PADI Master Scuba Diver

I received my PADI “Master Scuba Diver” certificate today. I was actually positively surprised to receive not just the usual plastic card, but a full booklet with a letter, certificate, a patch and the card.

Requirements for PADI Master Scuba Diver

In order to get certified as a “Master Scuba Diver” you have to complete a couple of things:

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • Five PADI Specialty Diver certifications
  • Logged a minimum of 50 dives

So quite a long list and give the cost for these training corses its more than fair PADI sends you not only the plastic card, but also the booklet and patch etc. Not sure where to put that patch – probably not a good idea to stitch it on my drysuit…? 😉

Bare X-Mission Drysuit
My Bare X-Mission drysuit

PADI Master Scuba Diver – highest non-professional rating in the PADI system?

According to PADI the “Master Scuba Diver” rating is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system. I am not so sure as you can do quite a few TEC classes now in the PADI universe that are also non-professional, but from a diving skill perspective clearly another level up. I know as I just do the SSI Tec Fundamental Training – that is similar to PADI’s “Discover Tec Diving”.

Scuba Diving Blindsee, Austria, 2018-07-22

My Path to Divemaster

My objective is to become PADI Divemaster. This is the first professional rating in the PADI world. The Master Scuba Diver rating for me just “happened” as I needed all the classes anyway for my Divemaster.

Withe current course and speed I expect to be certified as a PADI Divemaster at some point in the first half 2018 – of course all depending on how much time I can invest into the training.

Andreas Timm - half underwater shot
Andreas Timm wearing a drysuit. Scuba Diving Gozo. Malta, June 2017

Beyond Divemaster

While becoming a PADI Divemaster is a firm objective for me I am not yet sure if I will take the next step – and that would be to become an Instructor. As I have no intention to make a living form scuba diving the only factors defining this will be whether I enjoy scuba diving and teaching / co-teaching as a Divemaster and whether I have the time to spend doing all the training and certification. So lets see….!


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