So you’ve completed your Open Water Course and discovered an amazing new world beneath the surace, falling in love with the corals, colours and the marine life. You’ve continued your diving education and completed your Advanced and Rescue Diver courses and now you have come to a crossroads.. What to do next? Master Scuba Diver or Divemaster?
A Master Scuba Diver is a rating that recognizes certain diving achievements and qualifications, such as having a minimum of 50 logged dives and at least 5 different Specialty Diver Certifications. Fewer than 2% of divers ever achieve this rating, so if you do go for it, you will have something to brag about!
On the other hand, a Divemaster is the first professional level of diver qualification. A Divemaster’s duties can vary depending on the workplace; however they generally have the responsibility of leading a group of certified divers around a dive sites, organizing dive school logistics and assisting instructors when they are teaching courses.
I went down the professional route and chose to do my Divemaster course on Koh Tao. Koh Tao is a small Island off the east coast of Thailand and with its calm conditions, warm tropical water and great visibility it’s easy to see why there are over 60 dive schools here. Many dive schools offer both of these courses and offer free diving for the duration of either course.
Both courses can generally be completed within 1 month depending on how keen and active you are with the programs. A few people who I met during my time on Koh Tao were never planning to work as a Divemaster in their lifetimes, but just wanted to get the great skills and vast knowledge of a professional diver to improve themselves.. and also, can you think of a better way to spend a month or two?
The Divemaster course consists of both practical and theory workshops. In addition, you will also gain valuable hands on experience by shadowing the working Divemasters and Instructors who are more than happy to pass on the knowledge that they have gained through their experience. I was lucky enough to choose a dive school with very helpful, passionate people who were very professional yet relaxed and friendly outside of work.
I did my Divemaster course on Koh Tao in around 1 month and a half and that was taking it pretty easy, exploring the islands stunning view points, beautiful beaches and fun bars while earning a professional qualification that I will use as my ticket to travel, both above and below the water!
Master Scuba Diver or Divemaster? was written by guest blogger Kieren (pictured above with his happy dive buddies) .. Thanks for sharing your story with DiveCompare.com!