Course Summary
Credit Type:
Self-paced (50 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 leadership/activity management


The course is designed to bring a diver's knowledge and skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops leadership abilities, qualifying candidates to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes, judgment and skills for supervising certified divers in shore-based and boat-based diving activities
  • demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes, judgment and skills for assisting with training divers in PADI courses
  • demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes, judgment and skills for independently conducting specific PADI programs for certified divers and non-divers (e.g., ReActivate, Discover Snorkeling, PADI Skin Diver course, and Discover Local Diving)
  • demonstrate knowledge of dive theory, water skills and rescue skills to the levels necessary to enter the PADI Assistant Instructor course and the PADI Instructor Development Course

General Topics:

  • The role and characteristics of a PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising diving activities
  • Assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs
  • Specialized skills and activities
  • The business of diving
  • Your career awareness of the dive environment
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises
  • Work-based Learning

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Evaluation of performance mastery during confined and open water training sessions, exercises, and workshops

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

Other offerings from PADI Americas, Inc.