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 10-day course will begin with online theory learning at your own pace through PADI eLearning (you can register using the link below). 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. Please print out your eRecord and bring a copy with you. You’ll then complete practical tests, workshops and assignments with a PADI instructor.

That’s followed by two days in the pool refining your skills, assisting with the five day Open Water and Advanced Course, including a four day, three night overnight experience to complete workshops. You’ll supervise snorkellers, map a dive site, guide certified divers and take part in a Discover SCUBA workshop before taking your final exam.


10 Days

Course Outline

3 Days Pool & Theory, 3 Day 2 Night Trip, 4 Day 3 Night Trip


  • Snorkelling and scuba equipment, including dive computer
  • Equipment tuition
  • Air fills
  • All meals and accommodation on board OceanQuest
  • Fresh chilled water, tea and coffee on board OceanQuest
  • Transfers from Cairns city accommodation

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PADI eLearning

To be completed before your course

PADI Divemaster Course

Please give 7 days notice
Per participant + $140 tax / levies paid on arrival


Days 1 - 2

Pool training, including a skills circuit, water skills evaluation, final written exam and workshops at the Divers Den five star training centre

Days 3 - 7

Assist with an Open Water Advanced Open Water course, including a three day, two night overnight experience aboard our vessel OceanQuest – the ultimate way to experience the diverse marine life of the outer Great Barrier Reef by day and night.

Days 8 - 11

Four day, three night overnight experience to complete practical assessments and workshops out at the Great Barrier Reef. This will include snorkelling supervision, a mapping project, guiding certified divers, and a Discover Scuba Diving workshop.

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
  • PADI Encyclopedia
  • PADI RDP (electronic)
  • PADI DiveMaster slates
  • PADI DiveMaster Manual
  • PADI Instructor Manual

The PADI Divemaster Online program will provide you with perpetual access to an eBook version of the PADI Divemaster manual, a required material. However, to complete the PADI Divemaster course, you also need a current PADI Instructor Manual, both the Table RDP and eRDPML, The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving, and a set of the PADI Divemaster slates.

These required 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).