To enroll in the PADI or SSI Divemaster course you need to be:
At least 18 years old (15 for SSI NON-Professional rating)
Be an Advanced Open Water Diver and a Rescue Diver (or proof of qualifying certification from another training organisation)
Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary Care (or qualifying First Aid & CPR training from another organisation) trained & certified within the last 24 months
Have at least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives for certification
Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (available here) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
Course price from:
SSI Dive Guide - US$899.00
SSI Dive Master - US$999.00
PADI Dive Master - US$1,199.00
Prices include all digital training materials, tuition and equipment
Please note that the PADI/SSI Divemaster fees are payable directly to PADI or SSI.
SHORT COURSE VS. INTERNSHIP
The short intensive course: This can take just between 8 and 14 days (depending on training agency), during which you will cover all the requirements of the Divemaster course.
The internship: If you have some time to spare, enroll for our Divemaster internship. During this time you will get plenty of hands-on training, as well as the opportunity to get a glimpse of the day-to-day running of a dive centre.
Whichever option you choose, we are happy to help with finding affordable accommodation!
THERE ARE 9 THEORY SECTIONS WE WILL COVER DURING YOUR COURSE
There is a video and knowledge review for each of the section, and an exam at the end of the course. Once you have completed your knowledge reviews, your instructor will go through them with you to give you examples of real life applications and answer any questions you may have. The PADI Divemaster course is also available on PADI eLearning. The SSI Divemaster has all the theory and knowldge reviews on the SSI Website or App for free. This will reduce classroom time, which may be particularly important if you are choosing the short, intensive course option, however, due to course material costs, we are unable to offer any discounts for PADI eLearning.
AS PART OF YOUR COURSE YOU WILL COMPLETE 5 WATERSKILLS EXERCISES
Exercise 1 is the 400m swim. This will take place along our beautiful beach in Hillsborough.
Exercise 2 is the float - you will need to tread water for 15 minutes (or just lie back & relax!) with your hands out of the water for the last 2 minutes.
Exercise 3 is the 800m swim with snorkelling equipment.
Exercise 4 is the timed inert diver tow - tow or push your buddy over a distance of 100m in full scuba equipment!
Exercise 5 is a great fun challenge: Exchange all your equipment (except wetsuits & weights!) with that of your buddy while buddy breathing! Or, 25m underwater swim.
PRACTISE ALL 24 OPEN WATER SCUBA & SKIN DIVING SKILLS
At Deefer Diving we place great emphasis on skills mastery. While you will not be expected to perform all skills to demonstration standards, we will train with you to make sure you are comfortable with all skills and improve your buoyancy control. You will need to perform one skill to demonstration standard: mask removal & replacement. Skills practice can be fun too - take part in our Cooooool Divemaster skills challenge and get your video on YouTube!
COMPLETE RESCUE EXERICE 7: RESPOND TO AN UNRESPONSIVE NON-BREATHING DIVER
During this part of the course we will practise our diver rescue skills: you will need to locate and surface an unresponsive diver, check for breathing and call for help, then move the diver to safety while administering rescue breaths and de-kitting both yourself and the victim, then safely exit the water with the unconscious diver.
You will also put together an Emergency Assistance Plan (EAP) listing instructions & phone numbers to be used in case of a diving emergency.
YOU WILL COMPLETE 5 PRACTICAL SKILLS & PROJECTS DURING THE DIVEMASTER COURSE
Skill 1: Dive site set up & management - can you remember all the steps and the equipment required? Meet & greet divers and offer assistance where needed.
Skill 2: Survey one of the dive sites and create a detailed map that other divers can follow - no artist's skills required!
Skill 3: Dive briefing - conduct a dive briefing for a familiar dive site
Skill 4 Search & Recovery - learn & practise search patterns and use lift bags to recover objects safely
Skill 5: Deep dive scenario - prepare & complete a deep dive paying attention to necessary safety procedures
THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE PROGRAMS YOU CAN SUPPORT AS A PADI DIVEMASTER
We will practice these with your buddies acting as students in scenarios and workshops and thereby build you confidence for the real thing!
Workshop 1: How to conduct the Re-Activate Program in confined water.
In Workshop 2 you'll learn how to brief & conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and supervise snorkellers.
Workshop 3: Assist on a Discover Scuba Diving Program in confined water.
Workshop 4: Lead Discover Scuba Diving participants on an additional open water dive.
During Workshop 5 you will brief & lead a dive as part of the Discover Local Diving Program.
ASSIST ON COURSES AND LEAD DIVES!
Being a Divemaster is fun and rewarding! In this section you get to assist on courses, work with students and lead certified divers during 4 practical assessments.
During Practical Assessment 1 you will be helping with Open Water students in confined water.
In Practical Assessment 2 you will assist on the open water dives portion of a Open Water course.
Practical Assessment 3 will cover a ConEd course like a Advanced Open Water or Rescue course, in which you will assist.
For Practical Assessment 4 you will brief and lead certified divers on a dive.
Here is a list of the equipment you will need on your course and as a Divemaster. We would recommend buying your own if possible, so that you can practice skills and grow confident using the same equipment on your course that you will later use for work. If you're not sure what equipment is right for you, just email us, and we will be happy to make recommendations! You will need the following:
Fins, mask & snorkel
Regulator with an alternate air source
Pressure gauge (an SPG attached to your regulator or a transmitter linked to your dive computer)
Depth & time monitoring device - we recommend buying a dive computer, which will also help when planning & logging your dives
BCD knife or diver's tool
One audible & one visible signalling device - we recommend a whistle and a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) that can be deployed by filling it with air from your alternate air source or primary.