The SDI Divemaster Course is your first step into the role of dive professional, educator, and role model within our industry. If you’re looking to take this professional step, or just want to vastly improve your diving ability, this course is for you; be aware, however, that this is a fairly intensive 5 day course, that will challenge you both physically and mentally. As such, prepare to be incredibly satisfied by its end.
This course is designed to enhance you not only as a diver, but as a leader, with the confidence to take charge of the multitude of diving situations you may find yourself encountering. Large emphasis is placed on strategies and techniques for group control, and mastering dive site navigation, operation preparation, dive planning, and public speaking, be it briefing, debriefing or communicating your sport in a professional manner.
Drawing upon the vast experience of the staff of instructors and dive professionals at Dive Spear Sport, who have both operated and worked across Australia and the world, you will find yourself in the extremely capable hands of our in-house Instructor Trainer and Operations Manager Fabio Leitao and Assistant Operations Clay Warner. It is important to note that by enrolling, you are buying a course NOT a certification; you will be required first to demonstrate professional ability by conclusion of your class, be signed off by your instructor, and then purchase separately your active professional membership with SDI (your instructor will explain this process).
How it Works
Please note that the following is open to change; your instructor will be in touch to confirm course structure and times.
Prior to arriving for your course on day one, you’ll be required to complete a set of eLearning that includes quizes and a final exam. This will take roughly 10-15 hours.
Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
Initally, you will spend your morning in the classroom reviewing your eLearning and course structure for the next 5 days. Following this, you will undertake your swimming evaluation (see pre requisites), and break for lunch. The afternoon will be spent in the pool assessing your confined water skills (the 20+ skills you learned in your Open Water Course) – the difference being for this course you will be expected to perform these at close-to instructor level and whilst neutrally buoyant – and will be finished off with a session reviewing your in-water rescue skills that you would have developed in your Rescue Course.
Saturday: 7 am to 4 pm
Taking place on an operations day, you will be arriving at the Dive Spear Sport facility before departure to assist staff in preparing client gear and necessities for the day’s diving. You will take part in the operation as an assistant to an already established dive professional, and your in-water role will be clarified on day one of the course. Lessons here will largely revolve around how a 5 Star TDI SDI Sydney Dive Centre operates effectively, both in preparation, deployment of operations, and clean-up.
Sunday & Monday: 8 am to 5 pm
Meeting at the centre, efficient equipment preparation will be critical and reflected upon. Between day 3 and 4, 8 shore dives will be undertaken with your classmates and instructor: these will be simulations of common and by the end the most difficult scenarios you will encounter as an SDI Divemaster. Each divemaster candidate will take turns demonstrating their ability as a dive leader to the rest of the group for the determined shore dive, with their classmates and instructor acting across a range of diver experience levels to challenge and test the leader. The days will end with discussion and reflection. Additionally, you will be required at some point to present on a chosen topic related to SCUBA that you will receive constructive feedback upon from both your instructor and classmates.
Day 5: 7 am to 4 pm
Your final day will be determined based on our schedule and your availabilities. As a final assessment, you will be required to serve as a divemaster aboard a Dive Spear Sport operation under the supervision of your instructor. All of the skills that you will have been drilled on during your course will be assessed here, from preparation to in-water group control, to briefing and client engagement. At the conclusion of the day, depending on your performance you will be signed off by your instructor and become eligible to apply for active professional membership through SDI.