divemaster course

Who can take the PADI Divemaster Course

During the PADI Divemaster Course you will become familiar with diving in a variety of different diving conditions, environments and ecosystems.

To Begin the PADI Divemaster Course you must…

  • Be a certified PADI Rescue Diver or have an equivalent rating.
  • Be a current EFR or equivalent certification with proof of First Aid, Secondary Care and CPR training valid within the 2 year period
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive
  • Have 40 logged dives – (although we will allow you to obtain the 40 dives just prior to starting the Divemaster Program at no additional cost

On Completion of the PADI Divemaster Internship you will have gained the knowledge and skills required to become a diving professional anywhere in the world!  You also have the option to continue your training and start a PADI instructor Development Course.

Once certified, a PADI Divemaster can participate in the following:

  • Supervise training and non-training dive activities
  • Certify PADI Skin Divers
  • Assist and Supervise in PADI Experience programs such as the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program
  • Assist PADI Instructors in conducting PADI Scuba Diving Courses
  • Conduct PADI Re-Activate Program in Confined Water
  • The PADI Divemaster is the minimum qualification required in order to enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course.

About the PADI Divemaster Course

The PADI Divemaster course builds on the problem-solving skills developed in the PADI Rescue Diver program and extends their application from accident management and prevention, to supervisory situations with students and certified divers. 
This diving internship also helps divers form the appropriate leadership attitude and prepares them to make sound judgement calls. Divemaster candidates learn to problem-solve safety-related issues, and have a positive solution-orientated attitude toward customer service, business and operational challenges.

The PADI Divemaster Course is unlike any other, and the relationship that develops between the Instructor and the Divemaster Candidate is more of a mentor, coach, counselor, and friend.  This bonding is amazing, and fortunately the diving environment provides an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere – during the training and afterwards.
At Ban’s Diving, Lee Nightingale has been training our Divemaster Candidates for more than 7 years. They all see him as a big brother, a role model they can look up to.

Through this diving internship, PADI Divemaster candidates develop exemplary dive skills including fine tuning rescue skills.  They also strengthen their dive theory knowledge, which is the foundation for creative problem solving. 
PADI Divemasters gain competence as PADI Certified Assistants and Dive Supervisors.

Certified PADI Divemasters are role models who follow responsible dive practices and demonstrate care for the aquatic environment. Their knowledge, skill and enthusiasm for diving helps people have fun within their interests and skill levels.

While PADI recommends approximately 50 hours of training to be certified as a Divemaster, we recommend approximately 50 days! We are committed to ensuring that each and every PADI Divemaster candidate trained at Ban’s is prepared to work around the world.

The DMT program is basically 3 parts:

  1. Theory
  2. Working with Certified Divers – “divemastering”
  3. Working with Student Divers – “instructoring”


Theory development includes knowledge reviews, lectures and exams. There are 9 knowledge reviews that are fill in the blanks.

Lectures are given every week and cover the topics of Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Equipment, and Environment.
These lectures are designed to compliment self study in the respective areas and are followed with an examination in each area. The exam passing score is 75%, however we review each missed question to ensure candidates have a 100% understanding.



If you can learn how to manage logistics as a Divemaster in Training at Ban’s, you will be able to work for any dive operation. The responsibilities of a working Divemaster are vast and vary from one location to another – so we’ve decided to offer training in all areas. One important role of a DM is to offer certified divers guided tours of the local dive sites, and to refresh diving skills to those who have been out of the water for a long period of time. General fitness, the ability to anticipate and respond to problems, and to conduct Divemaster programs independently (discover snorkelling, skin diving etc.) is also a common function of the DM. In order to prepare in these areas, training includes (but is not limited to):

  • 400m swim/800m snorkel/100m tired diver tow/15min float/rescue assessment
  • Multiple skill circuits to improve demonstration quality and problem solving
  • Workshops in buoyancy, navigation, mapping, search & recovery, dive site briefings
  • Boat surface cover, dive shop duties, emergency planning
  • Care for the environment: our candidates are encouraged to participate frequently in beach and under water cleanups as well as other conservation initiatives.



Many use the unlimited diving given to candidates enrolled in the program, to prepare for becoming an Instructor. For this reason all of the Divemaster candidates are asked to assist on a minimum of two full Open Water Courses, two full Advanced Courses, and one full rescue course.
During this portion of the program DMT’s are encouraged to develop their teaching skills, improve their feedback techniques and strengthen problem solving abilities. Most individuals find this portion of the course incredibly rewarding as student divers often relate better to the DMC’s as they do their instructors. The role model/mentor like relationship that forms during course assisting, often makes this part of Dive Master Training the most memorable.

Divemaster course:
30,000 Thai Baht

PADI Divemaster Crew Pack:
7000 Thai Baht (English)
8000 Thai Baht (other languages)

PADI Divemaster Application Fee: $210 Australian Dollars
(Made Payable to PADI via credit card details)


During the PADI Divemaster program we do not include accommodation however, we can suggest options that are suitable to your budget. Average monthly rates for accommodation vary from 6000 to 15,000 Thai Baht per month depending on the amenities.

On arrival we can offer you a free night of accommodation to orientate you to the dive centre and island, and give you the opportunity to check out the options that will suit you.


When you first arrive on the island we can arrange a pick up from the pier to the resort at no additional cost. Once you have settled you may want to rent your own motorbike to explore the island. Cost for the month is an average of 2500 Thai Baht.


Visa Requirements:
Due to the current visa changes in Thailand we suggest you contact the Thai Consulate or Embassy in your country and apply for the Tourist Visa. This should let you stay for 2 months within Thailand on arrival and then you can extend for an additional month on the neighbouring island – Koh Samui.
By applying for this visa, you will avoid the monthly boarder runs to Burma and or Malaysia.

3/1 Moo 1
Koh Tao, Surat Thani, 84360

+66 (0)87-883-6021

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