Today I received my PADI divemaster package. In Iceland the package costs 41,000Kr (approximately $341) Pretty standard price across Europe. On amazon.com it was about $300 including shipping. This cost is not included in most PADI Divemaster programs. Its considered something else you need to get on your own (like your gear).
The one most important thing I learned was not to lose the GREEN Sticker, as that was proof that I bought an authentic and unique PADI divemaster package. A $300 green sticker. Wow.
If anyone is thinking about doing the DM program, I would recommend getting the package yourself before starting the program.
At first glance, I was pretty happy with the package. The Recreational Diving book has everything! It reminded me of the old days (times before Wikipedia).
I’m a sucker for hard copies the book has very detailed information on the physiology of diving to polar cells and global wind patterns.
The PADI Pro Black Zip mini binder contains slates and the instructor manual. The slates have a lot of useful information on the workshops that you need to complete during the course. One thing missing is a good old-fashioned pencil. I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember the last time I actually used a pencil. Add these things to “Stuff to get before you start your Divemaster program.”
Speaking of which. “DOH! moment of the day” – Before starting the dive program I learned that I needed to get a physical / doctor’s note. I have a regular doctor at home that could have done the examination, but now I need to try the Icelandic Health system and see how it goes. Hoping I get it done before my first day on Sunday. Gulp.
Lessons Learned: Things to do before actually starting the PADI Divemaster Course
- Buy your Divemaster Package online (amazon or ebay) for a better price
- Get a physical; get the doctor to sign your divemaster candidate application
- Buy a pencil and a sharpener and figure out some way to attach it to the slates while diving
- Once you get the Divemaster Package, don’t lose the $300 green sticker