What is a Divemaster?
It’s a pretty cool-sounding name. Divemaster. The title conjures up images of people diving in turquoise waters while watching sharks, turtles, rays, and other amazing aquatic life pass by. Or perhaps you’ve seen those hard-working people in the early morning hours carrying heavy tanks to the boat to prepare for the day’s diving activities.
“It must be pretty cool to get paid to dive.” IT IS!
A divemaster is a professional diver whose primary responsibility is to guide certified divers during a variety of dives in a variety of conditions. In addition, they are experienced professionals who have met minimum requirements to enter into a divemaster internship, in which they are trained to assist diving instructors and who have solid skills in diver safety and in-water rescue in the unlikely event someone experiences an issue while diving. A divemaster plans the dive site according to weather, current, and visibility conditions while also taking into account their group’s training and actual dive experience. In addition to site preparation and selection, they also are skilled at planning for emergencies and how to respond to them based on the sites they’ll be diving.
“As a PADI Professional I have the opportunity to see:
- Fear changed to courage
- Faintheartedness converted into accomplishment
- Timidity transformed into confidence
- Anticipation turned into passion
As a PADI Professional I can:
- Open hearts and minds to the hidden beauty of nature’s creation and our obligation to protect it
- Foster self-esteem in another person
- Teach the value of character and integrity
- Transform another human being and change a life for the better and forever”
When diving a new area, people usually want to know the names of the various fish and other aquatic life they’re spending time with. Divemasters are passionate about diving and about the marine world, and because of that they like to focus on areas of ocean conservation as well as fish identification. Responsible divemasters are just as concerned with the health of the reef as they are for your safety, and they will often prepare divers regarding techniques to avoid damaging sea life.
Divemasters are also considered certified assistants. They can assist an instructor with student supervision as well as helping students who might need a little extra assistance with a specific skill. With a little extra training and practice, they can also guide discover scuba divers (who are not yet certified divers) on dives after they’ve worked and dove with an instructor. Sometimes they are also added to large groups of divers or students to help ensure a greater level of safety as well.
When a diver desires to explore an area that is new to them, they can connect with a local divemaster for a Discover Local Diving briefing and dive. A divemaster will explain the area, typical sea life, important information regarding local regulations and techniques, a review of the various sites, and will lead them on a dive.
A divemaster is also often utilized to lead a group of snorkelers on an expedition. They are trained to teach snorkeling techniques and to offer supervision to help maintain safety standards. Should there be an issue, the divemaster is thoroughly trained for in-water rescue and is a valuable member of the team.
Are you interested in becoming a divemaster? Cozumel is the perfect place to train and get your PADI Divemaster certification; we have an abundance of divers of varying skill levels, easy and challenging ocean conditions, more underwater creatures than you could ever begin to identify and Cozumel is a FUN place to live and work!!!