Seattle Scuba Schools

PADI Divemaster Course

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Divemaster Course Orientation

The below information outlines information about our Divemaster program. This program has been updated to meet the NEW PADI Divemaster program requirements.

Seattle Scuba; PADI Divemaster Course
Are you ready to join the ranks of the Professionals?

The Scuba Schools'  PADI Divemaster course is the most sought after program of training in dive leadership in the world today.
The PADI Divemaster course is designed to train qualified individuals as dive supervisors. Divemasters are in demand worldwide by diving resorts where they oversee general diving activities and serve as an underwater guides. As the sport diving gains popularity, the demand for the PADI Divemaster is rapidly expanding and with this increase, the value of Divemaster training is readily apparent.
The importance of the Divemaster program to the sport of diving cannot be overstated. The rating denotes an individual who has a high level of personal diving skill, has instructor level knowledge of diving theory, has had significant training in how to assist other divers, and is able to assume a role of responsibility for the welfare of other divers in his or her charge.
The course consists of three phases:
  1. Personal watermanship and scuba skills development.
  2. Knowledge Development: expand your knowledge of diving theory and practice.
  3. Practical application: assists Instructors and Divemasters in teaching dive classes and in supervising groups of divers.
The Divemaster Course is a prerequisite to the PADI Instructor rating and hence the course aims to shape the diver's ability and attitude as professional diving educators.
The goals of Divemaster training are to:
  • Enable the Divemaster to organize, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities; and conduct certain programs independently such as the Scuba Review, Discover Local Diving and other programs. 
  • Enable the Divemaster to effectively act as an instructional assistant.
  • Develop the theoretical diving knowledge of the Divemaster to instructor level.
The Scuba Schools' Divemaster Course is enjoyable, deeply rewarding and a has lasting consequence on the safety of diving in general. Our goal at Scuba Schools is to produce a Divemaster who is confident and competent in his or her abilities and who is ready to take over a leadership role in the diving industry.

Academic Requirements:

In the Divemaster Course you will develop your knowledge of diving in the areas of diver supervision, physics, physiology, equipment, skills & environment and the Recreational Dive Planner through self study. You will then meet for review sessions with other Divemaster Candidates and your instructor to prepare for the Final Exam covering each subject area.
Dive/Water Training Requirements:

Entry Requirements: To begin the Divemaster program you must have have completed the Open Water, Advanced Open Water & Rescue Diver classes (or equivalent) & have 40 logged dives.
Exit Requirements: By the end of the Divemaster program you need to have at least 60 logged dives in a variety of environments including deep, night & limited visibility. 
During the Divemaster Course you will develop your dive skills through various water training exercises: 
Dive Skills Workshop - you will practice the basic skills of the beginner level programs until you have 'demonstration quality' dive skills - enabling you to demonstrate them to beginner level divers as needed
Practical Applications - you will demonstrate appropriate set-up of a training area, learn how to give a dive briefing, map a dive site, demonstrate safe Deep Diving and appropriate Search and Recovery techniques.... 
Program Specific Workshops: During the program in addition to working on your skills as a training assistant and certified diver supervisor, you will learn how to conduct the programs that you will be certified to complete independently after you gain the Divemaster rating - Scuba Review, Discover Local Diving, Discover Scuba Diving, Skin Diving & Snorkeling....
Working with Classes: You will work with classes alongside an instructor in order to hone your skills as an instructional assistant.   

You can begin the Divemaster course at any time.
To begin you will need the following Divemaster Course materials:
Any items you do not already own can be purchased from  Scuba Schools.
PADI Divemaster Crew-Pak: 311
 Contains the following: 
  • Divemaster Manual
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving (Paper)
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Divemaster Slates
  • Instructor Manual 
  • Discover Scuba Cue Card 
  • PADI Pro Bag 
  • PADI Pro Logbook
  • Divemaster Emblem
  • Divemaster Application
You will also need to have:
  • Recreational Dive Planner (eRDPML version): $33.00
  • Recreational Dive Planner (Table Version): $16.00
  • Access to the manuals for Open Water, Advanced Open Water & Rescue Diver classes

Course Tuition $595
Tuition covers course all enrollment fees & water training expenses.

Upon completion of the program there will be an application fee ($99 in 2013) which will need to be sent directly to PADI along with the application paperwork.

The student will be expected to own or rent all equipment required for the course. We have top quality gear for rent should you not choose to purchase your own at this time. If renting from us it will be available to you at 50% the normal rental fee. 

Students enrolled in the Divemaster class in the Seattle area will be eligible for a gear purchase discount of 10% during the class. 

Time Commitment
Academic Sessions: 8 - 10 evenings
Pool Training Evenings:  4
Open Water Training Sessions: 
4 days for workshops & training,
4 - 5 weekends for internships


For more information on any of our training programs email us at:
Scuba Schools

Seattle: 206-284-2350
Tacoma: 253-256-1759

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