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Posts Tagged ‘Divemaster Course’

Mapping Project

As far as Divemaster Qualification goes, the Bible is the Instructor manual. For the ‘Mapping Project’, the Bible is a bit vague. Certainly it tells you what to do but does not give any indication of scores or standard. The Divemaster Candidate Information and Evaluation Form isn’t much more help. To pass the standard is ‘verified adequate’. The result is wide variation on what is judged as ‘adequate’. I have seen every interpretation, from simple line drawings to charts that would put the UK’s Hydrographic Office to shame. Read the rest of this entry »

Barfield Rescue

PADI Rescue Diver

Image: Just Add Water

It had been over ten years since I’d set foot in Barfield (a thriving private junior school near Farnham). I’d been an acquaintance of the previous Headmaster who left some years earlier due to some ‘financial irregularities’. The School had prospered since I had last seen it: new buildings, an Arts centre and what looked like an assault course on the playing fields. Read the rest of this entry »


Before Divemaster training commenced Mark Murphy, Course Director, sent over details of the physical stamina tests we needed to pass. I took little notice at first – I am relatively fit and quite a strong swimmer.

PADI practical tests are scored 1 to 5, with 5 being a good pass and 1 being generally unacceptable. Read the rest of this entry »


There are 9 PADI Divemaster Theory exams

As my course started before July 1st, I am able to complete the ‘old style’ divemaster syllabus. This means that there are a total of nine theory exams to get through: Divemaster Conducted Programs, Supervising Certified Divers, Assisting with Student Training, Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Skills and Environment & Decompression Theory and the Recreational Dive Planner. Now anyone who has done PADI exams as part of their course (Open Water, Rescue Diver etc.) knows that the exams have a standard ‘PADI’ format and if you read the instruction manuals properly, you should have no problems. Read the rest of this entry »

First Divemaster

Oyster Diving, PADI Open Water Course

Mark Briefs the Open Water Course before their first dive

Wraysbury is convenient, has good conditions for Open Water training dives. But it is noisy.

Every 90 seconds an airliner loaded with passengers takes off from Heathrow. And this morning they were flying directly overhead. But that is the only complaint I have about an extremely good morning.

This was the first time I had acted as surface cover Divemaster, indeed the first time I’ve acted as Divemaster at all! (Although I had been a BSAC Dive Marshall once). Read the rest of this entry »

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