Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).



PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you.

It’s your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

  • eLearning time commitment: 5-10 hours

Note: When purchasing PADI eLearning, it only includes the theoretical part of the course, in order to finish and obtain the PADI Open Water Diver certification, you need to hire the services of your diving center to carry out the practices.

Padi eLearning



After finishing your online study with PADI eLearning, you will do the practices with your Padi instructor from your nearest dive center who will teach you everything related to your PADI specialty course.

Course description


The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of diving activities, it will have the minimum qualification for professional employment in the diving industry. Your qualification will allow you to supervise recreational diving activities (whether boat or land), work as an instructional assistant on all PADI courses, and you are just one step away from PADI Instructor qualification.

Through knowledge development sessions, exercises and in-water technique seminars, and through practical assessment, you will develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of diving activities.

Topics and hands-on seminars include:

The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster

Supervise diving activities and assist with student divers

Diver safety and risk management

Programs directed by the Divemasters and specialized techniques

The diving business and your professional career

Diving Environment Awareness

Organize and direct dives

Make a map of an open water dive site

Carry out diving briefings

Organize a search and recovery project and deep dive

Steer a scuba review and a skin diver course

Help with Discover programs scuba Diving and guiding Discover Local Diving programs

The duration of this course is a minimum of 15 to 20 days and includes diving in confined waters. Upon completion of this course you will obtain an international PADI Divemaster certification that will allow you to carry out emergency assistance diving, programs and direct diving groups together with a PADI Instructor at a diver anywhere in the world.

Your instructor may also offer you PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty courses along with your Divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and expand your capabilities. You can get academic credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor.

Previous Requirements


PADI Rescue certifications or equivalent


Medical certificate. Minimum age 18 years.


Minimum 40 logged dives (additional dives can be arranged)


Current senior first aid certification completed in the last 24 months.

Practice + eLearning



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