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. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, 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.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you.

Rescue Divers who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Divemaster course. You also need to have:

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months (We can train you in this as part of your Divemaster course)
  • medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • At least 40 logged dives to begin the course

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask your PADI Instructor.


The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and 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

You may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor.


As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices (one audible and one visual). All Divemaster Candidates will need a pocket mask. We strongly encourage our candidates to speak to one of our dive professionals about the best gear for their career goals. While there is a lot of great dive gear out there, not all of it is ideal for working as a dive professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it like being a PADI Divemaster?

Have you ever spent time while at work wishing you could be diving? You could be! PADI Divemasters dive all over the world and are an integral part of the SCUBA diving world. Divemasters take visitors and locals diving and show off their favorite dive sites. Divemasters also assist with classes and provide crucial help to new divers. Divemasters also work on dive charters and cruises, traveling around the world, diving! 

Why should I do my Divemaster program at Beyond Land Adventures?

There are many places that a student can start the Divemaster program, but none will parallel the experience and learning available at an elite PADI Dive Center with exceptional dive staff. We specialize in training future dive instructors and Divemasters. Our program is not about checking off boxes on a list, but rather about a combination of knowledge development, mentoring, experience, and challenge. If you are looking for the “easy Divemaster program”, then we are definitely not the right shop for you. If you are looking to be challenged and mentored so that you can become an exceptional Divemaster, give us a call! 

I am happy with my job, but I want to learn more about diving and improve my skills; can I still take the Divemaster course?

Absolutely! Divemaster is the first professional level certification, but that does not mean you have to work if you are a Divemaster. Many divers take the Divemaster course just to improve their understanding about diving and challenge themselves to improve their dive skills. Regardless of whether you work in the industry or not, the Divemaster course will brand you as an exceptional diver and subject-matter expert. 

What are the prerequisites to starting the Divemaster course?

To begin the Divemaster program, you will need to have the Advanced Open Water certification, Rescue Diver certification, a current, within the last two years, CPR/First Aid certification, and 40 logged dives. If you have any questions about these requirements or need help with them, please give us a call at (619) 366 – 6266 or email us at