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Why become a PADI Divemaster in Thailand?

Do you want to take your diving to the next level? Are you bored of life in the office and want a new challenge, or even a new career? Imagine escaping to tropical Thailand, waking up to the sound of the waves lapping on the shore, feeling the sand between your toes, diving every day and knowing that you are working towards a professional qualification in doing something that you love.

Have you ever felt envious of the PADI Divemasters you’ve dived with before? Have you ever wished that their lifestyle was yours? Are you ready to take a step towards doing something positive for yourself and embarking on a path that could change your life? Don’t just think about it – do it! Make your dreams a reality by taking the PADI Divemaster Course in Koh Tao, Thailand.

The PADI Divemaster Course is an exciting new challenge, it’s a great way to meet new people, to learn about yourself and to spend 6 – 8 weeks in Koh Tao. When you’ve completed your Divemaster training with FIFTY SIX DIVE you’ll be a competent and confident PADI Divemaster, ready to explore the world.

Divemaster giving an excellent dive brief before heading out to explore to the dive site

Why Become A PADI Divemaster?

If you want to change careers, challenge yourself, build your self-confidence, travel, meet new people, make a lifestyle change or have a lifestyle break then the PADI Divemaster course is for you.

As a PADI Divemaster you’ll be living the life that most people only dream of. You’ll be doing something you love and you’ll be able to do it anywhere in the world. This is the start of an amazing adventure as a PADI Professional – the world really will be your oyster!

What Can a PADI Divemaster Do?

PADI Divemasters are at the heart of the diving industry. As a PADI Divemaster you’ll be certified to guide other divers around your favourite dive sites. You’ll be a mentor to other divers and someone they look up to. Remember your favourite dive guide? That could be you!

As a PADI Divemaster working in the scuba diving industry, you’ll have a variety of different responsibilities. Here are some of the core functions that you’ll be able to carry out:

Guiding Certified Divers

As a certified PADI Divemaster you can guide certified divers underwater. This means that you’ll be able to find employment in the diving industry and manage daily dive trips. You’ll be communicating with the divers and boat crew, giving boat briefings and dive site briefings, as well as being in charge of safety on board the boat and underwater.

Assisting Instructors

Another important role of a PADI Divemaster is in assisting PADI Instructors during courses. You’ll be the extra eyes that an instructor needs when taking students though their open water courses. Students may come to you with any issues they are having, and they will look to you as a role model and for guidance, leadership and support with any problems they are having. If a student is struggling with a particular skill, the instructor may ask you to work one on one with them until they achieve mastery.

Organizing Dive Trips and Vacations

If you are not looking to work fulltime in the dive industry but want to organize group or club travel, as a PADI Divemaster you’ll be able to do so. AND as a PADI professional, many dive centers, resorts, and liveaboards offer great discounts for PADI pro’s. You may also be entitled to free spots as a group leader when organizing larger trips!!

What does the Divemaster Program Include?

A lot!! A lot of diving development and a lot of FUN! Here at FIFTY56SIX Dive you’ll become part of our team. You’ll be mentored and feel supported from start to finish. The PADI Divemaster Certification is your first step on the ladder to being a professional diver and we want you to have the most comprehensive and memorable experience possible.

You’ll work together with our team of professional Instructors to uplevel your dive skills to demonstration quality so you can work with students. You’ll learn how to map a dive site, reconfirm your EFR and rescue skills, you’ll start giving boat briefings and dive site briefing to REAL guests, you’ll overview our team as they service gear, you’ll look at how we manage reservations and how we allocate boats, you’ll also learn how to read the tides and sea conditions. It’s a lot but it’s an amazing experience!!

Why Choose Koh Tao?

Scuba diving in Koh Tao is world famous – for good reasons. Not only will you experience phenomenal diving but there are a host of other activities available in the area. Koh Tao is home to stunning white sand beaches, you can trek to stunning view points, enjoy relaxing Thai massages for a fraction of the price you would pay at home, spend time with the friendly local people and simply absorb the culture and island lifestyle. If you like to liven things up a little then Koh Tao has a vibrant nightlife after the sun has set.

Of course, most of your time will be spent diving, diving and diving! And at FIFTY SIX DIVE we are ideally located to access some of Thailand’s best dive sites. Imagine diving world class reefs and incredible pinnacles that are bursting with colour and teaming with life.

The wide range of diving conditions and topographies for which Thailand is famous are what also makes it the number one destination for professional dive training in Asia. For comprehensive Divemaster Training, Koh Tao is hands down one of the best locations on the planet.

Divemaster Candidates after an awesome skill circuit and reef clean up dive.


When we train PADI Divemasters it means much more to us than checking off boxes and issuing a certification. We want every Divemaster candidate to leave us feeling confident that they can stand on their own two feet in the diving Industry. You’ll work closely with your mentor and spend time with all members of our experienced and professional team. You’ll be diving with, and learning from, industry pros who know Koh Tao’s dive sites like the back of their hands. We will work together with you on your strengths and look how to develop you into becoming the best PADI Divemaster that you can be. Our team won’t rush you and you’ll progress at a speed which suits your needs and capabilities. That’s why we offer a full 6 – 8 weeks of Divemaster training in Koh Tao – so you get to see and experience working in a busy, successful dive shop for real. This is invaluable experience which will form part of your professional diving CV.

Are There Any Prerequisites?

Yes, to begin your PADI Divemaster training in Koh Tao you need to:

  • Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent)

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old

  • Be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the last 12 months.

  • Have completed Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months

  • Have a minimum of 40 logged dives. (If you do not currently have 40 logged dives, do not worry, we will get you up to the right number in no time!

How Much Does It Cost and What’s Included?

At FIFTY SIX DIVE the PADI Divemaster course costs 35,000 THB and includes the following:

Unlimited fun diving during your FIFTY56SIX divemaster course

Free equipment rental

Access to all dive school facilities

Unlimited water, tea & coffee

Exclusive FIFTY56SIX mask strap and t-shirt

A chance to learn from numerous experienced dive professionals

Real life, hands-on experience

Free pick up from pier upon arrival to Koh Tao

Amazing dive shop location

Free wifi at the dive centre

Discounted accommodation options from dorms to private aircon rooms

Tea/coffee/water and fresh pineapple on the boat

Discount on equipment purchases

Please note: You will need to purchase the required PADI Divemaster materials (view required materials and prices here) and you’ll also need to pay your Divemaster application fee (payable directly to PADI) of AU$231.

Can I take a Divemaster Internship?

Yes! Once you have completed your Divemaster training we offer 4 week Divemaster internships so that you can put your new skills to use and gain further experience. Our internships are a great addition to your CV too!

Why Take a Divemaster Package?

Because we want to provide great value and an even better experience! We’ve created three unique packages to cater to different needs and experience levels. Our packages give you the best value for money.

  • Zero to Hero (Beginners start here!)

If you are new to scuba diving but already know that you want to become a PADI Divemaster this is the package for you. We’ll take you through all of the required courses (Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and the Emergency First Response course) prior to you commencing your PADI Divemaster training.

  • The Specialist (For those who want to work in the dive industry)

Having a broad range of skills is an employer’s dream (we know!!) and is sure to make you stand out from other applicants. In this package we include your Divemaster course (and any other recreational courses that you require) PLUS your PADI Deep Diver Specialty, PADI Wreck Diver Specialty and PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty courses!

  • The Ultimate (Best value!)

Our Ultimate package incudes everything that is offered in our Zero to Hero package combined with The Specialist package, AND a 4 week internship after your Divemaster program. This incredible opportunity gives you 6-12 phenomenal weeks on Koh Tao and you’ll make 70+ dives!

So, are you ready to change your life and spend 6 – 8 weeks on Koh Tao to become a PADI Professional? For more information or to make a reservation, contact us on or fill out our contact form and we’ll get right back to you.

We look forward to welcoming you to diving in Koh Tao soon

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