Dive Guide and Dive Master Course

Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the Dive Guide program. Working closely with an Instructor, in this program you hone your skills to the professional level. Dive Guide training develops your leadership abilities and qualifies you to supervise dive activities with certified divers. Complete the Science of Diving course and you'll receive the Divemaster rating. Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

Dive Guide

What You Learn

During the Dive Guide program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that strengthen your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba skills. You'll put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

The Scuba Gear You Use

  • You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive computer, and surface marker buoy.
  • It is mandatory that you own all of your scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find everything at Sea Level Diving.


  • 18 years old
  • Have a current React Right (first aid & O2) certification.
  • Have a Diver Stress & Rescue certification
  • Have Deep, Navigation, and Night specialty certifications or have logged proof of at least 5 dives in each topic.
  • Have logged 60 dives totaling a minimum of 40 hours
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
Course fee, including training materials: $815.00 (The fee include $100 for the SSI registration fee) Purchase the Science of Diving and Dive Guide course together and save $50




  • Have a Dive Guide certification
  • Have a Science of Diving certification

What can I do as a Divemaster?

  • Act as a certified assistant for all SSI recreational scuba programs.
  • Assist during open water training dives by taking no more than two (2) students at a time on excursion dives.
  • Qualify as a Training Specialist for the SSI Ecology Specialty programs.

What will it cost?

The Divemaster upgrade is free upon completion of the Dive Guide & Science of Diving Courses.


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Dive Accident Insurance

DAN dive accident insurance* is an affordable way for divers to obtain insurance against the costs of dive injuries that are often left uncovered by typical health insurance.