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PADI Divemaster Course

Become a PADI dive professional with Diving Adelaide! Six courses per year!

PADI Divemaster Course

About the PADI Divemaster Course


Become a PADI Pro with Diving Adelaide by taking the PADI Divemaster course, one of the most respected and sought after professional diving qualification in the world!

At Diving Adelaide we train confident, friendly and, above all, professional dive leaders! We run our Divemaster courses with small student-to-instructor ratios so you get a personal learning and mentoring experience.

Diving Adelaide is the busiest dive centre in South Australia, so you will get to experience what it is like to work in a busy dive centre and assist on a wide variety of courses as part of your course!

Above all the PADI Divemaster course is lots of fun and most people make dive buddies for life on this course! You will progress your diving significantly and make yourself a better, safer diver!

Course Prerequisites

To participate in the PADI Divemaster Course, you need to meet all the prerequisites of the course. The minimum requirements are listed below:

You need to be have completed the:

Have you completed your Open Water, Advanced Open Water or Rescue Diver certification with a different agency? PADI recognise most other training agencies, such as SSI or RAID, so you can simply cross over to the PADI system by booking onto this course.

If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

To start the PADI Divemaster Course you need to have a valid (dated within the last 2 years) CPR and Basic Emergency Life Support certificate!

We highly recommend First Aid Training Adelaide CBD for these courses as they run them almost every day at a great price! The training code for these courses is HLTAID011.

If you have completed these courses for your PADI Rescue Diver certification recently, the same certificate can be used for your PADI Divemaster Course.

If you are a health professional, you may be exempt from this requirement. Please contact us for more information!

The minimum number of logged dives required to sign up for the PADI Divemaster Course is 40 dives. If you haven’t reached this milestone yet, please contact us as we may be able to help by signing you up for our precourse internship where you shadow our instructors to get your number of dives up quickly!

Signing up for our regular (free) social dives is another great and cheap way to get your number of dives up to the required level!

The minimum number of logged dives required to get certified as a PADI Divemaster is 60 dives.

Before signing up for the PADI Divemaster Course, each participant needs to do a medical evaluation with a SPUMS dive doctor and get a “fit to dive” certificate.

The dive medical needs to be dated within the last 12 months by the time you finish the course.

We recommend SPUMS Diving Doctor Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medicals (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

Only adults can sign up for the PADI Divemaster Course. As a Divemaster you will be in control of groups of (certified) divers. Therefore this course has a minimum age of 18 years for all participants.

Once you have met all course prerequisites, you can book on to the course and start your PADI eLearning right away! If you need any help with the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Standard Course Schedule

The Diving Adelaide Divemaster Course is structured a little differently to our other courses. We run this in small groups (usually 4 participants) and try to arrange the schedule around your commitments.

The duration of the course mainly depends on your availability. You can start the course today by doing your PADI eLearning, which usually takes 2-4 weeks, depending on how much time you have to invest. The course generally takes 1-2 evening theory sessions and 5 full days (or a combination of evenings and days) in the pool and ocean with your instructors.

After the theory and practicals with your instructor, the PADI Divemaster Internship requires you to join four course segments as a minimum requirement:

  • PADI Confined Open Water Course Session (Pool)
  • PADI Open Water Course Session (Ocean Dives)
  • PADI Discover Local Diving (usually a Guided Sea Dragon Tour)
  • PADI Continuing Education Session (a Specialty, Advanced or Rescue Diver Course)

On these courses or tours you will be assisting the instructors and gain valuable experience in working with new or certified divers.

The Divemaster course is a very rewarding and fun experience and is highly recommended for anyone wanting to pursue working in the diving industry or those who wish to become a better diver.

Please make sure that you schedule enough time to complete your online training as it takes approximately 30 – 40 hours to complete.

If that hasn’t convinced you yet, swing by Diving Adelaide for a chat and to have a look around. We’ll happily show you around at the dive centre and walk you through our large classroom, top notch school dive gear and our showroom with globally competitive gear pricing!


Why choose Diving Adelaide for your PADI Divemaster Course?

This is a question we get asked a lot by people who want to go pro with us, so we decided to put a short list of the main reasons on our website. This is just the short list, if you would like the longer version, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an e-mail!


PADI eLearning®

Where some dive schools still choose to teach the theory side of the learn to dive course in a traditional classroom setting, Diving Adelaide has chosen for the faster, cost-effective way of teaching the theory via online training. To us, the advantages of e-learning are clear:


  • E-learning provides a single experience that accomodates the three disctinct styles of auditory learners, visual learners and kinesthetic learners, allowing for more efficient training.

  • E-learning is self-paced. Advanced learners are allowed to speed through the theory, while others slow their own progress through content, eliminating frustration with themselves, their fellow learners and the course.

  • E-learning has on-demand availability, which allows the student to complete the training conveniently at off-hours or from home (as a student you can log on and off to do parts of the theory as many times as you want) and doesn’t require the student to travel to training location.

  • E-Learning reduces the learning time on average by 40 to 60 percent, which means the overall time that you will be spending on the theory will most likely be only half of the time you would have spent in a classroom setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to share your diving experiences with someone close to you or give the gift of endless adventures? You can now easily give the gift of diving with a Gift Voucher!

You can collect a physical gift voucher from the store or simply purchase one through our online store from the comfort of your home.

The online gift voucher will be delivered via email and can be redeemed online.

Online Gift Vouchers

You will need to complete all PADI core courses (open water, advanced open water and rescue diver) before you can sign up for the PADI Divemaster Course. You will also need a current medical (no more than 12 months old), a current first aid certificate (no more than 24 months old) and a minimum of 40 logged dives under your belt!

Have you completed any of your core courses with a different agency? PADI recognise most other training agencies, such as SSI or RAID, so you can simply cross over to the PADI system by booking onto this course. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We have taught the youngest kids all the way up to 70 years old to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in this course!

There are waterman skills (timed swims and water skills as well as an underwater stress test) to complete during this course and you have to be comfortbale in the water of course and be able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weights).

All participants need to get a dive medical before the course. Simply contact a SPUMS Diving to get your diving medical done. We highly recommend Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medicals (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run the PADI Divemaster Course is just two.

The minimum age to do this course with us is 18 years old.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate, haven’t completed the PADI eLearning in time or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before or during the course for any reason.

To reschedule, we will charge a rescheduling fee of $249. As soon as a course spot is booked, we reserve pool lanes and a company van, book in the instructor for all course dates and reserve the required gear and classrooms for your course. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover the costs.

The rescheduling fee only applies if we can’t find alternative dates for your course group. Usually we can simply reschedule one or two sessions to solve a short time issue like temporary sickness or a COVID19 case.

The theory for the PADI Divemaster Courses is delivered through PADI eLearning. There are two eLearning modules to complete: the PADI Divemaster eLearning and PADI Dive Theory eLearning, which are both included in the course fee.

The theory for this course takes approximately 30 – 40 hours to complete.

The main thing to remember is that we are going to get wet anyway, so if it rains a little that is totally fine (you will be nice and warm in your new drysuit).

However, we are of course dependent on the weather, with the wind and swell being the main factors that determine whether we can go diving safely. If the weather forecast predicts large swells or high winds, we may have to transfer the course to a different weekend. We always keep an eye on the weather forecast and will notify you beforehand if we expect this to be the case!

The PADI Divemaster Courses usually take approximately 2 nights and 5-6 days to complete the theory, pool and ocean dives of the core Divemaster Course. Besides these days, there are several other diving days to complete. Some can be done in your own time (such as the Divemaster Dive Site Mapping Project), whereas others will have to be completed on set course dates for the PADI Divemaster Internship (during the internship you have to assist on a minimum of 4 diving days, as per PADI standards).

For each course day, please block a full day as most diving days take from 9AM to 5PM. Exact times and the dive site will be confirmed by your instructor on the course. 

Any dive centre around the world will recognise your PADI Divemaster certification card. PADI is the largest certification agency in the world with more than 6000 dive centres worldwide.

Even if you end up diving somewhere in the world with a non-PADI dive centre, your Divemaster certification will be recognised right away.

To get the most out of your PADI Divemaster Course, we highly recommend owning most of your own gear, including suitable exposure protection, dive computer, mask, snorkel and fins, cutting device, signalling device (whistle or mirror), SMB, compass, regulator set and a BCD.

Cylinders can be included at no extra cost. If using your own cylinders, any required air fills at Diving Adelaide for use during the course will be free of charge.

Rental gear can be included in the course at an additional course. Please contact us for details.

Once you have succesfully completed your PADI Divemaster Course, you will be ready to take on the world! You can travel the world and work in some of the most beautiful diving regions in the world!

Would you like to work for Diving Adelaide as a Divemaster? Please see below for details!

You will be added to the Diving Adelaide newsletter, where we announce our (free) social shore dives for ex-students and our weekends away, interstate and international dive trips and so much more!

You can join any of the dive clubs in Adelaide as well. Many dive clubs love having Divemasters on board to help run their club and their dives. Most clubs run boat dives for just $25 for a single dive or $35 for 2 dives!

Keen to take the next step? Once you have completed the PADI Divemaster Course, we always recommend gaining some experience as a dive professional before signing up for your PADI Instructor Development Course! If your IDC is planned directly after your Divemaster Course, you can simply sign up for the course and gain experience as a Divemaster after you have passed the course as well. 

If you have no interest in teaching new divers, another option is to go down the technical diving pathway to further your diving skills. Divemasters generally  have excellent buoyancy control and have passed the stress test on the Divemaster Course, so taking the Basic Cave Course next is a great new challenge! If you’re keen to get into tech diving, but are not sure whether cave diving is your thing, the Intro To Tech Course may be better suited!

Are you keen to work for Diving Adelaide after the course? Please discuss future employment opportunities with your instructor as soon as you have signed up for your course! We regard the Divemaster Course as the application process for this role!

Proper customer interaction, professionalism, work ethic, punctiality and helpfulness are all highly regarded qualities of a Divemaster. We are always looking for quality dive staff and strive to provide the best training in the industry, so you will be ready to take on the Divemaster role as soon as your course has been completed!

The diving industry is booming again and there is work all around the world for PADI Divemasters. As the main training agency, PADI dive professionals are highly sought after. Additional skills as social media management, design skills, diesel mechanics, general handyman and maintenance skills, boating experience and many others are great skills to have on your resume when applying as a Divemaster!

If you need help with applying for jobs within the industry, please don’t hesitate to ask your instructor for help or for a reference!

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your course on or within 7 days of the start date of the course, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your course 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $249 will apply. Please note the eLearning portion ($459) of this course is non-refundable.
  3. If you fail to attend your course without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your course before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness, not completing eLearning in time and COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $249 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. Clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the course (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $249 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the course to someone else at no charge before the start of the course. Please note the eLearning portion of this course ($459) may be transferrable, but if already redeemed, will need to be purchased again.
  7. All instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. If you fail to complete the course during the scheduled times, a $249 rescheduling fee may be payable to sign up for another course at a later date. Please note there is a lot of flexibility in this course.
  9. Failure to adhere to all of the pre-course requirements found on the course overview page (including completion of any online training) will result in cancellation of the course. No refund will be given and rebooking will be at full cost.
  10. You need to be comfortable in the water and have dived in recent years. If you’re not comfortable in the water or are not sure, please contact us beforehand or book a Refresher Course first. Failure to do so may result in having to reschedule the course. A rescheduling fee of $249 will apply.
  11. Courses must be completed within 180 days of the original start date.
  12. All fees are per person.
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