To qualify to enter the PADI Divemaster course, an individual must:
- Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
- A qualifying certification is defined as proof of certification beyond entry level, and proof of 20 or more logged dives documenting experience in deep diving and underwater navigation.
- Be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization. A qualifying certification is defined as proof of certification in diving rescue from a training organization other than PADI. If the candidate enters with a qualifying certification, then the candidate must submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months. If the candidate demonstrates poor or inadequate performance during the diver rescue assessment,then the candidate must complete a PADI Rescue Diver course.
- Have completed and logged at least 40 dives as documented by the individual’s personal logbook.
- Be at least 18 years old at the start of PADI Divemaster training. Submit, to the instructor, medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the form cannot be the individual.