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So you’ve finished your Rescue course & you’re still hungry for more knowledge & training? Our Divemaster program is the next step. A common misconception about Divemaster is that you must be insured. This is simply not true. If you plan on actively working as a Divemaster once your complete the course, yes, you will need insurance. However, just getting the training & certification does not require insurance.

The Divemaster certification (DM) is the first professional rating you can obtain. Our DM program is unlike any “class” you’ve taken previously. You’ll be working directly with multiple instructors & assisting them with class, focusing on your own dive skills, learning dive theory, dive physics and understanding the role of a dive professional. It’s a commitment which lasts months, not days.

Prior to starting your Divemaster journey, you’ll sit down with one of our experienced instructors to assess your current skill level, your end goals of the program, & your long term goals in the professional scuba community prior to being accepted.

What to expect in this course:

Divemaster training is where the relationship with you and your instructor(s) changes from the student/teacher relationship to that of a mentor/mentee. During your training (& moving forward), your instructor is there to help you with questions, but to also help you develop the tools & resources you can use to research yourself.  You’ll learn just as much about the environment, scuba equipment, physics, logistics, & yourself as you’ll learn about diving. This truly is one of the most challenging & rewarding courses we teach.

Who this class is for:

  • Rescue divers looking to take their skills & knowledge to the next level
  • Rescue divers who are wanting to become a certified scuba instructor

Our Divemaster course fee includes:

  • Your e-learning, tests, instructor review, & Divemaster student kit
  • Your Divemaster orientation session either in-person or on webinar
  • A dedicated “mentor” instructor who will help guide you to get the best & most well-rounded education possible
  • Instructor led refinement of your in-water diving skills
  • Your Divemaster certification card & processing fees

What you will learn:

  • Standards and procedures
  • History of scuba agencies
  • Code of ethics and professionalism of a Divemaster
  • Products and procedures
  • Liability & insurance
  • Risk management
  • Waivers & releases
  • Filling out an accident report
  • Knowledge Development
  • Equipment
  • Physics & physiology of diving
  • Medical problems related to diving
  • Use of dive computers and tables
  • Diving environment
  • Dive planning & dive management control
  • Problem solving
  • Underwater & surface communications
  • Diver assistance
  • Avoiding out of air & emergency situations
  • Recommended safe diving practices
  • Boat diving procedures
  • Shore/beach diving procedures
  • Night diving procedures
  • Accident management
  • Emergency procedures
  • Leadership development
  • Planning group dives
  • Divemaster check lists & logs

Course Requirements:

Divemaster certification prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Certified Advanced Adventure Diver or equivalent; advanced certification must include verifiable experience in deep, navigation, night, and limited visibility specialties
  • Certified Rescue Diver
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid, & oxygen provider (where local law permits)
  • Provided proof of at least 40 logged dives (contact us for number of dives/hours required for graduation)
  • Approved diver medical forms
  • Liability waiver

Gear requirements:

  • Standard scuba gear (regulators, BCD, weights, tanks, wetsuit, SMB, computer)
  • Personal Snorkeling gear (mask, fins, snorkel, boots- must own)

Class requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the Divemaster written examination, or online version with a minimum score of 80%, & 100% with instructor remediation
  • Complete all water requirements
  • Demonstrate to an active Instructor the ability to solve in-water and out-of-water diver problems
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning & execution
  • Operate as a Divemaster in a wide variety of environments
  • Upload a photo to the certifying agency website (no hats or sunglasses)

Time Requirements:

  • 10-16 hours for online learning
  • 10-12 hours of confined water instructor assistance
  • 10-12 hours of open water course instructor assistance
  • 30+ hours of open water training

Divemaster Course


Our Divemaster course fee includes:

    • Your e-learning, tests, instructor review & Divemaster student kit.
    • Your Divemaster orientation session either in-person or on webinar.
    • A dedicated “mentor” instructor who will help guide you to get the best and most well rounded education possible.
    • Instructor led refinement of your in-water diving skills.
    • Your Divemaster certification card & processing fees.