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Divemaster level
Exposure - 9/13/2009 11:25 AM
Category: General
Replies: 5

Hi All, 

I’d like to try the Divemaster level but I have a few questions. A school near my home suggest me to start with them then to finalyse the courses by a few dive in the sea with another school. Is it really possible to do that ? The part with the first school will be the theory and swimming pool exercices.

I have another question concerning the program. Are all the program in the book or some other books are needed ?

Thanks in advance

divecozumel - 9/13/2009 1:43 PM

Hy Ivan from Cozumel Mexico, I see in your profile that you have arround 40 dives and in my opinion before you get to do the Divemaster course need to get more diving under your belt, arround 100 dives is recomended before becoming a Divemaster, that way you will feel realy confortable helping divers and organizing things arround the boat and so wich is basicly a DM job.

But about starting your academics and pool secions in one place and then finishing the rest in the ocean with an other outfit sound good to me.

Make sure that they two outfits know each other so the Instructors can comment on your training and that way you can make an better course.

I am a PADI Instructor since 1988 and also a Dive Operator in Cozumel Mexico. If any question fell free to contact me.

Good luck and great dives !
Exposure - 9/15/2009 6:52 AM
Hi Divecozumel,

Thank you for you reply. You are right, I need to have more dives in my log and I will work for that. For the moment, I am just looking for some information about the divemaster level. In fact, that level is just a continuation of knowledge for me (learn and learn). I don’t want to be professional for the moment, but I want to improve my diving knowledge. Where I live, the sea is too far to have a full course and one of the school offer to start by the Theory. At the end they deliver a referal document to present to another school in order to finalize the course. So they don’t know each other. I don’t know if this practice is common or not.

Another question in my message was about the scope of this level and specially about the book to read in order to prepare it. Is the PADI book enough ? I don’t think so, but I can’t find an answer on that.

Again thank you Divecozumel. Your place look very nice for diving :) I have dived only in south-east asia for the moment.


SeaGoat - 9/15/2009 10:01 PM
A dive instructor program is only as good as the instructor leading it. Make sure you do the program with someone who is a good mentor. The books alone won’t do it for you. Unfortunately, my instructor just gave me the books and wished me the best of luck. I was waaaaaay behind when I began instructor training. 
STEVE60 - 9/17/2009 10:15 AM

Hello, Yvan...

As a PADI Instructor, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of having a great teacher during the Divemaster program and the advanced classes beyond Divemaster. I was very lucky to have a very sharp and concerned teacher during my time in the program. He became the ’mentor’ that’s SO important in navigating through all the info in the books.


Exposure - 9/17/2009 2:39 PM
Thanks divegirl and steve.

I just want to start reading from my mountain :) I can imagine how an instructor is important. I have seen some OW class which was really different than mine with a great instructor.