Master Scuba Diver

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the pinnacle of PADI recreational diving.

With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.

The Qualification.

To attain the PADI Master Scuba Diver or Junior Master Scuba Diver you must be qualified as a PADI Rescue Diver and complete a minimum of five PADI Specialty ratings. In addition, you will have completed 50 logged open water dives in a variety of environments and conditions.

When you have met these requirements – Congratulations, you have reached the top and can apply for the Master Scuba Diver Certification!!


What are the prerequisites for the course?

To apply for the PADI Master Scuba Diver or Junior Master Scuba Diver certification, you must:

·       Be qualified as a PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver –OR- equivalent with another certification.

·       Be a minimum of 12 years old for the Junior Master Scuba Diver qualification.

·       Be a minimum of 15 years old for the Master Scuba Diver qualification.

·       Hold the PADI (Junior) Rescue Diver certification –OR- equivalent with another certification.

·       Hold a minimum of 5 PADI Specialty Diver certifications.

·       Have a minimum of 50 logged open water dives.

You mentioned the Junior Master Scuba Diver Course – what is this exactly?

To qualify as a Master Scuba Diver you must be a minimum of 15 years old. Below this age a diver is classified as a Master Scuba Diver and has some restrictions as follows:

·       12 – 14 year-olds must dive with a certified diver of legal age i.e. over the age of 18 years in the UK or as defined by local laws.

In addition, they are limited to a maximum depth of 21 metres.

What does a Junior Master Scuba Diver when they reach their 15th Birthday?

They can simply apply for an upgrade to their certification. The Junior Master Scuba Card has the diving restrictions they are subject to printed on it and they will be issued with a new card to reflect their full Master Scuba Diver status. There is an administration fee for processing the revised certification and issuing the card.

When do the courses run?

The calendar of course dates can be found here. If necessary we can schedule different dates for the classroom/pool sessions to suit.

How long does the training take?

Our courses run throughout the year and the timing will depend on which specialties you are aiming to do. Once you have completed all courses then you can apply for the Master Scuba Diver certification.

Where does the training take place?

We have a pool on-site and we visit various inland dive sites around the country to complete the open water dives.

What gear do I need?

It is generally expected that people will have most of their own equipment at this level of qualification. If there are any items you need to hire then we can accommodate this.

For pool work you will need to bring along a swimming costume and towel plus any of your own equipment.

Is there a subscription to pay to keep my Master Scuba Diver qualification?

Happily, no. Once you have successfully completed the course, you maintain your qualification either by diving regularly or by completing a Scuba Review if you have a gap of six months or more without diving. You will also need to keep your First Aid and Secondary Care skills current by taking a refresher every couple of years. Our courses for this can be found here.

I have my Master Scuba Diver certification – what next?

Well done. Well, you still have the range of PADI Specialty courses  to choose from and we have some additional training which may interest you such as the Poseidon Mk VI Discovery Rebreather , Twinset diving, or Sidemount diving.

If you fancy going even further then you have the option of enrolling on the PADI Divemaster course - the first step to making diving into a career!!