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ANNA SCHMITT

PADI COURSE DIRECTOR

PADI DIVEMASTER COURSE 

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Open the door to your new life

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If you are here, that means big changes and opportunities are about to enter your life. I am very excited for you and I remember exactly how it feels. 

New diving destinations, new diving experiences, new people, new connections, new knowledge, new opportunities, new dreams, new goals. This feeling that everything is new again. Being out of your comfort zone - yes it is not easy, but absolutely worth it. 

That’s the time when you learn what your potential is, which direction you can grow, facing your fears and week points, finding solutions and so much more. 

It is definitely one of the biggest challenges and decisions  you will ever take in your entire diving life, stepping into the diving career.  From here  you will have limitless choice and opportunities. Go for it, we have only one life. 

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What is the PADI Divemaster Course?

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training in diving.  PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

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We will work closely on  fine-tuning your dive skills, you will become a role model for skills demonstrations, with deeper understanding of what is the difference between technique and objective of the skill, what are the techniques of  demonstrating the skills, which will allow you to create your own style in the framework of PADI standards. 

We will work on bringing your general dive skills to the professional level, we will refine your rescue skills, you will develop your ability to anticipate and easily solve common problems, learning preventive techniques etc.

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You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision experience , so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

Depending on the needs or interests, training can be planned with breaks to gain more experience, can be conducted as a part of internship program which includes comprehensive knowledge of diving business and your roal in it, getting practical experience, being a part of the team in the diving centre. There are many options to choose from, let’s discuss and find out what would be the best option for you.

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As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive centre, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. 

Prerequisites and who can take the PADI  Divemaster Course 

PADI Rescue Divers who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Divemaster course. 

You also need to have:

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months. (The form you can download and offer it to your physician as a reference. My recommendation is, come for the course with approved medical certificate, it will safe you time here. This document will be valid for your continuing professional education, if you will decide to go for Assistant or Instructor Course later)
  • At least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn certification. 

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Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply, if you have any questions as to whether you meet the necessary prerequisites or not, please contact me. Together we will look closely at your particular case and take necessary steps in achieving your goals.

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What is the duration of the PADI Divemaster Course ?

The PADI Divemaster Course runs as a 14 day program, can be extended depending on the amount of the Divemaster candidates and their starting experience.  I believe more time you will take to do this course, better it is. 

This course transforms you from a diving as a hobby to the diving as a profession. It is a long process, take it seriously, do not underestimate it. For some candidates this course feels easier than for others, but everyone will face a challenge. It is a team  and individual work in achieving your personal goals.

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The Red Sea Hurghada Egypt is a great choice for making your PADI Divemaster Course. It has great weather throughout the year, stunning underwater world, best training conditions and numerous courses scheduled  during the year - all of that just 4-5 hours from your home. 

This  gives you flexibility in choosing dates for your course, gives you time to prepare yourself in a relaxed atmosphere. More than 40 dive sites are here to give you full range of experience in different diving conditions, getting your confidence through the Divemaster course and even fun dives, which will help you to apply different skills in open water environment.   

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What materials do you need for the PADI Divemaster Course?

Together we need to ensure that you, as a future Divemaster, have a personal, current set of the following materials for study, for use during the course and for reference afterward; unless the materials are not available in a language that you understand: 

  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • RDP – Table and eRDPml including associated Instructions for Use booklets
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Divemaster Slates
  • Log book

Divemaster candidates must view the PADI Divemaster Video.

Recommended

  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or Dive Theory Online
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning slate

A lot of materials, I agree, do not worry you will not get lost in them, step by

step you will understand a value of each of them, and will be able to use them efficiently.

What diving equipment will you need for the PADI Divemaster ?

Most probably  you already have your complete set of diving equipment. Most Divemaster candidates prefer to use their own dive kit. If for any reason you would like to use rented equipment, it is also possible. Be familia with all your diving equipment, everything has to be comfortable and properly fitted. It will help you to focus on fine-tuning your demonstration skills: on dives that you guide or on courses that you assist. Keep in mind to have a few dives with your or rented equipment before the course starts. You will also have an opportunity to get a consultation on most modern diving equipment and tips to get the best benefits from ownership.

According to the PADI Instructor Manual, additionall to the standard diving equipment  as Certified Assistant you need to have:

  • Time monitoring device 
  • Compass 
  • Knife/diver’s tool Exception: Where prohibited locally. 
  • Two surface signalling devices – one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.) and one visible (inflatable surface tube, are, signal mirror, etc.). 
  • Dive flag – where required locally 
  • Instructions for use for dive computer or RDP/eRDPml 
  • During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates. 

What will you learn during the PADI Divemaster Course?

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises, workshops and hands-on practical assessments, you will develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

    •    The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster

    •    Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers

    •    Diver safety and risk management

    •    Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills

    •    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 Reactivate and skin diver course

    •    Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs.

Through the course progression you will see yourself getting deeper into those matters, deeper understanding and mastering the skills will give you all tools you need for further self development and growth as a dive professional.

Knowledge Development of the PADI Divemaster Course

During this course we will work a lot with new information related to your new profession, for that you will need to complete all knowledge development topics, including successfully completing all Knowledge Reviews. You will be able to study independently using the PADI Divemaster Manual and Video or through Divemaster Online. 

Knowledge development may include a combination of independent study, presentations and discussions, which will give the best results and you will feel confident with your new knowledge.

After completing this part, you will have to successfully complete PADI Divemaster Final Exam, where you may use an RDP Table and eRDPML, a calculator and the PADI Instructor Manual for reference. 

Candidates who have completed Dive Theory Online within 12 months (eRecord is proof) may receive credit for Part 2 of the exam.

As a part of your program you will have to prepare an emergency assistance plan completed with information needed to manage a diving accident for a dive site.

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Overview of your Divemaster path

Waterskills Development:

  • 400 meters swim (without swimming aids)
  • 15 minutes Tread
  • 800 meters swim
  • 100-Metre Inert Diver Tow
  • Equipment exchange
  • Diver Rescue
  • Dive Skills workshop (24 skills, at least 82 points total)

Practical Application: each Divemaster candidate  has to  complete successfully the following practical skills, workshops and practical assessments.

  • Dive Site Set Up and Management 
  • Mapping Project and Dive Briefing
  • Search and Recovery and Deep Dive Scenarios 
  • Divemaster-Conducted Programs Workshops (including ReActivate and Discover Local Diving Programs, DSD in confined water, Skin Diver Course…)
  • Open water students in Confined and Open Water
  • Continue education Student Divers in Open Water
  • Certified Divers in Open Water
  • Each candidate will be evaluated on his

    professionalism as a part of overall assessment.

What will you be authorised to do as a PADI Divemaster?

Active status Divemasters are authorized to:

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  • Supervise both training and nontraining-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives.
  • Assist an instructor during confined and open water training.
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or specialty course dives under the instructor’s indirect supervision.
  • Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers independently. This also includes conducting the PADI Seal Team AquaMission: Skin Diver Specialist.
  • Conduct the Discover Snorkeling program.
  • Conduct the Discover Local Diving experience.
  • Conduct the ReActivate program for certified divers.
  • Conduct the skin diving skills segment of the Open Water Diver course during confined water dive 2, 3, 4, or 5.
  • Accompany certified PADI Scuba Divers on subsequent dives.

More detailed list of your duties and what you are authorised to do we will discuss closely in your Divemaster Course, going through that step by step.

Additional experience and your future opportunities

The PADI Divemaster is a very intensive experience  which takes time, energy and concentration. Future success in your Instructor training depends on how much work you did to build up yourself as a Divemaster during your course. 

To make your course and experience even more efficient and effective, we will add different workshops (finning techniques, breathing techniques, advanced buoyancy skills, environment and current awareness and much more) which will help you to become more knowledgable Divemaster, with strong base, self confidense, own style and ability to grow independently,  exercising judgment, safety decisions and much more. 

All of that will help you to become a Divemaster and you will feel well prepared to work in a diving centre straight after the course. 

During and after your course, we will discuss your particular case, each of you will get a consultation about your job opportunities and available  job placement offers, tips and advice to have a better start as a diving professional, taking in consideration your interests and goals in your diving career.

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How can you start learning today?

Sign up for Divemaster Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start today. You can work through eight knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace. You also have access to an online version of the Divemaster Manual for reference during and after the course.

Another option is to study by reading the Divemaster Manual and watching the Divemaster Video (classical version). You will get your Divemaster Crew-Pak, which also includes other reference materials – like the PADI Instructor Manual – that you’ll need during the course.

Consider taking Dive Theory Online, another PADI eLearning® program, that takes you step-by-step through dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus a Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) review. By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for half of the Divemaster Final Exam. If interested I will explain to you how it works and what other options you have, when we will discuss  and schedule knowledge review sessions along with your waterskills exercises, workshops and practical assessments.

More options are available 

  • Have you partially completed your training with another Instructor during the past year? Let’s find out together, what credit you’ve earned 
  • you are not a Rescue Diver yet, internship options and different packages are available for you
  • start your Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Leader Internship
  • flexible schedule, if you would like to do the course during the dates not scheduled yet
  • crossover from other diving associations
  • After completing the corresponding instructor training and earning Specialty Instructor ratings, conduct:
    • Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor.
    • Specialty courses that don’t include dives.

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Contact me to discuss the requirements  and available options, we will always

find together the best solution for your particular case.

How to start?

  • Download a Medical Statement and Questionnaire (pdf).
  • Get a medical approval from the physician, that you are fit for diving
  • Fill up the request form at the top of the page  to find out what is the best time for you to start your PADI Divemaster course    
  • Enroll in Divemaster course or internship

What is next?

Are you already a PADI Divemaster?

You have reached the level of PADI Divemaster, so you have the possibility to be qualified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or start your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course, or complete PADI Instructor Development Course.

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Contact me for more details about your next step in diving career.

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