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PADI Professional Courses

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DiveMaster

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As the entry point to professional levels of diver training, the PADI Divemaster course plays a pivotal role within the PADI system of diver education. Those who join the ranks of PADI Divemaster will be able to assist instructors with training student divers and may also independently supervise diving activities for certified divers, snorkelers and skin divers. The PADI Divemaster course expands the problem solving skills developed during the PADI Rescue Diver course, and extends them from accident management and prevention scenarios to supervisory situations with both student and certified divers.
At the Divemaster level, problem solving emphasizes looking for many possible solutions under the circumstances and choosing the best of several. Divemaster problem solving may include more than just safety related issues, and often looks at customer service, business and operational challenges. The course also addresses attitudes and judgment. Attitudes are emotional influences that shape individual choices ranging from professional behavior, role modeling, personal health and following safe diving practices, to very basic values, such as honesty. Judgment applies attitudes, experience, theoretical knowledge, deduction and intuition to problem solving and making decisions based on variables, sometimes under circumstances that aren’t always black or white. In short the PADI Divemaster course is probably the toughest, yet most rewarding course in the PADI system of diver education.

Course Prerequisites

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Training Materials

  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Video
  • Recreational Dive Planner (both table and wheel versions)
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • The PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook

Course Overview

As with all PADI courses the PADI Divemaster course is a performance based course and so the duration of the course is really up to you. PADI recommends a minimum of 50 hours. How many weeks or months it actually takes to complete the course will depend upon your ability/willingness to apply yourself during independent study and attend classroom, pool and open water sessions. We realise that life goes on outside of diving and so we aim to be as flexible as possible when scheduling Divemaster sessions.

The PADI Divemaster course is divided into three parts

Boat Briefing


Knowledge Development

Consists of 12 topics

  1. The role and character of a PADI Divemaster
  2. Supervising and general diving activities for certified divers
  3. Assisting with student divers in training
  4. Dive theory introduction
  5. Physics
  6. Physiology
  7. Equipment
  8. Decompression theory and dive tables
  9. Divemaster conducted programs
  10. Risk management
  11. Business of diving
  12. Furthering your dive career
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The Knowledge Development performance requirements are meet through a combination of home study (reading the Encyclopedia and working through the Workbook), classroom sessions and evaluation by written exams. You must also complete and turn in each Knowledge Review.

In addition you are also required to complete an Emergency Assistance Plan for a dive site. Evaluation is based on plan completeness in providing information to someone who might need to manage a diving accident at the chosen site.


Waterskills and Stamina

Consists of four exercises each rated by points. There is no passing score, but a combined score of 12 or more is required before certification. ALL of the following exercises must be completed before certification.

  • 400 meters/400 yards swim without stopping and without aids, using any stoke.
  • 15 minutes treading water, with hands out of the water for the last 2 minutes.
  • Using mask, fins and snorkel and swimming with the face in the water, swim non-stop for 800 meters/800 yards.
  • Wearing full scuba equipment, non-stop push or tow an inert victim at the surface for 100 meters/100 yards.

Diver Rescue Assessment – You are required to execute an effective simulatedrescue of an unresponsive non-breathing diver at the surface (remember the Rescue Diver course ?)

Confined Waterskills AssessmentYou need to be able to execute mask removal replace and clearing a mask in a manner than earns a score of 4/5. In addition you need to be able to execute a further 20 skills (as listed below which includes repeating the mask skill) in a manner that earns a score of at least 3. The total score for all 20 must be 68 of higher.

  1. Equipment assembly adjust, preparation, donning and disassembly
  2. PADI pre-dive safety check (BWRAF)
  3. Deep water entry
  4. Buoyancy check at surface - attain neutral buoyancy
  5. Regulator-to-snorkel and snorkel-to-regulator exchange
  6. Proper five point ascent
  7. regulator recovery and clearing
  8. Mask removal, replacement and clear (to a 4 at least)
  9. Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use stationary for 30 seconds
  10. Free flow regulator breathing
  11. Fin pivot (both oral and Low Pressure inflation)
  12. Proper five point descent
  13. Remove and replace weight system on the surface
  14. Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA)
  15. Hover midwater for 30 seconds
  16. Underwater swim without a mask
  17. Remove and replace weight system underwater
  18. Remove and replace scuba unit underwater
  19. Remove and replace scuba unit on surface
  20. Buddy breathing stationary (donor and receiver)

Practical Application

This involves you putting your skills into practice. There are three required exercises.

 

Mapping Project – You are required to survey (with a buddy) a dive site or portion of, including underwater and surface feature with sufficient detail that you can create a map of the dive site. The map should show underwater relief, points of interest recommended exit/entry points, local facilities (including emergency contact points – its a good idea to tie your map in with your Emergency Assistance Plan) and potential hazards.
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Equipment Exchange – This exercise demonstrates your ability to problem solve underwater by exchanging all scuba equipment with a buddy while buddy breathing. You need to score a 3 or higher on this exercise.
Confined/Open Water Divemaster Experience – By the end of the course you must be able to effectivelybrief, debrief and conduct activities for a PADI program that may be conducted entirely by a PADI Divemaster. You will demonstrate this by conducting a program in a simulated situation or under the direct supervision of an instructor in a real world scenario.
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The mastery of "Divemaster Experience" comes with time and we will encourage you to spend as much time as possible in real world teaching scenarios (this is the best place to learn !!) By the end of the course you will also have participated in 5 confined water training sessions with students, 5 open water training sessions with students (one of which must be a con-ed course) and one open water supervisory situation with certified divers.

 

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The PADI Instructor Development Course

PADI's Instructor Development Course (IDC) comprises of two distinct components – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.
The AI course is a minimum of three days. It introduces you to the teaching techniques for skill and knowledge development. The course concentrates on duties and programs AIs may conduct independently. Successfully completing this course earns you an AI certification and qualifies you to continue with the OWSI portion of the program.
The OWSI program is a minimum of four days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System and focuses on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator. PADI Assistant Instructors (or those who have completed the AI portion of the IDC) as well as instructors from other dive training organizations who want to become PADI Instructors must complete this portion of the program. Successfully completing this program qualifiesyou to attend a PADI Instructor Examination.
The AI course and OWSI program both emphasize learning and development – not evaluation.
This allows you to gain confidence and improve performance in a low-stress environment.
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Instructor Examination (IE) – To become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must successfully complete an IE. The IE serves as an objective evaluation of your skills and knowledge. Although passing an IE is necessary to become an OWSI – it is not the primary focus of the IDC. The ability to pass the IE is a natural result of preparing to be an instructor. Don’t dwell on the IE, but concentrate on the larger task of becoming a professional educator and competent dive leader. All IEs are conducted by PADI Office staff.
 

 

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Assistant Instructor (AI)

Prerequisites

To enroll on an IDC or Assistant Instructor course, an individual must:

  1. Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization (i.e. BSAC Club Instructor or higher).
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
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Performance Requirements

ou must complete the independent study Knowledge Reviews in your Instructor Candidate Workbook prior to the course. Doing so provides you with background information and an overview of basic standards. This information is necessary for you to progress through the course. During the course, you’ll attend six curriculum presentations. You’ll also give at least two confined water teaching presentations, two knowledge development presentations, and one open water teaching presentation integrating two skills.
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Our staff will evaluate your teaching presentations and provide suggestions for improvement. Prior to certification as an Assistant Instructor (or being qualified to go on to the OWSI program), you must give at least one presentation with these minimum scores:
  1. Confined water – 3.4
  2. Knowledge development – 3.5
  3. Open water – 3.5

Prior to AI certification (or going on to the OWSI program), you’ll also need to demonstrate mastery by passing a PADI System, Standards and Procedures Exam and demonstrate competency by successfully completing a skill evaluation.

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Keep in mind that this is a performance based developmental process. You will have several opportunities to reach these levels – you don’t have to reach these scores on the first try. Our professional and approachable staff will work with you to develop your abilities and provide additional presentation opportunities.
 

 

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Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Prerequisites

To enroll on the OWSI program, an individual must:

  1. Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization (i.e. BSAC Club Instructor or higher).
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months.
  4. Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives and
    have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
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Performance Requirements

You must complete the independent study Knowledge Reviews in your Instructor Candidate Workbook prior to the course. (If you’re continuing on from the AI course, you should have already done this.) Doing so provides you with background information and an overview of basic standards. This information is necessary for you to progress through the course. During the course, you’ll attend 13 curriculum presentations.
You may also attend an optional presentation regarding the RDP. You’ll give at least two confined water teaching presentations, two knowledge development presentations, and one open water teaching presentation integrating two skills.

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You’ll also participate in workshops involving an Adventure Dive and a Rescue Diver Course Exercise. Our staff will evaluate your teaching presentations and provide suggestions for improvement. Before you are eligible to attend a PADI IE, you must give at least one presentation with these minimum scores :
  1. Confined water – 3.4
  2. Knowledge development – 3.5
  3. Open water – 3.5
IDC Crew Pack

Prior to completing the program and being qualified to attend a PADI IE, you’ll need to demonstrate knowledge of dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring at least 75 percent on each part. You’ll also need to demonstrate competency by successfully completing a skill evaluation and show a level of physical fitness and stamina by completing a mask, snorkel, fin swim.

Like the AI Course, this is a performance based developmental process. You will have several opportunities to reach these levels – you don’t have to reach these scores on the first try.

Instructor Examination

The IE is an evaluative two-day program conducted by PADI Instructor Examiners. You’ll be asked to demonstrate your teaching ability, rescue ability and understanding of the PADI System and dive theory. PADI Instructor Examiners are highly trained professional PADI Course Directors who represent one of PADI’s international offices. Examiners may offer you helpful suggestions, but their primary job is to evaluate your performance. There’s no coaching at an IE, so you must go fully prepared.

After you have successfully met all of the performance requirements of the OWSI program, you’ll receive signed authorization to attend an IE. It’s important to note that you make the final decision about whether you’re ready to attend an IE - meeting the minimum performance requirements does not necessarily guarantee that you will be successful at the IE. You may choose to attend right away, you may decide to study and practice more before going to an IE or we may advise that, although you met minimum requirements, you should strengthen key areas prior to attending an IE. Our resident Course Directors are of course always available for consultation and should you need more practice prior to attending an IE, you will be able to continue to work directly with the Course Directors.

At Adventure Divers we are dedicated to your success as a professional and at the IE and will let you know when we think you are ready.

 

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Specialty Instructor Course

After becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) you'll want to teach divers specific types of diving dependant to what your local area offers. To do this you need to be able to teach. By doing so you can heighten your students' comfort level and strengthening their underwater skills, ultimately leading to their enjoyment of diving more than ever before.
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Specialty Instructor Manual

Specialty Instructors:

  • Teach PADI Specialty courses to divers in a variety of areas from wreck diving to underwater videography.

Prerequisites: *

  • PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor

Minimum Time for Completion:

  • There are two ways to become a specialty instructor, please call our resident Course Director Ray Clark for details.

Required Materials:

  • None
 
*For more detailed information please call our resident Course Director Ray Clark
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Master Scuba Diver Trainer

If you want to train your dive students to the highest purely recreational dive level in the PADI System of diver education, you'll want to be a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. By attaining this level, your dive students will know where to come when they want to learn from an expert.

What can PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers do?

  • Teach PADI Master Scuba Divers

What do I need to start?*

  • Hold five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications, please call our resident Course Director Ray CLark for details.
  • Have at least 25 certifications
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How do I become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer?

Please call our resident Course Director Ray Clark for details
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IDC Staff Instructor

PADI IDC Staff Instructors are PADI Instructors moving towards instructor-level training or teaching the Instructor Development Course (IDC). IDC Staff Instructors can independently train and certify PADI Assistant Instructors as well as help train PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.
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What can I do as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor?

  • Teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses
  • Help PADI Course Directors conduct the PADI Instructor Development Course
  • Help PADI Course Directors conduct instructor -level continuing education
IDC Lesson Guides

What do I need to start?*

  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification
  • 18 years old

What will I do?*

  • Master of instructor-level dive theory, knowledge development teaching presentations and confined water teaching presentations
  • Audit a complete IDC

How long will it take?

  • Two course days plus a complete IDC audit

What materials are needed?

  • PADI Course Director Manual
  • Confined Water Presentation Evaluation Slate
  • Open Water Presentation Evaluation Slate
  • All IDC required materials
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Master Instructor

What can PADI Master Instructors do?

  • Teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses
  • Help PADI Course Directors conduct the PADI Instructor Development Course
  • Help PADI Course Directors conduct instructor-level continuing education
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What do I need to start?

  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor certification
  • Be a PADI Instructor for at least two years
  • EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE™ Instructor certification
  • Have certified at least 150 students as PADI Divers

How do I become a PADI Master Instructor?*

  • Apply directly to PADI

*For more detailed information please refer to the PADI Instructor Manual, the requirements listed on padi.com are general guidelines.

Interested in the Instructor Development?

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PADI Course Director

The Course Director level is the pinnacle of the PADI System of diver education, representing less than one percent of all PADI Members. Course Director hopefuls submit an application for acceptance into one of two annual Course Director Training Courses. From almost 200 applications submitted each year only about 70 participants are selected to attend the two week long Course Director Training Course (CDTC).
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The Course Director rating is the equivalent of having a postgraduate degree in scuba diving instruction, there is not a more prestigious level of certification within the dive industry. Course Directors are the only people who may conduct the Instructor Development Course needed to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

What do I need to start?*

  • Hold the PADI Master Instructor certification for at least six months
  • 250 logged dives
  • Renewed EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE™ Instructor
Course Director Training Course

What will I do?

  • You will need to successfully complete the PADI Course Director Training Course

How long will it take?

  • The Course Director Training Course lasts two weeks

What materials are available?

  • PADI Course Director Manual
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook

*Specific prerequisite requirements are found in the PADI Instructor Manual, the requirements listed on padi.com are general guidelines.

 

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