PADI Pro Dive Skills

Dive Skill Evaluation Criteria
During your PADI professional training you will be evaluated by your PADi professional instructor on your ability to demonstarte key diving skills in a clear manner with critial enhanced skill movements of each skill.

There can be a variety of teaching styles worldwide depending on your PADI instructor however the actual technique and method used for the skill in not evaluated as long as the technique employed allows potential students to meet required perfromance.

The important concept to understand when demonstrating a diving skill is to ensure the skill is performed in a slow, clear, easy to understand manner exaggerated movement highlighting the critical attributes of each skill.

Candidates are scored on a scale 1-5

  • Candidate is unable to preform the skill
  • Skill performed with significant difficulty or error
  • Skill performed correctly, but to quickly to adequately show details of the skill to others
  • Skill performed correctly and slowly enough to show details of the skill
  • Skill performed correctly, slowly, and with exaggerated movement, making it appear easy.

PADI Dive Master candidates as assessed on the 24 Scuba and Skin Diving skills as listed throughout this blog.
Each skill must get at least a 3 score to pass with a least one of the 24 skills scoring a 5. With the combined 24 skills there needs to be a minimum of 82 points total.

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Kit Assembly and Disassenbly


Preformance Requirments:

Assemble, adjust, prepare, wear and then disassemble all scuba equipment


The skills involved in this is important and will allow you to grow confident and comfortable assembling your diving equipment wirhout assistance


Check Cylinder O-Ring

  • Fit BDC
  • Fit Regulator
  • Go over signals


PADI Courses
PADI Open Water Diver Training

Pre-Dive Check (BWRAF)


Preformance Requirments:

Preform the buddy pre-dive safety check

This is important to ensure that both your diving buddy and yourself are prepared and ready to descend into the water together.


  • B- Buoyancy or BCD (Check for inflation and deflation both with low pressure hose connection and manual)
  • W- Weight (Orientate to each others quick release systems or weight belt releases are on the right hand side for quick release)
  • R-Releases (Check BCD releases on equipment)
  • A-Air (ConF-Final Check (signal ok to go down)firm that air is on and there is the proper bars/PSI for the dive)
  • F-Final Check (signal ok to go down)

Go over signals


The skills can be performed on the poolside just before entering into the water, on the boat or beach You will be observed by the instructor while doing your buddy checks.

Skill For Dive Master Training Deep Water Entry


Preformance Requirments:

Demonstrate correct deep-water entry

This will enable you to make a comfortable entry from the back of a boat into water that is too deep to stand, ensuring you retain all of your equipment.


  1. Inflate your BCD to maintain positive buoyancy
  2. Hold your regulator in with the heel of one hand, pressing your fingers against your mask to keep it in place
  3. Use your other hand to secure your gauges and to keep your weight belt in place
  4. Ensure the entry point is clear
  5. Look straight ahead, then make a giant stride into the water or look behind to use the backward roll into the water which ever is demonstrated by the instructor.
  6. When safely back on the surface give an OK signal


  1. Signal for the deep-water entry
  2. Signal to inflate the BCD
  3. Signal to remind of your hand positioning
  4. Signal to remember to check the entry is clear & to look forward or backward
  5. Signal to remind you to perform a giant stride or backward roll


The skill will be performed at the deep end of the swimming pool or in deep water off the boat in the ocean. Instructor will enter the water followed by any certified assistant or assists then each of the Dive Master trainee’s into the pool or water. Please enter one at a time when signaled to do so.

Buoyancy Check at Surface Skills


Preformance Requirments:

  1. At the surface, adjust for proper weights- float at eye level at the surface with no or minimal air in the BCD, while holding a normal breath

This is an important step to ensure that you are diving correctly weighted. This will allow you to maintain good buoyancy control and avoid damaging the aquatic environment and your dive kit.


  1. Take and hold a normal breath
  2. Completely deflate your BCD
  3. If you are ideally weighted you should float at eye level
  4. Then exhale & you should start to slowly descend
  5. Remember not to kick upwards as you perform the skill
  6. Add or subtract weights as required


  1. Signal for the buoyancy weight check at the surface
  2. Signal to remind you to take & hold a normal breath
  3. Signal to remind you not to kick
  4. Signal to remind you to deflate your BCD
  5. Signal to remind you to exhale


The skill will be conducted at the surface in the deep end of the swimming pool or in the ocean in deep water enough to float. Certified assistant will assist as needed while each individual is called upon to demonstrate to perform the skill.

Getting to Boracay Island

54e792f02a4d5228054908I often have people say to me when I get home or when I’m on my way to Boracay: “WOW! That’s a long way!” or “Isn’t that half way around the world?” Then they ask me how I get there. I think everyone secretly wants to go …. Here are my tips on how to get to Boracay. Feel free to add to them. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my experiences; yours may differ, and that’s very okay.

If you’re flying out of LAX then you can just check for the cheapest flights that will take you to Japan’s Narita airport and then connect there to Manila. This route tends to have the cheapest flights.

You can also fly Hawaiian Airlines to Manila, but the downside is that you’ll have to stay overnight in Hawaii because of the connection times. The stay there isn’t horrible but it is an extra cost and it’s kind of a pain to get your luggage, go to the hotel and then return the next day around 10 am to get the next flight.

If you fly with Hawaiian Airlines, then on your return leg you’ll fly from Manila to Hawaii, have a short layover, and then connect to LAX. The flight from Manila to Hawaii is often late, making the connection to LAX very chancy. Even without flight delays, it’s a long way from the international flight terminal to the domestic terminal and signage is poor. I ran like a crazy woman one time to catch my flight and barely made it; they’d already given my 1st class seat away because they were told there was no way anyone from our flight would make it …LOL yes I was sweating and they booted the guy from my seat and gave it to me. That was the last time I flew with them. My fiancé had a very similar experience on another trip…The Hawaiian Airlines experience is a bit rough: they fly an older plane with no entertainment on it unless you buy a player and the players don’t have very good battery life. Not fun on a long trip.

In terms of “local” airlines, I’ve heard that both Cathy Pacific and Philippine Air are good but I usually fly Delta just to get the miles. They are all about the same price at any given time. China Air and Korea Air are sometimes cheaper but you get what you pay for. I have not heard good things about either airline.

Before you leave it is a good idea to go online and buy your ticket to Kalibo or Caticlan from Manila. The tickets cost more if you wait until you get there to buy them. Also bear in mind when traveling in Asia that you tend to be charged extra for anything over (I think) 15 kilos. If you have heavy luggage will have to pay for it and it can get expensive! It does not matter if you book though an American airline to take you all the way through; once they see your luggage you’re going to pay extra anywhere in Asia. You can buy prepaid luggage allowances when you purchase your ticket online but anything over the allowance will still be an excess weight charge. Consider traveling light. Also remember the laws about bringing cash into and out of any country there is a 10,000 usd limit going out of the country to the US and there are different limits coming into the Philippines so check the current limits before you bring currency into the country.

If you decide not to bring your own equipment, be assured that New Wave has plenty of new equipment at the shop available for you to use. Keeping it updated and in-service is a high priority for us. If you feel like you’d like to bring some of your own equipment, then I suggest bringing your regulator alone and using our gear for the balance.

Fun fact #1: It rains now and then in Boracay, but don’t bring an umbrella in your carry-on luggage: they will take it at the airport.

Fun Fact #2: Hand Baggage allowed on board must not exceed the dimension 56cm x 36cm x 23 cm for Airbus flights and 56cm x 35cm x 20cm for ATR flights, and must not weigh more than seven (7) kilograms for Airbus flights (A319 and A320) and five (5) kilograms for selected ATR flights.

Fun Fact #3: There are terminal fees at every airport in the Philippines (before you go through security). The Manila international airport fee is 550 PHP and for other domestic is 200 PHP.

A few airlines handle intra-Philippine air travel, including Seaair, Airphil express and Philippine Air. I usually use Cebu Pacific. They charge around US $40 each way, and fly into Caticlan every day on an almost hourly basis, starting around 530 am.

If you fly Delta into Manila you will arrive at the international terminal (number 1) late in the evening: usually around 10pm -12 am. I usually go right to the domestic terminal (number 3) upon arrival and catch up on my emails and things till my 530 am flight. The check-in counters open around 3:30 am and, once you get inside to the Cebu Pacific area, there are coffee shops with Wi-Fi. There are also cheap massages!

I usually fly into Caticlan from Manila. I tried to fly into Cebu once but found it to be much more expensive from the US to get there. Kalibo is a little cheaper to fly into but the hour bus ride is just a pain I would advise against this unless you have to.

Fun Fact #4: You cannot walk from one terminal in Manila to the next: they are very far apart and in no way are they connected! There are airport shuttles that are very cheap (maybe 20 PHP per person), but they don’t run on a regular schedule (lots of waiting). A cab can be a good option if you’re impatient. Anyone can direct you to the shuttle and cab line.

When you return to Manila at the end of your holiday, you can reverse this process (going from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1. Alternatively, you can bypass the intra-terminal shuffle and long wait by getting a hotel near the airport (like the Marriott neat Terminal 3) and stay overnight after catching a later flight from Caticlan. The taxi to the Marriott from Terminal 1 costs about 140 PHP and the Marriott costs about US $150 US $200 including all taxes and charges). There are cheaper hotels in the area but the Marriott is convenient and very nice, with a bunch of high-end stores right outside.

I recommend that you use a pick-up service once you arrive at either Caticlan or Kalibo because they will be looking for you and will make the transfer to Boracay seamless. The transfer costs around 800 PHP or less (US $20) per person, not including the jetty port fees. (See below for information on those fees.)

The airports can get confusing: everyone is running around, asking you please allow them to take you to Boracay (or beyond). That being said, for all their salesman ship the people tend to be very polite and never pushy or rude. There are just a lot of people around and they all want to help you … for a fee of course. J You can bargain it down but I think everyone finds it easier to just set it up and go. If you hire someone then they’ll assist you in getting through the jetty. Accept their help: there are two tickets you will have to get to get on the boat to get across to the island, and it’s a good idea to make sure you get them both.

Fun Fact #5: Tips are not mandatory for the luggage guys that carry your luggage on and off the boats. Even so, I typically give them 100 PHP per bag or US $2 per bag same as in the US at the airport for their help. Tips are not mandatory or expected anywhere on the island but are greatly appreciated because of that fact. I think it is a good thing to tip since everything on Boracay is really inexpensive compared to other places.

Upon arriving at the jetty port, you will pay a terminal fee of 50 PHP, a boat fee of 30 PHP, and an environmental fee of 75 PHP. Yes, you would think you could buy them at one counter but you can’t. There are separate counters for each and they are right next to one another.

If you have chosen to use a pickup/transfer service to take you from the airport, then once you get to the island they will usually take you all the way to your hotel. If that doesn’t happen for some reason, then have no fear: you can hire a tricycle for about 50 PHP per person to get you there (or anywhere else). The rates are sometimes higher during the peak season. Note when your traveling about the island via tricycle it is only 10 php a person. If you hear the word “special” and agree to it then you will have to pay 50 php not the regular 10php. Look for the green electric tricycles and use these if you can.

After all that: welcome to Boracay! Start relaxing on White Beach. It would be our pleasure to take you diving and to provide whatever advice we can concerning places to chill around the island. It’s a beautiful place.

I am headed there next week. I just added a blog to our new website and I will be blogging while I am there.

Thanks again for choosing New Wave Divers !!! Have a great day. 🙂