PADI Divemaster, go-pro on Gili islands, become a professional diver

“Go Pro” on Gili Islands.
Get your PADI Divemaster course and become a professional diver. As a Divemaster, you can spread your passion on diving by guiding and presenting the underwater world of Gili islands to recreational divers.

PADI Divemaster course

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Nudibranche chromodoris annae

The PADI Divemaster course is the first step to become a professional diver. Your adventure to become a professional starts from PADI Divemaster program. During the course, you will learn about the roles of a Dive master, enhance your diving knowledge and skills, providing professional services on guiding recreational divers.
In addition, you will be able to supervise the logistics of diving activities and assist the instructors with students during diving courses.

With a Divemaster certification, you can work as a dive guide all over the world.

Divemaster training duration

The Divemaster course takes minimum 12-15 days to complete if you meet all the pre-quisites to registering a Divemaster course (more details avaible below), you can get your certification in less than 15 days. Particularly, if you already have 60 logged dives on your logbook.
Nevertheless, a duration about one month is preferable.

Blacktip reef shark
Blacktip reef shark

PADI Divemaster course in Gili

PADI Divemaster training develops your coaching capabilities. By working closely with a PADI instructor, you will extend your diving knowledge and improve your diving skills at a professional level.
During the PADI Divemaster training program you :

  • Learn to supervise a dive,
  • Perfect your diving experience,
  • Practice training exercises that expand your organizational and problem-solving skills and your abilities to help others on improving their diving skills,
  • Use this knowledge during your course,
  • Enhance your knowledge,
  • Increase your confidence in yourself.

Once your Divemaster certification is validated by PADI (It will takes a few days between the end of the training and the validation by PADI), you will put your divemaster skills into practice. Thus, you will gain experience while having our instructors to guide you.

Rhinopias eschmeyeri and a diver
Rhinopias eschmeyeri and a diver divemaster

Divemaster theory

The Divemaster theory consists:

  • Divemaster manual (to read and understand),
  • Watch a video,
  • Prepare an Emergency Management Plan.

The manual contains 9 chapters. Therefore, you have to answer the knowledge review questions for all the 9 chapters.
Then your instructor will present the theory and verify your answers to the knowledge review questions in order and to clarify some points that could cause problems.
Finally, you will pass the final exam.

The Divemaster exmainations consists of 100 MCQ questions. Similar to all PADI exams, you have to score 75% correct answers, otherwise, you will re-take the examinations again.

Waterskills Development

A Divemaster candidates need to demonstrates and complete 5 waterskills exercises. The minimum score for the combined exercises is 15.

Waterskills Exercises

In order to demonstrates that you are comfortable in water, you have to perform 5 compulsory waterskills exercises. Each exercise is rated from 1 to 5 points. At the end of these exercise, you must score at least 15 points.
The 5 exercises are:

  • Exercise 1 – 400m swim non-stop without swimming aids
  • Exercise 2 – 15 minute tread with hands out of the water
  • Exercise 3 – 800m swim with swimming aids and without using arms to swim
  • Exercise 4 – 100m tired diver tow
  • Exercise 5 -Equipment exchange sharing a single regulator. For this exercise, the divemaster candidate need to score at least 3.

Diving skills

During a dive skills workshop training, you will have to demonstrate all scuba and skin diving skills, scoring at least a 3 for each skill, and scoring at least 82 points in total with one underwater skill to a 5.

Practical Skills

During your internship, you will have to participate actively in the operation of the dive center and to assist the members of the team.
As a Divemaster candidate, you will have to successfully complete :

  • Preparation and management for diving
  • Underwater mapping
  • Deliver dive briefing
  • Research and recovery scenario
  • Deep dive.

Divemaster-Conducted Programs Workshops

Being a Divemaster, you are able to conduct some programs. Thus, you will learn to organize and manage workshops on:

Diving course pool session
Diving course pool session
  • Scuba review in confined water,
  • Skin diver course and snorkeling supervision,
  • Introduction Dive Programs,
  • Introduction Dive Program – Additional Open Water Dive,
  • Discover local diving in open water,
  • Practical Assessment:
    • To assist an instructor during a course Open water (in swimming pool and open water) and student divers in continuing education in open water,
    • guiding certified divers.


Finally, your level of Professionalism will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Level of active and positive participation in training sessions,
  • Ability to serve as a mentor to student divers,
  • Willingness to follow instructions,
  • Positive attitude and behavior towards divers, certified divers and staff,
  • Positive attitudes and practices regarding respect for the environment,
  • General understanding of the role of the Divemaster.
  • Appearance.

PADI Divemaster Professional

PADI Certified Divemasters (in active status) are authorized to:

  • Supervise training or non-training activities by planning, organizing and directing dives,
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during training sessions for all PADI diving courses,
  • If you are a qualified Discover Scuba Diving Leader, you can independently conduct the swimming pool training and additional open water dive in introduction dive program,
  • Independently guide the students of the Open Water Diver course during the exploration portion of training dives 2, 3 and 4, with a ratio of 2 student divers per Divemaster,
  • Accompany Open Water student divers, under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor, during surface swims to and from the point of entry / exit and navigational exercises; while the instructor performs an exercise such as an ascent or descent (with another student),
  • Accompany diving students during the Adventure dives or specialty course dives, under the indirect supervision of a PADI instructor,
  • After attending the corresponding instructor training course, conduct:
    • The PADI Underwater Digital Photography Specialty Course,
    • Emergency Oxygen Provider.
  • Conduct the following courses or programs:
    • The PADI Skin Diver course and the PADI Discover Snorkeling program,
    • PADI Discover Local Diving,
    • Scuba Review – Refresh,
    • PADI Seal Team AquaMissions.


  • Must be 18 years old.
  • A certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and a PADI Rescue Diver (or holding similar qualification from another training organization).
  • Emergency First Response Primary care and secondary care (or have a CPR and First Aid training qualification awarded by another training organization) within 24 months.
  • Have done and recorded at least 40 dives before starting the course and 60 minimum dives at the end of the divemaster training course.
  • Maintain good physical condition and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician and dated less than 12 months.

Cost of PADI Divemaster course.

The price of the training consist of different separate components:

For Vila Ombak Divers:

  • PADI Divemaster course is Rp14 000 000 (10% discount if you have your complete personal equipment including diving computer and DSMB).
  • To begin the PADI Divemaster course, you need to have 40 logged dives. If you do not have the required logged dives, don’t worry, another option is to pay Rp100,000 per dive until you logged your 40th dive.


  • purchase from Vila Ombak Divers or to buy it on your own: the ‘crew pack’ (Divemaster manuals and materials and PADI registration as a Divemaster):
    • our price in 2017 is USD365.
    • if you choose to buy the ‘crew pack’ yourself, the price varies depending on where you buy it.
  • payment to PADI after you have completed your course: your first annual membership fee, the price is determined by PADI which is subject to changes, about AUD190.

For Gili Trawangan:

  • Rp50 000 per diver for ecological participation, valid for a year.


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