The importance of the PADI Divemaster to the overall PADI training program and to each individual PADI Instructor cannot be overstated. Divemaster training is the first leadership level in the PADI progression. The rating denotes an individual who:
1)has a high level of personal diving skill
2)has instructor-level knowledge of diving theory
3)has had significant training in how to assist an instructor during training activities
4)is able to assume a role of responsibility for the welfare of other divers in his charge.
The goals of PADI Divemaster training are to:
1)Enable the candidate to organize, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities, both land- and boat-based.
2)Enable the candidate to effectively act as an instructional assistant to Teaching status PADI Instructors.
3)Develop the theoretical diving knowledge of candidates to a level sufficient to become an instructor.
4)Encourage and prepare candidates for assistant instructor- and/or instructor-level training.
To qualify for PADI Divemaster training an individual must: Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water diver or equivalent rating; Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent; Have completed and logged 20* open water dives; Be 18 years of age or older; Be in good physical condition for diving and submit an approved medical exam form for a diving-medical examination conducted within the past year. *Proof of 60 logged dives required for certification.