Divemaster Course Introduction
Have you fallen in love with diving and have a passion to learn more?
Taking a Gap year and looking for an experience to help you grow as a person?
Do you want a job that can take you around the world, living and working in a tropical paradise or aboard a Super Yacht?
Or do you simply like the sound of spending two months on a tropical island with like-minded people?
If the answer to any of these questions were yes, then don’t regret passing up your chance to become a PADI Divemaster.
The PADI Divemaster qualification is the first level of being a Dive Professional. It gives you an extraordinary amount of new skills, knowledge, and confidence in the water, all making you a better diver. It’s the first step towards being an instructor, so you can teach people how to do what you love. And of course it gives you the opportunity to get paid to take people diving. If that isn’t enough reason to drop everything you are doing immediately, read on to find out some more information and please check out our dedicated Divemaster Courses Website for FAQ’s, Blogs, In-depth information about different aspects of the PADI Divemaster course and our Infamous Snorkel Test!
Divemaster Course at Sairee Cottage Diving
Here at Sairee Cottage Diving we have created a course that goes way beyond the minimum PADI requirements, and offers so much more than many other dive schools on Koh Tao and around the world.
We have added extra course assists to help you get the most out of learning with real students learning to dive for the first time, or more experienced divers looking to learn more or even just refresh what they know already.
We have added dive leader workshops and insist upon multiple efforts at dive leading to ensure you are completely comfortable with handling certified divers of all levels of experience.
Our bespoke workshops have been designed by our mentors to increase your effectiveness in a range of different and potentially uncommon situations.
Our Eco Conservation team will be involving you in a range of activities from lectures about plastics all the way up to reef clean ups, keeping our island as beautiful as can be.
These are just a few of the added extras you will expect to receive from a PADI Divemaster course at Sairee Cottage Diving.
Timeframe and Schedule
The Sairee Cottage Divemaster Course usually runs for a period of 6 to 8 weeks, depending upon your level of experience when you start. The schedule is very flexible, and you make your own timetable, so you can decide how long you would like it to take. You can start the course any day of the week, throughout the year.
Between sessions you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy everything the island of Koh Tao has to offer, such as the beautiful beaches, the stunning scenery you can see on the many hiking trails, adventure sports such as rock climbing, abseiling, flying trapeze and sailing and much much more. And of course not forgetting the nightlife!
The price of the course is 33,000 THB. You will also have to purchase the required PADI materials at the price of 7,500 THB. Making your total price 40,000 THB.
These costs include:
- 2 Months Free Accommodation
- All standard recreational equipment rental
- Up to 100 free tanks for you to use during the course
- Free access to an internet capable computer
- Unlimited free drinking water (terms apply)
- Access to the dive school’s facilities
At the end of your course an application fee will have to be sent to PADI to activate your status as a PADI Divemaster, this will be 196 AUD for 2017. You can pay this by credit card directly to PADI.
You will also be required to purchase 5 pieces of dive equipment that are required by standards to enroll on a PADI Divemaster course.
You will need:
- Dive Knife or Cutting tool
- Underwater Slate
- Surface Marker Buoy
Here at Sairee Cottage Diving we have put together a package for you with all these items brand new, so don’t worry if you don’t have or can’t get access to these items before your course starts.
To join us on our Sairee Cottage Divemaster you should:
- Have proof of 40 logged dives (don’t worry you can use some of those free tanks we give you to help you get to 40!)
- Be A PADI Rescue Diver or Equivalent rating from another Dive Agency
- Hold proof of first aid/cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training within the last 24 months (must be verified as acceptable by PADI)
- Have medical clearance of fitness to dive, signed by a doctor within the past 12 months
- Be at least 18 years old
(To become certified you must have proof of 60 logged dives by the end of the course)
Sairee Cottage Go Above And Beyond
Our aim at Sairee Cottage Diving is to make you as employable in the dive industry as possible; if that is what you want of course, and we guarantee that we will do all in our power to help you obtain that goal. However there are a few things that we recommend you do along side the PADI Divemaster Course to help separate you into the highest echelons of diving society.
At Sairee Cottage Diving we offer a vast range of specialties to increase your knowledge as a new Professional and of course to increase your employability. We offer PADI Specialties individually or as a package, utilizing one of our package deals will also qualify you as a Master Scuba Diver, the highest level in recreational diving.
A little taster of the Specialties we offer:
Deep Spec – Trains and certifies you to the recreational limit of 40m.
Wreck Spec – Allows you to make wreck penetrations to see what is inside sunken ships.
Nitrox Spec – Allows you to extend your NDL’s to increase your time with Whalesharks!!
O2 Provider Spec – A must have for any serious professional, bringing you up to speed with the latest life saving techniques using modern industry equipment.
Sidemount Spec – Why use one tank when you can have TWO!! Take more air and learn the basics of decompression diving to take your knowledge to the limit!!
Of course we offer many more, if there are any you know of and would like to do please feel free to ask us.
Meet Your Sairee Cottage Diving Divemaster Course Mentors
The PADI Divemaster Course at Sairee Cottage is a little different than a lot of the dive schools here on Koh Tao. We employ 2 full time mentors that focus solely on your course rather than trying to fit it around other courses they are teaching, giving you more quality time, training and trust with your course mentors.
Hello everyone and welcome to Sairee Cottage Diving!
My name’s Maddy, Originally from Montreal, Canada. I was first introduced to diving in 2010 when I was backpacking Australia, and it was a love at first descent!
A few years later I started a backpack trip around South East Asia with the intent to do more diving; little did I know my passion for diving was only starting! I reached Koh Tao, one of the best places I have ever visited and I knew it was meant to be. I took my first steps into professional diving, started my Divemaster training and never looked back.
Now a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and DM Mentor I could not be happier. Being able to introduce people to the world of professional diving is amazing. I love my job, my office is the ocean, I get to show people something exceptional every single day and meet people from all over the world.
We are all truly living the dream here at Sairee Cottage Diving! Come and share that dream!
After 16 years working in financial services in the cold wet UK, I decided it was time for a change. So I did what any normal person would – pack up and go travelling! After spending some time coaching football in Africa and diving in Australia, I decided to move on and landed on Koh Tao.
3 years on and I now get to live the dream by sharing my passion for teaching and exploring the underwater world! Living in a tropical paradise I not only introduce people to the wonders of diving but also get to help them turn that passion into a career by training them to be a Dive Professional.
Whether you are interested in learning to dive, want to advance your diving or want to go from zero to hero as a Dive Master, come and dive with us at Sairee Cottage. I don’t regret swapping the suit and tie for the beach and board shorts and you won’t either!
Divemaster Course Materials
During your Divemaster Orientation you will receive all the required materials from us. This will consist of:
- PADI Pro Binder
- PADI Instructor Manual (Paper Version)
- Professional Training Log
- Selection of PADI Underwater Slates
- PADI Sticker for your laptop (probably the coolest part!!)
- PADI ErdpML (an electronic decompression calculator)
- PADI Divemaster Manual
- PADI Encyclopedia of Diving
- PADI Divemaster Application
You will also receive from us:
- 1 Sairee Cottage Divemaster T-Shirt
- 1 Sairee Cottage Eco T-Shirt
- 1 Sairee Cottage Eco Bag
- 1 Sairee Cottage 15L Dry Bag
- 1 Full day trip to the best dive site we offer, Sail Rock!!
Why Sairee Cottage Diving?
With so many dive schools to choose from here on Koh Tao, you may be wondering why exactly you should choose Sairee Cottage Diving as your destination for your PADI Divemaster Course.
This is a valid question and lets us try and answer that for you!
Sairee Cottage Diving is a 5 Star PADI IDC Centre. We are a medium size dive school (by comparison to some on Koh Tao) which means that we can dedicate more time to you as a new professional and help you to feel comfortable in your new surroundings and endeavours. This also means that we aren’t by any means a small dive school, which often means being the only divemaster or perhaps one of two on the course. We tend to have a good-sized crew at all times, obviously having slightly more during the higher seasons (December-April and June-September) and slightly fewer in the lower or monsoon seasons (March-May and October-November, November being our traditional monsoon).
We run our dive school based on European Standard, which means our level of care and attention to detail can be somewhat higher than it can be in other parts of the world. For example we only run European Approved BAUER Pure Air Compressors, guaranteeing the safety of your air. We also keep our equipment up to the highest working level meaning that your free rental equipment will work like it was brand new.
Sairee Cottage Diving is not just a dive school! We have many facilities to help you immerse yourself into the live style of a PADI professional. Our dedicated professional classroom has air-conditioning for those extra sweaty days and a full compliment of multimedia learning materials to assist you in gaining and retaining the knowledge you will learn on this course.
We boast one of the most picturesque locations on the main beach of Sairee, with stunning views of the sun set. This beautiful scenery can be viewed from our private beach area or from the nearby pool bar, fully equipped to help you unwind after a healthy dose of Diving! Or if food is the order of the day then our beachfront restaurant serving a wide range of Thai and Western dishes is the perfect spot to catch those final rays as that pink orb drops below the horizon, signalling the end of another day on Koh Tao.
We will also provide you with your own professional Dive Boat, completely kitted out with everything necessary for safe and constructive diving. This is by far one of the greatest facilities we offer to new professionals in training, as it allows us to get away from busy boats full of new divers and focus on training that is more associated with Divemaster level.
We aim to make your PADI Divemaster course here at Sairee not just an effective one but an insurmountably enjoyable and relaxing one.
The PADI Divemaster course is the longest most demanding of all the PADI Recreational courses and for that reason it would be silly for us to list everything you need to learn and perform as you would most likely end up falling asleep!
Instead we shall give you a list of some of the activities that you will be getting stuck into.
You should expect to be doing activities such as these (*takes deep breath!):
- Theory Sessions in preparation for exams
- Workshops to gain valuable practical knowledge before completing them under real circumstances
- Professional level lectures to assist your learning of awkward topics
- Eco friendly behaviour and encouragement, getting you involved in learning and educating others about the importance of marine conservation
- Pool Sessions for practicing and fine-tuning skills up to demonstration level allowing you to more thoroughly assist instructors
- Assisting on a wide range of PADI Recreational courses such as Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Discover Scuba Dives (1 day experiences) and Scuba Reviews
- Revising and honing skills from previous courses to ensure perfect understanding and comfort ability in the water
- Learning to run a dive boat efficiently, ensuring all customers are satisfied and safe during our trips
- Briefing, Leading and Managing dives to be fully prepared when its your turn to lead your very first customers on a dive
- Proving your confidence in water by performing swims over measured distance
- Mapping dive sites so that you can have an accurate understanding of the dive sites you will be experiencing
- Operating effectively in emergency situations and the creation of a recommended plan to follow in case such a situation were to arise for real
And much more!!!
On the island of Koh Tao we are about 1:30 hours away from the nearest island Koh Phangan (famous for its Full Moon Parties) so we are pretty remote. It is however very easy to get here. Most people get a bus or train from Bangkok and then the ferry over to Koh Tao but you may also fly to Koh Samui from Bangkok and then take the ferry from there.
Just because we are remote doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do, as we have mentioned already there are a wide range of activities for you to throw yourself into during the days that you aren’t diving. We are also very lucky here on Koh Tao in the fact that we have an astronomical amount of restaurants and bars serving delicious food and beverages. We are privy to a few 24/7 convenience stores so no matter what the time you can always find yourself fed and watered.
As a dive school we take our work very seriously ensuring that the highest of standards are up kept. However, we also know how to relax and unwind and we’re sure that you will enjoy joining us for a few beers or whatever your tipple on the nights that we have free. Every 2 weeks or so we put on a free BBQ for the staff and Divemasters and Instructors training with us. How can you go wrong with free food!! Dinners, Parties, Movie Nights and more will become part of your life with us here at Sairee Cottage if you so choose.
Once certified as a dive master your employment options are limitless, from busy tourist areas to remote islands, local dive clubs to yachts sailing around the world. As a Dive Master you will be qualified to work directly with certified divers guiding them on underwater tours, running dive boats and handling dive shop logistics. You will also be able to update divers who haven’t dived in a while and assist instructors working with divers in training.
This amazing career gives you the chance to meet people from all around the world while getting paid to do what you love, Diving!
You will now also have the required skills and qualifications to go to the next step in your diving career, and become a PADI Diving Instructor. We offer a range of packages so you can customize and go exactly as far you want to go in the diving industry. If this is something you are interested in please feel free to peruse our IDC page for more information on the instructor course we offer and for package price lists to suit you intentions.
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Divemaster Dive Equipment Packages
As mentioned before at Sairee Cottage Diving we allow our students free use of our dive equipment during your PADI Divemaster Internship course. However it will always be more comfortable, convenient and look more professional if you have your own equipment; and if you want to work in the dive industry, staff have to have their own kit as a rule in nearly all dive companies.
We have created 2 fantastic, very reasonably priced, diving equipment packages to suit all budgets: The Silver Dive Equipment Package and the Gold Dive Equipment Package!
Suunto Diving Computers
A good Dive Computer is a must for every professional and we highly recommend the Suunto Zoop, D4i or D6i. Suunto make some of the best dive computers in the industry, and the more compact versions also look fantastic on your wrist as a watch.
A Dive Torch is also great to have. They really bring out the colours of the reef during the day and are an absolute must on night dives. Also, we recommend a Scuba Pro Wetsuit to keep you nice and warm year-round.
Also, if you pre-order any piece of dive equipment or even a whole dive equipment package online we will offer an extra 15% discount on the item or package. Please ask for this in your enquiry.