Divemaster Course

Go pro with Next Level Scuba

The Divemaster course is more than a training program, it´s a lifestyle!

Take a break from your everyday life, book a flight and come live in paradise.
Experience a different culture, make new friends from all over the world,
walk barefoot on the beach, spend your days in the ocean and your evenings
in front of stunning sunsets!

Divemaster Course on Gili Air

At Next Level Scuba we have an extraordinary Divemaster program
that doesn´t just settle 
for teaching you the minimum course requirements,
we take you beyond that. We take you to the Next Level!

Your Divemaster Training (DMT)

Once you have arrived and settled in we will create an individually adapted course plan,
based on your current level, desired time frame, and specific needs.
You will be assigned a mentor from our instructor team, who will oversee your progress
throughout the course and help maintain consistency.

The first required achievement to start the Divemaster course is 40 logged dives. If you do not have the required number of dives you will complete them here on the island, while you get started on the theory, refining your diving skills, practicing swimming, etc.

When those 40 dives have been completed, it´s time to start your Divemaster training, your DMT!

You will start by accompanying the members of our professional team while they are teaching and guiding, to see their individually adapted approaches and techniques, to best find your own style
of teaching.

By helping the instructors and divemasters with qualified divers and real students, from introduction dives to Rescue Diver courses, you will gain experience and pick up a wealth of knowledge that you cannot learn from any manual.

Whilst doing this you will take on new challenges, in the form of knowledge reviews, skill circuits, swim tests and a wide range of workshops and lectures.

During your weeks as a Divemaster Trainee, you will learn and master all the different aspects
of briefing, guiding and taking care of divers, where we place a strong emphasis
on gaining practical experience, both on land and in water with real-life/dive situations.

Having built experience and confidence you will then begin to conduct supervised briefings and guiding on various courses and in time finishing your theory, lectures and exams to finally become
a signed off PADI Divemaster or an SSI Dive Control Specialist!

As you can see there´s quite a bit of work to be done, but also a lot of fun to be had!

Read more about the Dive sites, Our Island and how to explore the neighbouring islands
to gain a better understanding of why Gili Air is the perfect location for your DMT!

Divemaster Course content

All of our courses leave room for flexibility. They often need to be adapted to the local environment,
to the individual student, to a requested time frame and the student flow of the dive center.
So no Divemaster training will be the same, but there are a standardized set of requirements that must be met, regardless of who/where/when you do it.

As mentioned above, we have chosen not to simply settle at that!
When doing a course with Next Level scuba, we opt to go above and beyond the minimum requirements in order to create the best possible diver we can, for their level of training.
And the Divemaster is definitely no exception!

Below, we have listed the standardized training requirements that we will cover during your Divemaster training, in addition to this our senior instructors hold teaching sessions on the more complex subjects of your theory, like physics, physiology and decompression theory.
You will learn about the psychology behind the teaching, about marine life and the potential injuries that they can cause, about sales and equipment, plus lots more in our strive to create an all-rounded, capable and passionate Divemaster!


– 18 years or older
– Open Water, Advanced & Rescue certified
– EFR certified, current within 24 months
– 40 logged dives (can be completed with us free of charge)

Knowledge development segment

Includes reading and completing Knowledge Reviews of the 9 chapters in the Divemaster Manual, and then passing the two Divemaster Final Exams, each containing 60 questions.

You will also spend time to create your Emergency Assistance Plan, a step-by-step
instructional guide on how to handle a dive emergency.

Water-skills exercises

– 400 Yard swim
– 800 Yard swim, with mask, snorkel & fins
– 100 Yard Tired diver tow
– 15 Minute float
– Underwater equipment exchange

Under this segment, we will also revisit the diver rescue assessment from your Rescue course,
but now with an elevated expected standard!

Practical application

Skill 1 — Dive Site Set Up and Management
Skill 2 — Mapping Project
Skill 3 — Dive Briefing
Skill 4 — Search and Recovery Scenario
Skill 5 — Deep Dive Scenario

Workshop 1: Scuba review / ReActivate program in confined water
Workshop 2: Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision
Workshop 3: Discover Scuba Diving Program – In Confined Water
Workshop 4: Discover Scuba Diving Program – Additional Open Water Dive
Workshop 5: Discover Local Diving in Open Water

Practical Assessment 1 — Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water
Practical Assessment 2 — Open Water Diver Students in Open Water
Practical Assessment 3 — Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water
Practical Assessment 4 — Certified Divers in Open Water

Professionalism criteria

The instructors will rate the divemaster candidates on the following criteria,
to which they need to score at least a 3 in each category.

  1. Level of active, positive participation in the training sessions.
  2. Ability to serve as a mentor to student divers.
  3. Willingness to follow directions.
  4. Positive attitude and demeanor toward student divers, certified divers and staff.
  5. Positive attitude and practice towards caring for the environment.
  6. General understanding of a divemasters role.
  7. Appearance.

Skill circuit

Demonstrate all scuba and skin diving skills, scoring at least a 3 on each skill,
and scoring at least 82 points total, with at least one underwater skill to a 5.

  1. Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning and disassembly
  2. Predive safety check (BWRAF)
  3. Deep-water entry
  4. Buoyancy check at the surface
  5. Snorkel-regulator/regulator-snorkel exchange
  6. Five-point descent
  7. Regulator recovery and clearing
  8. Mask removal, replacement and clearing
  9. Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use (stationary)
  10. Alternate air source-assisted ascent
  11. Free-flowing regulator breathing
  12. Neutral buoyancy – using both oral and low-pressure inflation
  13. Five-point ascent
  14. Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
  15. Hover motionless for 30 seconds
  16. Underwater swim without a mask
  17. Remove and replace weight system underwater
  18. Remove and replace scuba unit underwater
  19. Remove and replace scuba unit on the surface
  20. Remove and replace weight system on the surface
  21. Vertical, head first skin dive
  22. Swim at least 15 meters/50 feet underwater on a single breath while skin diving.
  23. Snorkel clear using the blast method after ascending from a skin dive.
  24. Snorkel clear using the displacement method after ascending from a skin dive.
Diving course on Gili Air


We recommend our divemaster trainees to spend as long time as possible with us,
to gain the maximum from the course by diving and teaching alongside our experienced instructors and divemasters. Even when the performance requirements have been met, our candidates are encouraged to continue gaining experience. And while the diving environment around The Gili Islands generally offers very good visibility and warm water all year round, it is however quite dynamic and has depth, which enables our divemaster candidates to gain further experience with currents- and deep diving, not just “cocktail diving” conditions. So why wouldn´t you stay around?!

In regards to the time frame, for the training itself, we would recommend approximately 8 weeks, even if both shorter and longer courses are possible to fit individual needs.

As a Divemaster trainee, you are highly recommended to have your own mask, fins, surface marker, and a dive computer, as these are the essentials in the diving world and make your experience much easier. If you do not already have these items we have a wide range of equipment available for you and as a DMT you will receive a 15% discount off all retail purchased through the shop!


A PADI Divemaster course costs 18.500.000 IDR, including the PADI materials. The SSI Dive Con Specialist costs the same for both the course and the materials, their material is however all online.

If you need to complete more courses before the Divemaster, we have some great dive packages available! Popular choices are listed below, more are available in our Pricelist

Advanced Open Water, EFR, Rescue Diver, Divemaster  –
30.000.000 IDR

EFR, Rescue Diver, Divemaster  –
27.000.000 IDR

Rescue Diver, Divemaster  –
26.000.000 IDR

We also have optional upgrade deals available. For example:
Add on Deep/Nitrox Specialty courses to Divemaster course for 6.000.000 IDR

For any further questions regarding our Divemaster course, feel free to send us a message!