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Divemaster or Dive Guide?

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We commonly refer to professional divers who escort us on dives in exotic places as "divemasters." But are they?

A PADI Divemaster has received certification after demonstrating swimming and lifesaving skills, among other things, and they'll have a certification card to prove it. (You can always check with the dive operations manager.) A divemaster is trained to assist PADI diving instructors by covering safety aspects when teaching. Often divemasters demonstrate some skills to the students, but in classes, their role is to take action should, say, a trainee decides to break for the surface while failing mask or regulator-clearing skills. Divemasters are trained in supervision, risk management, rescue, first aid, and CPR. They have a duty of care, the responsibility to look after you....

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