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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

Yearly renewals

Liability and insurance

Risk management

Waivers and releases

Filling out an accident report

Knowledge Development


Physics and physiology of diving

Medical problems related to diving

Use of dive computers and tables

Diving environment

Dive planning and dive management control

Problem solving

Underwater and surface communications

Diver assistance

Avoiding out of air and emergency situations

Recommended safe diving practices

Boat diving procedures

Shore/beach diving procedures

Night diving procedures

Accident management

Emergency procedures

Leadership development

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

Group control

Problem recognition and solving

Diving equipment assembly and disassembly

Equipment inspection


Proper weighting and buoyancy control

Snorkel and regulator clearing

Regulator recovery

Controlled descents and ascents

Underwater swimming

Mask clearing

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



- 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