PADI Divemaster Course | Oahu Diving Association

PADI Divemaster Course

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do. The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere. 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 shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.


What You’ll Learn
The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you 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 review and skin diver course; and
• Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs. 
Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities. You may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor.


Getting Started

Sign up for Divemaster Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. 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 DivemasterVideo (a book and DVD package).
Visit the ODA Scuba Store to enroll in the course and get your Divemaster Crew-Pak, which also includes other reference materials like the PADI Instructor Manual and The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving 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. Your PADI Instructor can explain how this works when you meet to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your waterskills exercises, workshops and practical assessments.


Diver Prerequisite  

To sign up for the PADI Divemaster Course you will need to

• be at least 18 years old by the first day of class; 

• be a certified Rescue Diver;

• have your Basic Life Support (CPR and First Aid) certification;

• provide a medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months; and
• show us a logbook with at least 40 logged dives to start to class.    


Course Tuition

Enrollment with 40 Dives Option (a)

This options is for students who already meet all the prerequisites for the Divemaster course, possess a full set of scuba gear, have logged at least 40 dives  and will have logged 60 dives on their own by the end of the course.

• Tuition $1, 350.00

• Books $384.80


Enrollment with 40 Dives option (b)

This option is for students who already meet all of the prerequisites for the Divemaster Course, have all their own gear, have logged 40 dives but desire to complete the last 20 dives needed for the course with Oahu Diving Association.  

• Tuition $1,350.00

• Activity Fees $1,500.00

• Books $384.80


Zero to Hero Program

The Zero to Hero program is for students who are not yet certified but are seeking a straight path to Divemaster Certification.  This program includes all certifications required, all scuba equipment required, books for all classes, and all dives needed (60 dives) to complete the course. 

All Inclusive. $13, 356.41



 As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.      Check with the ODA Scuba Store to get advice about everything you’ll need as a dive pro.