The PADI Divemaster Course Thailand
Ever wished to work in diving? Well, after the PADI Divemaster course you’ll be a fully qualified dive pro ready for work. The Divemaster qualification is internationally recognised and the first rung on the professional diving ladder. Once trained you will be qualified to work in dive centers assisting instructors, working with students anmd certified divers and plan and operate dive trips and much more. As a PADI Divemaster you are able to gain liability insurance which is both great for you and the employing dive center. If you wish to work in diving then you need to be a Divemaster somewhere down the line.
At Mermaids Dive Career Development Center we have been training PADI Dive masters since 1991. Our highly trained dive professionals ensure that you know the The PADI Dive Master Course Crew Pack inside out. Mermaids experienced dive staff will help you get the most out of your divemaster training. We take the training very seriously obviously with serious amount of fun thrown in. Our training has been deemed as the most comprehensive in Thailand by those that know our methods. We take your wish for you to be a fully employable divemaster with all of the necessary skills, klnowlegde and applied experiecne to be a key memeber of a team.
Many divemaster candidates don’t realize that their instructor level training begins with the PADI Divemaster course. The PADI Instructor Development Program assumes that all components of the Divemaster course have been mastered and does not re-cover any of the confined waters skills or knowledge development. The PADI IDC assumes you got a good dive master course, so you owe it to yourself to get one! A lot of the DM knowledge and skills are tested in the Instructor Examination.
Dive Master Course prerequisites:
- Be a certified PADI Rescue Diver or have an equivalent rating. (If equivalent candidate must submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months.)
- Have completed and logged at least 40 dives as documented by the individual’s personal logbook.
- 18 year or old at the start of training.
- Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive.
Much of the Divemaster learning is self-directed and while the motivated candidate can complete the DM program in two weeks, allowing a month makes for a more relaxed pace and gives plenty of time for all the dive course objectives to be met. Our dedicated Dive Master internship program here in Thailand is 3 months in length inclusive of everything from accommodation, all training aids, manuals and fees and even a full set of diving equipment to keep if you do not have your own.
Required materials (supplied):
- PADI Divemaster Manual
- The PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
- The PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook
- PADI Instructor Manual.
The candidate must have completed and logged at least 60 dives as documented by the individual’s personal logbook. These dives must include experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation. We stipulate the minimum of 60 dives however the internship approach will ensure approximately 100 dives for the student.
PADI Dive Master Topics and Practical Knowledge:
- Physiology and First Aid
- Decompression Theory and the RDP (Recreation Dive Planner)
- Dive Skills and the Environment
- Supervising Activities for Certified Divers
- Supervising Student Divers in Training
- PADI Divemaster Conducted Programs and specialised skills
- The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
- Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
- Diver safety and risk management</li
- Business of diving and your career
- Awareness of the dive environment
- Dive setup and management
- Mapping an open water site
- Conducting dive briefings
- Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
- Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
- Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs
* Each dive master candidate must complete an Emergency Assistance Plan. This is essentially an emergency plan for evacuation and assistance in the unlikely event of a diving accident. Here at Mermaids we have had the plan made, in different formats, literally thousands of times. We have emergency management and evacuation down tight.
PADI Dive Master Stamina and Water Skills:
Candidates must perform four exercises. Points are awarded from 1-5 based on candidate performance, a minimum of 12 points are required to pass.
- The candidate must swim 400 meters/yards without stopping using no swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes desired.
- Using no aids and wearing only a swimsuit, the candidate will stay afloat by treading water, drown proofing, bobbing or floating for 15 minutes, with hands (not arms) out of the water during the last 2 minutes.
- Using a mask, fins, snorkel and swimsuit only (no BCD or flotation aids) and swimming with the face in the water, the candidate must swim nonstop for 800 meters / yards.
- Wearing full scuba equipment, the candidate must push or tow an inert diver in full scuba at the surface 100 meters/yards nonstop without assistance.
Candidates must perform a simulated rescue of an unresponsive, non-breathing diver. The exercise is pass/fail, but the candidate’s performance must be of demonstration quality. Being a divemaster in training you’ll be assisting with many rescue diver courses ensuring that your skills are sharp and honed.
Candidates must demonstrate the PADI 18 Basic Scuba Skills. Points are awarded from 1 to 5 with a total of 63 points required to pass.
Required Training Exercises:
- Mapping Project.
- Dive Skill circuit.
- Equipment Exchange. (Exchanging full equipment whilst buddy breathing at about 5 meters in depth – character building)
- Divemaster Conducted Program.
PADI Dive Master candidates must participate in at least:
- One PADI Open Water Diver course confined water session.
- Four additional confined water training sessions from any PADI course or program.
- One PADI Open Water Diver course open water training dive.
- One PADI Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver or PADI Specialty Diver course open water training session.
- Three additional open water training dives from any PADI course or program.
- One supervisory situation with certified divers not in a formal course.
We state the least requirements however at Mermaids extensive experience shall be gained in all areas. You will get to work with students many times, participate in Rescue courses over and over. You’ll get to run the boats and plan and I’ve plans. You’ll get so much hands on experience over and over that you will be able to perform blindfolded.