This program gives you the skills and experience required to safely lead groups of certified divers, and is the first step towards an exciting career as an SSI Dive Professional without requiring you to complete an instructor program. Professional Divemasters can work for Dive Centers, guiding dives in a variety of environments and conditions.


  • Must have a RSTC Medical Release signed by a physician within 12 months directly preceding the course, and must be valid throughout (the physician must be a MD or DO. Nurse practitioners and PAs are not valid).

  • Must hold certifications for CPR, First Aid, and Oxygen provider valid within 24 months directly preceding the course, and must be valid throughout.

  • Must hold specialty certifications for Rescue, Deep, Navigation, and Night.

  • Proof of 40 logged dives totaling 25 hours or more of bottom time.

The course is divided up into three sections:

  1. Academics

  2. Watermanship

  3. Internships + Open Water


The course is set up as a self-study course. You need to read and watch the digital materials assigned to your MySSI account. You will be prompted with quizzes as you go through the material; please make sure to answer all the quizzes before your class starting date. During the class sessions and independent study you will learn how to lead groups, manage divers, solve problems underwater, and shift focus from yourself to those around you.


During the watermanship sessions you will be doing swim exercises as well as refining your dive skills to professional quality. You also learn how to solve problems underwater by doing an equipment exchange with another Divemaster Candidate (DMC). We also bring your rescue skills up to date and to a professional level.

Internship + Open water:

After you have completed the Academics & Watermanship skills you are then able to participate in the internship portion of the Divemaster course. This is the final phase of your Divemaster training. The internships include working with part 1 of an Open Water class, leading a number of simulated guided dives, working with continuing education students, mapping projects, dive briefings, and overall helping with certification courses.

Once you have successfully completed your academic, watermanship, internship, and open water requirements (in addition to 50 logged dives totaling 32 hours or more) you are a certified Dive Guide! To be a professional Dive Guide, you must be affiliated with a Dive Center and insured appropriately. To achieve the Divemaster rating (can also work as a certified assistant), you must be a professional Dive Guide and have the Science of Diving specialty certification as well as 60 logged dives totaling 40 hours or more of bottom time.


Dive Guide Course: $500.00

Course Fees Include:

  • All academic sessions.

  • All watermanship sessions.

  • Tanks & weights for all sessions, including open water.

Course Fees Do Not Include:

  • Rescue, Navigation, Deep and Night specialties/student materials (prerequisites).

  • Science of Diving specialty and its digital materials (mandatory for Divemaster rating only).

  • Transportation to the open water sites.

  • Hotel Lodging at the open water sites.

  • Meals.

  • Rental Equipment for internships and open water.

  • Park fees.

  • Dive Guide Student Materials (listed below).

  • SSI Professional registration fee - $70.

  • Professional insurance.

Student Materials:

  • Divemaster Digital Kit - $160

  • SSI Basic Professional Kit - $89:

    - Buddy Team Log / Briefing Slate

    - Binder Log SSI Dive Professional

    - Professional Log book

    - SSI Pro Mask Strap

  • Surface Marker Buoy with reel - price varies. - starting at $46

schedule - 6pm - 10pm each evening

  • May 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & OW session is TBD.

  • Jul 29th, 30th, 31st, Aug 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th & OW session 24th & 25th.

  • Sep 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th & OW session 28th & 29th.

  • Dec 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th & OW session 20th - 22nd.