The PADI Divemaster course is a performance-based program, meaning that class duration depends on class size, logistics, and Divemaster candidate performance characteristics. The PADI Divemaster course is divided into three sections: knowledge development, water skills and stamina, and practical application. The three sections will build off of each other to make the next part as productive as possible.
Part One: The knowledge development is the foundation. It teaches you from self-study and class time, what you need as a professional-level diver, and helps you continue onto other professional positions.
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Whether you want to learn to scuba dive or are already a scuba diver who is looking for a flexible way to fit another dive course into your busy schedule, PADI’s online scuba programs are the way to go. You can get started immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning® system. This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.
PADI eLearning lets you:
Learn by watching, listening, reading and interacting with a dynamic instructional program.
Access the material for one year, plus gain unlimited access to an online version of the course manual.
Prior to your practical Water training dives, you will need complete and pass the e-Learning course using the PADI eLearning on-line course
Part Two: You will then build off of that foundation in the water skills and stamina module. Here, you will show what you know and have learned through a series of home-study, classroom sessions, evaluation by exams, and in-water demonstrations, such as diver rescue. The goal of this example is to refine your skills past the Rescue Diver level. You will also be developing demonstration quality basic scuba skills (mask clear, BCD off/on, etc).
Part Three: The practical application puts the diver skills to work that are typically performed by a Divemaster. The three required training exercises are followed by a specific internship.
- Have PADI Open Water Diver thru PADI Rescue Diver Certifications (or equivalent certifications)
- Have CPR training in the last 24 months
- Have completed and logged at least 40 dives to start the course
- At least 60 dives showing experience in night diving, deep diving, and underwater navigation to certify
- Must be at least 18 years old to start PADI Divemaster training
- Submit medical clearance from a doctor to dive
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