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to become a divemaster

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by Christiaan Smal, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. Christiaan Smal

    Christiaan Smal Garibaldi

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    What is the best way to prepare yourself?
     
  2. NorCalDM

    NorCalDM Barracuda

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    Go diving in as many environments as you to get some real world experience.
     
  3. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    In my opinion the best way to prelare is to articulate why you want to be a DM and what you hope to achieve. If for example you are looking to just become a better diver then seek out other training as the DM training is more focused on seeing how you plan and execute dives and respond to different situatuons...it does not specifically train ypu for those scenarios though....you typically have to bring that to the table with you.

    -Z
     
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  4. Hank49

    Hank49 Solo Diver

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    If you want to work as a DM, get experience in the conditions you will dive and work in. Indonesia and the Great Lakes require different training due to tides, currents, wet suit vs dry suit etc.
    You could have 400 quarry dives but you will need to learn 3 meter tide change currents if you transfer to the Philippines. Every place is a bit different.
     
  5. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Good stuff above for working as a DM.
    To pass the course---
    Study the material ahead of time a lot.
    Get your swim stroke up to par and stamina by doing laps--unless you're already a swimmer. To pass the "stamina" tests.
    Look over all the "components" of the course and get some ideas (for one, where you'll do your mapping project).
    Practice the (24?) pool skills really slowly to demonstration quality so you can impress your instructor right away.
    Be familiar with the shore sites where you will be DMing locally (if you aspire to). Especially where you will be assisting with courses as a DM candidate. Find the spots where the training flags are moored for classes to do their skills.
     
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  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Location: Cave Country!
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    Assist in OW classes.
     
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  7. Ben_3

    Ben_3 Nassau Grouper

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    Practice doing all skills to demonstration quality. They're are videos on you tube. D'ont forget the rescue scenario. Get comfortable with your equipment so you can concentrate on the other stuff.
     
  8. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Divemaster Candidate

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    Helping with classes seems the best. It helps show where you need work. It task loads you with helping and showing others while your gear and diving needs to be a solid assumption. Thus showing you where you need to tune your own stuff up a bit. Not sure how you do that outside of a DM program though.

    Some ideas:
    - Being a solid diver yourself first. Solid on all the things it is standard to either demo, or do on dives as you guide.
    - informal leading/guiding/mentoring a bit less experienced friends.
    - Some instructors let prior students repeat classes for free, that may let you 'assist' with out being a DM. You would count against instructor/student ratios unless you are a DM, but most classes should not be near the ratio limit anyway.

    Folks really need more info from you beyond 'how do I become a DM'. Where, what are your options, long internship, only one shop in area, to guide, to help teach, from what level of experience, what part of the world, ...

    Ahh: Netherlands, Advanced, rescue, night, Nitrox. 50-100 dives., all Padi. Ok. thats could be a decent base. And you have 10+ dive shops there.

    Why is a big question:
    - To be a better diver? Best to work on skills and experience instead. Maybe cavern, just for the skills. Maybe other agencies. GUE Fundamentals. Maybe intro to tech from a tech oriented agency, again just for the skills.
    - To guide?
    - To help teach?

    For the class, you do have to do things to demonstration quality. But the best way to prepare for that is to get very solid in those skills. Then work on doing them in a smooth fashion that does not confuse the students.
     
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  9. Christiaan Smal

    Christiaan Smal Garibaldi

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    Thank you for all your tips.
     
  10. Ben_3

    Ben_3 Nassau Grouper

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    Location: Canada
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    If you go for DM you will be able to do Discover Scubadiving and ReActivate programmes. I enjoy this and it gives you an idea if you want to continue as an instructor or not.
     

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