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Abyss Scuba Diving
Why I Became a Divemaster
After I got my diving certification, I dived most weekends and built on my experience and training. Eventually, I wanted to increase the challenge diving presented me. I enjoyed the social aspects of diving, so becoming a Divemaster fit the bill for an increased challenge while maintaining the social side of diving.
A Divemaster is a role that involves overseeing both the planning and supervision of recreational dives. It is used in many parts of the world as a qualification for a diver who supervises a group of divers, and as a dive guide. As well as being a generic term, 'Divemaster' is the title of the first professional diving qualification.
I worked part-time for a local dive shop on weekends, leading dives in and around Sydney for about 8 years before deciding to become a dive instructor. This experience made me an even better scuba diver, and extremely rewarding as I have worked with many timid new scuba divers some of whom went on to become enthusiastic divemaster’s in their own right.
Although while acting as a divemaster, I was involved in leading dives and taking local dive trips, as a divemaster, one's role is much broader than this.
What Can a Divemaster Do?
- Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing, and directing dives.
- Assist an instructor during confined and open water training.
- Guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of the course
- Accompany Open Water Diver students during surface swims
- Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or specialty course dives.
- Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers.
- Conduct the Discover Snorkelling program.
- Conduct subsequent dives for Discover Scuba Diving participants.
- Conduct the Discover Local Diving experience and lead local dives
- Conduct the Reactivate program for certified divers.
I found my time as a divemaster extremely rewarding and would recommend it to anyone who has a full-time job but wants to take their hobby of diving to another level.