The course is open to 15 to 17 years olds, with a minimum of 20 logged dives, and who are PADI Junior Rescue Diver or equivalent. The course comes with a digital Divemaster manual.
You need to complete the eLearning as self-study, including all 9 chapters’ knowledge reviews and then you will sit the Junior Divemaster exam (which can be done over Zoom, during lockdown).
The practical parts of the course involve the following:
Preparing an Emergency Action Plan (you can resubmit the one you used for your Rescue Course if it was good quality)
Exercises 1-4 of the full DM course which are a swim, a snorkel, a tired diver tow and tread water, plus a rescue scenario and the 24 skills workshop
Skills 1-4 of the full DM course which are dive site set up and management, a mapping project, a briefing and a search and recovery scenario.
You will also need to meet the professionalism criteria as in the full DM course. We estimate this will take two pool session and 2 or 3 days at open water.
To become certified, in addition to successfully completing the above you need to hold a current EFR qualification, (ideally Emergency o2 as well), have a minimum of 40 logged dives including experience of night diving, deep diving, and navigation.
Duties of a Junior Divemaster
Once you are qualified as a Divemaster, you will be able to do dive site set up and management, surface support, assist an instructor in 2 person skills demos (eg alternate air source use), and conduct supervised dive site briefings. You will not be able to work in a supervisory position until you’ve turned 18 and completed the full DM course. You can, however do dive site briefings, environmental and promotional presentations.