PADI Divemaster Frequently Asked Questions
What are the complete prerequisites and requirements for the PADI Divemaster course?
What can a PADI Divemaster do?
Where will I be spending my time?
Bali Scuba is in the village of Sanur in Denpasar (Bali Island, Indonesia). We’re about 20 minutes from the airport. All your classrooms sessions and pool sessions will be at our dive center. We are lucky enough to have our own purpose-built scuba training pool so you can have unlimited pool practice in addition to the scheduled sessions. Some of your training will be at the house reef in Sanur. This is just a few minutes from Bali Scuba. You will also dive Tulamben and Nusa Penida and Padang Bai very often. The longer you stay, the more dives you can do.
What exactly will I do on the Divemaster (DM) course?
At Bali Scuba we run the DM programme as an internship – working with real divers and real students in training. Unlike many others we don’t do role-play. This means that you won’t have a fixed schedule because your program will depend on what programs we have running at that time. However here is a sample schedule if you are taking the 14-day “Divemaster Express” programme:
Day 1: CLASS & POOL
- Video presentation to introduce the course
- Paperwork and check you meet all requirements to start the course
- Pool skills circuit evaluation to check your basic dive skills (don’t worry, this isn’t a test – we don’t expect our students to start as skilful divers, we expect them to end the course as skilful divers)
Day 2: CLASS & POOL
- First theory session
- First session in the pool focusing on improving your basic dive skills
Day 3: POOL
- More work on improving your basic dive skills and a refresh of the rescue skills that you studied on your Rescue Diver course
Day 4: OCEAN DIVES
- Assisting an instructor teaching and advanced dive course
Day 5: OCEAN DIVES & POOL
- Learning and practice how to prepare a dive site for a trip and how to give a dive briefing
- Preparing for a deep dive and taking part in a search and rescue scenario
- Assisting an instructor teaching a complete beginner on a Discover Scuba programme (in the pool and in the ocean)
DAY 6: CLASS
- A mixture of instructor led and self-study theory sessions
DAY 7: CLASS & POOL
- Work in the pool on advanced diving techniques
- Final exam session 1
- Assisting an instructor teaching a student on the Open Water diver course (first day)
DAY 8: POOL
- Assisting an instructor teaching a student on the Open Water diver course (second day)
DAY 9: OCEAN
- Assisting an instructor teaching a student on the Open Water diver course (third day)
DAY 10: CLASS
- Preparing an Emergency Assistance plan
- Self-study and Instructor-led study on advanced diving theory
DAY 11: CLASS & POOL
- Underwater dive site mapping
- Final exam 2
DAY 12: OCEAN DIVES
- Giving dive briefing and leading divers underwater
DAY 13: POOL & OCEAN
- Assisting an instructor on the refresh programme for rusty divers
DAY 14: CLASSROOM
- Final exam, complete your Divemaster application form and send it to PADI, handshake, hug and high-five!
You can see it is a very busy and very intense schedule and you will be amazed at the progress you make. Perhaps the most time on the course will be spent on improving your dive skills from the ordinary to the exceptional. We guarantee you will leave the course as a safe, confident, skilful and knowledgeable scuba diver.
How much diving will I do during my course?
If you take a 14-day Express programme you will probably do 10-15 ocean dives. That enough to meet all the requirements for the Divemaster course. If you add additional internship weeks you will do a lot more diving. With the theory out of the way you will be able to focus on improving your in-water scuba skills. It’s a great chance to enjoy the world-class diving available here in Bali.
Will I be used as slave labour on my internship?
No. This is a very big difference between the Divemaster course at Bali Scuba and at other dive centres in the region. We will never use you in place of a qualified Instructor because this internship should be a continual learning experience for you. There will always been an Instructor together with you even when you are leading dives in the ocean or working with students in the pool. The legal and moral responsibility for the programme will always be with the instructor. You will be learning from them every step of the way.
What PADI materials will I need for the Divemaster course?
You need the PADI Divemaster crewpack and it’s already included in the Divemaster course price (we don’t have a cheap course price with lots of hidden extras). You will get:
What diving equipment do I need for the Divemaster course at Bali Scuba?
You’ll need a full set of dive gear for the Divemaster course (mask, snorkel, fins, boots & dive computer), you’ll also need two surface signaling devices – one audible and one visible, a compass and divers knife. If you do not have any of your own equipment yet, we have a special equipment package which includes all these essential items. BCD, regulator, and wetsuit rental are included free of charge. We want you to leave Bali Scuba as a fully equipped ready-to-go PADI dive professional.
What else do I need to bring?
What happens if for any reason I quit the Divemaster course after it’s started?
Firstly, you won’t want to quit because you’ll be having so much fun. However, if you do decide to quit for any reason we’ll give you a full refund for any unused part of your course.
What’s the best way to prepare for my Divemaster course?
Read through your old Open Water, Advanced and Rescue manuals again.
A great way to get ahead is to study the dive theory online first. Click here to take PADI dive theory eLearning. You can study now and refer to it any time you need during your Divemaster course. This is the same theory you will need if you continue to your Instructor course too.
Why should I choose Bali Scuba for my Divemaster course? What does it cost? What’s included?
Check out our main Divemaster page. It’s full of details and info you need.
What’s it like taking my Divemaster course in Bali?
Check out our Bali FAQ here. Lots of useful info about our amazing island.
How can I confirm my booking for my Divemaster course at Bali Scuba?
Get in touch with us as and let us know the date you want to start. We’ll need IDR2,000,000 deposit to hold your place and the balance can be paid when you arrive in Bali. You can pay the balance by cash with any major currency or by credit card with 3% bank surcharge. After your Divemaster program is confirmed our Reservation Crew will work with you to find accommodation to suit your requirements and book it for you. Of course, if you prefer you can find your ow place to stay.
Is there anywhere I can store my stuff?
There are lockers you can use in the dive center. There is also a communal fridge where you can store your favorite food and drinks!
What time is my class each day?
Bali Scuba is open from 7am to 6pm daily. Usually you need to arrive at around 7.30am each day. You may finish any time from 12 noon to 7 PM depending on your program that day. You can stay and study or practice in the pool any time the dive center is open. Just grab a tank and some weights if you want to use the pool. Lots of our DMTs (Divemaster trainees) like to practice pool skills together.
Do I get any days off during the Divemaster course?
The Divemaster training course is fun but intense. This means there are no fixed days off because your schedule depends on what programs we have running at the time. However if you want to take a day off just let us know in advance. We will add this extra day at the end of the programme so you don’t lose out. Please note however if you are no-show in the morning then you will lose that day. On this course you are learning to be dive professional and with that comes responsibility.
What kind of lunches are provided?
You’ll get lunch every day so please inform us in advance if you are vegetarian or have any religious dietary restrictions. We usually serve traditional Balinese food (not too spicy) so you can get a taste of the East while you are here. The ‘nasi campur’ is always a popular choice. If for some reason you don’t enjoy the food please let us know. We’ll do our best to find something you like.
How soon can I start working as a dive pro after finishing the course?
You can begin teaching after PADI process your Divemaster certification. This usually takes 1-2 weeks. And then the world is your oyster! Explore beautiful new countries, live a great life, share your passion and inspire your students.
Can I get any deals if I buy scuba equipment while I’m there?
We stock ScubaPro dive equipment and Suunto dive computers. Anybody taking their Divemaster course with us is entitled to 20% discount on any scuba equipment or dive computers in our shop. It’s the best deal around. The only exceptions are items costing IDR 130,000 or less, cameras and camera accessories, spare parts, batteries or equipment servicing. Email us in advance if you want a specific item so we can have it waiting for you when you arrive.