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Divemaster Course Philippines

Do you have a passion for scuba diving and the underwater world? Do you want to share this love for scuba diving with others? Would you like to take your diving to a whole new level?

The world’s most popular pro level course.

Doing your Divemaster internship in the Philippines might be dream that is going to come true! For some it’s the beginning of a longer journey or maybe you choose to do it just for the fun and the challenge or to work your way to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor one day. No matter what’s your reason, many things are for sure; You will become a much better diver, more knowledgeable and confident; It will be the time of your life, a time in paradise with loads of fun. We usually encourage our divemaster trainees to stay for a minimum of 5 weeks or longer.

It’s said, that to become a master of anything you have to do it 10.000 times. And indeed practice makes perfect, so spending a few extra weeks or months makes good sense.  And of course our divemaster training comes with unlimited dives, so you’ll have a blast while you learn. 

  • 18 years old
  • Certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • Ceritifed PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent
  • 40 logged dives to begin 
  • Complete EFR Primary & Secondary care training within 2 years
  • A signed medical statement by a physician within 1 year

As a candidate on our Divemaster course in the Philippines, you will learn to become a professional leader taking charge of many activities at Bongo Bongo/MCP, assisting on PADI diving courses and so much more. We go the extra mile to make sure that you have the knowledge and skill level to allow you to continue on with training, whether you want to become and instructor, tec diver or conservation dive leader.  Your diving skills will improve significantly, allowing you to demonstrate them to a professional level.  You will refine your rescue skills allowing you to anticipate and problem solve and through-out the course, gain thorough dive knowledge helping you become a knowledgeable and confident diver.

  • The Roles and Characteristics of a Divemaster
  • Supervising Diving Activities
  • Assissting with Student Divers
  • Diver Safety and Risk Management 
  • Specialized Skills and Activites
  • The business of Diving and Your Career
  • Awareness of the Dive Environment
  • Dive Theory Review
  • 400 metres swim
  • 15 minute float
  • 800 meters snorkel swim
  • 100 metre “tired diver tow”
  • Equipment Exchange
  • Dive site set up and management 
  • Mapping a dive site
  • Conducting Dive site briefings
  • Search and recovery scenarios
  • Deep dive
  • Conducting a Reactivate and skin diving courses
  • Assissting with Discover Scuba Diving activities
  • Leading Discover local Diving programs
  • Assisting with Open Water students in confined and open water training
  • Assisting with Continuing education students in Open water training dives
  • Assisting with Certified divers in Open Water

The schedule is personalised, tailored to YOU.

  • Your timeframe.
  • Your learning ability.
  • Your individual needs.

We operate a “flexi scheduling” system, overseen by dedicated Divemaster course coordinators. No matter if you are doing your course with Marine Conservation Philippines or Bongo Bongo, you will have an experienced mentor who is a lead instructor.  The average program is 8-12 weeks.

  • PADI Divemaster course
  • Unlimited Diving during the course
  • Dive equipment – It’s highly recommended as a PADI Pro you own your own full set of equipment and if you plan on working in the industry after the course it’s an absolute must!

If you would like to purchase equipment when you are here, we are happy to make suggestions and recommendations. You can use our discount to shop for gear in the various diveshops in Dumaguete, and can save a fair penny by doing so. 

I had the opportunity to train with amazing diving instructors and scientists, as well as volunteers from around the world. This goes way above and beyond the PADI requirements to make you the best diver you can be. The focus on marine conservation in addition to the dive training makes this course unique.
Katy Orriss
I wanted to get my training both as a diver and a conservationist. My ultimate goal is to work for a conservation NGO, expedition or as a dive safety officer and I am getting the best training for this. My skills grow every dive.
Stevie B. Gyori Hakyo
My instructors were absolutely fantastic – truly professional, patient and fun at the same time. They live up to their high reputation and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Nina Giordano

Doing your Divemaster Internship here is a good idea

The island of Negros boasts natural beauty both above and below the water; however it’s what’s underneath the ocean that it is most famous for. Its stunning coral reefs and abundant marine life have been attracting divers to the area for over 35 years. With a thriving dive industry the Philippines has become one of the leading tropical locations for diver education. Having a perfect balance of beginner to advanced level dive sites, it’s almost as though the island was made for teaching diving, and will allow you to get familiar with many different kinds of dive sites which will make you a more rounded and well versed PADI divemaster. 

Marine Conservation Philippines

Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP) is a registered non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to preserving and protecting coastal resources in the Philippines through education, volunteerism and research. Through engaging local communities and policy makers, the team work to create solutions that will help both man and nature in the long run.

It is possible to do divemaster training with MCP too, but a minimum of eight weeks is required, if all prerequisites are met.  This is to allow you to also help in conservation efforts once initial divemaster training is complete. 

Bongo Bongo Divers

Bongo Bongo Divers offer a very different vibe from other dive shops in Dauin and Dumaguete. Here you find a vibrant and fun community, excellent instructors who know the local area like the back of their hand, cheap home-stay type accommodation, amazing diving – and if you need it, you can rent top of the line, well serviced scuba equipment

Bongo Bongo is not a luxury resort, but a group of passionate, friendly scuba bums who work very hard to keep a Goldilock “just right!” balance of fun and professional scuba education.  


Few step away from the three best dive sites, we are placed in the heart of Dauin.  Here you will find ideal conditions for Padi courses and amazing underwater life, right at our door step!

Divers by heart

When you learn with us, you become part of the family. You are not just a number, but a friend and a colleague. 

Vision and Mission

An NGO and a dive school working together to teach you the best in scuba diving. Benefit from learning from different instructors and mentors.


When you do your training with Bongo Bongo or MCP you are financially supporting marine conservation efforts and help save coral reefs!

Education standard

 It’s our top priority, to give you a competency level that makes you stand out as a professional! We believe that quality dive education takes time. 

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