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PADI Dive Master

Price: R17000 Per Person

Dive Master course is a challenging and rewarding course – It is also the first step to becoming a PADI Professional. This internationally recognised certification, can lead to employment worldwide and a lifetime of adventure. Run over a 3 week, the Dive Master course gives you ‘hands on’ training. You not only gain valuable experience in working in an actual dive resort environment, but will make great friends for life!

Dive Master – Course Overview

The PADI Dive Master course builds on the problem solving skills developed in the PADI Rescue Diver program. Extending the application from accident management and prevention. From there it is on to supervisory situations with students and certified divers. You will expand your dive knowledge, develop your leadership abilities, and hone your skills.  You will become a role model who not only follows responsible dive practices, but demonstrates care for the aquatic environment. Your knowledge, skill and enthusiasm for diving, will help people have fun within their interest and skill levels.

The PADI Dive Master certification qualifies you to:

  • Supervise dive activities and lead qualified divers on recreational scuba dives.
  • Assist Padi Open Water Instructors with student diver pool training and qualifying dives.
  • Conduct the Scuba Review programme.

Dive Master – Course Structure


Divided into Knowledge Development, Water Skills Development and Stamina, and Practical Application, independent study is a must. It can even begin before your arrival at Coral Divers. Supporting products would be the PADI Dive Master Manual, Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving and the Knowledge Review Workbook. You can order these through Coral Divers.

The Knowledge Development section includes 9 sections, covering topics such as the Role and Characteristics of a PADI Dive Master, Assisting with Student Divers, Awareness of the Dive Environment, and Dive Theory Review. You will also formulate an Emergency Assistance Plan and conduct a two-part final exam covering what you have learnt in the PADI Dive Master manual.

Pool Sessions

The Waterskills Development and Stamina training  takes place in our training pool. Your instructor will conduct dive skill workshops to help you develop ‘demonstration-quality’ skills. Remember, you will be demonstrating to students, so you must be able to do the skills for them to copy. 

Ocean Dives

The Practical Application section includes a mapping project, dive briefing, search and recovery scenario, and a deep dive scenario. You will assist an instructor with real students on an entire Open Water Diver course, assisting on another higher-level course and leading certified divers in open water.

The final practical experience phase prepares the Dive Master candidate with valuable experience in one of Southern Africa’s largest dive resorts.

Dive Master – Course Requirements

To qualify for acceptance into the PADI Dive Master course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the start of the PADI Dive Master training.
  • Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent. “Equivalent” means proof of certification beyond entry level, and proof of  at least 40 logged dives, showing experience in Deep Diving and Underwater Navigation.
  • Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent. “Equivalent” means proof of certification in diving rescue from a training organisation other than PADI.
  • Have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Training within the past 24 months.
  • Have completed and logged at least 40 dives as documented by their personal logbook.
  • Answer all the questions on the PADI Medical Statement and if you answer “yes” to any of the questions acquire a ‘clearance for diving’ signed by a medical practitioner stating that you are “fit to dive”.
  • The medical clearance must be no older than 12 months.
  • The medical practitioner signing the form cannot be the individual.
  • You will be required to purchase the Dive Master Crew-pack. (Dive Master Manual, Encyclopaedia, Instructor Manual, Slates, Scuba Tune-up Workbook, and eRDPml).

Dive Master – Course Inclusions

Includes your qualifying dives, full equipment hire, online PADI certification registration code and 21 nights’ accommodation in one of our Safari Tents. Please remember that you need to bring your own bedding for the tents? For a slight extra charge, you may upgrade if you wish to a Standard Cabin, Standard Cabin & Private Bathroom or Ensuite Cabin

As a Dive Master, you will need to have your own dive equipment (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, fins, and weights with belt).  As a PADI professional, you should also own a compass and SMB, however.

Candidates need 60 logged dives to be certified as a PADI Dive Master.  You will also be required to register online with PADI and your fees are payable directly to PADI after completion of your course.

Catering is not included but can be provided on a Dinner and Breakfast basis. Laundry can be arranged at an additional cost.

Please Note:

Our course price does not include the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife fees, consisting of a once off entry fee, a levy and daily park fee. All divers on course are required to have a Dive Permit. The cost of R45 is not included in the course price. The yearly or monthly permits can be purchased from a local Post Office, or you are able to purchase the monthly permit at Coral Divers' reception.

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Housekeeping Schedule
All accommodation is serviced on a daily basis by housekeeping.
Check In & Out Time
Check in time is 2pm & check out time is 10am
Number of People
All our accommodation sleeps two persons per tent / cabin.