Why become a PADI Dive Master?

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with your mentoring Dive Instructor and Bali Diving Academy’s team, you’ll fine tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

Before you can be a good research diver, you first must be a good diver. The PADI Dive Master and Research Diver Internship will give you the skills needed to work either in marine conservation/research or the diving industry. You will meet like-minded individuals and be able to network with experienced and aspiring marine biologists and organizations from around the world.

 

What will you learn?

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions with your mentoring instructor, Watermanship skills exercises and workshops, and hands on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba activities. In partnership with your research diver internship you will be able to conduct and lead various marine research.

Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Intensive Fish Identification and survey methods
  • Baited Remote Underwater Video research and methodology
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting recreational and research dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

 

**You may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor and professor for more details**

 

What scuba gear will you use?

As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and a surface signaling device. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, life bags, and slates. This is your time to start building your personal set of gear. All equipment purchased through Indo Ocean Project receives a 10% discount. Ask us for more information.

Typical Day

The project runs 7 days a week and all interns are entitled to 1 day off per week or 4 days off per month. These days can be accumulated if you require a few days off in a row.

Your first few weeks are dedicated to dive, methodology, and fish ID training and workshops. Once you are trained and have successfully complete your BRUV research diver and Fish ID test you will take part in the daily research tasks.

The average day begins at 07:30 when the team meets at Bali Diving Academy to prepare for their day and ends around 17:30, with rotating night shifts until 19:30 around once a week.

The boat leaves Nusa Lembongan at 08:30 and 10:30 for 2 tank dives daily and occasional afternoon 1 tank dives in the afternoon. You will assist a staff member throughout the day with their daily tasks changing daily on demand. You will alternate between staff so you can see different diving and teaching styles to start creating your own. Your time will be slipt between the following tasks:
1) Dive Master’s and Dive Guides – learning how to guide dives around the Penida Marine Park.
2) Instructors – assisting courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Rescue Diver in the pool, classroom, and open water.

3) Research Team – Take an active role in the research team as a research diver and field scientist collecting abundance data on dives and placing and retrieving the BRUV’s.
4) Office Time – Help the dive team in the office with equipment maintance and repair, sales and bookings, data entry and analysis, independent study, and dive master workshops.

Next Step

Apply online today. We have a short application process so we can get to know each other better. We have limited spaces available and can not guarantee course dates until deposit has been received. Than you will register for the Divemaster Online course and start learning right away. Sign up for your Dive Theory online and study the pre arrival study guide from Indo Ocean Project. Complete the Medical Statement and Questionnaire (pdf) before arriving in Bali to ensure you are medically fit for a dive professional.