PADI Divemaster

PADI Divemaster

PADI Divemaster Course

Become a PADI Divemaster and gain the freedom to work in your passion all around the world…

If you are considering taking the next step and becoming a professional diver, join us with our PADI Divemaster Course with New Way Diving. You’ll be joining the best Divemaster program Koh Tao has to offer thanks to the advantage of 2 dive boats, in-house Nitrox and guaranteed Sail Rock Trips.

Our Available Packages

  • New Dive Master

  • PADI Divemaster Materials (RRP 7,000 THB)
  • 2 - 3 months unlimited diving
  • Sail Rock at least 4 times per month
  • Individually Catered Course
  • 2 Reef Clean up Days
  • All Equipment Rentals
  • Discount on Equipment Purchases
  • Free Taxi on arrival & Return
  • Free New Way Logbook
  • Free T-shirt (RRP 350 THB)
  • Wreck, Deep & Nitrox Specialty (RRP 20,250 THB)
  • New Way Compressor Operator Course
  • 25 Logged Tank FIlls
  • Dive Equipment Retail Workshop
  • Oxygen Provider Specialty (RRP 4,950 THB)
  • Orientation to Nitrox Blending
  • Shop Management Workshop


Accommodation is not included in our packages. However, we do assist all our customers whenever we can.

There are various options that offer monthly accommodation, and most start at around 7,500 THB per month, inclusive of all bills and wifi. This is for a fan room. Prices increase from here, with AC varieties available for around 10,000 THB per month.

Generally we advise booking somewhere for the first few nights and then we can show you around so that you can decide where you would like to stay. You can find some of these at the bottom of the page!


The PADI Divemaster Course with New Way Diving offers you the chance to leave your office life behind, and gain the ability to work around the world for the largest and most recognized certification agency in the world – PADI. This will allow you to work around the world leading people on dives, assisting with students in training, coordinating Dive Shop logistics, and even conducting some courses individually.


We run the course over 2 – 3 months, with most people completing the course in around 6 weeks. During this time, other than completing up to 6 dives every day, we run each intern through more in depth diving theory, shallow water skill developments, Deep Diving and Navigation workshops, as well as have you assist with multiple students in training.

Part of the beauty of joining New Way Diving for this course is that all this training takes place with our experienced Western Instructors in small groups to assure each candidate receives adequate attention and time to improve on their Divemaster ability. You will be assigned a mentor when you start, who’s job is to be your main reference. However, due to the nature of our shop, and the fact that all our Instructors teach courses of every level, you will become involved with every instructor and Divemaster, and become more like a part of the New Way Diving Family.

As your PADI Divemaster Course continues, and your ability grows, you will be given increased responsibility, from choosing the dive sites, helping with shop logistics, assisting and conducting various courses, as well as leading certified divers on tours of our fantastic dive sites.

The Schedule

Unlike many of our other courses, the PADI Divemaster Course is individually catered and scheduled. As mentioned, most people complete the course in around 8 to 10 weeks. However, some candidates prefer to get it done faster so that they can attend an Instructor Course on a certain date.

That being said, all of our Divemaster Courses focus on 3 core training areas;

The first is Theoretical. You will be given a rough outline on the structure in which your theory is to take place. By the end of week 4 we try to have most of our Divemaster Candidates finished with their book work since this is the least exciting part of your time with us. There are also then 2 multiple choice exams which take place around week four or five. Our team of instructors will sit down with you regularly to review where you are at, cover theoretical knowledge and give presentations to develop your more rounded understanding of the dive theory.

The second segment is dive confidence. The best way a person learns to dive, and gains confidence, is by diving. This is why we offer unlimited diving throughout your training with us. Our 2 boats leave repeatedly each day; 06:00 with a return of 10:00, 06:00 with a return at 13:00 for our daily Sail Rock Trips, 10:30 with a return of 15:00, again at 13:00 with a return of 17:30, and our final trip of the day is either a local night dive, which take place between 18:30 and 20:30, our if Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, or requested by 2 or more people, we run our Sunset & Night Dive trip. This takes place from 15:30 through to 21:00.  This confidence training takes place over the entire course, with you initially being teamed with one of the other Divemaster Trainees to explore the sites and learn by your mistakes. A common issue we find with all DMT’s is that they get lost… A lot…. In reality this happens to all of us, albeit a little bit less. By getting lost, we are able to debrief and learn from the mistakes. There will be repeated sessions leading each other, as well as leading some of the instructors around the dive sites. This will also develop your diving ability as a whole, which brings even more confidence.

The third main segment, which again takes place over the duration of the course, is assisting with students. As a PADI Divemaster you can assist with students in training, as well as Scuba Reviews, unlike with other agencies. As a result the PADI Divemaster Course has much more focus on assisting with students in training, developing your demonstration level skills, and conducting programs such as Scuba Reviews and Discover Scuba Diving. Initially you will take a back seat to develop your knowledge in the training activities, but by the end of the course you will be conducting a number of the skills in each session to a demonstration standard and conducting complete Scuba Review and DSD programs.

The PADI Divemaster is your tool to making your passion into an employment option. Divemasters around the world enjoy a relaxed lifestyle doing what they love; leading dives and assisting with bringing the diving passion to other people. As a result, there are a number of people who stay at this level and continue at this level for their professional diving career. New Way Diving often employ DMs that have trained with us since they already adapt to our systems. And when we don’t need staff, we have contact with a number of dive shops that do, and can assist with getting your paid PADI work.

However, for some, the passing of knowledge and love for the underwater environment becomes intoxicating, and as such, they choose to continue with the PADI Instructor Course, which is again something we can help you with if you send us a message!