PADI Divemaster

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.

Why take this course?

Learn how to?

  • Gain professional-level dive skills
  • Start your scuba diving career
  • Share your passion for the ocean
  • Mentor other divers
  • Lead guided dives
  • Assist with classes
  • Give a dive briefing
  • Conduct refresher training




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.

Additional training materials are required. Please contact your dive shop or instructor for pricing.

eLearning time commitment: 8-12 hours

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

Prerequisite & minimum age

Minimum Age: 18*

Course prerequisites:

  • PADI Rescue Diver certification (or qualifying certification)
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care training (or qualifying training) within 24 months
  • 40 logged dives
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the past 12 months

* Divers who are younger than 18 but at least 15 may enroll in the PADI Junior Divemaster program.

Junior Divemaster is a sub-set of the PADI Divemaster course. Junior Divemaster candidates may complete a significant portion of the divemaster course, but additional training is required when the Junior Divemaster turns 18.

Junior Divemaster program prerequisites:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver diver certifications
  • 20 logged dives
  • Medical clearance to dive

Time commitment

PADI eLearning: 10-16 hours –not including Dive Theory eLearning

Entire course: Varies, contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information


The divemaster course requires both knowledge development and in-person training for certification. When you purchase a PADI eLearning program from, the cost only covers the knowledge development portion.

There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. Contact South Shore Divers or your instructor for more information and pricing. There is also a Divemaster application fee payable upon course completion.

In addition to a full set of scuba gear, you will need a PADI Instructor Manual, Recreational Dive Planner (RDPTM), The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, PADI Divemaster slates, and a log book. Recommended, but not required materials include: PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning slates, PADI’s Guide to Teaching and the Diving Knowledge Workbook and/or Dive Theory eLearning.

Should you decide to start the PADI Divemaster, your purchase today will include the Divemaster eLearning program as well as the digital version of the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, eRDPML eLearning, Instructor Manual & ReActivate eLearning.


Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving. Avoid disappointment, review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).