PADI Dive Courses
Are you eager to start your professional scuba diving career? Jump right in and take your first step with PADI by becoming a Divemaster!
WHO is up for adventure?
You can become a Divemaster if:
- You’re 18 or older
- You have more than 40 dives under your belt
- You can pass or hold a current diving fitness medical test
- You are a qualified Rescue Diver
- You have an Emergency First Response certification no older than 2 years
Not PADI certified?
PADI will accept certain equivalent qualifications from other recognized diving organizations.
Don’t quite qualify?
You can always finish the last remaining dives of your prerequisite 40 dives on-site before the Divemaster course begins. It is also possible to complete your Emergency First Response or Rescue Diving course beforehand. Divemaster trainees even receive discounted rates on courses and fun dives, so be sure to look into this if you’re available to arrive earlier.
WHAT is all the fuss about?
Sipadan and the Coral Triangle is what all the fuss is about! Training as a Divemaster in this location is truly a phenomenal experience, thanks to the area’s fantastic biodiversity.
Becoming a Divemaster is a fantastic experience and a great first step into the professional scuba diving world.
WHAT will I learn?
Between theory and practical sessions, the 4 weeks of the course are essential to ensure you have all the background knowledge necessary to be a PADI Divemaster.
The practical components of the Divemaster course include practicing the 20 basic skills, dive site mapping, fine-tuning your rescue skills as well as taking part in Search & Recovery or Deep Dive workshops.
You’ll have your swimming skills assessed and have the chance to learn how to become a more effective and efficient swimmer.
Divemaster trainees also learn how to assist instructors with training others in the many PADI courses between Open Water level and Rescue Diver level.
Guiding other divers is also a big part of the practical aspect of the course, so you’ll learn how to safely guide others in a wide variety of conditions and at various types of sites.
WHERE will it take me?
Anywhere and everywhere!
PADI’s Divemaster course is the first step into the world of professional scuba diving. With this qualification you are able to lead and guide divers in any part of the globe, so enjoy the fact that the world is now quite literally your oyster.
After the course, you’ll be fully familiar with the role of a Divemaster and understand your responsibility to preserve our marine ecosystems.
WHEN will I be ready?
The extensive Divemaster course lasts 4 weeks. During this time you’ll be in the water for 5 or 6 days out of every week practicing skills and will log approximately 50 dives over the 4 weeks.
You can also choose to stay on for a 2 week internship where you’ll shadow divemasters and develop your recently-learned skills with lots and lots of practice.
You’ll get better at spotting critters, solving problems, working in the dive shop and guiding groups, increasing your confidence to enable you to step out into the world of professional scuba diving worry-free.
WHY should I be excited?
PADI’s Divemaster course is offered in the centre of the sensational Coral Triangle, a place known for its masses of marine biodiversity, so this in itself is something to be excited about.
However, there is of course much more!
Not only will you be training and diving in one of the most sought-after diving locations in the world with friendly and multilingual Instructors, but there may be time for one or two fun dives throughout your course which are a welcome relief from all the learning and practicing.
HOW do I do it?
Most of the Divemaster training takes place on the island of Mabul and training begins on the 1st of each month.
How about Accommodation?
A number of options are available to you. The most convenient is the accommodation on Mabul Island, however there are some budget-friendly options on Semporna, one hour’s boat ride away from Mabul.
Don’t worry about it – most equipment is available and free to use for the duration of the Divemaster course.
If you decide to purchase some of your own gear you’ll get great discounts using the on-site PADI retail shop.
You’ll also receive this discount on some of the must-haves for the Divemaster course such as a compass, dive computer, surface marker buoy, white slate and tank banger.
If you don’t already have these, wait until you arrive and buy them from the retail shop.
Contact us to book your PADI Divemaster Course.