Why Divemaster?

Why Divemaster?

Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster….. Does it sound the same to you? To a lot of people this means the same thing, but they are quite different. So what’s the difference? While both of these are diving qualifications which have the same words in them they are quite different. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) and a PADI Divemaster (DM), let us explain. Think about the relationship between a great home cook and an apprentice chef. Both know a lot about cooking and both can make a delicious meal, but one prepares meals as a hobby, and the other is a chef in the making. Scuba Leeds is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, this means that we have the experience and expertise in our instructional team to be able to teach both professional and recreational courses of every level. The PADI Divemaster course is the first of the PADI Professional level programs and the point which changes many divers skills, knowledge and ability and steps it up a gear. They learn how to help others to become better and in doing so they push themselves to be better themselves.

PADI Master Scuba Diver: a Recognition Rating

If someone is a Master Scuba Diver, that means he or she has significant experience and scuba training. Fewer than 2% of divers ever achieve this rating, which makes them an elite group.
  • At least 12 years old (12-14 year old earn Junior MSD)
  • PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver certified
  • PADI (Junior) Rescue Diver certified
  • Earned five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications
  • Have logged a minimum of 50 dives
  • Complete application

PADI Divemaster: a Professional Dive Leader

Divemasters help instructors teach scuba courses and can have leadership responsibilities that result in payment. Getting paid for scuba diving means you’re a dive professional. Prerequisites to take the course:
  • At least 18 years old
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certified
  • PADI Rescue Diver certified
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care completed within past two years
  • Medical Statement ‘fit to dive’
  • 40 logged dives before starting the course
  • 60 logged dives when finishing the course
What you can do once you are an authorised PADI Divemaster:
  • Supervise training and non-training related diving activities
  • Conduct dive briefings, scuba reviews, and skin diver course
  • Assist in Discover Scuba Diving programs and lead additional dives
  • Lead Discover Scuba Diving programs
What you have to do to get this rating:
  • Complete eight Knowledge Development sections
  • Pass the Divemaster Final Exam
  • Pass water skills exercises, workshops, and practical assessments
That's pretty much it in a nutshell. So what we are looking for is people that want to move on to being either of the above. But if you want to really ramp your diving up a gear then the PADI Divemaster course could be for you. If you are interested then drop down to the dive centre or drop us an email now to info@scubaleeds.co.uk.
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