PADI Divemaster

Becoming a Divemaster is one of the biggest steps you will make on your scuba journey. We’ll do everything possible to help you achieve your potential.

You’ll become a role model that divers will look up too; a go to person between students and the instructors. Not only will you hone your diving skills and move to the “next level” – you’ll gain supreme confidence and experience in areas that you haven’t even begun to explore.

Once completed, you will be part of the prestigious PADI professional ranks – with all of the benefits and status you can expect from the world’s leading scuba diving organisation.

1. Course overview

You will work closely with one of our experienced PADI IDC Staff Instructors, who will act as your personal guide, mentor and coach.

You’ll complete water skills, stamina exercises & training exercises that stretch your ability to organise and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba skills. You put this knowledge into action through a series of practical training exercises. You should expect to commit at least 50 hours to this course.

You must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of 40 dives to begin this course. You’ll also need to have completed the PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Rescue Diver courses, as well as the Emergency First Response training within the last 24 months.

You’ll also need to be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the past 12 months. Do note that in the UK, working divers need to annually renew their HSE diving medicals.

2. What you'll learn

PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities, independently lead certified divers and assist instructors with student divers.

You will essentially become a PADI Instructor’s “right arm” – having the responsibility of preparing students, assisting with briefings and offering a solid support in and out of the water. The PADI Divemaster certification is a highly acclaimed and much sought after qualification.

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through mentoring from our PADI Instructors, classroom presentations, independent home study & masses of practical experience gained by working closely with student & experienced divers.

3. Equipment

As a dive professional, you’ll really be expected to provide your own scuba kit – and be fully confident in its usage. If you don’t yet have it, and want to look at purchasing your own, we’d be happy to help you.

As a minimum, you’ll need a mask, snorkel, fins, buoyancy compensating jacket (BCD), scuba regulator, underwater compass, dive knife, at least two surface signalling devices, and the instrumentation to monitor your depth and air supply. You can hire cylinders from us, or bring your own in-test cylinders with you to be refilled at the dive site.

You’ll be diving in a range of environments, from an indoor pool to open water dive sites in the UK. You’ll need exposure protection suitable for these environments, and we’d certainly recommend a dry suit for the amount of time you’ll be in open water. If you do dive in a dry suit, you need to ensure you have the correct training for this.

Any equipment you provide yourself must be in a serviced, well-maintained and safe condition. No exceptions!

4. Learning materials

We will send you the PADI Divemaster e-Learning materials in preparation for your course, which allows you to study at your own pace.

You can complete this on pretty much any device with an internet connection.

Once you’ve completed this, you are ready for the rest of the course with us!

Ready to start?

You can book and pay for your course with us online, either for yourself or someone else. We’ll send over any e-Learning content to your email, and we can then work with you on suitable dates and times for any practical sessions.

We have availability throughout the year, although if you have specific dates or a timeline in mind, please check with us first.

Your next adventure...

Looking ahead, once you’ve qualified as a PADI Divemaster, you’ll likely be in a position to consider your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (or assistant instructor) course.

Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.


The Stellar Crew

We have a very straightforward philosophy; we are totally committed to ensuring you – our customer – have the best, safest and most enjoyable experience possible. It’s as simple as that!

Here at Stellar, we all love to scuba dive, and we love to have fun doing it. We absolutely want you to feel the same way when you dive with us.

We can very proudly boast that we’re a PADI 5-star Instructor Development Centre. Put simply, this means we also train the trainers – so naturally we take our education of safe diving very seriously. You’re in safe hands, and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process too.

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster, you’ll be authorised to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organising and directing dives

  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI diver course

  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkelling program

  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience

  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program

  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program

  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty

  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course training dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified Divemaster

  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during surface swims to and from the entry/exit point, and during navigational exercises when the instructor conducts a skill (such as an ascent or descent, or when remaining with other student divers, either as an individual student or buddy team

  • Accompany student divers during adventure dives or specialty training dives, under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor

  • Teach Emergency First Response courses (after successfully completing the Emergency First Response Instructor course)