PADI Divemaster

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About this course

Develop your leadership skills at a 5* PADI Diving Centre

$1,595 - 3 weekends and additional practical assessment days

The PADI Divemaster Course will transform you into a leadership level diver. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

What is involved:

  • During the PADI Divemaster program, you will learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study.
  • You will complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba
  • You’ll put this knowledge into action through a structured internship and a series of practical training exercises.


I recently completed the PADI Divemaster course with Dive Centre Manly. The training and mentorship that I received was outstanding! I have never felt as confident in the water as I am now after participating in this course. Bill and the other staff have helped me learn the ins and outs of working in a dive centre and has ultimately led to me gaining a job within the industry! Dive centre Manly have continued to give me support after the completion of the course and have taken a lot of effort to build a relationship with myself and their customers! I am looking forward to participating in the Instructor course with Dive Centre Manly in the future! Thank you again, especially to Bill for the impeccable training and mentorship!
Jack Harman, January 2024

I would like to tell you how happy and lucky I’ve been to do my Divemaster Course with you at DCM!
It has been the best experience I’ve had, getting to learn how to improve my skills in the water and how to become a PADI professional. It has also been great to work closely with such a professional team of instructors and divemasters. You all have been looking after me every step of my course and you become my family.
Thanks again to Michael, Richard, Lisa, Bill, Geoff, Jeeven, Cameron!

Andrea Di Viao, December 2024

Thanks to Dive Centre Manly & Ana’s Shark Awareness Course I had the chance to get to know this shop and this amazing crew! I then decided to join their Divemaster training and it was the best decision I have ever made! The whole team went above and beyond during my training, helping and supporting me the whole time, boosting my confidence, and guiding me with feedback and suggestions from every single instructor. These guys are just top level professionals! The customer care provided was just outstanding, and the whole team is so friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about their jobs. From Tec to wreck diving, from photography to shark awareness courses and much more, you can really find all the answers here!
Ester Borean, January 2021

I completed my Divemaster in September last year with Anais as my instructor. To say I was very luck to have Ana as my Divemaster instructor is an understatement. She is an amazing diver, she leads by example and she is very good at understanding the student and adapting her teaching style to ensure they succeed. All successes, small or large, are celebrated, which is a great motivator, as the divemaster course can be challenging sometimes. Anais really enjoys seeing her students succeed and that’s what makes her an outstanding instructor. Thanks, Ana!
Ana Barreto, September 2020

I completed my Divemaster with Dive Center Manly and was lucky to be coached by Anais. It’s not uncommon to hear divers talking about her qualities which is absolutely true. Although her professionalism, commitment and knowledge are unmatched, what really amazes me is her approach to diving. I completely share her views that diving is not only getting into the water… so much more is involved on this journey and Anais can see the big picture so accurately. Thank you Anais for helping me through the journey and for sharing your passion with us. Looking forward to continuing my diving education with you.
Nilson Barreto, August 2020


  • PADI eLearning access pass
  • Divemaster Enhancement pack
  • Equipment Consultation
  • 10 days course tuition
  • Free guided shore dive*
  • Special boat dive offer
  • Tanks and weights


  • Gear rental (additional $495 for duration of the course, extra $200 if a wetsuit is required)
  • Gear rental for fun diving (Divemaster price $50 gear rental)


  • 18 years old
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • PADI Rescue Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care certification (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organisation) course completion within the past 24 months
  • Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Tell me more...

The bulk of the dive theory is completed online via eLearning. On booking you will be sent an access pass to complete this at your leisure prior to day one. The course will take 10 days. The first six days of training are group training and are scheduled over three consecutive weekends. The last four training days are individual training sessions and are arranged by us at the end of the group training.

Orientation Night

  • Course introduction / meet and greet

Weekend 1

  • Day 1
    Water skill assessment at Freshwater ocean pool
    Divemaster exam theory
  • Day 2
    Dive skills workshop
    Equipment exchange, mapping  and emergency assistance plan project

Weekend 2

  • Day 3
    Dive set up and management, dive site briefing, discover local diving in open water
    Afternoon: Discover Scuba Diving in open water
  • Day 4
    Reactivate program/scuba review or refresher workshop, skin diver course and snorkeling workshop
    Discover Scuba Diving in confined water

Weekend 3

  • Day 5
    Enriched Air Speciality (Optional), Deep dive scenario, Diver Rescue assessment
    Search and recovery

Remaining Days

After day one to six is complete you may complete the final four days following our course schedules joining our PADI Instructors for your practical assessments.

  • Day 6: Open water dive students in confined water
  • Day 7: Open water diver students in open water
  • Day 8: Continuing education students in open water
  • Day 9: Shop orientation
  • Day 10: Van assist and tank filling

By enrolling in a Divemaster Course you’ve demonstrated that you’re serious about your diving.

Equipment requirements

  • Tanks and weights are included in the course cost
  • Regulators and BCD can be hired for $495 for the course duration which is refundable ($250) against purchasing a regulator and BCD package from us
  • Wetsuit can be hired for $200 for the duration of the course
  • This gear rental cost is covered when you are assisting Dive Instructors on courses and shore dives during your training
  • Divemaster Gear Rental Discount – $50 for fun dives during your course
  • Your safety and the safety of other divers is of upmost importance, and so there are a few pieces of personal equipment that PADI standards require you to own and take diving

Personal equipment

  • Mask, snorkel, boots, fins and wetsuit – required for hygiene and comfort. If you do not have your own we can offer you special student package pricing
  • Dive log book
  • Dive knife
  • SMB (surface marker buoy)
  • Underwater slate

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