The first step in the professional ranks of diving is Divemaster. This level of diver certification is very hard to describe, since it takes into account a variety of skills, abilities, and knowledge. The single most used term when speaking of the Divemaster is responsibility. The Divemaster is responsible for people, planning, orienting, and of course, safe diving.
In other diver certifying agencies, the divemaster course consists of a heavy emphasis on diver rescue training. PADI's philosophy is to make rescue training a prerequisite to becoming a Divemaster. Therefore, in order to qualify for the PADI Divemaster program, you must be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver and have at least 40 logged dives. In addition, all Divemaster candidates must be eighteen years of age.
The course is divided into knowledge development, water skills development, and practical application sessions and workshops.
A complete synopsis of the course performance objectives and requirements may be found here.
Because of the nature of the Divemaster program, it is generally conducted with the utmost in flexibility according to YOUR schedule. Particular sessions will be dependent on certain considerations, such as weather, availability of facilities, etc. and these would be discussed with the candidate as needed.
The Divemaster course is hard work, studying, and sometimes frustrating, but ask those who have this rating and they will tell you it's definitely worth the time and effort!Still have questions? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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