PADI Divemaster supervising a safety stop after a deep dive to 30m on Phuket

PADI Divemaster Course: FROM 38,000 THB

Want to turn your love of scuba diving into more than just a “simple hobby” and get PAID to go diving? If so the the PADI Divemaster course is for you!

The first step to becoming a PADI Dive Pro first step is your Indepth PADI Divemaster Course on Phuket. On this exciting course you will learn how to organize safe, fun and professional scuba diving trips. This includes boat briefings, dive planning, dive briefings and generally learn how to safely and enjoyably supervise certified divers.

PADI Divemaster Candidates develop a high level of personal diving skills and instructor level Dive Theory. They also receive significant training in how to assist PADI Instructors both in the pool and in the sea. Divemaster candidates also learn how to independently conduct  a number of PADI courses independently of a PADI Instructor

What are you waiting for? Start a life most people only dream of …

  • Duration: 2 Weeks – 2+ Months
  • Pre-requisites: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Rescue Diver, Logged 40 scuba dives, EFR Primary & Secondary Care training within 24 months, Diving Medical
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Digital/Online Study: Yes
  • Availability: Daily
  • Group Size: 4:1
  • Personal Tuition: N/A

PADI Divemaster: your first Professional Scuba Diving Rating!

Now is your chance to turn your love of scuba diving into more than a hobby. As a certified PADI Divemaster you are able to be employed in the Dive Industry. Yes you can get PAID to go diving! And you would also be qualified to enter a PADI Instructor Development Course, which is most peoples next step.

During your Indepth PADI Divemaster Internship Course on Phuket you will learn how to run a dive boat. This means from getting the divers on the boat, organizing their equipment, giving Boat Briefings and Dive Site briefings. Divemaster candidates learn how to safely guide certified divers on dives while giving them an awesome time underwater. After the trip you will need to make sure they are on the correct minibus back to their hotel.

Another part of the Divemaster Course is learning how to how to assist a PADI Instructor on a variety of PADI Courses and programs. In addition to learning how to independently conduct certain programs. These include Discover Scuba Diving, Discover Local Diving, PADI ReActivate and The PADI Skin Diver Course. You will be able to teach all of these PADI programs / courses yourself once you are certified.

Indepth is a PADI IDC & TecRec Dive Centre and authorized Poseidon Rebreather Dealer and Service Centre. As such you will have a Poseidon MKVI and Poseidon Se7en Rebreather Orientation on your PADI Divemaster Course. If participating in one of our longer Divemaster programs you should be able to test dive the unit. You could also add the PADI Rebreather Course to your Divemaster Package. Our Tec Instructor Trainer will also give you an Orientation to Tec Diving.

We tailor each Indepth PADI Divemaster Internship Course to the individual Divemaster Candidate's needs, wants and preferences. Therefore the information we are giving here applies to all PADI Divemaster Courses.

Please read the information below and then e-mail us with your thoughts. We can then prepare you tailor-made Indepth PADI Divemaster Internship / Course as there are many options. These include:

  • Two week PADI Divemaster Course?
  • One month PADI Divemaster Internship Course?
  • Two month PADI Divemaster Internship with one month / 90 dives hands-on Boat diving experience?

Please Contact Us and let us know your experience to date. Very important as well is how many days or months you would have to take your PADI Divemaster Course?

Are you looking to become a PADI Instructor and would you be looking for work afterwards? Are you looking at working in Thailand, Asia or elsewhere in the world? If so please let us know as we have many, many contacts around the world.

The PADI Divemaster Course

This can be roughly be split into four sections. However note that these tend to run in an integrated format rather than one after the other.

  • Knowledge Development: This is your Divemaster Knowledge Reviews, Emergency Assistance Plan, Dive Theory and Final Exams.
  • Waterskills Development: The Watermanship Exercises (swim tests), Dive Rescue (review of some of the skills from the PADI Rescue Diver Course.) Also a Dive Skills Workshop (The PADI Skill Circuit) where you will learn how to demonstrate skills at the PADI Instructor level.
  • Practical Application: Practical Skills such as Dive Site Set Up and Management, as well as The Mapping Project. There is also Deep Dive Scenario and Search and Recovery Scenario. And lastly Divemaster-Conducted Programs Workshops where you will teach some programs like ReActivate, Discover Scuba Diving.
  • Practical Assessments: This is where you will work with an Indepth PADI Instructor assisting them with Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water. As well as Open Water Diver Students in Open Water, Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water.  There is also a Certified Divers in Open Water Dive such as the PADI Wreck Specialty Diver Course, PADI Advanced Open Water Course and so on.
Knowledge Development

You can start your PADI Divemaster Course with Divemaster Online. The Knowledge Development part of the PADI Divemaster Course is done through a mixture of Independent Study and classroom presentations. As with most PADI course you will first need to complete the Knowledge Reviews found at the end of each Chapter in the Divemaster Manual. There is also the PADI Divemaster DVD which needs to be watched. The DVD has a number of things you will no doubt want to come back to later in your course. The Divemaster Skill Circuit is one as the DVD has demonstrations of all the skills.

Before certification you will need to complete the two part PADI Divemaster Exam scoring the usual 75% or higher on each. Your instructor will go through the exams with you reviewing anything you got wrong. As well as anything you want to know more about of course.

Indepth Divemaster Reviews

Your Indepth PADI Divemaster Course will prepare you adequately for these Exams. We regularly conduct a 3 day indepth review of Dive Theory every month for our PADI IDC Candidates. We encourage ALL our Divemaster Candidates to attend as much as of any IDCs with us that they can. Not only does this show you what your next step is. But you also learn a lot from seeing what is being taught, even if you are only taking your PADI Divemaster!

If you haven’t done so already, you will learn to use the RDP Table and eRDPML during the Decompression Theory presentation. Most candidates already have an RDP Table from their PADI Open Water Course. The eRDPML comes with your PADI Divemaster Crewpack.

Also on the PADI Divemaster course you will individually prepare an Emergency Assistance Plan, similar to the one you did on your PADI Rescue Diver Course. Some of you may find this a little different if you did your PADI Rescue Diver Course in the USA or Australia for example. This is because Thailand does not have the same Emergency Services in place as the Western World.

On Phuket our scuba diving dive sites vary from the beach, to the King Cruiser Ship Wreck. This would be one and half hours away from Phuket. Depending on he time of year it could be for the world-famous Similan Islands. Remember this means 2-3 hours away by speedboat from the mainland and two hours’ drive North of Phuket. Phuket is where the nearest Recompression Chamber on the West Coast of Thailand is located.

Water skills development

Swim tests

Here you will complete five water skills exercises earning a combined score of at least 15. However you will be pleased to know that there is no passing score for any single exercise. But don't be lazy! Please try and do your best and score a 5.0 on each.

Exercise 1: 400m Swim: swim 400 meters nonstop without swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes.

Exercise 2: 15 minute Tread: tread water or float. Doesn't matter how you do it, however no swimming or floating aids wearing and for 15 minutes. In addition both of your hands need to be out of the water for the last two minutes.

Exercise 3: 800m: swim 800 m face down using mask, snorkel, fins and without stopping or using flotation aids or your arms to swim.

Exercise 4: 100m Diver Tow: tow (or push) a diver for 100m at the surface without any assistance. Both divers must be wearing full scuba equipment.

Exercise 5: Equipment Exchange: otherwise known as “The Stress Test.” This is a confined water exercise where you demonstrate your ability to effectively respond to an unusual / unexpected situation underwater. You do this by exchanging scuba equipment (except exposure suits and weights) with a buddy while sharing a single regulator.

Diver Rescue

In this Exercise you will: Respond to an unresponsive, non-breathing diver including these steps:

  • Enter the water, locate and surface a submerged diver who is about 25 meters/yards away
  • Turn the diver face up and establish buoyancy.
  • Remove the diver’s mask and regulator, open the airway and check for breathing.
  • Call for help.
  • Give two initial rescue breaths. Continue with an effective rescue breath every five seconds with no or very few interruptions.
  • Tow the diver to safety while protecting the airway, continuing rescue breathing.
  • Remove both sets of equipment (Equipment handlers allowed).
  • Exit the water with the diver. Assistance allowed only when physical challenges or the environment.
PADI Divemaster Skill Circuit Dive and Skills Demonstration Workshop.

In this part of the Divemaster Course you will develop Instructor level demonstration dive skills. During the final evaluation each skill must score at least 3 points with a total of 82 points needed. You will also need at least one underwater skill scoring 5 points. Candidates must also practice and perform a role model Mask Removal and Replacement demonstration scoring at least a 4.0.

You will be practicing this is regularly throughout your Indepth PADI Divemaster Course. For example when you assisting your Instructor teaching student divers in the pool and also in Divemaster Course workshops. Whenever possible we bring you into one of our PADI Instructor Development (IDC) Prep courses. This is so you can join the IDC Candidates in the pool and watch their demonstrations and practice your own. Also you get to hear our PADI Course Director giving feedback on soon to be PADI Instructors!

Practical Application

The Practical Application part of the Divemaster Course makes up the largest part of the course. This gives our Indepth PADI Divemaster candidates the practical hands-on training needed to become a good Divemaster.

Practical Skills
Skill 1: Dive Site Set Up and Management

This skill prepares candidates to organize and manage the pre-dive preparation at the actual dive site. This is part of your job whether you are supervising certified divers or acting as an instructional assistant for a PADI Instructor teaching a course. As Divemasters should always be involved in all the logistics and dive trip management. As mentioned this includes meeting customers when they arrive, looking after your customers throughout the day as any working Divemaster would do.

Skill 2: Mapping Project

We usually give you a choice of which Phuket dive sites you would like to map as everyone has their favorites. On this dive you will plan, brief and perform a mapping survey and then make a detailed map of the dive site. As such this will need to include: underwater depths, corals, sand, rocks and points of interest. Also any relevant local environmental factors and potential hazards are especially important.

And don’t worry, the planning and the actual dive are much more important than the quality of your artwork! Although we do like to display the best ones in the classrooms, in the shop and on the boats.

Skill 3: Dive Briefing

Here you will conduct a dive briefing for a familiar dive site covering all 10 points listed on the Divemaster Slates. These include Dive Site description, Dive procedures, Safety procedures and entry and exit procedures. Divemaster Candidates then lead a dive following the dive plan covered in the Dive Briefing. Remember to make sure your divers see the marine life you briefed them on and best features of the dive site. Phuket has some cool things like Sea Horses to show your divers!

This will be one of your daily jobs when working as PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor, whether working on a Liveaboard or Day Trip boat.

Skill 4: Search and Recovery Scenario

Here you will go through various Search and Recovery Scenarios that involve different Search Patterns. In fact they are similar to those you were taught on your PADI Rescue Course. On this exercise you will demonstrate a methodical search of an area to find various sized objects. We cover how to tie various knots including the Bowline, Two Half-hitches and Sheet bend. Also safely rig and bring to the surface an object not more than 10kg using an appropriate lifting device. We have several lift-bags that you can try.

Divemaster Candidates who have already completed the PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Course may be credited with having completed this exercise. And if you have not yet done this Specialty Diver Course yet, then this is an awesome opportunity too take it! So consider integrating it into your PADI Divemaster Course!

Skill 5: Deep Dive Scenario.

As you know Deep Diving takes more dive planning and preparation than shallow dives. Therefore, this exercise provides you with some Deep Diving experience under supervision. This is to help prepare them when you will be working as a PADI Divemaster or Instructor supervising deep dives.

This is very important for Divemasters and Instructors working on Phuket. Especially when working on a Similan Island or Burma Liveaboard. We will teach you how to prepare emergency breathing equipment, which we call a “Drop Tank.” Also practice descent and control techniques for deep dives including some compass navigation at depth. And another important thing; practicing safe controlled descents and ascents with and without a reference line.

We can conduct this dive at most of our Phuket Dive Sites. However Ko Dok Mai and the King Cruiser Shipwreck are two of our favorites!

Candidates who have a PADI Deep Specialty Diver certification may be credited with completing this exercise. This is an awesome chance for you to take the  PADI Deep Diver Specialty course. So if you don't have it already consider integrating the Specialty Diver Course into your Indepth PADI Divemaster package.

Divemaster-Conducted Program Workshops

The Divemaster Conducted Programs workshops provide candidates with hands-on experience running some PADI Programs. These are all programs that you will be able to run yourself once you are certified as a PADI Divemaster.

Workshop 1

Reactivate in Confined Water. This workshop prepares you to independently conduct a PADI Reactivate program for certified scuba divers.

Workshop 2

Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision. We can focus this workshop on preparing you to teach the PADI Skin Diver course. Or on showing you how to lead snorkeling tours and supervise snorkelers. Phuket dive sites are excellent for either of these.

Workshop 3

Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water. This workshop introduces you to teaching basic scuba diving skills to non-divers. We usually conduct this in one of two purpose built pools. However this can also be run easily in confined water off one of Phuket spectacular beaches.

Workshop 4

Discover Scuba Diving Program Additional Open Water Dive. This takes the Discover Scuba Diving participants into Open Water. This will help you really understand the extra precautions and various supervisory roles needed when working with non-certified divers.

Workshop 5

Discover Local Diving in Open Water. This is practice at evaluating dive site conditions and planning the dive based on the abilities of your divers and giving role-model Dive Briefing. You will also lead the dive, focusing on the scuba diving techniques or environmental features you briefed them on.

Practical Assessments

During this part you will work as a PADI Certified Assistant with your Instructor teaching student divers on various PADI Courses. If you are not able to work with real student divers, such as you are taking a 2 week DM course or the course you want to assist on in not scheduled. Then we have an option for certified divers to role-play being your student divers. We will assign them with some real-life problems for you to deal with. This is in order to prepare you for when you are certified and doing this by yourself for real. This is also what is done on the IDC when teaching PADI Instructors.

Practical Assessment 1 - Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water

On this exercise you will assist an Instructor on a number of Open Water Course Confined Water Dives. This includes helping organise pre-dive equipment setup and supervising student divers not under the direct supervision of the Instructor. As well as helping a student diver with any difficulties that might come up. And of course responding to or preventing problems should they occur. You will also hopefully get the chance to  demonstrating some of the skills. However this will depend on which course you are assisting with.

Practical Assessment 2 - Open Water Diver Students in Open Water

Here you will work with your Instructor in assessing an open water training site for suitability for training entry-level divers. Again you will organise the equipment and prepare for the dive such as deploying descent lines or setting up a Drop-tank for a Deep Dive. You will also be looking after student divers not under the direct supervision of the instructor. This means responding and / or preventing problems, as well as leading student divers on the tour portion of the dive. This can be done once the skills have been assessed by the Course Instructor.

Practical Assessment 3 - Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water

Now you will assist your PADI Instructor with some PADI Continuing Education Courses. Some of the popular ones on Phuket include the PADI Advanced Open Water Course or a PADI Specialty Diver Course or two. You will be helping with the logistics before, during and after the dive. You are also able to independently lead continuing education student divers during their training dives. This includes giving them feedback, signing logbooks and giving your feedback to your instructor.

Practical Assessment 4 - Certified Divers in Open Water

On this dive you will be running your own dive for certified divers, by doing everything that you would if you were working as a Divemaster. This includes helping divers with setting up their dive equipment. At the dive site making environmental and diver assessments and giving the Dive Briefing, setting out the dive plan. You will also need to account for buddy teams entering and exiting the water. The Dive Roster is very important and needs to be kept up to date throughout the trip. All of this is exactly the same as you will be doing when working as a certified PADI Divemaster.

Professionalism

ALL Divemaster Candidates are expected to display professionalism throughout the course. The areas of evaluation include; attitude, punctuality, appearance and interaction with others divers. Also your care for the environment, care of equipment and showing the positive attributes expected of a role-model PADI Dive Professional.

Although this appears to be a lot, and it is a lot, it is actually not nearly as much as it might look written here.

REMEMBER: We tailor each Indepth PADI Divemaster Course to the individual Divemaster Candidate needs, wants and preferences. PLEASE read through the information above and then e-mail us with your wants and time frame. We can then prepare your own tailor-made Indepth PADI Divemaster Internship / Course, as there are many options.

Get PAID to dive! Your new life is only just beginning ...

Now you are a PADI Divemaster what is it that you would like to do?
  • Work full-time in the Dive Industry and make a career out of scuba diving?
  • Dive your way round the round the world, working different exotic locations for a few years?
  • Help out at your Local Dive Shop or Club at the weekends?
  • Teach your friends and family to dive and a few other courses on your holidays?

As you can see, now a PADI Pro there are many doors opening for you. “What’s Next” is very much up to you ….

Often by the time you have come as far as PAID Divemaster, you will have found there are certain areas in diving which interest your more than others. And It is often at this juncture in a divers' career that divers start to specialize a bit.

For many, whether they have worked assisting Instructors and realised just how exciting passing on your love of scuba diving is. Or whether it just became the next obvious step in their career?

Many PADI Divemasters take the path to becoming PADI Instructors by completing a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). Indepth Dive Centre is a PADI 5* Instructor Development and TecRec Centre and regularly run PADI Instructor Development Course / IDCs.

Why should I become a PADI Instructor?

Becoming a PADI Instructor offers you many exciting opportunities. For example most dive companies tend to employ PADI Instructors for Divemaster positions for the flexibility this gives the company. Especially in regards to meeting customers’ demands and unexpected situations.

Similarly most Liveaboard operations tend to only employ instructors to work as Divemasters. This is due to the amount of Continuing Education Instructors are able to teach for customers. Particularly popular for Phuket are EANx or Nitrox, Digital Underwater Photography, Deep, Wreck and The Advanced Open Water Course.

Without any doubt your best bet, if you want to work in the recreational scuba diving industry is to become a PADI Instructor. Once you are a PADI Instructor then work in the industry for a year or two and you can in a couple of different locations. After that sit down and decide a few things.

Firstly what you are your favorite scuba diving activities? And secondly, what areas are you going to specialize in?

Many of our past Instructor Candidates have gone on to become PADI Master Instructors, PADI Course Directors or PADI Rebreather Instructors. Some specialized in running Liveaboard boats. Others became professional underwater photographers or videographers. Some Instructors chose to become excellent Dive Centre Retail Staff or Equipment Technicians. In fact many are also now Dive Centre managers and owners.

However the stepping stone into the professional side of the scuba diving industry is the PADI Divemaster Course. Followed by the PADI Instructor Development Course.

Go live the life most people only ever dream of and get PADI to dive. We have ...

Our Indepth best PADI Divemaster Course packages vary from Candidate to Candidate. This is because the length of the course, what's included and the actual schedule often vary from person to person. Please e-mail us for more details.

Examples of Divemaster Pricing Options

Included: tuition fees, boat and pool fees, breakfast and lunch on the boat, tanks and weight rental
Basic Divemaster Course2 weeks39,000 THB
Divemaster Internship1 month49,000 THB
Divemaster Pro Internship2 months69,000 THB
Divemaster / IDC / EFR Inst / EANx Instfrom 79,000 THB
Divemaster and Master Scuba DiverVaries - please enquire
Not included: Divemaster Crew Pack (English) 8,650 THB, Divemaster Application 187 $AUD (2016 price) and Equipment Rental.

PLEASE NOTE: the number of dives logged on each Indepth PADI Divemaster Course varies from Candidate to Candidate, a two week Divemaster Course would probably be 15 dives whereas a two month Divemaster Pro Internship package would be 100+ dives.
For those without their own equipment we specially discounted and put together equipment packages on most major brands such as Poseidon, Scuba Pro, Aqualung, Mares, Seac Sub, OMS, Apex, Suunto and more.