Divetech selected for PADI Junior Divemaster Program
Divetech is delighted to have been invited by PADI to be a beta tester for their new Junior Divemaster program. This course is designed for divers aged 15 and up who want to continue their education and are interested in leadership level training but are not old enough to become PADI Divemasters. This is a pilot program that is only available through a handful of instructors & dive centers worldwide and is not yet available to the wider diving community. Divetech is the only dive center on the Cayman Islands authorised to conduct this training.
The PADI Junior Divemaster programme is a subset of the full professional Divemaster course; the candidates complete portions of the full training with some modifications for the younger diver. Credit from this program can be applied towards the full Divemaster credentials for up to 36 months after certification.
The program is designed to motivate the candidate, teach them professionalism, customer service, responsibility and to think about others. Candidates will also gain experience developing skills in public speaking. Through this training candidates will develop exemplary dive skills including fine-tuning rescue skills.
The training program will run for 5 consecutive days Monday through Friday and will cover the following areas:
Preparation of an Emergency Action Plan
Dive site mapping project
Search & Recovery scenarios
Night dive (optional)
Dive site set up & management
Water skills development - swims, snorkel swims, tired diver tows, floats, 24 skills workshop, rescue scenarios
The candidate must also meet the professionalism criteria as set out in the full Divemaster course
Once qualified as a Junior Divemaster the diver will not only be one of the first in the world to hold this certification, but will be able to assist PADI Instructors with:
Dive site set up / management
2-person skill demonstrations
Dive site briefings (supervised)
Environmental & promotional presentations
The diver will not be able to act in a supervisory capacity until they are 18 years old and complete the full Divemaster training program.
Age 15 to 17 years
Advanced Open Water
First Aid / CPR training (current - within 24 months)
Minimum of 20 logged dives to begin and 40 logged dives for certification
Completion of PADI Divemaster e-learning prior to beginning the course - this is a purchase direct from PADI at a cost of US$ 259 and can be downloaded here. The e-learning covers all 9 professional topic areas, with knowledge reviews and final exams.