Shark Conservation in Fiji - Divemaster Course Add-on
Projects Abroad offers you the opportunity to earn your qualification as a PADI Divemaster during your stay at the Shark Conservation Project in Fiji. This is a required certification if you want to learn about the science of diving, how to conduct your own Divemaster lead programs, gain the skills to run a professional dive boat, and receive career guidance in the dive industry. After participating in this course, you will be ready to work in the diving industry or you will be able to sign up for the Instructor Development Course to further your career in scuba diving.
Please note, to do the Divemaster Add-on course, you must be 18 years or older.
Throughout your project, you will work closely with our PADI licensed instructors and local Projects Abroad staff. You will also have a personal mentor to guide you. This is a comprehensive course, including both wet and dry class sessions, where you will learn how to manage dive groups, conduct dive briefings, map dive sites, and protect fragile marine environments. You will also pick up useful logistical skills like how to conduct scuba review courses.
What costs are involved in becoming a Divemaster?
Costs of the Divemaster course depend on your experience and current dive certification level. The more skills and experience you already have, the bigger the discount. There are three price options which are listed on our prices page:
- EFR and Rescue Divers with 40+ logged dives pay a discounted price
- Advanced Open Water Divers (or higher) with 30+ logged dives pay a slightly discounted price
- All others pay the standard price
In addition, anyone taking the Divemaster course must pay the program fee for the Shark Conservation Project. It is not possible to do just the Divemaster course – you must also volunteer on the Shark Conservation Project and pay that program fee.
These prices include the Divemaster “Crew pack” and the required PADI courses. Please bring your own Divemaster specific gear (or buy it when you arrive, at a cost of about $150). You will need to pay your own PADI Divemaster Membership fees (about $150) separately.
Timeline for becoming a Divemaster
Depending on your previous experience, you can do your Divemaster course in as little as 8 weeks:
- EFR and Rescue Divers with 40+ logged dives: 8 weeks
- Advanced Open Water Divers (or higher) with 30+ logged dives: 12 weeks
- All others: 16 weeks