Divemaster Training On A Stunning Tropical Island
Training to become a Dive Master with Xtreme Gap means living on exotic places with lots of amazing dive sites and a great social life. If spending several weeks on a gorgeous tropical island, diving some of the most interesting dive sites in South East Asia sounds like some much needed travel therapy, then doing your Divemaster Malapascua, a small island, located not far from Cebu, is the right choice for you!
Philippines Divemaster Highlights
- Dive Master Qualification in 6 weeks (with previous experience).
- Advanced Open Water to Dive Master Qualification in 10 weeks.
- Getting the chance to dive with the Thresher Shark.
- All accommodation included during the stay.
- Choose between three different types of accommodation.
- All diving gear included.
- Diving instruction from professional top divers.
- 10% discount on your bills in the restaurant in the resort.
- Diving in one of the stunning tropical islands in the world.
Top Dive School
We work with an extremely professional dive school on the island. One of the most established, they are credited with discovering the Thresher shark several years ago and are the only National Geographic Dive Centre on the Island.
Five Dive boats and lots of variety
We run five dive boats and are one of the busier dive schools in Malapascua. This means there are always a lot of options to dive different sites, loads of variety and plenty of customers to assist which is an important part of getting your dive master.
Studying the Thresher Sharks, Mantas and Hammerheads.
The real beauty of doing your dive master here is the Thresher shark. These are sharks with a distinctive long tail that they use to thrash the water, hence the name Thresher. No where else in the world can you see these majestic animals. Usually they live well beyond the reach of humans at around 300 metres below the surface. For some reason not yet understood, they gather off Malapascua all year and head to the top of the Monad Shoal Pinnacle, at around 23 meters. Besides that you can also see huge Manta rays swoop past and even occasional a Hammerhead.
Open Water (OW)
When completing your open water course, you can expect the open water course diving course to last between 3 to 4 days. The time scale usually depends on how quick you and your group are to using the equipment. You will start with a short swim test: it is a requirement that you can swim before undertaking your open water scuba diving course. The first couple of days will be spent in the class room and swimming pool. Furthermore you will learn about the safety aspects, about the equipment and the physics of diving. This will be under the watchful eyes of your scuba diving instructor and an assistant Divemaster.
After the classroom and pool modules are completed and you have demonstrated that you are able to complete various open water diving course skills correctly (such as recovering a regulator, clearing your mask) you will be ready to continue your open water diving course in the sea! The open water diving course consists of 4 scuba dives. During these dives you will practice skills learned in the pool and get used to the underwater environment, whilst diving with incredible fish in a beautiful underwater setting. To pass the open water Scuba Diving course, you must complete an exam at the end of the course, this is not hard to pass, but you must study, or risk failure!
Advanced Open Water
The PADI Advanced Open Water Certification is a natural progression once completing the PADI Open Water Course. This course is scheduled over 2 days and consists of 5 Adventure dives from the list below (2 of which must be Deep and Navigation). On completion of this exciting course you will be awarded with the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, which allows you to dive down to a depth of 30 metres.The real beauty of the advanced course is that it enables you to dive deeper to 30 metres. At this depth you can see more species. It also improves your confidence and builds on the fundamentals. If you plan to dive as a continuing hobby, then the advanced course is highly recommended.
Rescue and EFR
When completing your advanced open water course, you can complete your Rescue diver course. The rescue diver course lasts about 2 days. You also need to complete your EFR (emergency first response) course during this time. Challenging and rewarding best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you have already learned, this learns you how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. If you are serious about your diving, take this course and have confidence leading dives.
On the PADI Rescue diver course, you are trained how to look out for the danger singes of distressed divers. The rescue diver course also teaches you how to rescue distressed divers and search for missing divers using specific search patterns. You are also taught how to safely recover an unconscious diver from the sea bed, and administer first aid both in and out of the water, this includes giving mouth to mouth resuscitation in the water.
The rescue diver course is a pr-requisite for the Padi dive master course, however even those not considering going professional, should consider this course, especially if they are intending on diving as an on going hobby. This is a great place to do you rescue diver course, with a tropical paradise island full of divers, you will meet like minded people making the learning experience great fun.
You will be assisting a qualified Divemaster or Instructor on guiding dives. Every day you will be diving (if you wish) and learn more about the dive sites, different fish and diving skills. There are usually different departure times for dives daily. There is also the occasional night dive as well. The morning diving is very early, usually a double dive leaving at 5am. This is necessary in order to catch the Thresher sharks as they come up to the cleaning station in the early morning. You can choose to dive as little or as much as you like, just bear in mind you will need to complete a minimum number to pass your Divemaster course as set out in the PADI Divemaster qualification requirements.
For the duration of your stay you will be located at a comfortable dive resort, right on the beach. You can choose The rooms have a maid service and are safe, secure and clean.
You will have your own private room, but you have to share facilities (shower and toilets). All the rooms and facilities have recently been renewed.
The resort has many facilities that make it a great place to stay for you and to make sure you have everything you need nearby. The following facilities are located at the resort:
- Restaurant and Bar
- Dive compressor and equipment servicing
- Dive gear wet and dry room
- Massage facilities
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
You can go all year round as we have nice weather on this paradise island so any time is a good time to visit Malapascua! For your information there are three distinct seasons here in Malapascua.
- Spring from February to May,
- Summer from June September and
- Winter Rain Season starts from October January.
The Christmas and Easter periods are busy times on Malapascua, so once again be sure to reserve your Divemaster programme well in advance. The only holiday seasons that really affect traveling are Christmas day and the Easter weekend as most public transport stops, including airplanes. And do not forget we are also busy with Chinese New Year. July and August are officially low season but we tend to be busy with courses so for a DM would be a good time because there is plenty of opportunity to assist courses as well as guide/dive.
If you are a fish, yes, but to your average scuba diver: no.
The Thresher shark is not dangerous of humans. They eat only small fish. Although, there are stories, myths at best, that fisher men were hit by the long tail of the Thresher shark after they caught them in their nets… Just be nice to them, and they will be a part of an incredible experience for you.
The following is included with the Divemaster programme
- Pre departure information pack
- All accommodation
- Rental Dive Gear
- All instruction
- All manuals for all courses
- Unlimited diving for the duration of the course
- Welcome drink
- 10% discount on restaurant bill
- Airport pick up from Cebu
- Transfer to Malapascua
- Insurance (Must cover you for diving)
- PADI Divemaster registration and annual subscription fees (about $139 AUD)
- Transfer back to CEBU (can be arranged locally)
- Dive Computer (recommended)
“Spending my time on Malapascua was the best time of my life. The team was really experienced and ultra supportive. My encounters with the Threshers was a life changing experience, thank you so much for making my dream come true. See more reviews here.”
” A great place to be.Excellent staff, beautiful food, great atmosphere. Diving was professional, safe, great boats. Paul is an amazing dive master, Jules is just wicked and I Iove her! Thank you Jules! Could hardly leave the place! more reviews here.”