PADI Divemaster Course
The PADI Divemaster builds on what you learned in the PADI rescue diver course and creates dive leaders. As a PADI Divemaster working in the Philippines you might find yourself guiding certified divers from a beautiful tropical beach in Boracay, assisting a PADI Instructor with an Open Water Course in Moalboal, spotting some incredible marine life for underwater photographers from a liveaboard in Tubbataha reef, or running a PADI reactivate course for some returning divers in Anilao. It’s an amazing job, and a lifestyle that most people will spend their lives dreaming about.
Our Divemaster courses are conducted exclusively by our award-winning Instructor Development Team, made up of PADI Course Directors, Technical Instructor Trainers, Master Instructors, and IDC Staff Instructors, your average dive center does not have that experience available to you. We run our courses with the end goal in mind, to create competent and capable dive professionals.
The PADI Divemaster course is made up of three distinctive parts. The first is academics, this is a combination of independent study using e-learning and instructor-led presentations in the classroom, if you have the opportunity to do so we recommend completing the e-learning prior to your arrival, but we can arrange for this whilst you are here if need be. Secondly, we have in-water training, we take those skills you have been learning since your open water course, and help you refine those into expert level, demonstration quality skills. Finally comes hands-on experience, we’ll have you working with our crew, and putting everything you learned from us into action. The first two weeks follow a preformatted schedule designed for you to get the most from your time with us, the next two weeks varies a bit as you will be working with actual students in training, and certified divers out on trips. If you wish to stay longer, you can add additional weeks to your training package.
You will need to be a Rescue Diver, and hold a valid CPR and First Aid Certificate, valid means issued or renewed in the last 24 months, we can add this to your training if required. You will need a minimum of 40 logged (non-training) scuba dives to enter the program, and a minimum of 60 prior to being certified. Before attending the course students are required to have a medical screening by a licensed physician, you will need to present the course director a signed medical clearance form before any training. Please note that medical facilities in Moalboal are basic, we highly recommend you take a professional dive orientated medical before leaving your home country. If you would like to do your medical here in Moalboal, please let us know, this will need to be done before the program starts.
Comparing all of the different dive centers, the different locations, and all of the package options is confusing enough, so we’ll try and make it as simple as possible. If you find the same offer advertised for cheaper nearby, let us know, we will match any offer we can verify. Now, with the worry of paying too much out of the way, you can relax and focus on finding the best course for you.
We can arrange for your course to start at any time, subject to the instructors availability, but these courses are always more fun and informative when you have study buddies, so we suggest you start by checking our scheduled events first and seeing if there is a program running that fits in with your plans. If not don’t worry, we can create a new one for you and search for some students to join your program. The suggested duration for our programs is one month, depending on your time constraints and diving experience we may be able to shorten that if needs be, if you wish to extend you have the option to purchase additional weeks and add them to your package.
Included in your course fee
All required e-learning and course materials, we have a variety of languages available but may need to order them ahead of your arrival, please let us know your preference when booking. All classroom, dive, boat travel, instructor, pool, and marine park fees are covered in your course fee. We also offer PADI Discover Scuba Diver Leader training in all Divemaster courses for no extra charge, this means after completing the Divemaster training and registering with PADI you will be able to conduct PADI DSD’s independently, a great way to boost your income and employment opportunities!
Not included in your course fee
We do not include equipment use as it is recommended that you use your own at this level, you will definitely need a set before you start working as a Divemaster, it is best to invest early and get comfortable and familiar with your kit. If you would like assistance purchasing your own gear we can arrange for discounts with our providers. If you would like to rent gear from us we can do that for a discounted weekly rate, check our rates. At the end of your course you will need to pay PADI a registration fee to get your credentials, these change from time to time so please ask us for the latest rates when booking, if you opted for the free DSD leader training you will need to pay a small one-off fee to register this with PADI at the same time. Meals and accommodation are not included, there are many choices for both locally, we recommend you look for a room or apartment with a kitchen for lower monthly rates, we can help you with this if needed.
How to book your course
Our courses can be packaged and arranged to suit your training goals, you may already be a Certified Rescue Diver ready to get started, or you might need to include some of the required training and experience in your course package to get there. The best approach is to get in touch via the contact page, or by using one of the social media options found at the top and bottom of this page and let us know what you need. Tell us how long you would like to spend with us, what your current diving experience is, any training you have completed and what you would like to do with your Divemaster certification, we can give you some options, and help you find the best training path.