PADI Divemaster Course

PHRA NANG Divers - Krabi, Thailand

You glance ahead and see your PADI Divemaster frantically gesturing behind, so you turn and find an eight-meter whale shark. The gentle giant glides by just a few meters away before turning in a graceful arc and swimming back. You get to spend just 45 minutes with the creature, but surface with memories that will last forever.

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At Phra Nang divers we have been training Divemasters for more than 10 years and our highly qualified and experienced staff will help you get the most out of your training. We treat our Divemaster candidates like customers, not like slaves, so you can focus on learning the material and not on carrying tanks.

There is a common misconception that the "internship" option is the "free" Divemaster course, this is not true. With the internship you work with actual students as opposed to shop staff simulating students. We feel the internship provides a far better learning experience and it is the only option we teach.

Many divemaster candidates don't realize that their instructor level training begins with the PADI Divemaster course. The PADI Instructor Development Program assumes that all components of the Divemaster course have been mastered and does not re-cover any of the confined waters skills or knowledge development. The PADI IDC assumes you got a good divemaster course, so you owe it to yourself to get one.
Course prerequisites:

* Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have an equivalent rating.
* Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or have an equivalent rating. (If equivalent candidate must submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months.)
* Have completed and logged at least 20 dives as documented by the individual's personal logbook. Note: 60 dives are required to complete the program.
* Be at least 18 years old at the start of training.
* Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive


Much of the Divemaster learning is self-directed and while the motivated candidate can complete the program in two weeks, allowing a month makes for a more relaxed pace and gives plenty of time for all the course objectives to be met.

Required materials (supplied)

* PADI Divemaster Manual
* The PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving

Recommended materials

* PADI Instructor Manual.
* The PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook

Course Requirements

The candidate must have completed and logged at least 60 dives as documented by the individual's personal logbook. These dives must include experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.

Knowledge Development:
* Candidates must read the PADI Divemaster Manual and complete all the Knowledge Reviews
* There are eight exams: Physics, Physiology and First Aid, Equipment, Decompression Theory and the RDP, Dive Skills and the Environment, Supervising Activities for Certified Divers, Supervising Student Divers in Training, and PADI Divemaster Conducted Programs.
* Each divemaster candidate must complete an Emergency Assistance Plan

Stamina and Water Skills:
Candidates must perform four exercises. Points are awarded from 1-5 based on candidate performance, a minimum of 12 points are required to pass.

1. The candidate must swim 400 meters/yards without stopping using no swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes desired.
2. Using no aids and wearing only a swimsuit, the candidate will stay afloat by treading water, drown proofing, bobbing or floating for 15 minutes, with hands (not arms) out of the water during the last 2 minutes.
3. Using a mask, fins, snorkel and swimsuit only (no BCD or flotation aids) and swimming with the face in the water, the candidate must swim nonstop for 800 meters/yards.
4. Wearing full scuba equipment, the candidate must push or tow an inert diver in full scuba at the surface 100 meters/yards nonstop without assistance.

Rescue Assessment:
Candidates must perform a simulated rescue of an unresponsive, nonbreathing diver. The exercise is pass/fail, but the candidate's performance must be of demonstration quality.

Skill Demonstration:
Candidates must demonstrate the PADI 18 Basic Scuba Skills. Points are awarded from 1 to 5 with a total of 63 points required to pass.

Required Training Exercises:
* Mapping Project
* Equipment Exchange
* Divemaster Conducted Program

Internship Requirements:
Divemaster candidates must participate in at least:
* One PADI Open Water Diver course confined water session.
* Four additional confined water training sessions from any PADI course or program.
* One PADI Open Water Diver course open water training dive.
* One PADI Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver or PADI Specialty Diver course open water training session.
* Three additional open water training dives from any PADI course or program.
* One supervisory situation with certified divers not in a formal course.


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