Course Structure

What to complete?
PADI Open Water course:PADI Advanced diver
Course section
1. Knowledge review 1-5
2. Confined water 1-5
3. Open water 1-4

Recommended schedule
1st day: video and knowledge review 1-3, confined water 1-3, open water dive 1
2nd day: video and knowledge review 4-5, confined water 4-5, open water dive 2
3rd day: quizzes and exam, open water dive 3 and 4
4th day: certification

Confined water skills
1.Put on and adjust gears with assistance – using proper lifting techniques.
2. Predive safety check.
3. Inflate/deflate the BCD in shallow water.
4. Underwater breathing without breath holding.
5. Regulator clearing using both the exhalation and purge button methods.
6. Recover a regulator from behind the shoulder.
7. Clear a partially flooded mask.
8. Breathe from an alternate air source supplied by another diver.
9. Controlled descend, equalizing the ears and mask.
10. Swim with scuba equipment.
11. Locate and read the submersible pressure gauge.
12. Recognize and demonstrate hand signals.
13. Ascend using proper technique.
14. Stay within reach of buddy.
15. Breathe from a snorkel or regulator while swimming facedown at the surface.
16. Orally inflate BCD until positively buoyant.
17. Plan dive.
18. Deep-water entry.
19. Adjust for proper weighting/ buoyancy check.
20. Snorkel- regulator exchange.
21. Five point descend.
22. Neutral buoyancy.
23. Clear a fully flooded mask.
24. Remove, replace and clear a mask.
25. Breathe without a mask for at least one minute.
26. Respond to air depletion.
27. Five point ascend.
28. Exit using the most appropriate technique. (Buddy assistance allowed).
29. Cramp release.
30. Hover using buoyancy control for at least 30 seconds, without kicking or sculling.
31. Air depletion and alternate air source with buddy.
32. Simulate a controlled emergency swimming ascent(C.E.S.A).
33. Tired diver tow.
34. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the scuba kit.
35. Orally inflate the BCD to hover.
36. Breathe from a simulated free flowing regulator.
37. No mask swim.
38. Mini dive.

Dive Flexible Skills (during open water dives)
1. Cramp Release
2. Tired Diver Tow for 25 metres/yards.
3. Deploy surface marker buoy (DSMB).
4. Snorkel/Regulator Exchange.
5. Remove and Replace Weight System and Scuba Kit.
6. Emergency Weight Drop.
7. Compass Navigation.
8. Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA).
Course Section
1. Knowledge Review
2. 5 Adventure dives (must include Deep and Navigation)

Recommended Schedule
1st day: 2 knowledge review plus 2 adventure dives
2nd day: 2 knowledge review plus 2 adventure dives
3rd day: 1 knowledge review plus 1 adventure dive

List of Adventures:
1. Deep
2. Navigation
3. Altitude
4. AWARE Fish I.D
5. AWARE Shark Conservation
6. Boat
7. Digital Photography Underwater
8. Diver Propulsion Vehicle
9. Drift
10. Dry Suit
11. Enriched Air
12. Multilevel & Computer
13. Night
14. Peak Performance Buoyancy
15. Search & Recovery
16. Side mount
17. Underwater Naturalist
18. Underwater Videography
19. Wreck
PADI Rescue diverPADI Dive master
Course Section
1. Five knowledge development and exam.
2. Demonstrate skills from the Self-Rescue Review
3. Rescue Exercises 1-10
4. Rescue Scenarios 1 and 2.
5. Prepare an emergency assistance plan for a dive site.

Recommended Schedule
1st day: Video and Knowledge review 1-3, self rescue skills
2nd day: Video and knowledge review 4-5, exam, rescue exercises 1-10
3rd day: scenario 1 and 2, emergency assistant plan

Self Rescue Review skills
1. Cramp release
2. Establishing buoyancy at the surface
3. Airway control
4. Use of an alternate air source
5. Overcoming vertigo and reestablishing sense of direction

Rescue exercises 1-10
1. Tired diver
2. Panicked diver
3. Response from shore/ boat
4. Distressed diver underwater
5. Missing diver
6. Surfacing the unresponsive diver
7. Unresponsive diver at the surface
8. Exiting the unresponsive diver
9. First Aid and Oxygen administration
10. Response from shore/boat to unresponsive diver at the surface
Scenario 1- Unresponsive diver underwater
Scenario 2- Unresponsive diver at the surface
Course section
1. Knowledge Reviews Final Exam.
2. Emergency Assistance Plan.
3. Water skills exercises.
4. Rescue assessment.
5. Dive skills workshop and assessment.
6. Practical application skills.
7. Dive master-conducted programs workshops.
8. Practical assessments.
9. Meet the professionalism criteria.

Knowledge Review
1. The role and Characteristics of the PADI dive master
2. Supervising diving activities
3. Assisting with student divers
4. Diver safety and risk management
5. Dive master conducted programs
6. Specialized skills and activities
7. The business of diving and your career
8. Awareness of the dive environment
9. Dive theory review

Water skills exercises
1. 400m swim
2. 15min water tread
3. 800m snorkeling
4. 100m inert diver tow
5. Equipment exchange

Rescue Assessment
1. Unresponsive non-breathing diver at the surface

Dive skills workshop
1. Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning and disassembly
2. Predive safety check (BWRAF)
3. Deep-water entry
4. Buoyancy check at surface
5. Snorkel-regulator/regulator-snorkel exchange
6. Five-point descent
7. Regulator recovery and clearing
8. Mask removal, replacement and clearing
9. Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use(stationary)
10. Alternate air source-assisted ascent
11. Free-flowing regulator breathing
12. Neutral buoyancy – using both oral and low pressure inflation
13. Five-point ascent
14. Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
15. Hover motionless for 30 seconds
16. Underwater swim without a mask
17. Remove and replace weight system underwater
18. Remove and replace scuba unit underwater
19. Remove and replace scuba unit on the surface
20. Remove and replace weight system on the surface
21. Vertical, headfirst skin dive
22. Swim at least 15 meters/50 feet underwater on a single breath while skin diving.
23. Snorkel clear using the blast method after ascending from a skin dive.
24. Snorkel clear using the displacement method after ascending from a skin dive.

Practical Application skills
1. Dive site set up and management
2. Mapping project
3. Dive briefing
4. Search and Recovery scenario
5. Deep dive scenario

Dive master conducted programs workshops
1. Scuba review in confined water.
2. Skin diver course and snorkeling supervision
3. Discovery scuba diving in confined water
4. Discovery scuba diving in open water dive
5. Discover local diving

Practical assessments

1. Open water diver students in confined water
2. Open water diver students in open water
3. Continuing education students in open water
4. Certified divers in open water

1. Level of active, positive participation in the training sessions.
2. Ability to serve as a mentor to student divers.
3. Willingness to follow directions.
4. Positive attitude and demeanor toward student divers, certified divers and staff.
5. Positive attitude and practice towards caring for the environment.
6. General understanding of a dive master’s role.
7. Appearance.
*Updated for 2019