Becoming a Divemaster in Roatan

Is scuba diving your passion?  Do you want to help other people enjoy the wonders of the underwater world?  You might want to consider becoming a divemaster.  Divermasters educate, guide, lead and encourage other divers in this incredible pastime.  Roatan is one of the best places to learn the ropes and hone your scuba skills to allow you to become a divemaster.  With its proximity to the second largest barrier reef system in the world, its abundance of amazing dive sites, its beautiful weather and some of the world’s most affordable diving rates, becoming a divemaster in Roatan is a no-brainer.  Read on to find out how to go about becoming a divemaster in Roatan.

PADI Divemaster Requirements

To receive PADI Divemaster certification, you need to be at least 18 years old (see exception below,) have medical clearance to dive, have PADI Rescue Diver certification, have had CPR and First Aid training within the past 2 years and have logged at least 40 dives and to complete the Divemaster training, you’ll need 60 logged dives.


For those under 18 years old, but at least 15 years of age, it’s possible to register in the PADI Junior Divemaster program.  This allows interested youth to complete several parts of the PADI Divemaster program and sets them up for expedited PADI Divemaster certification once they turn 18. 

How Long Does PADI Divemaster Certification Take?

You’ll need to invest about six weeks to receive PADI Divemaster certification.  You can do this all at once, or you can spread it out to accommodate your schedule.  Roatan provides an ideal setting for going through an intensive few weeks and getting your PADI Divemaster certification all in one go.  You’ll find hospitable locals, great weather, plenty of dive schools to choose from, and most of all, an incredibly wide range of diving options. 

What Will You Learn During PADI Divemaster Certification?

PADI Divemaster certification combines online study, classroom education, confined water and open water sessions.  You’ll be led through skills workshops and practical exercises which will include diving physics and physiology, decompression theory, safety and risk assessment, search and rescue, dive leading skills, dive site mapping, giving dive site briefings, working with student divers, supervision of certified divers, environmental protection practices, conducting courses, running a diving business and more.

What Does PADI Divemaster Certification Allow You To Do?

When it comes to professional diving, PADI Divemaster certification is only the beginning of the diving hierarchy.  It’s the minimum requirement for being able to work in the diving profession.  However, you’ll be able to work anywhere in the world that recognizes PADI certification.  That includes over 6500 locations – a number that’s growing all the time.


PADI Divemasters can lead certified divers on guided dives, lead Discover Local Diving programs, teach Discover Snorkeling, PADI Advanced Snorkeling and PADI ReActivate.  They can also assist PADI Instructors with Discover Scuba Diving.  Divemasters can fill air tanks for themselves and others.  Divemasters also become ambassadors for the activity while setting up a foundation for a career or part-time job in the world of professional diving.

Interested in becoming a Divemaster? Contact us today to start your journey at Octopus Dive School!

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