Ready for a challenge? Are you looking to join the leaders of the pack? Then look no further! The Divemaster program is the first rung on the leadership ladder in the System of diver education. This rating denotes you as a person who:
Has a high level of personal diving skill.
Has instructor level knowledge of diving theory.
Has had significant training in how to assist an instructor during training activities.
Is able to assume appropriate responsibilities that benefit the welfare of other divers.
In other words, you're the cream of the crop and we want you!
As you may know, many Divemasters go on to become Instructors. So, the training and experience you gain through the Divemaster program helps shape your abilities and attitude toward becoming a professional level diving educator. To help shape you into a Dive Professional, has developed the Divemaster Crew-Pak and various other material.
As a Divemaster, you'll be qualified to:
Act as certified instructional assistant to Instructors.
Supervise participants in experience programs for uncertified divers.
Generally supervise both training and non training related diving activities by planning, organizing and directing dives.
Teach and certify Skin Divers
Conduct the Scuba Review program for certified divers.
Conduct the Skin Diving Skills segment of the Open Water Diver course, confined Water Diver four under the direction of a Instructor.
Enroll in Instructor level training
To qualify for Divemaster training, you'll need to:
Be certified as a Advanced Open Water Diver or hold a qualifying certification from another training organization.
Be certified as a Rescue Diver or hold a qualifying certification from another training organization.
Have logged a minimum of 40 open water dives prior to entry into Divemaster training, and completed and logged a minimum of 60 open water dives with experience in deep and navigation prior to certification as a Divemaster.
Be at least 18 years old.
Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a medical exam signed by a physician prior to any in-water activities.
At the time of certification, have current training in Emergency First Response Program. (Current means that the Emergency First Response training has not expired as defined by the EFR training organization.)
You'll complete three phases in the Divemaster program:
1. Watermanship and skills assessment Watermanship and stamina
General diving skills
2. Knowledge Development Diving physics
Diving skills and environment
Supervising students in training
Dive management and control
Emergency assistance plan for Diving emergencies in the local area
Mapping a local open water site
3. Practical Application This involves training activities using various structured training sessions, simulated scenarios and internship sessions with actual programs. These training sessions enable you to gain practical experience as an instructional assistant and a supervisor of open water diving activities, both as a coordinator and as an underwater guide.
Upon successfully completing the Divemaster program, you'll receive a certification card and wall certificate denoting this rating. You’ll also become a member of and receive benefits, including the ability to purchase professional liability insurance (which may be required to conduct some activities).