The PADI Divemaster course is not only about learning excellent dive skills and deepening your knowledge on dive theory. You will have daily training by being part of our day-to-day operations. The course requirements are extensive, and your instructors will go through these with you before you start.
Our Divemaster course lasts for a minimum of 6 weeks and complete your internship here in Philippines. To make the Divemaster formation complete, our course may include Fish ID and Nitrox specialties.
• Duration : 6 weeks minimum
• Time: 6 days per week
• Days: Upon request
• Dives: 100 Dives
• Price: Starts at Php60,000 • US$1400 • €1200
Conditions: Be Rescue Diver
Age: 18 years and above
Experience: 40 dives
Requirements: Have EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
Conditions: Age 18 and above. A Confidential Medical Form must be filled out prior to enrollment and a physician’s release may be required. Please review our dive policies and procedures for more information. If you have any question, contact us!
• PADI Divemaster course: Knowledge Development
At the start of the course you independently study your Divemaster manual and DVD, plus complete the Knowledge Review exercises for each chapter of the book. The exercises will be checked with your instructor who will also help you with any questions you may have. To complete the theory study you will take part in the Divemaster final exam and prepare an Emergency Assistance Plan for a dive site.
• PADI Divemaster course: Water Skills Development
In this section of the course you need to show mastery of different underwater and surface skills. There are several swim tests, you need to perform a diver rescue, plus you will learn to demonstrate and later be evaluated on individual dive skills, such as mask removal or hovering.
• PADI Divemaster course: Practical Application
This part of the course consists of workshops, dive scenarios and assisting your instructor with their students. In the workshops you prepare for your future by getting familiar with the courses a certified Divemaster can independently conduct. The dive scenarios have you practise responsibility and management of different dive situations both on land and in water. Finally, you get a look behind the scenes when you assist your instructor with real student divers: it will be your turn to help them get comfortable with their heavy dive equipment and give them tips for relaxing underwater just like when you started diving yourself.
• Our Divemaster course packages: Php60,000 • US$1400 • €1200 for a basic package.
Get Fish ID & Nitrox Specialties for only Php10,000 • US$230 • €200
You can pay by cash or Paypal and credit card (at no extra charge). All our prices are fixed. Our package includes: DM Crew pack plus certification card, your instructor fees, boat transportation, warm lunch on board plus coffee, water, drinks and cookies. Our package does not include the Eco Tourism Development fee and has to be paid in cash. This ticket costs Php200 and is valid for 10 days.Note: All our packages has to be paid in Filipino Pesos. The prices in US$ and €uros are informative.
It is best that you contact us to book your Divemaster course before coming in El Nido. Space is limited. Call +639 399 581 076, +639 917 774 210 or use our form.
Minimum – 1 month (6 weeks)
Open Water Diver* or non-diver ——————– 10 weeks internship is recommended
Advanced Open Water Diver* ———————– 8 weeks are recommended
Certified Rescue Diver*——————————- 6 weeks to reach your goal as a Divemaster
*Those certifications are not included in our package. If you have been certified with an agency other than PADI don’t worry, we can transfer your current certification level to a comparable PADI diving level with no additional time or charges.
• Cancellation policies:
• We ask for a 50% deposit to book your Divemaster Course, and the remaining 50% after your day of introduction
• Cancelation 30 days prior your day of introduction: we keep 30% of the downpayment
• Cancelation less than 30 days prior to arrival: we keep 60% of the downpayment
• Once the internship is started the total amount is non-refundable.
• PADI Divemaster course: why Palawan Divers?
Palawan Divers is the most and longest established dive center in El Nido and starts being renown all over the Philippines for its quality service and professionalism. We can accommodate 16 divers with 2 big bancas. One for the students, one for the certified divers. We usually plan 3 dives per day. Two in the morning, and one after lunch. We leave at 8:00am and are back around 3:30 pm. For a better quality service and for making diving safe and cosy, we accept only 8 divers on board and a maximum of 4 divers for one guide. They are divided to groups based on their experience and level. We propose sunrise dives and night dives as well.
Our dive shop has also been renovated lately and looks pretty stylish. The installations are spacious, functional, and very user-friendly. We renewed most of our gear and got 2 spanking new dive boats, Irawadi II & Irawadi III. Our daily dive trips include lunch, and thanks to the recent changes, we also now propose accommodation to our Divemaster trainees.
• PADI Divemaster course: why the Philippines and El Nido?
Bacuit Bay area offers an excellent underwater learning environment. The reefs are plenty and the marine life impressive. With more than 45 islands, Bacuit Bay is a beautiful scenery with a lot of amazing landscapes on the surface and underwater. The diving conditions are most of the time easy (low current, low wind and low waves). The bay houses a lot of coral fish such as angel and butterfly fish, batfish, pipefish, seahorses, clownfish and bannerfish. We usually also see bigger fish such as barracudas, trevallies and groupers. And with a bit of luck you might also dive with a whale shark. There are many critteres and nudibranchs around as well. The biggest local animals we see daily here are blue-spotted stingrays and turtles. We are very lucky since there are three species of endangered marine turtles who come to our region to lay eggs. Most of the marine life stays in the shallow. No need to go deep to see nice things. The night dives and sunrise dives are wonderful.
• PADI Divemaster course: why our team?
We have a simply fantastic and skillful team who loves working together, and you can learn something from each person in the staff. We are eco-friendly and committed to teaching divers how to protect and preserve the underwater world. We really look forward to welcome you as a part of our family. As a Divesmaster trainee, it’s important that you become part of a warm and friendly environment that’s conducive to learning. You’ll get the chance to become part of our daily operations – a great opportunity for practical experience.
• El Nido – Living cost:
A good place to rent for 6 weeks is pretty hard to find in El Nido. For now, Palawan Divers provides only one studio for our DM Trainees. So, it’s often booked. To rent a flat or a proper house, it costs from P4,000 to P12,000 per month. The best is to contact us one month before yor arrival. We gonna find a solution together. Add from P15,000 to 20,000 to live properly in El Nido. But be careful to bring enough cash because the closest ATM to El Nido you can find in Puerto Princessa, which is six hours (by van) from El Nido. Another option is to do money transfer.
As a tourist you automatically get a visa on arrival, valid for 31 days. Afterwards, you can extend your visa either in Manila or in Puerto Princesa for 1 or 2 additional months. It costs about Php3,000 for a month and Php4,000 for 2 months.