PADI Divemaster Course Koh Tao


The PADI Divemaster Course is the world’s most popular pro level course

PADI Divemaster Course in Thailand

Black Turtle Dive dive centre in collaboration with IDC Koh Tao pro level training team, provide suitable Divemaster candidates with a structured, effective and rewarding PADI Divemaster course.

Our PADI Diving Course training is not designed to tick boxes, instead we focus on the needs of individual candidates leading to our recognized and award-winning diver training program that produces better scuba divers.

Do you have a passion for scuba diving and the underwater world? Do you want to share this love for scuba diving with others? Would you like to take this to a whole new level?

If so, sign up now for the PADI Divemaster course Koh Tao and start an adventure of a lifetime. Do something you love as a career – book our Award Winning Koh Tao Divemaster course in Thailand.

  • Flexible and personalised scheduling system tailored to YOU!
  • Dedicated team of PADI Master Instructors and Course Directors
  • Free optional working Internship Program
  • Divemaster Discount – Great discounts off equipment purchased through us

PADI Divemasters are role models other scuba divers look up to. This is because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a Divemaster on Koh Tao, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.


Course Price: 30,000 THB

Who Can Enrol on the PADI Divemaster Course?

Koh Tao Divemaster Course – what you learn

Understanding the Role & Characteristics of a PADI Divemaster

Divemaster Orientation

The first thing you will do during PADI Divemaster training is your Orientation with our Divemaster Coordinators.

During your orientation we will go through your personal goals and timeline for the course and come up with dedicated plan for your professional development. 

We will also introduce you to the PADI Divemaster course breakdown and what you can expect during your training.

We will also allow you to choose a Mentor that will work with you throughout your training and help.

Divemaster Knowledge Development

As part of the Divemaster course you will need to complete 9 knowledge development segments, including Knowledge Reviews in the PADI Divemaster Manual. This can be done by:

  • Online E-learning
  • In class presentations
  • Independent Study

Once you have completed your Knowledge Development, your mentor or Divemaster coordinators will review and remediate with you on any questions you answered in-correctly.

They will also review how to properly use the PADI RDP and eRDPml dive tables with you.

At this point you will need to pass your Divemaster exam. The exam is broken into two sections and you will need to attain 75% in both areas in order to achieve mastery.

At some point during your training, you will be asked to create an Emergency Assistance Plan for a designated dive site. Your Mentor and coordinators will help you with this task.

*You may use your Emergency Assistance plan from your PADI Rescue Diver Course.

Course Price: 30,000 THB

Divemaster Course Practical Application Skills

Skill 1 — Dive Site Setup and Management

In this section you will learn how set up a dive site and manage predive preparation.

When you first begin your PADI Divemaster training, you will have the opportunity to shadow our Divemaster Team and witness the behind the scenes logistics of a working dive center.

Once you have an idea of the day to day preparation that goes into operating a dive trip, we will put your skills to the test. A few of the tasks that you will be completing will be:

  • Preparing emergency equipment
  • Greeting divers & organizing a dive roster
  • Monitoring a dive from an appropriate vantage point and assisting divers both before and after their dive

Skill 2 — Mapping Project

This skill will allow you to create a detailed map of a dive site in Koh Tao. We will assist you on Mapping techniques and pre-dive planning.

Once you have your rough draft completed, your mentor will help you to focus on areas of improvement and help you to finalize your final project.

You can conduct as many dives as you would like in order to complete this skill. 

Skill 3 — Dive Briefing

During this skill you will need to conduct a dive briefing for a dive site while covering specific points.

You will be given an aquatic cue card that goes through each point in detail and we will hold a Dive Briefing workshop prior to completing this skill.

We always encourage our PADI Divemaster Candidates to practice this skill as much as possible.

We will allow you to practice your dive briefings in the majority of your training with your coordinators, mentor and other staff members. 

Skill 4 — Search and Recovery Scenario

We will conduct this skill over a full day. We will start the morning off with a theory session and review knot tying techniques, lift bag procedures and search patterns.

In the afternoon we will conduct two dives. The first dive will give you the opportunity to practice:

  • tying knots underwater
  • Rig and bring to the surface an object using an appropriate lifting device.
  • Buoyancy practice as we will be performing all skills neutrally buoyant

During dive number two, we will be focusing on searching for both a small submerged object and a larger object not weighing more the 11 Kilograms.

Your coordinators will organize you to work in groups to plan and execute two different search patterns focused on recovering both objects.

*This skill can also be completed by holding the PADI Search & Recovery Specialty. 

Skill 5 — Deep Dive Scenario

During this skill we will focus on proper dive planning, buddy team communication and positioning and executing a safe and conservative deep dive profile.

Your coordinators will conduct a theory workshop prior to the dive to assist you with your dive planning and briefing.

After the dive they will show you how to work out your Air Consumption Rate. This is a valuable tool that will be beneficial to you in future dives.

During the workshop, your coordinators will focus on developing your buoyancy, trim, positioning and help you to work on proper Delayed Surface Mark Buoy (DSMB) deployment.

*This skill can also be completed by holding the PADI Deep Diver Specialty. 

Divemaster Conducted Program Workshops

Workshop 1: ReActivate Program

The ReActivate Workshop is broken into three segments:

  • Standards & knowledge assessment review
  • ReActivate interview role play
  • ReActivate waterskills session & briefing workshop

During this workshop you will review exactly how to conduct the ReActivate program as a PADI Divemaster.

You will go through the entire program from start to finish, while role playing as both the student and the Divemaster.

We will also focus on time-management, in water positioning, problem solving and effective debriefs. 

Materials used during the Workshop:

  • Standards & knowledge assessment review
  • ReActivate interview role play
  • ReActivate waterskills session & briefing workshop

Workshop 2: Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision:

The Skin Diver Workshop is broken into two segments:

  • Standards & knowledge assessment review
  • Skin Diver waterskills session & Briefing workshop

During this workshop you will review exactly how to conduct a Skin Diver program as a PADI Divemaster.

You will go through the entire program from start to finish, while role playing as both the student and the Divemaster.

During the workshop your coordinators will highlight differences between a scuba diving briefing and a skin dive/snorkel tour briefing.

They will also focus on problem solving and supervision techniques for both confined and open water dives.

Materials used during the Workshop:

  • Skin Diver aquatic cue card
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk/Non-agency Acknowledgement Form Discover Snorkeling and Skin Diving

Workshop 3: Discover Scuba Diving Program

Confined Water:

The Discover Scuba Diving Workshop in Confined Water is broken into three segments: 

  • Program standards & Discover Scuba Diving Leader internship requirements review
  • Discover Scuba Diving briefing and Knowledge review using the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide
  • Discover Scuba Diving Confined water session

During this workshop you will review exactly how to assist the Discover Scuba Diver program as a certified assistant.

You will go through the entire program from start to finish, while role playing as the participant, instructor and the PADI certified assistant.

During the workshop your coordinators will focus on positioning, supervision and problem solving during this experience program.

Materials used during the Workshop:

  • Discover Scuba Diving aquatic cue card
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide
  • PADI DIVEMASTER Discover Scuba Diving Internship Completion Form

Workshop 4: Discover Scuba Diving Program

Additional Open Water Dive:

The Discover Scuba Diving Workshop in Open Water is a follow up to the Discover Scuba Diving Workshop in Confined Water.

Your Divemaster coordinators will build on the skills and standards you have previously learned, whist applying them to a more challenging environment.

In Open Water we will focus on control and proper supervision techniques for leading uncertified divers during an additional Open Water Dive.


Workshop 5: Discover Local Diving in Open Water:

The Discover Local Diving Workshop in Open Water is broken into three segments:

  • Program standards review
  • Discover Local Diving Briefing
  • Leading a dive & deploying a surface marker. 

During this workshop you will review exactly how to conduct a Discover Local Diving (DLD) experience program as a PADI Divemaster.

You will go through the entire program from start to finish, while role playing as either the PADI Divemaster or a certified diver.

During the workshop your coordinators will help you plan, brief and lead a dive based on a scenario that you will be given.

Throughout the dive you will be expected to solve problems and supervise the group as necessary. We will finish the dive with a surface marker deployment workshop. 

Materials used during the Workshop:

  • Discover local diving aquatic cue card
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Local Koh Tao Dive Site Guide
  • PADI Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk/Non-agency Acknowledgment Form Certified Diver Experience Programs

Divemaster Waterskills Development

Waterskills exercises:

Throughout your Divemaster program you will need to complete five waterskills exercises, earning a combined score of at least 15. These exercises consist of:

  • Exercise 1: 400 Metre Swim
  • Exercise 2: 15-minute Tread
  • Exercise 3: 800 Metre Swim
  • Exercise 4: 100 Metre Diver Tow
  • Exercise 5: Equipment Exchange

These exercises can be completed at any time during your training with any one of our PADI Instructors.

You do not need to complete them in one go and you can participate in multiple attempts if needed. There is no passing score for any other single exercise, other than the equipment exchange.

Our staff members will review the scoring criteria with you, and review exactly what you need to do for each skill.

Diver Rescue assessment:

At some point during your training you will need to be evaluated on your ability to respond to an unresponsive, non-breathing diver.

This skill assessment builds off what you will have completed during your PADI Rescue Diver Training. Some of the things you will be asked to do include:

  • locate and surface a submerged diver
  • Turn the diver face up and establish positive buoyancy
  • Tow the diver to safety while administering rescue breaths
  • Equipment removal
  • Exit the water with the diver

As there is not one specific way to complete a rescue, your Divemaster Coordinators will work with you to develop and fine tune your Rescue Diver skill set. This can be done in either confined water or open water. 

Dive skills workshop and assessment:

In order to complete this assessment, your coordinators will be holding multiple skill development workshops.

During these workshops you will be taught how to perform skills for student divers. A skill demonstration should be:

  • Broken down to highlight key attributes of the skill
  • Completed correctly
  • Slow with exaggerated movements
  • Appear to be easy

Your coordinators will work with you to fine tune your demonstrations and overall skill development.

Once you are comfortable, they will breakdown the scoring criteria and assess you on 24 skills. You will need to score at least a 3 on each skill with one underwater skill receiving a score of 5.

Your total score must be equal to at least 82 points. We invite candidates to participate in as many of these workshops as they would like.

You will be asked to perform two of the skills, Regulator recovery and clearing and Mask removal, replacement and clearing neutrally buoyant in order to score a ‘5’

In order to challenge and grow our Pro-level candidates, we will be encouraging them to complete the majority of the skills Neutrally Buoyant.

This allows our candidates to constantly work on improving their personal dive skills and progress at a much quicker rate.

24 Divemaster Skills for Evaluation

  1. Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning and disassembly
  2. Pre-dive safety check (BWRAF)
  3. Deep-water entry
  4. Buoyancy check at surface
  5. Snorkel-regulator/regulator-snorkel exchange
  6. Five-point descent, using buoyancy control to stop descent without contacting the bottom
  7. Regulator recovery and clearing*
  8. Mask removal, replacement and clearing*
  9. Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use (stationary)
  10. Alternate air source-assisted ascent
  11. Free flowing regulator breathing
  12. Neutral buoyancy, rise and fall – using low pressure inflation
  13. Five-point ascent
  14. Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
  15. Orally inflate BCD to hover for at least 60 seconds
  16. Underwater swim without a mask
  17. Remove and replace weight system underwater
  18. Remove and replace scuba unit underwater
  19. Remove and replace scuba unit on the surface
  20. Remove and replace weight system on the surface
  21. Surface dive while skin diving and clear snorkel using blast method upon surfacing
  22. Disconnect low-pressure inflator
  23. Re-secure a loose cylinder band
  24. Perform an emergency weight drop


Divemaster Practical Assessments

During Practical Assessments, you will have the opportunity to work with real student divers while assisting on courses with our staff members. The assessments that you will be evaluated on include:

  • Practical Assessment 1 — Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water
  • Practical Assessment 2 — Open Water Diver Students in Open Water
  • Practical Assessment 3 — Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water
  • Practical Assessment 4 — Certified Divers in Open Water

Prior to each assessment, your mentor or Divemaster coordinators will sit down with you and go through the evaluation criteria.

We encourage our candidates to assist on as many courses as possible, so you will have plenty of opportunities to be successful in all of your Practical Assessments.

Diving Courses that you can assist on are:

  • PADI Open Water Diver Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • PADI Specialty Courses
  • EFR CPR & First Aid Training Course
  • Discover Scuba Diving experience programs
  • Discover Local Diving – AKA “fun diving”

Final Counseling

To wrap up your Divemaster Course, you will sit down with both your Mentor and your Coordinators during a final counseling session. During this time, we will discuss:

  • Professionalism throughout your training
  • Overall strengths and weakness
  • Next Steps
  • Career development and job opportunities
  • PADI Pro Website Orientation
  • Final Paperwork & the Divemaster Application process

PADI Divemaster Course Koh Tao Schedule

The schedule is personalised, tailored to YOU

  • Your timeframe
  • Your learning ability
  • Your individual needs.

What does the Koh Tao PADI Divemaster Course include?

The schedule is personalised, tailored to YOU

  • PADI Divemaster course
  • Dive equipment – It’s highly recommended as a PADI Pro you own your own full set of equipment and if you plan on working in the industry after the course it’s an absolute must!

If you would like to purchase equipment when you are here, we can offer you attractive discounts on all major brands if purchasing through our own retail centre.

If you don’t own a full set of scuba, or for travel reasons don’t wish to bring your equipment, we can provide a Mask/Snorkel, BCD, Regulator, wetsuit for you.

You will however need to provide the following for the Divemaster course Koh Tao:

  • Timepiece
  • Compass
  • Knife or Diving Tool
  • Pocket mask
  • Surface Marker Buoy (SMB)
  • Whistle
  • Tank Banger

Course Price: 30,000 THB

PADI Materials Required

There are PADI educational materials required by standards. You can buy all of these in one pack, the Divemaster Crewpak.

You can buy the PADI Divemaster Course Digital Crewpak & Slate Pak for 8,000 baht

  • PADI Divemaster Digital Crewpak
  • Divemaster e-Learning
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Digital Electronic Recreational Dive Planner (e-RDPML)
  • ReActivate e-Learning
  • PADI Divemaster Slate Crewpak with Pro bag
  • PADI Pro Laptop Bag
  • PADI Instructor Manual with PADI 3-Ring Binder
  • Divemaster Slates
  • DSD Cue card
  • Logbook

PADI Divemaster Application Fee: $AUS 245

This is your PADI Divemaster Application and first year’s membership fees, paid by the candidate directly to PADI via credit card.

Professional Level Insurance

DiveAssist ScubaMedic Classic (IDEC): – As you will be completing the PADI Koh Tao Divemaster course, you will be making repetitive dives, regularly over several days and several weeks. It is important you have an insurance policy that covers this type of diving.

We include a DiveAssist ScubaMedic Classic (IDEC) Insurance Cover with our all inclusive scuba diving internship programs and insist ALL our Divemaster in training candidates hold a personal diving insurance.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take the PADI Divemaster course on Koh Tao as a beginner?

The prerequisites for the PADI Divemaster course are:

  • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
  • Medically cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months
  • 18 years old
  • Logged 40 scuba dives to start the course

As a beginner, you will need to gain experience in different areas before enrolling in a Divemaster course. This can easily be done, either before or once you arrive at IDC Koh Tao.

We can easily get you started down the path to becoming a PADI professional and help you come up with a schedule that works best for you.

We offer a variety of Lifestyle packages that are tailored to your previous diving experience.

We also start courses every single day, and complete up to 4-5 dives per day. This will make it extremely easy for you to meet each and every requirement to start your training. 

How long does it take to complete the PADI Divemaster course Koh Tao?

The Divemaster course on Koh Tao will take you anything from 10 days to 6 weeks to complete. Several factors will ultimately influence how long your Divemaster course will take you to complete.

These include your pre-requisite dive experience, how intensive you wish your Divemaster training to be and your individual diving ability with regards to meeting all course performance requirements.

PADI courses are performance based rather than time based. This means that you do not have any time restrictions to complete your training.

During your course you will have certain objectives that you will need to meet when it comes to:

  • Knowledge Development
  • Waterskills Development
  • Practical Skills
  • Practical Workshops
  • Practical Assessments
  • Professionalism

Our Divemaster coordinators will help create a schedule that best fits your time frame, which will allow you to achieve mastery in all of these areas.

You will also be able to choose a professional mentor to work with you in your skill and knowledge development.

Can you help me get a visa on Koh Tao to do my PADI Divemaster course?

Once we know how long you wish to stay in Thailand for, we can recommend the visa that would best suit your needs.

There are several options for you. The first option is a Visa on Arrival. This will allow you to stay in the country for 30 days.

If you wish to stay an additional month, you can make a visa extension that will give you an additional 30 days.

Be aware this may not be the case for every single nationality. I would highly recommend contacting your local Thai Embassy or Consulate website to check the latest information relevant to you and your own nationality.

Another option is applying to your Thai consulate or Embassy for a single entry Tourist Visa that will grant you 60 days (2 months). You can also extend this for an additional 30 days once you are here.

We can provide you with any additional documentation that the embassy or consulate may request to confirm your participation in this program.

Can I get involved with conservation when I do the PADI Divemaster course Koh Tao?

Integrated within all our Diving Lifestyle programs is our Marine conservation module.

Throughout the Divemaster program, all of our candidates will receive the opportunity to participate in a range of conservation activities. Some of the projects and activities you can participate in include:

  • Drupella snail collection
  • Dive Against Debris reef clean-up dives
  • Coral Watch and Discover Reef Check
  • Cigarette Butt clean-up challenges
  • Coral Restoration

You can also get involved with Clam Nursery Research, Coral Nursery Building and the opportunity to contribute to our very own artificial reef. We recommend getting involved as much as you can. 


Can I take my Dive Instructor course straight after the PADI Divemaster Koh Tao?

This is a great question and there is not one answer to it. We do our best to always focus on each individual candidate and come up with an answer that is tailored to them.

During your training with us you will be working directly with our Pro level Team who also focus on Instructor Development.

This will allow you to make a smooth transition into your Instructor Development Course (IDC).

It is extremely helpful to complete the Instructor training while everything is fresh, as the IDC builds off our Divemaster Course.

If you decide you would prefer to wait, we also offer a 9-day Working Internship, which is a perfect opportunity to prepare you to work in the industry as a Divemaster.

Working alongside our Divemaster team, you will gain experience in dive guiding, conducting programs dealing with certified divers and handling the logistics associated with a busy dive center.

You can participate in this program before or after your IDC.

What does the PADI Divemaster course Koh Tao consist of?

The Divemaster course on Koh Tao consists of a number of different modules, each with specific performance requirements that must be met prior to certification.

These modules include:

  • Knowledge Development

This section includes reading the Divemaster manual and completing the 9 knowledge reviews on a range of subjects.

These subjects include background theory for the practical modules such as assisting with student divers in training, supervising certified divers and divemaster conducted programs.

Other diving related subjects include risk management, the business of diving and marketing diving.

The knowledge development also includes a range of dive theory subjects, along with a two part Divemaster exam that you must complete.

  • Water Skills Development

This section focuses on your individual water skills and includes swim and stamina tests such as a 400 metre freestyle swim, 800 metre snorkel swim with fins, a 100 metre tired diver tow in full scuba and a 15-minute float.

The water skills development also includes a rescue assessment, similar to what you mastered on your rescue course and an underwater equipment exchange with a buddy.

During the water skill development section, you are also required to learn how to demonstrate the 24 basic skills from the Open water course to professional level demonstration quality. Don’t worry you will get lots of practice.

  • Practical Application

During this section of your Divemaster course you are required to complete a number of practical skills. They are Dive Site Set Up and Management, complete a map of a dive site, dive briefing workshop and a search and recovery workshop plus deep dive scenario.

  • Divemaster Conducted Programs Workshops

These workshops focus on the programs you can conduct as a certified Divemaster. These workshops include Reactivate, skin diver and supervising snorkeling, Discover scuba diving and Discover Local diving.

  • Practical Assessments

The final section is the practical assessments that include assisting with open water diver training, assisting Dive Instructors with continuing education students and assisting with certified divers.

Throughout the course you are evaluated on your professionalism and by the end of the Divemaster course you must also have:

Logged at least 60 scuba dives including experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation and completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.

How deep can a Divemaster on Koh Tao dive?

A certified Divemaster can dive to 30 metres. The maximum depth limit within the PADI system is 40 metres, which requires Deep Diver training.

If you wish to dive deeper than 40 metres you will need to complete technical dive training.

Can a Divemaster on Koh Tao teach courses?

As an active status PADI Divemaster you are also certified to independently teach & certify skin divers, including the PADI Seal Team aqua mission skin diver specialist and conduct discover snorkeling programs.

You are also authorized to supervise scuba diving activities involving certified divers. These activities include Discover Local Diving and the Reactivate program.

You are also a certified assistant and can assist an active teaching PADI Instructor with PADI diver level training include Open water, advanced and discover scuba diving.

However, to independently teach the rest of the PADI courses, you must complete a PADI Instructor Development Course and become a PADI Instructor.

How much do Divemasters make a year on Koh Tao?

Working for a relatively busy Koh Tao dive centre during high season can easily see a Divemaster earning 40,000 to 60,000 baht per month, but this varies considerably depending on the dive centre and also the season.

Divemaster pay often consists of a flat salary plus commissions paid on a variety of activities.

This can include the number of divers you guide, the number of reactivate / scuba reviews you conduct, revenues generated from equipment and continuing education sales and incentives for other sales and especially marketing based duties.

Where is the best location to take PADI Divemaster course?

Koh Tao in Thailand is commonly accepted to be one of the best locations due to its all year round warm climate and warm sea temperatures.

The tropical island is the perfect diver training location with around 30 dive sites, 8 kilometres of Coral Reef surrounding the coastline and very high standards of diver training.

With so many dive centres and student divers being certified, Divemaster candidates gain a tremendous amount of experience including real world experience in the many marine Conservation initiatives taking place.

Aside from the diving, Koh Tao offers potential Divemaster candidates a wide range of alternative activities to enjoy that include exploring the island, superb food and drink venues and excellent nightlife.

With an abundance of pro level scuba diver training centres located around the world, the ultimate choice will depend on the personal circumstances of each individual.

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