The PADI DiveMaster program is the beginning of the PADI Professional ladder and as such, this is where we start to ‘get serious’.
In order to enrol on the PADI DiveMaster course, you must be at least eighteen years old, be an AOW diver or above with a certified diver rescue course to your credit and have logged at least forty certified open water dives. By the time you’ve completed the course, you will have logged at least sixty dives and have a great deal of diving knowledge to go with it. As you can see, this is no ‘quick fix course’.
To become a PADI Dive Master you will need to show a level of commitment that up until now, you didn’t need to have. That’s because so far in your diving career you’ve only had to concentrate on ‘Number One’ as a recreational diver. Well now you want to start on the professional ladder, Number One becomes ‘Number Two’. Student divers become the priority just as you were when you were learning your diving skills. They are now going to be looking to you. That’s probably why you want to do this course in the first place. Daunting isn’t it? Are you ready for the job? No, of course you’re not, but you will be.
Together we’ll take your dive skills and theoretical knowledge to Instructor standard but at a pace that ensures you have a thorough grasp of all that’s involved. After all, there’s no point in us teaching if you’re not learning.
By the end of this course you will have reached the following targets; You’ll be able to organize, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities both shore based and from a dive boat. You’ll be able to effectively act as a instructional assistant to a PADI Instructor and you’ll also have achieved theoretical diving knowledge to a standard that allows you to move on to become an instructor yourself. That’s what the book says. What we’ll also show you, is how to do all that and have a great deal of fun at the same time. Diving is a hobby, you’re supposed to have a laugh!
You’ll learn how to supervise students in the pool during the confined water sessions along with conducting underwater tours during the open water sections of their various courses. You’ll study and then take exams in all aspects of diving theory including physiology, physics, dive equipment and others. (When was the last time you used a dive table?) You’ll be taken through numerous dive skill circuits until you reach Instructor standard as second nature and then you’ll do some more! We’ll show you how to spot and therefore deal with, all those little problems that student divers have. What’s more, you’ll be doing it with real students. (By the way, Dive Masters never have problems, even if the World’s falling around your ears!) That means real questions from them and therefore real answers from you. You’ll get involved in all the courses from Bubblemaker and DSD onwards so that you receive a complete understanding of a PADI Dive Masters role. We don’t want to mislead you in any way; This course will require from you, a great deal of time and commitment in order to make the grade. This is not so much a course as an apprentiship and is quite a steep learning curve. If all you want to achieve is a certification to add to the list, then we’re not for you. If you’d really like a very thorough grounding in all aspects of dealing with student divers with a mind to continuing onto Instructor level, then you’ve come to the right place.
Still interested? Good.
Like all our courses here at Dive Odyssea, we don’t do quick fix solutions. What we do provide is quality training at a sensible price with all the help and encouragement you need. That way we ensure that in the near future, you’ll have the training and the confidence in yourself to be able to run one of our trips, and we’ll have the confidence in you to do it. There is no time limit to this course because you complete when you’re up to the required standard. As a ball park estimate, you should aim to be involved for a period of months not weeks. This is because if you’re looking to move up the PADI Instructor ladder, you need to make sure the first couple of rungs are secure!
It could be that most of your diving has been done abroad somewhere. In that case, we’ll need to get your UK dive skills up to a high standard. Trust us, it’s not the same as the Red Sea. Real students want to know what it’s like to dive on wrecks in the English Channel as well as on stunning coral reefs. UK boat rules and dive equipment are maybe something that you’re not familiar with if you usually dive abroad. Not a problem, we’ll get you up to scratch and you’ll wonder why you didn’t get into it before. Having said that, your knowledge of blue water diving is equally valid and you can pass that on to your students. By now you’re probably starting to think that this is no quick and easy course. You’re absolutely right, it’s not. But it is thorough and it is professional and it is a great deal of fun.
Give us a call, or better still drop in to the shop for a chat and a cuppa’ and we’ll start the climb together!
Any other options?
Of course there are. We always have options in life.
If time constraints are a problem, instead of coming along to us for all your study sessions, why not download the PADI Dive Theory papers and prepare for your exams at home? That way you can complete all your academic studies on line in your own time and then come to us for the classroom sessions, pool and open water dives.
You can find details and sign up for your PADI eLearning materials here.
(NB: the cost quoted on the PADI website is for the training materials only: call us to find out the cost of other elements of the course)