The SDI Divemaster Course is the first professional-level certification. During the course, you will learn how to work with divers, lead certified divers, and act as a dive guide showing divers underwater dive sites and the marine life that inhabits those dives sites. You will increase your knowledge about physics and physiology as well as increase your proficiency with your scuba and snorkelling skills.
When is it run:
As this course takes anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 year to complete, it is run on a continued basis, so book on and we will contact you to develop a training program that suits you.
If you don't have that time, ask us about an intensive 10 day program.
Who this course is for:
The advanced diver interested in working in the dive industry as a professional dive guide or moving on to become an instructor
What you can expect to learn:
The SDI Divemaster Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:
SDI standards and procedures
History of SDI
Code of ethics and professionalism of an SDI Divemaster
Products and procedures
How to place an order
Liability and insurance
Waivers and releases
Filling out an accident report
Physics and physiology of diving
Medical problems related to diving
Use of dive computers and tables
Dive planning and dive management control
Underwater and surface communications
Avoiding out of air and emergency situations
Recommended safe diving practices
Boat diving procedures
Shore/beach diving procedures
Night diving procedures
Planning group dives
Divemaster check lists and logs
Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:
800 metre swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes
400 metre swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes; swim goggles permitted
Scuba skills – minimum equipment: all equipment required for a SDI Dive Leader
In water, transport another diver in full scuba equipment at a quick pace for 4 minutes
Demonstrate a complete rescue scenario satisfactorily
Perform underwater skills with and without a mask
Swim on the surface, in full scuba equipment, using the snorkel, 100 metres
Bring a diver, simulating unconsciousness, up from depth, not greater than 6 metres/20 feet; at the surface swim them 100 metres in less than 4 minutes
Confined water skills:
Preparation and planning
Briefing and debriefing
Problem recognition and solving
Diving equipment assembly and disassembly
Proper weighting and buoyancy control
Snorkel and regulator clearing
Controlled descents and ascents
Buddy system techniques
Weight system removal and replacement
Out-of-air emergency alternatives
Equipment care and maintenance
What’s in it for you?
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:
Assist an active SDI Instructor during approved diving courses provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior training
Supervise and conduct dives for certified divers, provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior experience and training
PREREQUISITES TO PARTICIPATION
- Must be a Deep diver.
- Must have completed 50 dives
- Must be a certified Rescue diver.
- Must complete a diving medical questionnaire
- A ll training materials
- Assist on a full range of divemaster activities with real students.
- Comprehensive equipment configuration and dry drills session
- 20 dives and all dive site access fees
- Certification as an SDI Divemaster (once graduated)
- SDI Member upgrade Fees and training materials.
- Equipment hire