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Divemasters are the front line of the diving world. They are expert divers, with exceptional dive skills, a deep base of knowledge, and a calm, friendly presence that makes both new and experienced divers feel comfortable

Who Can Become a Divemaster?

Divemasters must have a good base of experience and training that allows them to help new and experienced divers

Minimum Age: To be certified as a Divemaster, you must be 18 years old
  • 15 year olds may participate in the Dive Guide and Science of Diving training, but cannot be certified as professional Divemasters until they turn 18

Minimum Dives: Divers must have at least 40 logged dives to start the Divemaster program and must have 60 when they finish

Medical Sign Off: All dive professional programs require a physician's approval to participate. Please fill out this form and take it to your doctor (make sure all dates are in the DD/MM/YY format)

Training Prerequisites:

How Do We Make Exceptional Divemasters?

Training Philosophy
Our training philosophy to training Divemasters is that we train them as if they would be working alongside us. We take pride in producing the best dive professionals anywhere. We mentor our divemaster candidates to ensure that they understand not just the decisions we make, but the experience, knowledge, and logic we used to make the decision. Our Divemasters leave the program ready to take on the incredible responsibility and fun of being a dive professional.

The Divemaster program is different than most of our other classes. The course is built around your schedule, so some divemaster candidates will finish the course very quickly, while others will take their time, accommodating their lives outside of the water. 

We only teach Divemaster courses as private training. You will be paired with a mentor instructor and develop a plan for your divemaster program. We have found that this approach allows us the flexibility to ensure that each candidate is trained to ensure her or his success, instead of trying to fit the candidates to a large group schedule. 

Knowledge Development
As part of your Divemaster program, you will take the Science of Diving course to ensure that you are comfortable with the physics and physiology of diving.  You will build your knowledge of dive guiding principles and theories through independent study of your digital student materials. Then you will participate in a series of classroom sessions to review these ideas and discuss how to utilize these tools effectively. 

Skill Development
You will participate in workshops to improve your core dive skills, rescue skills, and group control skills. You will move your skills from basic diver level skills to professional level skills that are demonstration quality, so you can effectively work with new divers.

Guiding Practice
You will lead several simulated guided dives in order to learn how to properly plan for a dive, brief divers, control the group, and highlight exciting marine life and notable points of interests. 

Class Audits
You will audit both Open Water classes in the pool and the ocean so you can see how certified Divemasters work with new divers. You will also work with continuing education divers to learn how to maximize student-diver independence, while ensuring safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you hiring?

While we occasionally hire an exceptional outside candidate, we hire primarily out of our development programs. We know that we produce the best dive professionals, so we know we can trust them with our customers. While we do not guarantee a job, we have frequently hired dive professionals who completed their training with us.


How do dive professionals get paid?

This varies from store to store and region to region. In some parts of the world, dive professionals are paid per student or per dive. Here, at Beyond Land Adventures, we pay all our dive professionals hourly rates to ensure that their priority is always ensuring exceptional training, without having to rush to the next class.


Are dive professionals full time or part time?

It all depends on the professional. We have both full time dive professionals and part time dive professionals. Many of our dive pros have fulfilling careers outside of diving and work part time diving to help their hobby pay for itself. Other dive professionals join the industry full time also work in dive stores, repair facilities, or offer professional dive services.


How long does it take to get certified?

It all depends on you! If you have the time and want to join the industry as quickly as possible, we have accelerated programs that can help you get from Open Water to Instructor in two months. If you want to take your time, you can do that as well and work through the program at your own pace.


Where do dive professionals work?

All over the world! There are dive professionals in all 50 states and in almost every country on Earth! Some dive professionals will travel to beautiful resorts to help guide visiting divers in locations such as the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Others will work in some of the amazing training facilities all over the United States.


Do dive professionals get benefits?

Yes! While benefits vary from store to store, we offer our dive pros special deals on gear and training, as well as opportunities to advance their dive skills and test out newly developed gear!

Can I take the Divemaster course just for fun?
Absolutely! Not all Divemasters plan to work in the industry. Some take the course so they can feel more comfortable leading their families on dives. Some take the course to develop their own dive skills. Some take the course for the fun of challenging themselves. 

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