What is PADI Divemaster Course?

The PADI Divemaster course is a pivotal step for those wanting to transition from recreational diving to a professional level. It goes beyond the basics, focusing on leadership and supervision, transforming diving enthusiasts into certified dive masters. Barefoot Dive Center offers comprehensive divemaster courses, ensuring that aspiring professionals receive top-notch training.

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How to become a Divemaster?

Becoming a certified Padi dive master requires meeting specific prerequisites. The requirements for PADI Divemaster include holding a PADI Advanced Open Water certification, being a PADI Rescue Diver, and having logged a minimum of 40 dives. These prerequisites set the foundation for the intensive training that follows.

At Barefoot Dive Center, the emphasis is not just on meeting these requirements but exceeding them. Their divemaster courses are crafted to push individuals beyond their comfort zones, preparing them to handle real-world diving scenarios with confidence.

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How Long Does the PADI Divemaster Course Take?

The duration of the divemaster course varies based on individual progress. On average, it takes several weeks to a few months to complete. Barefoot Dive Center’s flexible scheduling allows candidates to balance their training with other commitments, ensuring a thorough and personalized learning experience.


Why You Should Do Your Divemaster Certification with Barefoot Cozumel?

Choosing where to pursue your divemaster certification is crucial, and Barefoot Dive Center in Cozumel stands out as a beacon of excellence. With experienced instructors, a supportive learning environment, and a commitment to providing the best training, Barefoot Dive Center ensures that your journey to becoming a certified dive master is both rewarding and enjoyable.

What Do You Learn on Padi Divemaster Courses?

About the Course

Learn how to lead underwater tours, assist with scuba classes and inspire others to care about the ocean. Hone your skills and be the diver everyone admires. 

PADI Divemaster is the most popular and most recognized professional scuba certification in the world. PADI Divemasters enjoy abundant career opportunities, get paid to scuba dive and share their love for the ocean.

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How it works?

Interactive lessons cover divemaster-led programs and activities, diver safety and risk management, the aquatic environment and more. Study online or offline using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

gain practical experience giving dive briefings, assisting with classes and leading underwater tours. Learn how to anticipate problems and provide assistance, create an Emergency Assistance Plan, and improve your navigation and problem-solving skills through practical workshops.

  • participating in the daily operations of a thriving dive center.
  • Gaining practical knowledge in guiding dives, assisting instructors, and ensuring the safety of divers.
  • Learn from our seasoned dive instructors.
  • Receive personalized guidance and constructive feedback to elevate your expertise.
  • Participate in workshops covering dive planning, emergency response, and customer service.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of equipment maintenance, dive logistics, and marine conservation.
  • Engage in the behind-the-scenes of dive center management, from scheduling to equipment inventory.
  • Understand customer relations and enhance your communication skills.
  • Contribute to our commitment to marine conservation through involvement in eco-friendly initiatives.
  • Foster awareness and appreciation for the underwater environment among fellow divers.
  • Access exclusive opportunities for further certifications and professional advancement.
  • Build a network within the diving community, opening doors to potential career paths.
  • Learn theory from your home:“eLearning, eLearning, eLearning”
  • Earn Academic credit

How Much Does it Cost to Do Divemaster PADI?

Starting as an Advanced Open Water Diver

Minimum of 20 dives 6 weeks required

Starting as
Rescue Diver

4 weeks required

Divemaster and Dive Instructor FAQs

Your questions, answered

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is a recreational diving achievement. It’s the “black belt” of scuba diving. Divemaster is the first step on the professional ladder and a prerequisite to becoming a scuba instructor. Both are a major achievement, but for different reasons.

Candidates typically need their personal diving equipment, including a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, and standard gear. Some items may be available for rent during the course.

If you’re already a PADI Divemaster (or hold a leadership-level certification with another training agency), you can become a PADI Instructor in about 11 days. Or, you can complete your training gradually over a series of weekends. 

During your instructor course you will complete independent study using the IDC eLearning materials (it takes about 10-12 hours to complete) while spending several days (minimum 6 days) practicing teaching presentations, completing workshops and perfecting your dive skills together with your PADI Course Director. A final step is to attend and pass the PADI Instructor Examination (IE) which takes place over two consecutive days. 

You’ll need at least 100 logged dives to start the IDC and proof of Emergency First Response (or equivalent CPR and first aid training) within the past 24 months. If you don’t already have these things, your training time may be longer. View a complete list of prerequisites to become a PADI Instructor

In addition to course fees, candidates may need to budget for accommodation, transportation, meals, and any additional materials required for the course. Barefoot Dive Center often provides comprehensive packages covering these aspects.

This is a challenging question to answer because PADI Pros work all over the world in a variety of jobs. 

  • You might live and work on a liveaboard boat (where meals are included and you also have a place to live). 
  • At a local dive shop, you might get paid extra for selling dive gear or repairing equipment. 
  • Experienced scuba instructors with a captain’s license can make very good money working on a superyacht and teaching private classes.

It’s also important to consider the personal benefits of completing divemaster or dive instructor training. One of the most common things we hear from PADI Pros is how their training helped them succeed in the “real world.” 

During the IDC, you’ll learn how to:

  • Break down complex information into simple concepts 
  • Help people embrace new ideas by comparing them to things they already understand
  • Give feedback in a positive and supportive way
  • Appeal to people with different learning styles
  • Establish a positive learning environment
  • Polish your public speaking skills

Learn more about how becoming a PADI Instructor benefits you in the real world. Or, read up on the many (many) career options for PADI Pros including, marine biologist, underwater crime scene investigator, stunt person and underwater archeologist.

PADI Divemasters and Instructors have full access to the PADI Job Board and can search and apply for open positions anywhere in the world. This job board is updated daily with new opportunities posted by the global network of PADI dive shops and resorts.

PADI Pros can rely on a dedicated regional customer service, training and marketing support team. 

  • Have a question about paperwork or student ratios? Just call or email. 
  • Want to level-up your marketing? Customizable marketing materials are at your fingertips. Download email and social media copy, images, videos, and more.
  • Ready to escape office life? Visit PADI’s online employment board.