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.
Kit Assembly and Disassenbly
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 Open Water Diver Training
Pre-Dive Check (BWRAF)
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
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.
- Inflate your BCD to maintain positive buoyancy
- Hold your regulator in with the heel of one hand, pressing your fingers against your mask to keep it in place
- Use your other hand to secure your gauges and to keep your weight belt in place
- Ensure the entry point is clear
- 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.
- When safely back on the surface give an OK signal
- Signal for the deep-water entry
- Signal to inflate the BCD
- Signal to remind of your hand positioning
- Signal to remember to check the entry is clear & to look forward or backward
- 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
- 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.
- Take and hold a normal breath
- Completely deflate your BCD
- If you are ideally weighted you should float at eye level
- Then exhale & you should start to slowly descend
- Remember not to kick upwards as you perform the skill
- Add or subtract weights as required
- Signal for the buoyancy weight check at the surface
- Signal to remind you to take & hold a normal breath
- Signal to remind you not to kick
- Signal to remind you to deflate your BCD
- 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.