Develop your leadership skills



The PADI Divemaster Course will transform you into a leadership level diver. As a Divemaster you will be able to work as a diver and get paid to go diving!

Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you 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.

What is involved

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study.

You will complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their diving. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship and a series of practical training exercises.

You will complete your dive theory online. On booking you will be sent an access pass so you can complete this prior to your course orientation.

To take this course, you must:

  1. Be 18 years old
  2. Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  3. Be a PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  4. Have an Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care certification (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organisation) – course completion within the past 24 months
  5. Have at least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 logged dives for certification
  6. Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Course Duration

The course runs for a minimum of 11 days. As the course is performance based there are no maximum number of days, you can keep training to gain additional experience.

The first 5 days of training are group training and are scheduled over one evening and two consecutive weekends. The last six training days are individual training sessions and are arranged to suit your schedule at the end of your group training.

Orientation Night

Course introduction and meet and greet.

Weekend One

Saturday 8am:
Dive theory review / Waterman-ship and stamina evaluations

Sunday 8am:
Divemaster conducted programs workshop – confined water
– Key skill demonstrations and practice
– Scuba Review
– Skin Diver
– Discover scuba

Weekend Two

Saturday 8am:
– Boat Deep dive orientation
– Practical applications
– Dive briefings
– Mapping / Emergency Assistance Plan
– Dive site setup and management
– Search and Recovery Dive

Sunday 8am:
– Rescue diver practice & evaluation
– Divemaster conducted programs workshop – open water
– Discover local diving and Discover scuba diving

Remaining Days

After day one to four is complete you will then complete the rest of your internship training and practical assessments with our Dive Centre Manly instructors and staff.

Day 6: Open water dive students in confined water
Day 7: Open water diver students in open water
Day 8: Continuing education students in open water
Day 9: Certified divers in open water
Day 10: Shop orientation
Day 11: Van assist and tank filling

Equipment Requirements

By enrolling in a Divemaster course you’ve demonstrated that you’re serious about your diving and as a diving professional it is important that you invest in your own gear. The demands of professional diving are very different to an infrequent recreational diver and as such place additional demands on your equipment to suit. We have 30 plus years of instructing experience to draw on and can help you select the best equipment for your needs.

Tank and weight rental are included in the course cost. The regulators and BCD can be hired for $300 for the duration of the course (up to the required 60 dives) – this is refundable against purchasing a regulator and BCD package from us.

Your own personal equipment: Mask, snorkel, boots, fins and wetsuit are not included in the equipment hire and separate hire charges apply. If you do not have your own, we can offer you special student package pricing.

Your safety and the safety of other divers are important and there are a few pieces of additional personal equipment that PADI and Dive Centre Manly standards require you to own and take diving:

  • Dive log book
  • Dive knife
  • SMB (surface marker buoy)
  • Whistle
  • Underwater Slate
  • Pocket mask

Cost: $1,295


  • E-Learning access pass
  • Divemaster course materials, including instructor manual, slates
  • 11 days course tuition
  • Tank and weight hire

Not included:

  • Equipment hire
  • Divemaster Application Fee (Approx AUD$220 as at Jan 2018)

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