Become a PADI Divemaster with a PADI Divemaster Course in the UK
PADI Divemaster course

Become a scuba diving professional.

Get paid to dive every day.

Travel the world.

Looking for a new career? Ready to take your first step into the world of professional diving where you get paid to go diving every day??

It's time to change your life and become a PADI Divemaster.

We can't think of anything we'd rather be doing!

  • Forget the 9-5, turn your passion for diving into a career
  • Become the life and soul of the dive centre
  • Guide divers on incredible adventures
  • Assist PADI Instructors with students
  • Protect the ocean and encourage your divers to do the same

Your first step to achieving this dream is to get stuck into your PADI Divemaster Course. This on-the-job training is designed to help you become an amazing, confident, eco-conscious PADI Divemaster.


What does the PADI Divemaster Course look like?

Prep for success.

As a PADI Divemaster candidate at The Fifth Point, you immediately become part of the team. In the run-up to your program, you'll meet the crew who will become your mentors and colleagues.

You'll work through some independent study to prepare you for your DM adventure. Your team is only a zoom call away for support as you learn the role of a PADI Divemaster and the key skills and knowledge required through comprehensive elearning programs.

We are here to help you achieve your goals so before your training starts, you'll sit down with your mentor and create a personal growth plan. On top of everything you'll learn as part of the PADI Divemaster curriculum, your schedule will also include time to develop the skills you'll need to achieve your future goals and boost your CV.

Whether you want to work as a PADI Divemaster, Instructor, marine biologist or conservationist, we can help you land your dream job!

Your PADI Divemaster Course.

During your 1 month program, you'll develop into an amazing PADI Divemaster during a mix of real life, on-the-job training and curriculum workshops. You'll learn everything you need so that as soon as you're qualified, you're a competent and confident DM ready to apply for your first job in the diving industry.

We'll use the PADI curriculum as a framework for your program alongside lots of extra workshops that focus on your success once qualified. Everything you learn will be applied to real-life training so you can flick that switch in your brain and start thinking like a PADI Divemaster.

You'll be in the water pretty much every day practising skills and working with actual customers and student divers. Classroom sessions are interactive and discussion-based - you will steer the workshop to learn exactly what you need.

Work as a PADI Divemaster with our support.

During your 2 month program, you'll get the opportunity to work as a fully qualified PADI Divemaster with the full support of your mentors and team mates. You'll be guiding dives, assisting instructors, conducting refresher sessions and gaining more experience as a key team member at the centre.

You'll also become a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader by team teaching real customers. This qualification looks great on your CV as you'll be qualified to teach try dives in a pool. Think of it as your first step to becoming an instructor!

The 2 month program gives you more time to work on your personal curriculum. If that includes taking more PADI courses (at super discounted prices), learning how to service equipment, taking a leading role in our environmental activities, or discovering more about the business of diving - your team will help you develop into a well rounded PADI pro with an amazing CV to boot!


Get out there and DM.

All your hard work has paid off and you are now ready to apply for your first job as a PADI Divemaster.

You're well prepared, confident and you already have work experience behind you.

You know how to guide divers and inspire them to protect the ocean. You have the skills to work side by side with PADI Instructors, helping them deliver fantastic courses to their students. You've gained the qualifications that make you an asset to any dive centre as you can conduct refreshers, try dives and snorkelling courses.

This is not the end of our time together. Your team are always available for support for the rest of your career!

During your PADI Divemaster Course, you will make friends for life. If you ever have a question or need advice, we are just a phone call away.







Matt took his PADI Divemaster course in the UK with The Fifth Point

"My PADI Divemaster course with The Fifth Point was a blast.

Getting to learn from a super friendly team with such a broad variety of diving expertise left me feeling really confident in my newly developed skills and ready to jump straight into working as a DM."

- Stevo

Meet your team.

The Fifth Point has created a specialist team containing experts in every area of the diving industry. You'll meet this incredible bunch during your PADI Divemaster Course.

Together, the team can give you help and advice in every area a PADI Divemaster needs to excel. They'll lead workshops in their specialities and be on hand to answer all the questions you might have. Milk them for all their knowledge so you set yourself up for success as soon as you're qualified.


Nic is a PADI Course Director and ocean advocate. She's the Co-Founder of The Fifth Point and mad keen on protecting the ocean. Nic is the creator of The Dive Pro Hub - full of free resources for dive pros.


Jim is The Fifth Point Co-Founder, a self-confessed kit nerd and PADI Master Instructor. Channel his wisdom regarding technical and sidemount diving, wings, longhoses and equipment servicing.


Founder of Fit To Dive, Laura is Clinical Psychologist as well as a PADI Master Instructor. She offers amazing insights into how to handle the psychological aspects of scuba diving and teaching.

Become a PADI Divemaster, take your PADI Divemaster Course in the UK

What's involved in the PADI Divemaster Course?

You'll become an amazing eco-conscious PADI Divemaster during this unforgettable training course. Choose an immersive 1 or 2 month PADI Divemaster Course that will set you up for a successful career by focussing on your aspirations as a PADI DM.

After your program, you'll boast an impressive CV for a new PADI Divemaster. You'll have experience working with real customers, and know how to complete all the duties expected of a DM including guiding fun divers and assisting instructors with students. You'll handle divers in a way that minimises impact on underwater habitats and inspires others to use their diving skills to protect the ocean.

This is not your bog-standard PADI Divemaster Course. This is a customised program where you choose the areas to develop to meet your career targets. The program focuses on your success as a Dive Pro and develops you into a well-rounded, employable PADI Divemaster.

PADI Divemaster prep.

You'll get yourself ready for the Divemaster program by completing some independent study. This will build on what you've already learnt during the PADI Rescue course and your journey so far as a diver. You'll also swot up on dive theory, using online learning to dive deeper into physics, physiology, skills and environment, equipment and dive planning.

Your mentors will check your learning and help you apply this new knowledge in workshops and scenarios.



One month PADI Divemaster Course.

Your program is split into 3 main curriculum areas:

  1. Practical Skills  - where you develop the skillset you need for different diving situations and problem solving.
  2. DM Conducted Workshops - where you learn how to perform your duties and deliver amazing experienced for divers and snorkelers
  3. Practical Assessments - where you work with real customers, guiding them on dives and assisting student divers


Two month PADI Divemaster Course.  

If you choose to extend your on-the-job training, you will gain work experience as a fully qualified PADI Divemaster. Under the guidance of your mentors, you will function as a DM in The Fifth Point. You'll be 100% hands-on with our customers, you'll guide divers and assist instructors and get a real insight into the behind the scenes workings of a dive centre.

You'll also complete your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader qualification. You will be able to introduce brand new divers to the underwater world, taking them on their first ever dive to blow bubbles!


Personal Curriculm.

On top of your PADI Divemaster training, you'll also attend personalised workshops to help enhance your career. These will be completely bespoke and will draw on the expertise of our team. If there's something you want to learn, or a course your want to take to set you up for a successful career, let's do it.

Matt took his PADI Divemaster course in the UK with The Fifth Point

"Getting to learn what really goes on behind the scenes at a dive centre opened my eyes to all the work that goes into creating fun and memorable diving experiences, and now I get to go and play a part in that too, what's not to love!

If you're looking to become a well-rounded DM learning from a supportive team while diving in some of the best dive sites the UK has to offer, The Fifth Point is the place for you!"

- Stevo


For the 1 month program, you'll pay £1,995.00 to us (you might choose to add on some extras, but that's the core price). This includes your PADI Divemaster Course, personal curriculum and all the training materials you need.

For the 2 month program, you'll pay £2,495.00 to us (you might choose to add on some extras, but that's the core price). This includes everything on the 1 month program plus your extended personal curriculum, PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader training and real work experience.

You also have to pay some fees to PADI to cover various applications after qualification. Your Divemaster application is currently £111.60 and your DSD Leader £46.80. PADI do change the prices regularly, but we'll keep you posted.

Now then, it's time to address the elephant in the room!

We know that our PADI Divemaster Course is probably more expensive than others you've seen.

There's a few reasons for this.

Firstly, your PADI materials are included. There's a sneaky tactic in the diving industry where centres don't include materials in their PADI Divemaster Course packages. This makes them appear cheaper when they're advertised. It's a pretty brutal sting in the tail when you turn up for your DM Course and there's at least another £280+ to pay.

Secondly, this isn't a free internship - you won't be treated like a tank monkey. Your program has a structured training schedule. You'll see exactly what you're doing and when you're doing it. You're not here to be cheap labour for the dive centre. Your time will be spent developing your skills as a PADI Divemaster, not humping kit around.

Choosing where to do your PADI Divemaster Course is a big deal.

This training is expensive, and you need to make sure that you're making a good investment in yourself. What you learn during your course will set you up for your future success as a PADI Divemaster. You need to make sure you're getting the best training you can.

That's why we urge you to do your research! We hope that we're the perfect match for you, but it might be that The Fifth Point just isn't right.

And it's not just about what's included in the training. You need to make sure that you click with your mentors and the dive centre team. You're going to be spending A LOT of time with them during your PADI Divemaster Course, and they will be there to support you throughout your diving career. Find mentors that you get along with.

We wrote a little blog post that will help you choose the perfect dive centre. You can read more here.


Our credentials.

We are a PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre which means our team train everyone from beginner divers, all the way up to instructor level.

Nic and Jim (the co-founders of The Fifth Point) have been teaching people to dive for over a decade. They have created a very special team that will help you during your PADI Divemaster Course. They're amazing in the water, between them they know nearly everything about diving, but most importantly they're going to make sure that you feel welcome and like you're part of the family.

Our commitment to protecting the ocean.

The ocean is a very special place. It's our playground, our office, our happy place. It's also the world's life support system. Without it, there would be no life on Earth.

Divers witness first-hand the pressures that the ocean face. From the devastating impact of climate change on underwater habitats to the issues caused by marine debris.

As a PADI Divemaster, you have the skills to do something about it!

Your actions on land and underwater can directly protect the ocean. You are the ultimate role model to your students. You can inspire them to protect the ocean and then equip them with the skills to do just that. You're joining an army of eco-conscious Divemasters that are working all over the world using the techniques they learnt at The Fifth Point.


To start the PADI Divemaster Course, you need to be...

  • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent with a different training agency)
  • 40 logged dives  (and you'll need 60 logged dives to complete the program with experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation)
  • 18 years old
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training (or equivalent) within 24 months
  • Able to provide documentation of any non-PADI qualifying entry-level, advanced, rescue certifications as required.

Your PADI Divemaster Course starts with independent learning.

In your PADI Divemaster elearning, you'll build on the knowledge you've already gained during your rescue course and your diving journey so far.

In PADI's Dive Theory Online, you'll dive deeper into 5 topics:

  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Skills & Environment
  • Equipment
  • Dive Planning and the RDP

Then, we'll see you in person for your immersive 1 month or 2 month program. Your schedule will be jam-packed full of training. You'll be in the water pretty much every day and taking part in interactive classroom sessions. You'll also work on your own personal curriculum, building up the skills and knowledge you feel are important for your career goals.

You can download a sample schedule here - of course, when it comes to your training it won't look exactly like this, but you'll get the idea.

The Fifth Point is not your typical dive centre. We've created a really special learning environment with everything you need to make your PADI Divemaster Course awesome!

  • Onsite classroom and training tank
  • Nearby swimming pool for bigger confined sessions
  • Local shore dive sites on our doorstep
  • Kit dunking area, drying room and storage
  • Wood burner stove and snug area to warm up after water sessions
  • Service centre with technician available to help with whatever you need
  • Clean kitchen with fridge, kettle, microwave, toaster and oven
  • Spotless changing rooms and showers
  • Washing machine and tumble drier
  • Free wifi
  • and of course Dive Dogs Haldane and Buoy for cuddles


Everything you need for your PADI Divemaster Course is included. PADI materials, equipment, and training. There are no hidden costs. A full breakdown of prices is included in the info pack so you can see exactly how much you'll need to pay.

  • On the first day, we're going to throw you a meet and greet so you can get to know everyone. Once you've become a fully qualified PADI Divemaster, we're going to throw you one hell of a party!
  • You'll get access to your Divemaster elearning and Dive Theory Online as soon as you've paid your deposit.
  • When we see you in person,  you'll get the rest of your PADI Divemaster Crew Pack (it's got all of the slates you'll need).
  • We always recommend that you use your own equipment for your training, but if there's anything you need, we can plug the gaps!
  • As long as you can get yourself to the dive centre each day, you'll have access to team transport to get you to dive sites and pool sessions.

There are some fees that will be paid directly to PADI. You need to pay these, there's no getting around it. These include:

  • Divemaster Application (£111.60)
  • Discover Scuba Diving Leader Application (£46.80)

 * Prices are accurate as per PADI's 2022 pricelist but are subject to change. 

Other expenses that are not included:

  • Accommodation - if you need somewhere to stay, please let us know and we can recommend some places nearby
  • Entry to inland sites
  • Food and drinks