, Thailand.
Divers share a common responsibility to protect and conserve nature. As a result, passive interaction with aquatic animals helps to safeguard delicate and sensitive sea life.
A certain level of well-being and general fitness is needed to carry out scuba activities. Thus, you may need to get written approval from a physician before you go diving.
You can download the online version of the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire to check if your current medical status will require a physician's approval.
Note: You should not ask dive staff (e.g. divemasters, instructors) for medical advice and clearance to go diving. Instead, you can contact the Divers Alert Network (DAN) if you have questions about your medical fitness to dive.
The 'mentor' relationship between a trainer and the divemaster in training (DMT) is likened to that of the professor and the apprentice.
A bond of genuine trust and confidence develops as the divemaster course progresses and serves as role model behaviour for the dive students to emulate.
When you become a PADI Divemaster you are ready to enter into the professional level of leadership and management. You have sharp rescue skills, enhanced specialty qualifications, and at least sixty (60) dives logged.
Diving in a bit deeper...
Divemasters have reached the first level in scuba professionalism. Furthermore, they have completed the ideal preparation for becoming an instructor's assistant.
You will have been subjected to thorough scuba diving tests and performance evaluation before earning the coveted status.
Although the course can actually be completed in just over a week of training, the divemaster internship is the preferred method for certification. Interns can spend many months shadowing an instructor with:
Divemaster interns also prove to be extremely popular with dive schools because they fill an "unenviable" role of being the general "gofer" (similar to a builder's labourer).
Even so, this practical application is extremely important for any trainee to experience. It could prove to be a strong foundation if you progress into the next level of scuba professionals, the OWSI.
The short video [3:13 seconds] presented by PADI outlines what to expect during your Divemaster course training.
Note: Check the Free Introduction to PADI Divemaster course or contact a PADI® Instructor Development Center (IDC) for further information about becoming a PADI Professional. Click here to contact Scuba Steve in Thailand for a personal reply.