Become a dive professional


The Divemaster Course is the first professional-level certification. During the course, you will learn how to work with divers, lead certified divers, and act as a dive guide showing divers underwater dive sites and the marine life that inhabits those dive sites. You will increase your knowledge about physics and physiology as well as increase your proficiency with your scuba and snorkeling skills.

Who this course is for:

  • The advanced diver interested in working in the dive industry as a professional dive guide or moving on to become an instructor

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Advanced certification with verifiable experience in deep, navigation, night, and limited visibility specialties
  • Certified Rescue Diver
  • Current CPR, first aid, and oxygen provider
  • 40 logged dives

What you can expect to learn:

  • Standards and procedures
  • Code of ethics and professionalism of a Divemaster
    • Physics and physiology of diving
    • Medical problems related to diving
    • Use of dive computers and tables
    • Diving environment
    • Dive planning and dive management control
    • Problem-solving
    • Underwater and surface communications
    • Diver assistance
    • Avoiding out-of-air and emergency situations
    • Recommended safe diving practices
    • Boat diving procedures
    • Shore/beach diving procedures
    • Night diving procedures
    • Accident management
    • Emergency procedures
  • Leadership development
    • Planning group dives
    • Divemaster checklists and logs

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • 800-meter swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes
  • 400-meter swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes
  • Scuba skills
    • In water, transport another diver in full scuba equipment at a quick pace for 4 minutes
    • Demonstrate a complete rescue scenario satisfactorily
    • Perform underwater skills with and without a mask
    • Swim on the surface, in full scuba equipment, using the snorkel, 100 meters
  • Bring a diver, simulating unconsciousness, up from a depth, not greater than 6 meters/20 feet; at the surface swim them 100 meters in less than 4 minutes
    • Dive preparation and planning
    • Briefing and debriefing
    • Group control
    • Problem recognition and solving
    • Out-of-air emergency alternatives

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may assist instructors during courses, as well as supervise and conduct dives for certified divers

How to take this course!