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How to choose where to do your Divemaster Course?

I did my Divemaster Course over 7 weeks…

Was it hard? Yes

Did I think about quitting? Multiple times

Did I doubt myself? All the time

Would I do it all over again? ABSOLUTLY I would, in a heartbeat.

Looking back on my own Divemaster Course, it was truly one of the best experiences of my life. I learnt so much about diving, being a PADI Professional and a LOT about myself. Without sounding like a Cliché - it was truly lifechanging.

When you are researching about your Divemaster Course, there is a lot of information on the Internet. Literally 1000’s of Dive Centres all over the world that you can go to, in order to gain your Divemaster Qualification. It can be both exciting and overwhelming, you are faced with training for the best job in the world, in a tropical location and leaving your normal life behind.

However, although it can seem like a dream come true, it’s super important to take your time and find the “Right” Fit for you. Your PADI Divemaster Course, is the foundation of your Pro Career, if you don’t learn everything you need to, it will make your PADI Instructor Development Course harder and ultimately it will make your career harder too, it’s not a nice feeling if you are lacking confidence in what you are doing and it’s not nice to feel like other people around you maybe had better training and have better knowledge instilled in them from the foundations of their training.

We feel at PKT Diving, that your Divemaster Course should be a minimum of 6 weeks, it’s important to be exposed to as MUCH as possible in this industry during your course and 6 weeks can give you good experience with different courses, varying customers, and multiple scenarios.

Completing your Divemaster Course quickly, can not give you maximum exposure in this fun, yet crazy industry! Also it’s important you get quality teaching – you can read this past blog on how to choose the type of course here

You learn so much in this course, you improve and develop your rescue skills, you learn how to demonstrate skills to customers, how to work with boats, tie knots, search and recovery skills, deep diving, how a dive centre operates, equipment maintenance and care, guiding customers, reacting to problems underwater.. the list really does go on and on

Your Divemaster course will normally have a lead instructor, but when researching ask if other instructors will be involved – you want as many different styles and knowledge pools to access as possible.

You can often also have your Divemaster Course designed to encompass something you are passionate about, Photography, Coral Restoration, Conservation and Marine Environment, Equipment.. etc etc – so do ask the dive centre and see what they can offer you.

If you would like more information about our PADI Divemaster Course here at PKT Diving, on Phi Phi Island or want some general advice, please feel free to drop us an email on

Emma Hudson

Dive Centre Manager - PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

PKT Diving

PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre

129 Moo.7, Phi Phi Island, Krabi 81000 Mobile - +66 96 949 3934

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