As a PADI Divemaster you can turn your interest in diving into a career by joining the thousands of diving professionals who work in the recreational dive industry world wide. By completing the course you will gain an intense understanding of diving theory together with exemplary in-water skills. You will also learn how to assist divers in their training and teach certain PADI programmes.
During the course you will study every aspect of diving theory including Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Decompression Theory, the eRDPml, the Environment and the PADI system. Your instructor will tailor the style of teaching to suit the class and logistics. These topics are generally covered in a mix of home study and instructor-led class sessions. Most of them are accompanied by Knowledge Reviews and a 20 question assessment.
Your water fitness and diving skills will be developed to a high level and you will gain a thorough understanding of the psychology of diver training. Your instructor will act as a coach and assistant as you improve your level of diving skills to a level of demonstration quality. Your all-round water fitness will also be assessed. Through a variety of tasks you will learn to work in a team environment, approaching challenges and solving problems with other members of the course.
Once you have progressed through the initial stages of the programme and your instructor has laid the foundations for your development as a PADI Professional you will be encouraged to learn by doing. You will work with students who are learning to dive for the first time in their Open Water course and divers continuing their training through advanced, rescue and specialty training. This gives you experience in dealing with student problems first hand and learning from other Divemasters and Instructors. You will also assist certified divers in planning and executing their dives.
The theory & waterskills portion of the course generally takes 12 to 14 weeks in total with one evening a week together with selected weekends. However the duration Divemaster course revolves fundamentally around the candidate's intention and dedication. Some people like to take their time and gain as much experience as possible while others are eager to dedicate large amounts of time and complete the course perhaps for travelling.
To be eligible for the Divemaster course, you must be 18 years of age or older and have completed up to PADI Rescue level of certification or its equivalent. Your physical health and fitness should be good, during the programme you will be called on to undergo rigorous in-water exercises so you swimming ability needs to be strong. For this reason a signed Medical Statement from your GP is required prior to starting in-water activities.
Divemaster candidates also need to have at least 40 dives logged (60 to complete the course) preferably with recent experience of diving in Irish conditions. If you have not dived in Irish conditions before, its' a good idea to complete an orientation dive just so you can get happy with the type of equipment and temperatures we generally encounter here.
Your first aid and CPR qualification such as the Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary Care programme must be current within 2 years.
As part of the course fee you will receive the complete Divemaster Crew Pack. This now includes the Divemaster manual, the latest complete PADI Instructor Manual , Discover Scuba Diving Cue Card (slate), Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, Diving Knowledge Workbook, application package, emblem, PADI decal, brochures, Divemaster slates, and a PADI Professional bag.
At Divemaster level it is important that you own your own equipment so rental is not included.
For current prices of the Divemaster Course check out our Prices Page.
We run the Divemaster Course at least twice a year, follow the link to our Calendar Page to see our full schedule.
The Divemaster course is a thoroughly reqrding experience. Talk to one of our staff today about becoming a PADI Divemaster. Email Us Now.