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SDI Divemaster


Who this course is for:

  • The advanced diver interested in working in the dive industry as a professional dive guide or moving on to become an instructor

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18

  • Certified SDI Advanced Adventure Diver or equivalent; advanced certification must include verifiable experience in deep, navigation, night, and limited visibility specialties

  • Certified SDI Rescue Diver or equivalent

  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider (where local law permits)*

  • Provided proof of at least 40 logged dives (see 3.11 for number of dives/hours required for graduation)

* Note: CPR, first aid, and oxygen provider courses may be combined with the IDC Program by qualified instructors

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Divemaster Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • SDI standards and procedures

  • History of SDI

  • Code of ethics and professionalism of an SDI Divemaster

  • Products and procedures

    • How to place an order

    • Yearly renewals

  • Liability and insurance

    • Risk management

    • Waivers and releases

    • Filling out an accident report

  • Knowledge Development

    • Equipment

    • Physics and physiology of diving

    • Medical problems related to diving

    • Use of dive computers and tables

    • Diving environment

    • Dive planning and dive management control

    • Problem solving

    • Underwater and surface communications

    • Diver assistance

    • Avoiding out of air and emergency situations

    • Recommended safe diving practices

    • Boat diving procedures

    • Shore/beach diving procedures

    • Night diving procedures

    • Accident management

    • Emergency procedures

  • Leadership development

    • Planning group dives

    • Divemaster check lists and logs

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • 800 metre swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes

  • 400 metre swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes; swim goggles permitted

  • Scuba skills – minimum equipment: all equipment required for a SDI Dive Leader

    • In water, transport another diver in full scuba equipment at a quick pace for 4 minutes

    • Demonstrate a complete rescue scenario satisfactorily

    • Perform underwater skills with and without a mask

    • Swim on the surface, in full scuba equipment, using the snorkel, 100 metres

  • Bring a diver, simulating unconsciousness, up from depth, not greater than 6 metres/20 feet; at the surface swim them 100 metres in less than 4 minutes

  • Confined water skills:

    • Preparation and planning

    • Briefing and debriefing

    • Group control

    • Problem recognition and solving

    • Diving equipment assembly and disassembly

    • Equipment inspection

    • Entries/exits

    • Proper weighting and buoyancy control

    • Snorkel and regulator clearing

    • Regulator recovery

    • Controlled descents and ascents

    • Underwater swimming

    • Mask clearing

    • Buddy system techniques

    • Weight system removal and replacement

    • Out-of-air emergency alternatives

    • Equipment care and maintenance

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

  • Assist an active SDI Instructor during approved diving courses provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior training

  • Supervise and conduct dives for certified divers, provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior experience and training

SDI Divemaster Diver minimum requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Divemaster written examination, or online version with a minimum score of 80 percent and 100 percent remediation

  • Complete all water requirements

  • Demonstrate to an active SDI Instructor the ability to solve in-water and out-of-water diver problems

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

  • Operate as a Divemaster in a wide variety of environments

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