Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the SSI Divemaster program. Working closely with your Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. SSI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the SSI Assistant Instructor and SSI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.
During the SSI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.
What You Can Teach
After becoming certified as a SSI Divemaster you will be authorized to:
- Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
- Assist a SSI Instructor during the training sessions for any SSI Diver course
- Conduct the SSI Try Snorkeling/Scuba Diving program
- Conduct the SSI Discover Local Diving experience
- Conduct the SSI Scuba Review program
- If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader.
- Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a SSI Instructor during:
- surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
- when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
- Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a SSI Instructor.
- Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.
It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find most everything at your local dive shop
Contact Charlynn to enroll into the Dive Master class. It starts any time you are ready to expand your knowledge!
To take this course, you must be:
- 18 years old
- A SSI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- A SSI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- First Aid, CPR and O2 Provider certification. Course completion within the past 24 months.
- Have at least 20 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
- Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
Other Courses That Will Prepare You for Success as a SSI Divemaster
Here are some suggestions for other SSI courses that will help make you more successful as a SSI Divemaster: Underwater Navigation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and Deep Diver are a couple of good options to get you started. The more you learn the more you know!