How do I Become a Divemaster?

Dee Saale
Dee Saale

For people who like to scuba dive, the next step may be to pursue a career in scuba diving. One of the ways to accomplish such a career is to become a divemaster. In general, a divemaster is a person who teaches other people how to scuba dive, conducts dives, and takes certified divers on dive vacations. To become a divemaster, there are several steps that must be taken and regulations that must be followed.

Divemasters must be familiar with skills like proper dive gas selection, underwater navigation, and scuba maintenance.
Divemasters must be familiar with skills like proper dive gas selection, underwater navigation, and scuba maintenance.

On of the best ways to become a divemaster is to enroll in a scuba diving training association, such as the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), or Professional Diving Instructors Corporation (PDIC). Although a person wanting to become a divemaster can receive certification from one of the associations, he or she can also become certified as a divemaster from several of the associations. By becoming certified through several associations, it opens the door to find a job at an increased number of dive shops. Many of the associations can be found in dive shops across the globe from the United States to Australia to Thailand.

Divemasters must be familiar with first aid procedures.
Divemasters must be familiar with first aid procedures.

Most diving associations have prerequisites for those wanting to become a divemaster. Some associations require that a potential divemaster be 18 years old. In addition, there are certain certifications that are required as prerequisites, such as open water diving, rescue diving, and emergency care. Some associations require their divemaster candidates to pass a written exam. Most importantly, they must log a minimum number of open water dives in a variety of environments and depths before they can even begin the course.

Once a person is enrolled in a divemaster program, she can take classes that will allow her to reach her goal of certification. She will learn leadership, as well as how to successfully complete skills in the water, stamina skills, and training exercises. To become a divemaster, someone must show that she can organize groups of people, problem solve, and help others become better in their scuba techniques.

Once a person is certified as a divemaster, she can conduct training activities, plan dives, direct dives, and assist dive instructors in training sessions. In addition, she can teach classes in basic scuba diving, snorkeling, and skin diving. This status also means she is qualified to take the next level of classes, such as those designed to let people become instructors, trainers, or directors.

A divemaster must be a scuba equipment expert.
A divemaster must be a scuba equipment expert.
Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to wiseGEEK.

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