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Divemaster Course

PADI Divemaster course Malapascua

Be part of the Thresher Shark Divers team! Train with us and our customers to become a PADI Divemaster.

Once you are a certified PADI Divemaster, you will be able to find work in tropical destinations all over the world, and even back home. If you don’t wish to work as a DM, the Divemaster course is a great way to learn a lot more about diving and to become a better and more confident diver.

The course is generally taught as a 4 week internship. We have stand-alone Divemaster and Instructor Courses available or we have an all-inclusive internship package.

Contact us if you are interested in finding out more about this exciting course! The Divemaster course is very flexible and your program is individually built. Different people have different needs – you may wish to work as a Divemaster, become an Instructor, or have limited time and just need the basics etc. etc. We will discuss what you want from Divemaster training and then develop a course and schedule personally tailored to suit your needs.

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Become a PRO while shark diving

Doing your Divemaster on malapascua

Is there anything more cool than becoming a dive PRO on a small tropical island? White beaches with palm trees and surrounded by turquoise blue waters? 

If there is, let us know!

FREE dives with the tsd dm internship

One thing that people like most is that the course includes free diving!

Thresher Shark Divers also offers an all-inclusive Divemaster Internship program which you can enter at any certification level. Find more info on our internships HERE.

start your dream job today!

With our Divemaster course and PRO packages, you will get all the tools needed to land the best job in the world! With all the freedom and ability to travel to the most exciting destinations, and get paid for it!


Course Overview

Become a DM with Thresher Shark Divers Malapascua

Academic Sessions – Water Skills – Diving

The PADI Divemaster course is taught as a minimum 4 week internship and during your course you will do everything that Divemasters do as part of their job.

The course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

The Divemaster course focuses on developing your diving skills, rescue skills, and professional knowledge of dive theory. You will expand on your problem-solving skills developed during the PADI Rescue Diver program and experience supervisory situations with both students and certified divers. You will receive individual coaching and work with our instructors while assisting in the training of students. Eventually you will lead dives yourself. 

Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.


As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.

Getting Started

Sign up for Divemaster Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. You can work through eight knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace. You also have access to an online version of the Divemaster Manual for reference during and after the course.

Another option is to study by reading the Divemaster Manual and watching the Divemaster Video (a book and DVD package). Your Divemaster Crew-Pak also includes other reference materials – like the PADI Instructor Manual and The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – that you’ll need during the course.

Consider taking Dive Theory Online, another PADI eLearning® program, that takes you step-by-step through dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus a Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) review. By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for half of the Divemaster Final Exam. Your PADI Instructor can explain how this works when you meet to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your waterskills exercises, workshops and practical assessments.

You can more info on the PADI website on the course.


  • Be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Be certified as a Rescue Diver
  • Have logged a minimum of 40 open water dives prior to entry into PADI Divemaster training, and completed and logged a minimum of 60 open water dives with experience in search & recovery, night, deep and navigation prior to certification as a PADI Divemaster
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a medical exam form signed by a physician.

A current and valid CPR certification is required for Divemaster certification.

Your Instructors

divers Malapascua Island

Our PADI diving instructors have been though a rigorous training program and each has many years of teaching experience with hundreds of students.

We take great pride in teaching students of any level. Diving lessons are almost always one-on-one, and there will usually be an assistant as well. So you will get individual attention and diving instruction will go at your own pace.
You can be assured that with us, you will have only the best: top quality service, unrivalled professionalism and a safe and most of all fun diving vacation from start to finish!

Pro Packages

Thresher Shark Divers also offers an all-inclusive Divemaster Internship program which you can enter at any certification level. It includes everything you will need – courses and materials, PADI application fees, equipment, accommodation, even visa renewals.

 If you plan to work as a Divemaster, our unique Divemaster Pro package is perfect for you. As well as the Divemaster course, this package includes certifications in Deep, Wreck, Nitrox, Equipment and Gas Blender, and you will also learn how to operate a compressor. These courses will make you a fully rounded Divemaster, ready to tackle any position!:

Go PADI PRO on Malapascua Island

PADI Instructor Courses

Dive pro's with buoy on Malapascua

Why not go all the way and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor?

It will increase your job opportunities and offer you a much greater earning potential. We offer full PADI Instructor Development Courses as well as a wide range of PADI Instructor Continuing Education courses.