PADI Divemaster Course



Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

What can PADI Divemaster’s do?

  • Work at local dive centres, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations.
  • Assist PADI Instructors with students. 
  • Lead certified Divers on guided dive tours.
  • Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers. 
  • Teach PADI Discover Snorkelling programs.
  • Conduct PADI ReActivate programs for certified divers. 
  • Teach confined Discover Scuba Diver sessions (after successful completion of DSD training.). 
  • Teach Emergency First Response programs after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises, workshops and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Pre-requisites / Requirements

  • 18 years old
  • 40 logged dives to start and 60 logged dives before completion
  • PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent)
  • PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent)
  • EFR certification within the last 2 years
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the last 12 months
    • We ask you to get the HSE Dive medical at this time as it is a requirement to have one to work in the UK and it also means we can use you as a support diver on courses like wreck speciality where we require 2 support divers in the water with the instructor

Included in the Divemaster Package

  • Divemaster and Instructor Manual
  • Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Divemaster Slates
  • Unlimited access to our onsite pool for practice (during shop hours)
  • Special instore discounts on SCUBA equipment
  • Free Air fills at Robin Hood Watersports during your course
    • Doesn’t include Nitrox fills or air fills at Capernwray/Stoney Cove
  • Free Training for the DSMB, Deep and Search & Recovery Specialities (PADI Certification fees and manuals extra)
  • Basic Equipment course including correct use, maintenance and care
  • Compressor Operation
  • Flexible schedule

Course Duration 

We generally recommend you take the summer dive season to complete your divemaster course. This will give you maximum in water time with your instructors and allow you to assist on many different courses during our training weekends. Your time will be split between classroom sessions, pool sessions and weekends away at Capernwray. Once you sign up for the PADI Divemaster course you will sit down with our dive team and discuss the course schedule to fit around our Capernwray weekends and your work schedule.

Equipment Requirements

  • Full set of standard SCUBA equipment – Mask, fins, snorkel, BCD and regulator set with gauge
  • Air Cylinder – 2 recommended
  • Adequate Exposure protection – Drysuit
  • Dive Computer
  • Compass
  • Knife/Cutting device
  • 2 Surface signalling devices – 1 whistle and 1 DSMB
  • Slate and pencil
  • Torch

With the BCD, you can use either wing or jacket style. However, we recommend a jacket style for the added stability it gives you on the surface when dealing with students












  • Entry fees and air fills at Capernwray/Stoney Cove are not included in the course prices
  • PADI Divemaster fees are paid directly to PADI after completion of the course and are not included in the above course costs.