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Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, 15_4_11_sharkisland_kristoffer_DSC_8991_watermarkwebyou not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

To start your Divemaster Course you’ll need to be a PADI Rescue Diver who is at least 18 years old. You also need to have:

•Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
•A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
•At least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn certification.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask us.

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:
•The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
•Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
•Diver safety and risk management
•Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
•Business of diving and your career
•Awareness of the dive environment
•Dive setup and management
•Mapping an open water site
•Conducting dive briefings
•Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
•Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
•Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Doing your Divemasters with Octopuses Garden means being a very close part of us. You will sleep in our mezzanine or in a bungalow, eat with us and pretty much spend most of your time with us. This gives us a learning situation where you always have instructors around to discuss different matters. We do like to take it slow and thorough, so we will need you here for 4 weeks to do the program.

Course price $1625 including

  • All the education over a period of 4 weeks
  • A bed in our Mezzanine or tree house for 4 weeks
  • 3 meals a day, and yes we can cook.
  • Coffee, tea and water.
  • All diving equipment. We recommend that you have your own mask, snorkel, fins and exposure suit for your own comfort.
  • A lot of boat trips and dives.
  • Some laughs and some cries.
  • Divemaster Crewpak with Instructor Manual
    (Includes: Divemaster Manual, Instructor Manual, Divemaster Slates (4), DM Hologram & information sheet, Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving Book, Scuba Tune-Up Workbook, Professional Training Log, RDP – Electronic (eRDPML), Discover Scuba Diving Instructor Cue Cards, Decal, Brochures and other course documentation)

Additional costs

  • PADI Application fees, which is paid directly to PADI (approximately $155)
  • Personal Equipment. As a professional assistant, divemaster, you need to have your own compass, Knife/divers tool, SMB (signal marker buoy) and Dive computer or time monitoring device. This you need to acquire prior to the course. Please ask us if you are not sure where to purchase these items.

Material and application fee costs are subjects to change.

Please contact us so we can make a course for your schedule.

Upon booking a course you will have to pay a deposit of $500, this is including the costs of the crewpack.

The full course price must be paid prior to course start. Note that there is no ATMs on our island, so bring cash. In some cases we can accept online payment (will be subject to additional island costs)

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.

Rescue Diver

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they have ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that15_04_29_turtleisland_jordan_dsd_edit_DSC_9155 you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

To join the course you will need to be a certified advanced open water diver with documented training in CPR and First Aid within the last 2 years. If you don’t have the necessary training we can run the Emergency First Respond program for you as a part of the course.

The Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

Price: $410 for the Rescue Diver Course. If you need to do the Emergency First Responder in addition the total course price is $575.

You will need 2-3 days to do the Rescue program and an additional day for the Emergency First Responder course.

Send us an email for your booking.

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.

Night diving from $55

Enjoy the magic of diving in the dark, an experience you will never forget. Night diving offers a totally different experience to any other dive you may have done before. Once the sun sets the vibrant colours of the daylight give way to a variety of mollusks and crustaceans come out of the hiding places for their night time feasts.

What do you get?

  • 1 guided night dive (House reef dives $55, dives requiring boat transport $70)
  • All rental equipment including computer and dive light
  • Coffee, tea or soft drinks.

Prerequisites

In order to join us for a night dive, you must be a certified diver.
Minimum Padi Open Water diving or you can do your night dive as a part of your Advanced Open Water course.

For booking please send us an email.

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.

Booking and cancellation

Octopuses Garden Booking & Cancellation

In order to confirm your booking, we kindly ask our guests & divers to pay a deposit in cash or via Paypal of 30% or minimum $50 in advance.  Full amount must be paid prior to diving.

We only accept cash payment on the island.  Alternatively, if you prefer to pay in full via Paypal, please note there is a 10% surcharge on the balance, there is no surcharge on deposit payments.

Once you receive a confirmation of payment, your reservation is guaranteed.

For multiple dive packages, all dives are to be paid for in full prior to diving on the first day of the dives.

No ATMs
Please note there are no ATMs on the island, so be sure to bring enough cash for your stay.

Cancellation
Considerable time and effort goes into preparing for your arrival & diving.
Therefore, the following cancellation policies are strictly adhered to for the consideration of the other guests, passengers and crew.

  • 15 days prior to arrival/diving, the deposit will be refunded minus the bank administrative fees
  • 8-14 days prior to arrival/diving, 50% of deposit will be refunded minus the bank administrative fees
  • 7 days or less prior to arrival/diving 100% of deposit will be retained

Multiple dive packages

A no show for a dive, for whatever reason, hangovers or just not getting out of bed will mean loss of payment!

Changes made by Octopuses Garden

If for weather or any other reason, be it mechanical, staff sickness etc. Octopuses Garden must change your diving date or time, you will be offered alternative dates or a full refund.

If the diving times on your course need to be changed, and alternatives are not suitable, you will only be charged for the proportion of the course you have completed.

Any questions regarding our terms, please contact us

Local Diving

When diving with Octopuses Garden there is no hidden costs. All rental gear is included, also the dive computer. Soft drinks and water are always available on the boat, free of charge.  For groups or persons staying for a longer period, we can of course arrange special trips.

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.

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Local diving. 2 tanks $95
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Night Dives from $55
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Independent dives

Local Diving Koh Sdach Archipelago.

Koh Sdach Island, also known as Kings Island, is located in the Gulf of Thailand, around 1.5 km off the coast of the Botum Sakor national park. There is 12 islands in the small archipelago. There is many different dive sites around these islands, so let us know what you want to see and we will help you select the best sites.

Price $95

Description:

  • Departure 8 am ( can be changed according to your wishes).
  • Approximately sailing time 20 – 60 minutes to dive sites.
  • Number of scuba dives: 2
  • Max size of group: 8 divers in addition to guides.
  • Minimum size of group: Only you……..
  • Diving depths: 5 to 14 meters.
  • The boat will be back approximately 1 pm.
  • Water and soft drinks included
  • Lunch included and normally consumed at base after diving.

For booking, please send us an email.

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.

From Kampot

The local bus or local shared taxi is the easiest way to get here from Kampot.

You will find lots of local minivans and cars gathered at the bus station in the morning, ready to go in a million directions. But since we are in Cambodia and departures, drivers and cars might change, we advice you to call the bus the day before. Get someone that speaks Khmer to do it for you, (a tuk tuk driver or your receptionist at the hotel).
Then you will know from where and when the bus leaves.

The price will normally be $ 12-15 pr person. You will normally change bus in Veal Renh, but sometimes the bus go direct to Poy Jopon. Click here for map.

Phone number for local bus: 088 99 111 52/ 088 83 11 or 016 270 152/ 081 91 99 33

If you want to arrive in style, we can arrange a private car for you. A private car from Kampot to Poy Jopon wil cost about $90

From Poy Jopon you take one of the small speedboats to the Island. When you share the boat with others the normal price is 5000 Riel or $5 for your own boat.

When facing Koh Sdach from the shore side, we are situated in the first bungalow on the northern tip of the Island.