6-12 Weeks
Duration
Thailand
Location

Becoming a Divemaster is an exciting challenge and the first step into the world of turning your passion for the ocean into a career. But don’t worry, we’ve got some epic Divemaster courses for you to pick from and, like all of our experiences, they’ve been hand picked by our team of world nomads.

Over 6 weeks, our Khao Lak Divemaster course will teach you everything you need to work as a Divemaster, building on the skills you already know as a qualified diver and teaching you everything you need know to head out and work around the world.

Throughout the experience, you will learn how to give pre-dive briefings, demonstrate skills circuits, conduct scuba reviews, produce dive site maps, organise beach/reef clean ups and learn guiding techniques, all of which will for a solid basis for your ongoing scuba education and allow you to leave the course ready to begin work on your new career path.

You’ll be gaining hands on work experience at a PADI 5* dive centre with purpose built classroom and pool facilities, which means plenty of time underwater and learning from a range of experienced staff members to tune your Divemaster skills and teaching style.

Our Khao Lak Divemaster Course also has the epic addition of allowing you to work on a variety of dive live-aboards, not only a great bolt on to your dive CV but also an amazing experience for your personal diving.

“I was only going to do my Open Water, but I got hooked and went all the way to Divemaster!”
Linzi, UK

You will jump on board at least 3 live-aboard trips during your course, taking you out to the beautiful Similan Islands which play host to some of the best dive sites in Thailand and South East Asia (for more information on these trips check out our Similan Dive Liveaboard Experience). You’ll get to grips with life working on board an overnight boat, helping out with all aspects of the trip including pre-boarding sign up, briefings, kit assembly, logistics and customer service. You’ll also assist on dives across some amazing sites such as Elephant Head Rock or the infamous Richelin Rock, where crystal clear waters and teaming marine life will keep your stoke for diving at a max!

But it’s not all work, work, work. You’ll be given plenty of time to explore the surrounding area and, of course, the opportunity to kick back and simply dive for pleasure. That’s what living the dream is all about at the end of the day!

It’s a work hard, play harder kind of thing!

With all that training under your belt, you’ll be set up with the potential to travel some of the most beautiful places around the globe with the ocean as your office. Many Divemasters receive job offers post-course so you have the opportunity to jump straight in!

But if Khao Lak isn’t for you we also have Divemaster experiences in Koh TaoPhi Phi IslandGili T, Fiji and Byron Bay.

Additional information

Course Options6 Weeks, 8 Weeks, 12 Weeks

6 Week Option

  • 4 weeks unlimited diving out in the Similan Islands: at least 50 logged dives, worth over 80000 THB!
  • Free rental scuba equipment during the Divemaster Course.
  • 20% discount on buying dive equipment.
  • 10% discount on the Khao Lak Scuba Advenutres PADI Instructor Development Course
  • All PADI Specialties at 4500 THB ¨Flatrate¨
  • Sales commission for upselling any PADI Course
  • Guarateed work for 1 month after completion
  • Job placement services – Our worldwide partners are ready to hire Khao Lak Scuba Adventures graduates!
  • Visa Assistance – We can advise you how to arrange the right visa for your internship in Thailand
  • Free wireless broadband Internet access is available in our dive center
  • Free T-Shirt
  • Cheap offer on accommodation

Excludes:

  • PADI Student Crew Pack
  • PADI Fees: Divemaster Application: $187 AUD (payable to PADI by credit card at the end of the course)

8 Week Option

  • 2 month unlimited diving out in the Similan Islands: at least 80 logged dives, worth over 120000 THB!
  • Free rental scuba equipment during the Divemaster Course.
  • 20% discount on buying dive equipment.
  • 10% discount on the Khao Lak Scuba Advenutres PADI Instructor Development Course
  • All PADI Specialties at 4500 THB ¨Flatrate¨
  • Sales commission for upselling any PADI Course
  • Guarateed work for 1 month after completion
  • Job placement services – Our worldwide partners are ready to hire Khao Lak Scuba Adventures graduates!
  • Visa Assistance – We can advise you how to arrange the right visa for your internship in Thailand
  • Free wireless broadband Internet access is available in our dive center
  • Free T-Shirt
  • Cheap offer on accommodation

Excludes:

  • PADI Student Crew Pack
  • PADI Fees: Divemaster Application: $187 AUD (payable to PADI by credit card at the end of the course)

12 Week Option

  • 3 month unlimited diving out in the Similan Islands: at least 100 logged dives, worth over 150000 THB!
  • Free rental scuba equipment during the Divemaster Course.
  • 20% discount on buying dive equipment.
  • 10% discount on the Khao Lak Scuba Advenutres PADI Instructor Development Course
  • All PADI Specialties at 4500 THB ¨Flatrate¨
  • Sales commission for upselling any PADI Course
  • Guarateed work for 1 month after completion
  • Job placement services – Our worldwide partners are ready to hire Khao Lak Scuba Adventures graduates!
  • Visa Assistance – We can advise you how to arrange the right visa for your internship in Thailand
  • Free wireless broadband Internet access is available in our dive center
  • Free T-Shirt
  • Cheap offer on accommodation

Excludes:

  • PADI Student Crew Pack
  • PADI Fees: Divemaster Application: $187 AUD (payable to PADI by credit card at the end of the course)

The PADI Divemaster Career Program with Khao Lak Scuba Adventures has a really flexible schedule; you can start any day you like! Prior to starting your internship you do need to make sure that you meet the prerequisites for the course. If you need to complete any of these prerequisite courses then we will do them at the beginning of your Divemaster Career Program.

1-4

Week 1-4

During the first month of the program, you will be scheduled to do a number of things that any Divemaster may be called to do in a real working environment: like assisting on courses, supervising divers, giving dive briefings, executing rescue scenarios, and more. Once you begin the Divemaster course curriculum, you’ll start with a formal orientation which will introduce you to all the performance requirements of the Divemaster course. You’ll also get to understand the schedule that is in place to help you meet your goals in diving.

5-6

Week 5-6

Normally, after one month and once you have met all the required course standards, you will apply to become a PADI Divemaster. Our Divemaster program focuses on providing you real life experiences so you are ready to be part of the diving industry. During the 5th & 6th  week you will apply what you have learned with our day divers, working with student divers and guiding certified divers.

This is where you really benefit with the two month Divemaster Internship. While our experienced instructional staff can work with you to help you understand the role of a Divemaster, it’s by actually going out with real divers that you’ll learn all the tricks of the trade.

Months 2-3

For Those on the 8 & 12 Week Options

Normally, after one month and once you have met all the required course standards, you will apply to become a PADI Divemaster. Our Divemaster program focuses on providing you real life experiences so you are ready to be part of the diving industry.

When both you and our instructional staff are satisfied that you have met the requirements to become a PADI Divemaster, we’ll submit your application Once this is done, the real development begins with real-life hands-on experience with students and daily leisure divers There is no substitute for experience and the four-month Divemaster Career Internship provides you with the extra experience you need for ultimate employability.

During the next months you will apply what you have learned with our divers, working with student divers and guiding certified divers. This is where you really benefit with the 3 month Divemaster Career Internship. While our experienced instructional staff can work with you to help you understand the role of a Divemaster, it’s by actually going out with real divers that you’ll learn all the tricks of the trade.

If you do not meet the prerequisites for the PADI Divemaster Course, then we can help you get to that level.

PLEASE NOTE: This Divemaster course is for those already qualified to rescue diver, however if you wish to add on some pre-Divemaster certifications that’s no worries – check out all our Khao Lak SCUBA diving courses.

In The First 2 Weeks;

  • Introduction to the Divemaster programme and dive centre
  • Statutory EFR updates and extended lecture in DCS
  • Class on safe working practices
  • Compressor training
  • 15 float test
  • Full skill circuit
  • Rescue assessment practice
  • 400 metre swim test
  • 800 metre snorkel swim test
  • DSD workshop

Completed Over The Course;

  • Emergency assistance plan (day trip boat)
  • All knowledge development modules (including physics and physiology)
  • 4 skills circuits
  • Rescue assessment
  • 100 metre diver tow
  • Mapping project
  • Trip leader assessment (both day and overnight boats)
  • Equipment exchange
  • Extra DSD workshops
  • Skin diving and snorkel guide workshop
  • Dive site setup and management module
  • 10 point dive site briefing
  • Search and rescue scenario
  • Deep dive scenario
  • Scuba review (confined water)
  • Certified diver guiding (evaluated by instructor)
  • Assist on open water courses (at least 3 with varied instructors)
  • Assist advanced open water course
  • Assist rescue diver course
  • Day visit to SSS chamber
  • 1 day office and retail training module
  • Organise beach and reef cleanup event
  • Meet and greet with PADI regional manager

PRERQUISITES

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completed within the past 24 months.
  •  Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 before the end for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  •  At least 18 years old
  • Have your Own full valid Dive Insurance.
  • Have your Own full set of Dive equipment (Mask, Fins, Snorkel, BCD, Wetsuit, Signaling Device, Cutting Tool, Compass, Timing Device, Audible Device

What Does Being A Divemaster Allow You To Do?

So what exactly does a Divemaster certification allow you to do?

  • Supervise training and non-training activities by planning, organizing and directing dives.
  • Assist an instructor during training sessions
  • Conduct Skin Diver courses and Discover Snorkeling.
  • Lead certified divers.
  • Conduct Scuba Reviews
  • Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating
  • Guide Open Water students on the tour portion of Open Water course (not open water dive 1)
  • Accompany Open Water students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during: surface swims and navigational exercises, when the instructor conducts a skill, a Divemaster can remain with other students
  • Accompany students during Adventure dives or specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.

**PLEASE NOTE; PADI fees of $154UD are NOT INCLUDED (payable directly to PADI upon completion)**

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