PADI Divemaster Course


Want to become a dive master with world class training? There’s no better place to do it than in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and no one better to guide you than Divers Den!

The PADI Dive Master course is the first step in becoming a professional scuba diver, leading others as they experience their own underwater adventures.

If you want to work at a dive company, this will give you the skills you need, like supervising diving activities, helping with diver training, giving safety briefings, mapping sites and polishing your rescue techniques.

Your course will begin with online theory learning at your own pace through PADI eLearning. The eLearning system includes interactive presentations, videos, audio, graphics and reading, with quizzes to help you review your progress.

Once you’ve completed the eLearning portion, we’ll be notified that you are ready for the practical phase (see schedule below). You’ll then complete practical tests, workshops and assignments with a PADI instructor at our Career Development Centre, and spend time in our heated dive pool refining your skills.

During your training you’ll assist with Open Water and Advanced dive courses, including time spent out diving the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll supervise snorkellers, map a dive site, guide certified divers and take part in a Discover SCUBA workshop before taking your final exam.


8+ days (subject to change due to COVID restrictions)


Weekly, with courses starting on Thursdays

Course Outline

Approximately 4 Days Pool & Theory, 6 days on the Great Barrier Reef


  • Snorkelling and scuba equipment, including dive computer
  • Equipment tuition
  • Air fills
  • All meals on board AquaQuest
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee on board AquaQuest
  • Discussion with PADI Course Directors about your dive career goals


Ready to get started and make diving your career? Contact our Divers Den PADI Course Directors for more information including pricing and scheduling.

You can get started on your PADI eLearning now.

Want to discuss your options? Get in touch for a chat and some obligation-free professional advice.


Course Schedule

The basic course schedule over three weeks is as follows:

  • Weeks 1 & 2: Thursday and Friday pool/classroom, Saturday & Sunday on the reef
  • Week 3: Saturday & Sunday on the reef

We offer a flexible course schedule – feel free to discuss this with your course directors when booking.

Your pool training will include a skills circuit and perfecting skills to a demonstration quality. We will also perform water skills evaluation in the form of a 400m swim, 800m snorkel test, 15-minute treading water all for timed periods. We will also have knowledge development sessions, including discussion of emergency plans, dive mapping and a final written exam.

During your time on the Great Barrier Reef you’ll assist with qualified PADI Instructors as they conduct Open Water courses, Discover Scuba dives and Advanced Open Water course (or continuing education) on our Great Barrier Reef day trip vessel AquaQuest.

You will also complete a dive mapping project and gain experience in search and recovery and deep diving througout your ocean experiences. We’ll undertake various other practical assessments and workshops out at the Great Barrier Reef to help you perfect your technique and ability conducting dive briefings and being a dive leader!

Additional info


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Current dive medical (AS4005.1 or AS2299) stating that you are fit to SCUBA dive signed by a physician within the previous 12 months
  • Certified PADI Rescue diver or hold equivalent certification from another dive training organisation
  • Completed an Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care course (or other sanctioned first aid and CPR course) within the past 24 months
  • Proof you have completed at least 40 dives. You will need 60 dives before being able to complete the Divemaster course, which can be gained during training.


  • Australian Standard Dive Medical
  • Digital camera hire
  • Professional photos for purchase
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and snacks

Required Materials

  • QLD Dive Medical (obtained from a local medical centre at own cost)
  • PADI Divemaster Crewpak for eLearning (70921AP) which contains
      • PADI Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving
      • PADI DiveMaster slates and DSD cue cards
      • PADI eRDPML
      • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Please supply your own personal CPR pocket mask for COVID safety

Please note these materials are not included in the course fee. All listed items are however available through Divers Den

Once you successfully complete Divemaster Online, you will need to complete several practical assessments, workshops and other assignments with your PADI Instructor. You will also need to complete the Final Exam as well as meet the professionalism criteria.

Medical & Altitude Info

All scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving.

Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive at 12pm (midday).