Become a PADI Professional

Learn how to lead dives, assist with classes and be the diver everyone looks up to. Start your scuba career with Divemaster eLearning.

Become a PADI Pro and Start Living Your Dream

There are many reasons to become a PADI Divemaster or Scuba Instructor: to work and travel, to share your love of the underwater world with others, or simply for the personal challenge. Along the way, you’ll hone your scuba diving skills and emerge as a leader in the world’s largest community of divers bound together by a shared passion for adventure and ocean conservation.

This is Life-Changing

PADI Professionals live a life like no other, transforming lives while also leading the way in ocean conservation. Enter your details to download the Become a PADI Pro brochure and learn more.

Now Hiring

As the leaders of the world's most requested diver certification, PADI Pros are in demand. Check out the latest dive jobs posted by PADI's vast network of dive shops and resorts.

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Divemaster and Dive Instructor FAQs

Your questions, answered


What’s the difference between a divemaster and Master Scuba Diver?

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is a recreational diving achievement. It’s the “black belt” of scuba diving. Divemaster is the first step on the professional ladder and a prerequisite to becoming a scuba instructor. Both are a major achievement, but for different reasons.

How long does it take to become a divemaster?

If you’re at least 18 years old, have 40 logged dives, hold a Rescue Diver (or equivalent certification) and proof of Emergency First Response (or equivalent CPR and first aid training) within the past 24 months, you can complete the PADI Divemaster course in as a little as two weeks.

Some divers prefer to complete their divemaster training a little at a time and may take six months or more to finish. As with all PADI courses, the timeline is up to you.

View more information about prerequisites and what’s involved in becoming a divemaster.

How long does it take to become a scuba instructor?

If you’re already a PADI Divemaster (or hold a leadership-level certification with another training agency), you can become a PADI Instructor in about 11 days. Or, you can complete your training gradually over a series of weekends. 

During your instructor course you will complete independent study using the IDC eLearning materials (it takes about 10-12 hours to complete) while spending several days (minimum 6 days) practicing teaching presentations, completing workshops and perfecting your dive skills together with your PADI Course Director. A final step is to attend and pass the PADI Instructor Examination (IE) which takes place over two consecutive days. 

You’ll need at least 100 logged dives to start the IDC and proof of Emergency First Response (or equivalent CPR and first aid training) within the past 24 months. If you don’t already have these things, your training time may be longer. View a complete list of prerequisites to become a PADI Instructor

Essential Gear

As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive tool/knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.

Check with your local dive center to get advice about everything you’ll need as a dive pro.

How much do divemasters/scuba instructors make?

This is a challenging question to answer because PADI Pros work all over the world in a variety of jobs. 

  • You might live and work on a liveaboard boat (where meals are included and you also have a place to live). 
  • At a local dive shop, you might get paid extra for selling dive gear or repairing equipment. 
  • Experienced scuba instructors with a captain’s license can make very good money working on a superyacht and teaching private classes.

It’s also important to consider the personal benefits of completing divemaster or dive instructor training. One of the most common things we hear from PADI Pros is how their training helped them succeed in the “real world.” 

During the IDC, you’ll learn how to:

  • Break down complex information into simple concepts 
  • Help people embrace new ideas by comparing them to things they already understand
  • Give feedback in a positive and supportive way
  • Appeal to people with different learning styles
  • Establish a positive learning environment
  • Polish your public speaking skills

Learn more about how becoming a PADI Instructor benefits you in the real world. Or, read up on the many (many) career options for PADI Pros including, marine biologist, underwater crime scene investigator, stunt person and underwater archeologist.

How do I find a scuba diving job?

PADI Divemasters and Instructors have full access to the PADI Job Board and can search and apply for open positions anywhere in the world. This job board is updated daily with new opportunities posted by the global network of PADI dive shops and resorts.

What tools do I get as a PADI Professional?

PADI Pros can rely on a dedicated regional customer service, training and marketing support team. 

  • Have a question about paperwork or student ratios? Just call or email. 
  • Want to level-up your marketing? Customizable marketing materials are at your fingertips. Download email and social media copy, images, videos, and more.
  • Ready to escape office life? Visit PADI’s online employment board.