In less than a month I will return to Malta and to my favourite diveshop, Divewise. I had originally planned to spend July and August there, but due to change in circumstances I can only stay for the month of July. This means that I will be only able to complete the PADI Divemaster course and nothing else (though we will see, I will try and squeeze in as much as I can).
Divemaster – what is it?
According to PADI, it is the first step on the professional ladder. It allows you to do the following:
- Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
- Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
- Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
- Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
- Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
- If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
- Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
- Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
- Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
- surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
- when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
- Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
- Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
- Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
- Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
That is a lot of responsibility and a lot of work to get through. My Divemaster manual has arrived; I can now start the knowledge reviews so that I can focus on the practical aspects when I am in Malta.
I am looking forward to the challenge that this course will present and all the skills that I will learn.