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SDI DIVEMASTER Divemasters Wanted! Join the Tribe!

The SDI Divemaster Course with NANAIMO DIVE OUTFITTERS

Do you have a deep and abiding passion for diving? Or, do you merely love it with all of your heart? If so, you should consider doing what you love for a living; that's right be paid to do what you love: become a SDI Divemaster. When you Join the Tribe™ by becoming a SDI Divemaster, you align yourself with the largest and most respected dive tribe in the world—that of PADI Professionals. These are PADI Divemasters and Instructors sharing a passion for diving and an active concern for the health of the world’s underwater habitats.

SDI Divemaster Course

Looking for the first step in working withscuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the SDI Divemaster program. Working closely with a SDI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. SDI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. SDI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the SDI Assistant Instructor and SDI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

What You Learn

During the SDI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

As you progress through your Divemaster course, you will expand your diving knowledge, hone you skills and increase your confidence. Then, as a SDI Divemaster, you’ll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the joy of seeing them transformed by the majesty of the the acquatic realm.

What You Can Teach

After becoming certified as a SDI Divemaster you will be authorised to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a SDI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the SDI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Conduct the SDI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the SDI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the SDI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Earn the SDI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the SDI 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 SDI 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 SDI Instructor.
  • Conduct the SDI 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 SDI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The Scuba Gear You Use

  • You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.
  • It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.

The Learning Materials You Need

The SDI Divemaster crewpak includes:

  • SDI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster slates
  • Dive Briefing Slate
  • DCS Field Evaluation Slates
  • SDI Pro Dry Bag
  • SDI Divemaster Application package

There are other required materials that a Divemaster Candidate will need but may have received them during other SDI programs so they have not been included in the Divemaster Crew-Pak. Please ask your SDI Instructor for the full list of required materials that you will need for the program.

You also have the option to take Divemaster Online.

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact NANAIMO DIVE OUTFITTERS. Otherwise, you can sign up today online.


To take this course, you must be:

  • 18 years old
  • An Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)
  • A Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)
  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organisation) course completion within the past 24 months.
  • Have at least 50 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Other Courses That Will Prepare You for Success as a SDI Divemaster

Here are some suggestions for other SDI courses that will help make you more successful as a SDI Divemaster:

  • Search and Recovery 
  • Deep Diver (mandatory)
  • Dive Theory Online
  • Boat Diver
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Enriched Air Diver (You can sign up for the TDI/SDI Enriched Air Course Online!)
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Night Diver (mandatory)
  • Advanced Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigation

For more information about this or other SDI courses have a chat with one of the NANAIMO DIVE OUTFITTERS Team members.