Dive Master

After you’ve completed the NASE Rescue Diver course, you’re ready for NASE Divemaster. NASE Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities by teaching you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

NASE Divemasters:

  • Work with local dive centers, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations.
  • Assist NASE Instructors with scuba classes.
  • Lead NASE Scuba Divers on guided dive tours.
  • Conduct NASE Scuba Review programs for certified divers.
  • Conduct Discover Local Diving orientations.

Not Your Typical Divemaster Course
Be aware that Diver’s Den’s Divemaster program is not a quickie, one-week program designed to do the minimum necessary to meet NASE’s standards. In our program (which can take up to three months to complete), you get hands-on experience crewing a dive boat, operating and maintaining a fill station, working in a dive store and assisting with real classes. In other words, you learn how to actually be a Divemaster, not just get the card.


Nevertheless, if you have a question this section doesn't answer, just call us at
912-882-7078 or email us at diversdenstaff@yahoo.com. We will be happy to answer it.

Who Can Learn

Prerequisites include:

NASE Rescue Diver certification or qualifying certification from another organization.

What is involved in learning to dive?

  • During the Divemaster program, you:
  • Online Divemaster training.
  • Complete a series of water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water environments.
  • Master three required training exercises that test organizational and problem solving abilities.
  • Map a dive site, including underwater and surface features.
  • Equipment exchange: Demonstrate the ability to solve unanticipated problems underwater.
  • Conduct a simulated or actual class, under the supervision of a NASE Instructor.
  • Additionally, you complete an Internship or Practical Training Exercise (choose one):
  • Internship: Hands-on experience supervising and assisting divers in actual NASE programs, under the guidance of a NASE Instructor
  • Practical Training Exercises: simulated scenarios in supervising and assisting divers, under the supervision of a NASE Instructor
  • Must have a minimum of 60 logged dives to complete the NASE Divemaster course.

Where Do I Learn

As you can imagine, all classroom and pool sessions take place at Diver’s Den. The many open-water training dives will take place at out private dive site here in the St. Marys area, aboard Privateer and the neighboring Florida springs.

When Can I Learn?

Divemaster training is an ongoing process that spreads itself over several weeks and a number of beginning and continuing education courses. Talk to us about how we can work this into your schedule.


The Dive Master course is $799 per person and includes all instruction.

Students are responsible for providing:

  • Personal diving equipment (see list below).
  • All air or gas fills.
  • Dive site admission or charter fees.
  • Transportation to and from dive sites.
  • Accommodations and meals, as needed.
  • NASE Divemaster registration fees and professional liability insurance.

What Equipment Will You Need?

  • Students are responsible for supplying the following:
  • Mask, snorkel, fins.
  • Adequate exposure protection.
  • One cylinder per dive, per day.
  • Weight system, weights.
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BC).
  • Regulator/alternate air source.
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer.
  • Audible surface signal.
  • Cutting tool.
  • Dive tables and slate.
  • Dive light.
  • Pocket mask.

This needs to be personally owned, up-to-date and well maintained dive gear, as it reflects on you as a professional.

You will also need to get the materials contained in the NASE Divemaster Crew Pack (ask us for details).