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PADI Divemaster course

Take your first step to going Pro:
become a PADI Divemaster.

(But your friends may never talk to you again.)

Whether you’re looking to gain professional-level understanding of all aspects of diving and divers, or to work as a PADI Pro diver, the PADI Divemaster course is your first step to going Pro.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll be qualified to assist PADI Instructors and lead certified divers at any PADI dive shop, anywhere in the world.

You won’t get rich but you will get to dive in amazing places, meet fabulous people and do REALLY cool, fun things that others only dream of

The Dive Bus, Curacao PADI Divemaster Program is designed for people like you (- and us, we did it too!)

Becoming a PADI Divemaster

The PADI Divemaster course is a lot of fun and a lot of hard work, for divers serious about becoming professional divers.

Following the same learning system as the PADI recreational dives courses, much of the studying is in your own time at your own pace, so that part of the course is as flexible as you want it to be.

But make no mistake, this is a tough course, requiring a LOT of hard work and dedication - in return for a hugely rewarding and possibly life-changing experience.

Regardless of your current level of experience and certification, by the time you've completed your PADI Divemaster course with us at The Dive Bus, you'll be confident in your ability to lead and take care of recreational divers, safely and enjoyably.

Are you ready ..?

"I wanted to expand my diving skills and a friend recommended The Dive Bus. They suggested I take their PADI Divemaster course - and this turned out to be an eye-opening experience.

During the PADI Divemaster course, I was exposed to every facet of running a dive shop, from organizing the diving and equipment, to giving informative and fun briefings, explaining the basics of diving to often nervous first-timers, demonstrating skills to students, finding interesting critters to show divers, guiding groups safely during "fun" dives, and on and on.

With a combination of tough love, patience, humor, dedication, and unstinting professionalism, Ivana and the other Dive Bus instructors guided me on my journey from being an experienced diver to being able to help others enjoy the sport as much as I do.

To anyone contemplating becoming a PADI Divemaster, or just honing their diving skills, I would recommend The Dive Bus without any hesitation."

- Victor, PADI Divemaster

Regardless of your current certification level, you'll need to be:

At least 18 years of age

Positive, self-motivated and ready for this challenge

Able to understand and speak excellent English (ALL teaching is in English; training materials are available in other languages on request)

To enroll in the PADI Divemaster course itself, you'll need to:

  • Be minimum 18 years of age.
  • Be a PADI Rescue Diver (or equipvalent.
  • Be current Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) trained (within the past 24 months).
  • Have the full PADI medical statement signed off by a physician within 12 months of starting your PADI Divemaster course.
  • Have a minimum of 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn certification.
  • Be able to comfortably swim 800 yards and float for 10 minutes
  • Be fully signed off by a physician as fit to dive, on the PADI Medical Statement.

Frequently Asked Questions - and Answers...

  • Should I take the PADI Divemaster course?

    Love scuba diving? As a professional PADI Divemaster, you get to do what you love - as a career. This rating is the first rung on the ladder as a professional diver, enabling you to work as a professional diver just about anywhere in the world.

    As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do. Scuba divers look up to divemasters as leaders who mentor and motivate others.

    The PADI Divemaster course is a lot of fun and opens more doors to more places than you can dare to imagine. But make no mistake: it's only for those serious about becoming the best they can be and sharing that passion with others. There's a whole load of self study required and a LOT of hard work and dedication - in return for a hugely rewarding and usually life-changing experience, and the adventures of a lifetime yet to come...

  • What will I be qualified to do?

    PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

    As a divemaster, you'll be certified to assist PADI Instructors with students, conduct certain courses and lead guided dives. You won't get rich but you will get to dive in the most amazing places, meet fabulous people and do REALLY cool, fun things that others only dream of...

    Travel the world or stay right at home, working as a professional Divemaster. You won't get rich but you will get to dive in the most amazing places, meet fabulous people and do REALLY cool, fun things :o)

    Or go on to train as a PADI Open Water Instructor and learn how to teach your passion to others. The pay sure ain't great but the rewards are unquantifiable.

  • What will I learn?

    The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities.

    Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.


    You'll also learn about all aspects of diving and develop leadership abilities you'll need to supervise dive activities, assist instructors with student divers and earn respect as a responsible dive professional.

    And you'll complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water and training exercises to improve your organizational and problem solving abilities.

    Topics and practical workshops include:

    • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
    • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
    • Diver safety and risk management
    • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
    • Business of diving and your career
    • Awareness of the dive environment
    • Dive setup and management
    • Mapping an open water site
    • Conducting dive briefings
    • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
    • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
    • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

    If you’re not already PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver Specialty diver, it’s a good time to take these along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.
  • What scuba gear will I use or need?

    As a dive professional, you’ll need (and want!) to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates These will also be useful if you continue on to become a professional PADI Divemaster or PADI dive instructor.

    You’ll have plenty of opportunity to check out and learn about different types of all kinds of dive equipment to see what’s right for – with unbiased advice from your non-sales-commissioned Dive Bus Instructors. And as a Dive Bus Divemaster trainee, you’ll get good pricing on excellent dive equipment from The Dive Bus shop.

Your training options

Your PADI Divemaster training options depend on your current certification level. There's more info coming on the website soon, but in the meantime, contact us for more info. Include the number of logged dives you have, current certification level and date of last dive, so we can send you info that's tailored for you.