PADI Divemaster

The PADI Divemaster Course is the first professional level of your scuba diving career and you will find unique challenges and possibilities when entering the professional world of scuba diving.

You can enrol on our PADI Divemaster Course any time of the year, each course start date is tailored to the individual candidate.

The PADI Divemaster Course can be completed in only 10 days. However, we encourage candidates to join us for a one month internship program to complete the PADI Divemaster Course. This way you will not only benefit from the course training you will also gain valuable hands on experience at our busy dive centre.

The purpose of our PADI Divemaster internship program is about increasing your scuba diving knowledge and developing skills to a professional level whilst providing you with an insight into the business of diving.

PADI Instructors require a certified assistant, which as a certified PADI Divemaster will be one of your roles and duties.

The other duties of a Divemaster are: to plan, organize and lead dives; supervision of participants during dive activities, teach and certify students in the PADI Skin Diver course, refresh a certified diver on their skills on the PADI Scuba Review program and enroll in PADI Instructor level training for further professional development.

Everyday, your training is conducted at the island, not in a classroom.

The PADI Divemaster program is made up of 3 components:

Watermanship & Skills

  • Stamina Exercises (points are accrued for a passing overall score)
  • Skills Circuit – demonstrate teaching the 24 skills of the Open Water Course. 

Knowledge Development

  • Dive Theory: physics, physiology, equipment, dive planning, skills and environment.
  • Supervision of dive activities; planning, management and control of dives; diving emergency assistance plan for the local area; survey and map an open water dive site.

Practical Application

  • You will be acting as a certified assistant by supervising a PADI Instructor on structured training sessions. Scenarios to experience leadership abilities will be conducted under instructor supervision. Through practical assessments you are evaluated on your role as an instructional assistant: your level of supervision, control and underwater guiding.

Upon successful completion of your PADI Divemaster Course, you receive a certification card and a wall certificate and as a PADI member you will receive all PADI member benefits.

In addition to the structured course training, candidates will participate in practical training in non-simulated scenarios. You will be dealing with real situations and real people, all under the direct supervision of one of our fully qualified PADI Staff Instructors. Interns not only benefit from this practical experience, but they also learn the daily operation of a real PADI 5 Star IDC Centre.

Your program includes UNLIMITED scuba diving so you may dive EVERYDAY. To gain the amount of logged dives required for the course is not a problem as we go diving 3 times a day – everyday!

We have 49 dive sites and some fantastic reefs surrounding our PADI 5 Star IDC dive centre within Tunku Abdul Rahman Park where our centre is based, all of them are just a few minutes speedboat ride from where you will be based everyday.

PADI Go PRO Divemaster Internship
Cost: USD 1,500.00
Duration: 1 Month
One month PADI Divemaster Internship Course with UNLIMITED scuba diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park with Downbelow’s premium PADI 5 Star IDC dive centre includes:

  • Unlimited scuba diving from Downbelow’s PADI 5 STAR IDC centre.
  • PADI Divemaster Course (with 1 year membership).
  • Internship training – provides a valuable insight into the diving industry by working within our premium PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre.
  • All Divemaster materials (yours to keep): Divemaster manual, slates, PADI instructor manual, the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, ERDP ML, a log book, Scuba Tune-Up Workbook, Discover Scuba Diving Instructor Cue Cards, Decal, brochures and other course documentation. All this comes in your own PADI Pros bag.
  • 1 night dive with underwater torch rental.
  • Daily lunch and refreshments while you are at the island.
  • All marina and Tunku Abdul Rahman park fees paid.
  • Logistics: Downbelow licensed minivans handle transfers between your lodge accommodation and the marina and our speedboat for transfers between the marina and our dive centre at the island.
  • Free Wifi use at our dive shop and classroom at KK Times Square.
  • Company rate on any travel packages we offer at Downbelow (including the world class diving destinations Sipadan & Kapalai, Lankayan, Layang Layang and our Wildlife Adventure Safaris).
  • Accommodation: all interns will have a private, en-suite room in the same lodge in KK city centre which is great for socializing!

What is not included:

  • Flights to Kota Kinabalu.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Evening meals.
  • Use of diving equipment from our dive centre is available to rent.

A PADI Divemaster candidate, must own a pocket mask, underwater compass, a surface marker buoy (SMB) and a timing device (watch or dive computer).  At our KK Times Square Dive Shop you will find everything you need and we sell the items mentioned above at a reduced rate for our internship candidates.

Prerequisites of the PADI Divemaster:

  • 18 years old.
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or certified by another diver training organization).
  • PADI Rescue Diver (or certified by another diver training organization).
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course (or certified by another first aid and CPR training organization) completed 24 months prior.
  • Logged 40 dives (60 upon certification).
  • Submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a diving physician (12 months prior).

It’s not a problem if you haven’t yet met these pre-requisite requirements of the PADI Divemaster Course. When you contact us at Downbelow, give us some information about yourself, such as: current qualification level, number of dives, available time and we will tailor your internship accordingly to suit your individual experience and objective.

Upon successful completion of your PADI Divemaster Course, you receive a certification card and a wall certificate and as a PADI member you will receive all PADI member benefits.

It’s always a good idea to prepare yourself before starting your PADI Divemaster training. You can register for eLearning NOW and start the Dive Theory program which will benefit your understanding of Dive Theory.

Even professional divers continue their education! Many PADI Divemasters naturally progress to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors by completing the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) which can also be incorporated into a Downbelow Go PRO Internship.