PADI Divemaster

The Course

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? 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 PADI Instructors, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills 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.

Course Outline

Open to Rescue Divers with at least 40 logged divers, this is the first PADI professional grade. 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
  • 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
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Your may also complete the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses at reduced rates along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.

Course Duration & Schedules

There are three sections to this course:

  1. Knowledge development: learn about the role of a Divemaster, diver safety & management and topics such as the physics and physiology of diving. You will sit tests on these and prepare an emergency assistance plan.
  2. Water skills development: involves swim tests and a problem solving exercise. You will also develop your basic scuba/snorkel skills and demonstrate a diver rescue.
  3. Practical application: involves some skills (dive site set up, mapping project, dive briefing, search and recovery scenario and deep dive scenario), Divemaster conducted programme workshops (scuba review, skin diver, discover scuba diving, discover local diving) and assessments working with open water and continuing education students.


Having completed your self study from the Divemaster course manual, encyclopedia and workbook, New Horizons will agree a start date with you. Due to the nature of this course some elements will be scheduled whilst other parts are completed independently or by arrangement.

Theory reviews are in our classroom and pool work is at Macclesfield and/or Congleton Leisure Centres. Open water training usually takes place at Capernwray.

Your Dive master course will be scheduled to suit your availability, ensuring you get the most out or each session. There are no strict timetables so we can help you achieve your rating as quickly as suits you.




  • Divemaster crew pack
  • Diving Knowledge workbook
  • Pool entry fees
  • Air fills
  • Instructor fees

Not Included

  • Gear rental (it is available at a special course price)
  • Travel and entry fees to the open water sites
  • PADI Professional membership fees

Each candidate must also have an RDP table version and eRDP multilevel

The Divemaster Crew Pack includes the following items: Divemaster manual, Instructor manual, Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving, Divemaster slates, Discover Scuba Diving cue card, professional log, Scuba Tune Up Guidebook, bag and emblem.

Gear rental is not included as this is a professional grade course, but any gear needed can be rented at a special course price.


PADI Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver

The PADI EFR course completed in the last 24 months

Minimum dives: 40 logged dives on enrollment, 60 logged dives on completion.

Minimum age: 18 years old.

Medical: A Medical Questionnaire has to have been completed by you and signed off by your GP within the last 12 months.

To Book

Contact us to discuss a starting date, answer any questions and to book yourself on.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require further information, please telephone on 0161 223 5102 or call in to the dive centre.