Earn Your PADI Divemaster With Academy Of Scuba In Melbourne

Become a Scuba Diving Professional and make the ocean your office!

If you are passionate about scuba diving and want to spread the love, you should consider becoming a dive professional. The PADI Divemaster course is the first step on the professional diving ladder.

Academy of Scuba is the ONLY centre in Victoria that will  help you grow your very own dive business.  We help you with setting up the fundamentals for you, without the overheads of setting up your own dive centre. ASK US ABOUT OUR DIVE PRO HUB

In addition to becoming a respected member of the diving community, you will gain leadership skills, great confidence with your diving and have an amazing sense of achievement. So, wait no longer and become a PADI Divemaster with Academy of Scuba, a PADI 5 Star IDC Instructor Development Centre!

When you Join the Tribe™ by becoming a PADI Divemaster, you align yourself with the largest and most respected dive tribe in the world—that of PADI Professionals. These are PADI Divemasters and Instructors sharing a passion for diving and an active concern for the health of the world’s underwater habitats.

There will be a payment of $500 required to book on the course and receive learning materials.  The balance of $1150 will then be due when in-water activities begin.


— Real life experience on our courses, so you’re confident and competent as a Divemaster, once you’re certified!

— PADI Course Director, Kat Vcelka, will be teaching you, as well as countless dive professionals with a wealth of experience diving and teaching in Victoria, to help you become the best dive professional you can be!

— One of Victoria’s leading PADI 5 Star IDC Training centres – just see our testimonials

— Preference given to AOS Divemaster students to work for us through summer and beyond.

— Access to some of the best support and educational systems on offer.

— Courses running frequently, so you will find one that suits you.


Academy of Scuba is a PADI 5 Star IDC Instructor Development Centre, owned by PADI Course Director Kat Vcelka. Moreover, our continuing recognition from PADI in the form of awards and our ongoing status as a 5 Star IDC centre mean that you don’t just have to take our word for it – we have been offering top level diver training, from entry-level through to Professional, for over a decade. Because we have been doing this for so long, our wealth of experience and expert knowledge mean that you can rest easy knowing that your professional training is in some of the best hands in the business.


High quality, real life training and experience takes priority on our DM courses. Therefore, you will receive real life experience training through interning, assisting and learning on our courses, which means that once you’re certified you are both confident and competent in your skills, course knowledge, situational awareness and local procedures and practices. In additon, you will also have the opportunity to learn for free as a deckhand aboard the RedBoats dive boats that we use to conduct our boat dives, giving you a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how the dive industry operates in Melbourne.


Looking to work as a Divemaster after completing your DM course? Academy of Scuba gives preference to our Divemaster candidates to work for us through the busy summer season and beyond. Why? Because, to put it simply, we trained you, so we trust you to represent Academy of Scuba in the best possible way. Above all, our dive team is like family, so once you have completed your professional training with us, you will be part of the family. In addition, that means that you will also get access to exclusive staff discounts and some of the best ongoing and continuing education training that Victoria has to offer.


— Becoming a dive professional is a challenging but rewarding journey. So whether you are looking for a career change or a weekend job with more satisfaction to break up your work life, we would love to help you achieve your professional goals as well as enhance your diving skills and ability.

— In addition, you will truly have the chance to love what you do for work. Imagine this – you take someone who has never dived before for their first experience underwater. They may have taken to it easily, or it may have taken you a bit of patience and energy to get them comfortable. Either way, after completing their first dive in the ocean, your students’ eyes are wide with excitement, smiles are shining on faces, and the awe of the beauty of their experience is something that they will never forget.

— And you are part of that. As the dive professional that made this all possible, you will never be forgotten either. The feeling of knowing you have made a positive impact in someone’s life is second to none. Whether you are a Divemaster or an Instructor, you will get this feeling almost every time you take someone out and help them with their diving. Plus, your office is the ocean. You can’t get any better than that.

Attitude. Professionalism. Confidence.

— The first step in becoming a PADI Dive Professional is to become a PADI Divemaster. A Divemaster is a vital part of a dive team. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level.

— In addition, the PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, confidence and gives you a massive sense of achievement. After that, you will be qualified to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. Also, the PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

— SO MUCH! The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organise and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialised skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organising a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

— Divemasters are the crucial link between Instructors and students, and they play a very key role in the running of courses. Additionally, there are many activities that you will be able to lead or assist with as a Divemaster. Whether it’s guided dives, assisting on courses or conducting scuba refreshers, you will get to put all the skills you learn to good use.

— After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorised to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organising and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkelling program
  • Run the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Lead the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
  • Lead subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course. At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.


— Aged 18 years or over.

— Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and a PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organisation.)

Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organisation) course completion within the past 24 months.

— Have at least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 logged dives for certification.

— Be fit for diving and pass a Recreational Dive Medical.

— Medical pre-requisites: A full dive medical must be obtained prior to starting this training. For a list of diving doctors please go to www.spums.org.au.

— $1650 plus PADI Application Fee*

— 1 Weekend for fundamentals setup for your Divemaster training.  4 – 6 weeks, part time internships are undertaken at your leisure.

— Home Study

— Theory – with your Instructor

— Pool Sessions – to build your skills to demonstration quality

— Open Water Internships: intern as a DMT (Divemaster In Training) on our real courses, dealing with real people

— By this stage of your dive training you should have all of your own dive equipment, suitable for any dive professional. Talk to us about getting set up with the right stuff to make you stand out as a dive professional. Academy of Scuba offers scuba equipment packages and with ZipMoney available, you can spread the cost of the Divemaster course and your equipment from $120 fortnightly for 12 months.

— Your Divemaster fees include the PADI Divemaster Crewpak that has the PADI Divemaster Manual, Instructor Manual, The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, PADI Professional Logbook, Divemaster slates, Scuba Tune-Up Guidebook, DSD Cue Cards and all your application information inside. You will also gain access to Dive Theory Online.



Becoming a Divemaster with Academy of Scuba was one of the best decisions I ever made.

From the day I did my Open Water course I knew that I would want to take my diving further. They make the experience fun, challenging and give you real world training to be the best professional you can be. You don’t do simulated courses or simulated guided dives, you do real world stuff and learn hands on under the guidance of the experienced crew.

I honestly feel privileged and proud to be able to call myself now a part of the team here and hope to continue on to do my Instructors course with AOS.

Becoming a Divemaster with Academy of Scuba has changed my life. And if you’re thinking about it then take the plunge, you won’t look back!
Jesse Lamb
Divemaster Course