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PADI Divemaster courses at Aquatic Adventures


Becoming a Professional Scuba Diver is a huge step.  It doesn't matter how experienced you are as a diver, whether you are trained as a recreational Tech Diver, or if you have any previous professional sports experience - the transition from recreational scuba diver to PADI professional is an extensive and in-depth procedure.  Turning the focus of your diving away from you, and on to the others who will be relying on you is not for everyone. 


People become PADI Divemasters for a variety of reasons: some simply want to be the best diver they can be, where others have aspirations of becoming a PADI Instructor, while others still need the qualification for their future careers in commercial diving.


Whatever your reason for wanting to becoming a Professional Scuba Diver, Aquatic Adventures can help.  Our experienced team have worked all over the world, and bring their wealth of experience to training the next generation of PADI Pros.


We don't just churn out cookie-cutter candidates, we tailor our training to fit you and your unique needs.  There is no fixed schedule to a Divemaster course at Aquatic Adventures - we believe that part of becoming a professional is being able to organise your own time, and we expect you to do so.

We offer 3 different Divemaster programs, details of which can be found below.

See course dates on the Course Calendar page

Become a PADI professional, and the best Scuba Diver you can be!

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.

A 5-part process:


Becoming a Diving Professional requires more intensive training than recreational courses, however the process can be broken down into 5 sub-sections:

KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT – With a combination of instructor-led and self-study modules, you will learn all about the standards and procedures of being a dive professional.  Your knowledge of dive-related physics, physiology and environmental systems and practices will be enhanced, and you will gain a full understanding of why diving is taught and run the way it is today.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT – A Dive Professional is expected to have excellent dive skills, and therefore a major component of a Divemaster program is the development of these skills to demonstration standard.

PRACTICAL SESSIONS – Divemasters are leaders in the industry, running dives, and making sure everyone has a good time.  You will learn skills such as effective dive planning, briefings, set up and management of dive sites, and also practice scenarios where those skills and your in-water skills could be put to the test.

WORKSHOPS – There are various programs that a Divemaster can run.  In a series of workshops, you will prepare to run these programs for customers, giving you a chance to hone you skills in specific areas.

COURSE ASSISTANCE – Divemasters often take on the role of a teaching assistant for Instructors with students undergoing training.  By practising this role, you can ensure that you are fully prepared for course that you assist on.


  • Minimum age to take the PADI Divemaster course is 18years old.

  • PADI Rescue Diver certification (or equivalent) is required to enroll in the Divemaster course

  • You must hold a current First Aid certificate to enroll in the PADI Divemaster course - see your options for getting your First Aid cert. by clicking HERE

  • A Diving Medical, valid within the last 12 months is required to participate in the PADI Divemaster course.

  • Minimum 40 logged dives are required to start your Divemaster course (60 dives required to finish)

  • A full set of your own personal Scuba Diving equipment is required to join the Aquatic Adventures PADI Divemaster course.  If you do not own a full set of equipment, contact us to find out options and offers available to help you get the missing items and start your course.

5-Part Process to Certification

Aquatic Adventures Guarantees


At Aquatic Adventures we have tailored all our courses to offer you the best opportunity to become a competent and confident diver, regardless of your previous experience level or in-water ability.  We prioritise safety above all else, so on all our Divemaster courses we guarantee:

  • Your mentor will be an experienced Instructor, of Master Scuba Diver Trainer level or above.

  • You will work alongside many different dive professionals from within our diverse team, to allow you to gain lots of relevant and varied experience during your course.

  • You will be considered one of the Aquatic Adventures Crew from the moment you begin your Divemaster training - this means you will be expected to behave as a professional, but also that you can expect to be treated as a professional & colleague by your Instructional team.

  • We always maintain strict adherence to PADI standards - we never cut corners - so you will receive top-level training, and will only pass when we, and you, agree that you have achieved a truly professional standard.

  • Your Divemaster course will NOT be easy - if it were, then it would not be worth doing.  However it will be fun, you will learn a lot, and at the end you will come out of it the best PADI Professional, and the best Scuba Diver, you can be.

Aquatic Adventures Guarantees

Divemaster course options at Aquatic Adventures

Standard Divemaster course

Standard Divemaster Course

Our standard Divemaster course is anything but "standard".  We have developed a program designed to not only produce an excellent PADI professional, but also one who will be more knowledgeable, more useful to the Scuba Diving industry, and therefore more employable.

The course includes the following:

  • Full PADI Divemaster Crew pack (including DM Manual), plus PADI eLearning - we believe you learn better when you have multiple avenues to do so, so we provide every candidate with both online and paper versions of their learning materials.

  • Nationally recognised Inspect & Fill SCUBA Cylinders certification

  • PADI Project AWARE & Dive Against Debris specialty certifications

  • Scuba CV writing workshop with our in-house Course Director


Please note: 4 students are required for the course to run

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Price: $1,600/person

Premium Divemaster course

Premium Divemaster Course

Price: $3,400/person

Our Premium Divemaster course is designed to not only make you employable, but to give you all the skills to work as a DM anywhere in the world.  We developed this program specifically to cater to the needs that we have identified as being essential for working effectively as a Dive Professional in the Victorian Scuba Diving industry. 


This course includes everything from the Standard DM course, plus the following:

  • PADI Equipment Specialist certification

  • PADI Deep Diver certification

  • PADI Search & Recovery Diver certification

  • PADI Self-Reliant Diver certification

  • PADI TecRec Trimix Gas Blender certification

  • Sales training, covering Scuba Equipment, Courses & Travel


Please note: This course can be run alongside the Standard DM program

Advanced Divemaster training

Advanced Divemaster Training

For many, the next stage after Divemaster is to become a PADI Assistant Instructor, or a fully fledged PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.  However, for some, this is a step too far, and therefore our in-house Course Director has developed his "Advanced Divemaster" program to allow current DMs to upskill and offer more to their customers and dive centres, without taking part in an Instructor Development program.


This course teaches an existing Divemaster the following:

  • PADI Specialist Instructor ratings in Emergency Oxygen Provision, Equipment Specialist, Project AWARE & Digital Underwater Imaging.

  • Nationally recognised Snorkel Instructor qualification

This training program is always run by our in-house Course Director


Please note: 2 students are required for this program to run


Price: $700/person

Don't see a Divemaster program that matches your specific wants/needs?  Contact us today and we will be happy to discuss a custom-build program to help you achieve your Dive Professional goals

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