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PADI Divemaster Course

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 program. 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.

Class Dates

Winter 2016 – 5 classroom sessions, 5 pool sessions, 4 open water sessions (December – March). Call for Dates.

Spring 2017 – 5 classroom sessions, 5 pool sessions, 4 open water sessions (March – June). Call for Dates.

Summer 2017 – 5 classroom sessions, 5 pool sessions, 4 open water sessions (June – August). Call for Dates.


$625.00 plus books and materials, PADI application fee and required dives*

*You need 40 logged dives to start the Divemaster program, and 60 to finish. In the interest of helping our Advanced or Rescue students log the dives they need to start the Divemaster program, Charleston Scuba offers ample opportunities to dive Trophy Lakes free of charge while assisting with Open Water Scuba classes. We also have an excellent crew internship program on our dive boat, the Trinity, during which divemaster candidates can dive for half price on the charter (when space is available) while completing their coursework. It’s one the be biggest perks of the program!

What You Learn

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You 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 scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

As you progress through your Divemaster course, you’ll expand your diving knowledge, hone you skills and increase your confidence. Then, as a PADI divemaster, you’ll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the joy of seeing them transformed by the majesty of the the aquatic realm.

What You Can Teach

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

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Teach the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Teach the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Teach the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently teach the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • 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.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.
It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.
The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Divemaster crew pack 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 pack. Please ask your PADI Instructor for the full list of required materials that you will need for the program.


To take this course, you must be:

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


Full payment for the course is due at booking. Any cancellations or scheduling changes made less than one week before any class will result in forfeiture of the the full cost of the course. We will do our best to accommodate students who cancel for family and medical emergencies.