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Diving & Marine Conservation in Thailand - Divemaster Course Add-on

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Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers prepare for a dive in Thailand, Southeast Asia.

In Thailand, you have the opportunity to obtain a PADI Divemaster certification with Projects Abroad on the Diving & Marine Conservation Project. During the course, you will be working alongside a qualified PADI instructor who will assist you during both wet and dry class sessions. You will learn how to fine-tune your diving techniques and refine your rescue skills while developing essential dive knowledge, management, and supervision abilities.

Please note, to do the Divemaster Add-on course you must be 18 years or older.

Throughout the course, you will also have a personal mentor as well as Projects Abroad staff assisting you. You will be encouraged to interact and make use of these support systems as you learn how to manage dive groups, conduct dive briefings, map dive sites, and protect fragile marine environments.

PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals and are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world. This will help you as you guide and train divers in Thailand, back at home, or anywhere you choose to use your qualification one day.

After completing this program, you will be ready to work in the diving industry as a divemaster, or sign up for the Instructor Development Course to further your career in scuba diving.

What costs are involved in becoming a divemaster?

The cost of the divemaster course depends on your experience and current dive certification level. The more skills and experience you already have, the bigger the discount. There are three price options listed on our prices page:

  • EFR and Rescue Divers with at least 40+ logged dives pay a discounted price
  • Advanced Open Water Divers (or higher) with at least 30+ logged dives pay a slightly discounted price
  • All others pay the standard price

In addition, anyone taking the divemaster course must pay the program fee for the Diving & Marine Conservation Project in Thailand. It is not possible to do just the divemaster course – you must also volunteer on the Conservation Project and pay that program fee.

These prices include the divemaster ‘Crew pack’ and the required PADI courses. All required divemaster specific gear will be supplied on site, but it is recommended that you buy your own private gear if you are looking to pursue a career in diving. You will need to pay your own PADI Divemaster membership fees (about $150) separately.

Timeline for becoming a divemaster

Depending on your previous experience and how many dives you have logged, you can do your Divemaster course in as little as 8 weeks:

  • EFR and Rescue Divers with 40+ logged dives: 8 weeks
  • Advanced Open Water Divers (or higher) with 30+ logged dives: 12 weeks
  • All others: 16 weeks

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