Becoming a Divemaster

The Divemaster Certification is the first professional level in PADI’s recreational scuba diving curriculum and is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

The divemaster candidate learns dive leadership and student management skills through both classroom and independent study, and must pass written exams to demonstrate his competence, but the heart of the divemaster program is the mentor relationship between the divemaster candidate and his instructor. The candidate assists the instructor with student divers,¬†conducts some classes under the supervision of the instructor and shares the instructor’s insights and analysis regarding classes and students.

While the divemaster course can be completed in as few as two weeks, it is not unusual for a student to spend two months or more completing all of the various portions of the course. Candidates must be Rescue certified and have 40 logged dives to begin the program.

Our Divemaster course is $1,475 per student for semi-private instruction in groups of fewer than 3 students, and $1,275 each for groups of 3 or more. Guests of The Hotel Cordova and Hostel pay only $995.  Fees for books and materials plus all PADI application fees are in addition to our fees.