The PADI Divemaster course is the most popular professional level diving course in the world.
Every year thousands of people decide to make that career change and turn their passion for diving into a job.
After you have completed the recreational diver levels from PADI Open Water Diver to Advanced Open Water and finally PADI Rescue Diver, then you are ready and set to start your professional diver training and become a PADI Divemaster.
Now you might think that the costs of becoming a dive professional are very high compared to the cost of recreational diving courses, but actually that is not true.
If you compare it to any other education on a professional or academic level you will find that becoming a PADI Divemaster will cost a lot less than you would expect.
How long does it take to become a Divemaster?
Becoming a PADI Divemaster will take a lot less time than getting a Bachelor or Master’s degree from university for instance.
In general, it usually takes about 4-8 weeks to complete the course depending on how many logged dives you have when you arrive and how flexible you want your schedule to be.
There are many different segments that need to be completed ranging from knowledge reviews, waterskills assessments, workshops, assisting on courses, mapping a dive site, and much more.
The Divemaster program offered by Crystal Dive Koh Tao, a PADI 5 Star Career Development Center, is considered to be more extensive than the programs offered by a lot of other dive schools.
PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation
As part of your Divemaster course with Crystal Dive, you will be expected to complete various marine conservation modules as part of your training. In conjunction with Eco Koh Tao, points are awarded for different types of in house conservation activities.
This provides you with more experience and knowledge before heading off into the world of professional diving to start your new career.
This will also make you more employable in the future, adding extra, sought after attributes to your CV. More information about the different PADI Divemaster course segments can be found on this page.
A List of PADI Divemaster Course Costs
When taking a closer look at the different costs you can expect to pay to become a PADI Divemaster, there are a several important points to consider.
It is always recommended to communicate with the dive centre directly to clarify any questions you may have, so there are no misunderstandings.
1. Accommodation Costs
In addition to the cost of the course itself, you will need to consider the cost of accommodation during your training. This will vary and is dependent on how long you plan to stay and what type of accommodation you are looking for.
When living in a foreign country on a beautiful tropical island like Koh Tao, you will need to consider the cost of your stay as well.
2. Divemaster Equipment Costs
There are specific pieces of equipment that you will need to be in possession of to be able to perform your duties as a dive professional.
If you only plan on taking the course itself as a Rescue diver with no internship, or you have not taken out a Lifestyle Package, then its worth checking to see what equipment is included with the course cost on its own.
Of course, at Crystal Dive all Divemaster candidates have access to an extensive equipment room that can be used for the duration of your course.
3. Divemaster Course Fees & PADI Materials
The actual cost for the Divemaster course can to be broken up in to different parts.
First there is the cost of the PADI course itself, the course fee. On top of this, you will need to get your own set of PADI materials and the PADI Divemaster crew pack, which consists of all the manuals and slates.
4. PADI Divemaster Certification Cost
Once you have successfully completed the course you will have to pay the certification fees.
The course fee to complete the Divemaster course with Crystal Dive Koh Tao is:
- 30,000 THB and the cost of the Divemaster crewpack 7,000 THB.
- $210 (AUS) for the 2019 Divemaster application fees and first year PADI membership cost.
When doing the course in the region of Asia Pacific these fees will have to be paid directly to PADI headquarters in Sydney, Australia in Australian Dollars.
Another thing you will need to consider when taking your professional diver training is a ‘personal professional level insurance policy that covers you for any unexpected eventualities.
At Crystal Dive we offer our Divemaster candidates the ‘Indepths annual IDEC plus Pro Level’ diving insurance £129GBP.
There are many more insurance providers available and you can look and shop around for an insurance policy that suits your needs.
As a PADI dive professional there are a several items of dive equipment that you will need to possess, for example a compass, dive knife or surface signalling device, to name a few.
To increase your chances of eligibility for employment with a reputable dive centre, it is recommended to have your own full set of dive gear (excluding tanks and weights). You are more than welcome to use our shop equipment during the course.
As an added bonus when doing the PADI Divemaster course at Crystal Dive you will receive a 15% discount on any equipment purchases through our own retail shop and we are able to supply all the major brands of scuba gear.
5. Divemaster Lifestyle Internship Cost
When taking the Divemaster Lifestyle Internship, some items of equipment will be included in the package price. The best course of action to take is to make a personal checklist of all the items needed and directly discuss this with the dive centre.
6. Koh Tao Living Expenses
During the time it takes to complete the course, you will need a place to stay and you will also need to think about covering your general expenses such as food and drink.
Koh Tao offers a variety of different accommodation options, from cheap fan bungalows tucked away in the jungle to fancy villas with private a swimming pool.
- Monthly rates for renting a basic room will be between 7,000 – 12,000 THB and will depend on if you want fan or Air Conditioned room
- Apartments or houses with kitchen facilities and a living room can range from 12,000 – 30,000 THB per month.
There is no need to book ahead, you can always personally check out a few locations before making your decision.
7. Koh Tao Food & Drink
When it comes to food and drink, it is quite similar to finding the right type of accommodation.
You can find many cheap eats in local Thai restaurants away from the beach or you can fine dine in an array of quality restaurants that Koh Tao offers serving food from all corners of the world.
- A cheap meal in a Thai restaurant including free drinking water will be around 80 THB.
- Choosing a western style meal including some alcoholic drinks can set you back 250 – 500 THB.
Looking for a night out? If you want to enjoy a night out on Koh Tao there are many beach bars you can visit.
Some venues have live music nights with lots of them showcasing Thailand’s famous fire shows.
During the late evening hours, the nightlife scene plays sounds of music from all over the world.
Most venues will offer happy hour discounts, but expect to pay around 70 – 100 THB for a local beer or local spirit and mixer.
8. Divemaster Scuba Diving Internships
A popular and worry free way to become a PADI Divemaster is to book the course as a lifestyle scuba diving internship.
Crystal Dive offers a unique Divemaster Lifestyle Internship with a real focus on marine conservation. It is a comprehensive, flexible and modern approach to diver training and is perfect for any aspiring scuba diving professional.
A Scuba Diving Internship is an all inclusive package that provides you with everything you need in order to become a PADI Divemaster and give you the best chance of success in your professional diving career.
The price includes all the above described costs apart from accommodation and your general expenses.
There are no hidden extra costs and with these packages you get a lot more than the standard Divemaster course, which makes it much better value.
Included in the ‘Lifestyle’ package price is the course fee, PADI materials, insurance policy, 2 PADI Specialty certifications (Emergency O2 Provider and Equipment Specialist), certification fees and PADI membership fees.
You will also receive some basic dive equipment that you will need in order to perform your duties as a Divemaster, such as a compass, dive knife, SMB, slate, CPR and a mask.
These lifestyle packages can be adapted to your current certification level. There is even an option to do what is commonly called a Zero to Hero course, meaning Open Water all the way up to PADI Divemaster.
9. PADI Divemaster Internship Costs
The price of the package can be adapted accordingly and ranges from 54,500 THB to 84,500 THB for the Divemaster Lifestyle Internship.
The only extra costs you will need to account for are food, drink and accommodation.
In total you can expect to spend around 80,000THB – 90,000 THB to complete the PADI Divemaster at Crystal Dive Koh Tao.
This will include your course costs, PADI materials, equipment and insurance, as well as your accommodation in a mid-range room or apartment and a daily spending budget of around 500 – 700 THB.
Becoming a professional diver is definitely a lot cheaper than most other professional or academic educational courses and it will only take a fraction of the time to complete compared to a university degree.
Once you receive your certification as a PADI Divemaster you will have improved your skill set significantly and you will be a valuable part of any dive organization or dive shop.
Specific duties that a PADI Divemaster can perform are:
- Supervising and directing dives for both training and non-training-related activities
- Assisting instructors during confined and open water training
- Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers
- Conduct the Discover Snorkeling program
- Conduct extra open water dives for Discover Scuba Diving participants
- Taking certified divers for fun dives (Discover Local Diving)
- Conduct the Reactivate / Scuba Review program
- Accompany certified PADI Scuba Divers on subsequent dives
- And much more…
Now that you are a certified dive professional, you can earn a wage in an industry you have a passion for, scuba diving.
If you are interested in teaching all levels of the PADI curriculum, you can continue your education and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
As a diving instructor you can teach any course from Discover Scuba Diving all the way up to Divemaster.
The possibilities are endless and you will be able to work anywhere in the world teaching people to learn to dive.
The PADI Divemaster course at Crystal Dive offers you the opportunity for a complete change of lifestyle and a new career.
Alternatively, as a gap year student our diving Internships are a perfect way to meet new friends from all around the world.
You will have a lot of fun and gain a certification for the worlds most popular professional level scuba diving course on a tropical island paradise. What are you waiting for?
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