The Divemaster course is an amazing experience and Xcalak, Mexico is one of the best places to do it


Congratulations! You’re obviously thinking about taking your first step on the PADI professional ladder and we’d love to help you achieve your goal! The Divemaster course is an amazing experience and Xcalak, Mexico is one of the best places to do it – we’re sure that you will enjoy hanging out in our marine park with our manatees and eagle rays whilst gaining this incredible experience!
The course itself builds on the problem-solving skills that you have developed in the PADI Rescue Diver program and extends their application from accident management and prevention to supervisory situations with students and certified divers. You will form the appropriate leadership attitude and feel prepared to make sound judgment calls.
You will learn how to problem-solve safety-related issues and to have a positive, solution-oriented attitude toward customer service, business and operational challenges with practical, hands-on experience in a working Dive Centre. Most importantly, as an XTC intern, you will learn to be an environmentally-aware Divemaster and help to preserve this fragile environment for future generations.


To enroll on a PADI Divemaster course, candidates must:
  • Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent)
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have logged 40 scuba dives
  • Have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months (or equivalent)
  • Have been medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months


We do not include the price of PADI materials in our Professional level courses as we find that sometimes candidates prefer to buy them in advance. If you would like to purchase your required materials from us, then please let us know in advance so that we can have them shipped with enough time.


  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • RDP – Table and eRDPml including associated instructions for use booklets
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Divemaster Slates
  • Log book


  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or Dive Theory Online
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning slate
These recommended materials are available in the Dive Centre for you to use during your course.


Tanks and weights will be available for use throughout your course. In addition, you will need to have:

  • Fins, mask and snorkel
  • Buoyancy control device (BCD) with tank mount or separate backpack, and low pressure inflator
  • Primary regulator and alternate air source
  • Breathing gas monitoring device (e.g. submersible pressure gauge)
  • Depth monitoring device
  • Adequate exposure protection appropriate for water that is 24-30*C
  • Dive computer or RDP (eRDPml or Table)
  • Instructions for use for dive computer or RDP/ERDPml
  • Time monitoring device
  • Compass
  • Knife/diver’s tool
  • Two surface signaling devices – one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.) and one delayed surface marker buoy with reel

You will need to bring with you your dive computer (or time monitoring device + RDP), as well as a compass and DSMB. All other required equipment is available at a very reasonable price for you to rent for the duration of your course should you not wish to carry it with you. Do bear in mind though that, as a PADI Professional, you will be required to have this equipment in the future.

what's involved in the course?

As well as the required components of the course, we will also give you a PADI Pro Website workshop, as well as orientation to Dive Centre Management, everything from learning to plan events to filling tanks and servicing equipment. Remember, you will get out of the course what you put into it!
As a responsible dive center and a 100% AWARE Partner, XTC is very committed to ocean conservation and, as such, all candidates will also be involved with beach clean ups, Dives against Debris and working closely with the local community and Marine Park.

Divemaster candidates must meet all course performance requirements and:

  • Complete nine knowledge development segments including Knowledge Reviews in the PADI Divemaster Manual or through Divemaster Online, and pass the Divemaster Final Exam.
  • Create an Emergency Assistance Plan for a designated dive site.
  • Complete waterskills exercises.
  • Complete the dive skills workshop and assessment.
  • Complete practical application skills.
  • Complete divemaster-conducted programs workshops.
  • Complete practical assessments.
  • Meet the professionalism criteria.
  • Complete a diver rescue assessment.

At time of certification, you will also need to have:

  • Logged at least 60 scuba dives including experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.
  • Read and agreed to the PADI Membership and License Agreements.


Our 1 month DM program includes all of the following:

  • DM training course meeting all PADI performance requirements
  • FREE future diving for life at XTC Dive Center (terms & conditions apply)
  • FREE Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty Course
  • FREE Peak Performance Buoyancy workshop
  • FREE Eco Pro Workshop
  • FREE PADI Pro Website Workshop
  • Dive Theory study assistance with custom designed study materials, practice exams and the 2019 updated skill demonstration video
  • 2 FREE T-shirts
  • Discounts at Coral bar & grill restaurants and dive shop
  • Discounts at other Chilam Group properties and excursions
  • Highly discounted accommodation in the “dorm”
  • Graduation party including food and drinks

Extras with the 1 month extension…

  • FREE “dorm-style” accommodation for duration of the course
  • FREE Equipment maintenance workshop
  • FREE CV writing workshop
  • FREE Dive Centre management and administration workshop and experience
  • COMPLETE work experience in every aspect of the dive center

PLUS even more extras on top with the 2 month extension…

  • PLUS even more extras on top with the 2 month extension…
  • FREE Project AWARE Specialty Course
  • FREE introduction to TEC diving
  • FREE sidemount try dive

Booking & Prices

We believe in transparent pricing. As a PADI professional you will be responsible for paying application and on-going membership fees directly to PADI to keep your rating. We have outlined these costs here, to the best of our ability, so that you can work out exactly how much the course, materials and application fees are going to cost you. Let us know if anything is unclear.


  • COURSE: $1400
  • DM MATERIALS: $250









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