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PADI DIVEMASTER  Mapping Project

How to map a dive site

The PADI Divemaster Mapping Project is one of the crucial components of the PADI Divemaster course. It is designed to refine your underwater navigation skills, and it requires you to create a detailed map of a dive site. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to complete the PADI Divemaster Mapping Project.

1. Select a Dive Site

Choose a dive site that is suitable and diverse, and which you are familiar with. Ensure the site is safe and meets the requirements outlined by your instructor or the PADI Divemaster Manual.

2. Conduct a Preliminary Survey

  • Perform an initial dive to get an overview of the dive site.
  • Note major features, landmarks, and points of interest that will help in creating your map.

3. Perform Detailed Exploration

  • Conduct several dives to explore every aspect of the site meticulously.
  • Observe and record details about the underwater topography, potential hazards, and significant features such as coral formations, rock structures, and marine life habitats.
  • Take measurements to ensure accurate scale and proportions in your map.
  • Pay attention to the depth, distances between features, and any current or other environmental conditions.

4. Create a Draft of the Map

  • Use the data collected to draw a rough draft of the map.
  • Ensure to include all significant features, landmarks, and any potential hazards.
  • Mark depths, entrances, exits, and any notable underwater navigation points.
  • Include a compass rose indicating the north direction.

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5. Refine Your Map

  • Review your draft and refine it based on feedback from your instructor or peers.
  • Add any missing details and ensure the accuracy of all measurements and representations.
  • Clearly mark all significant features, hazards, depths, and directions.
  • Ensure that your map is clear, neat, and easy to understand.

6. Present Your Map

  • Once your map is finalized, you will present it to your instructor.
  • Be prepared to explain the features of the site, and any considerations or challenges experienced during the mapping project.
  • Answer any questions and clarify any doubts regarding your map.

7. Incorporate Feedback

  • After presenting, incorporate any feedback provided by your instructor to finalize your map.
  • Make any necessary adjustments to improve clarity, accuracy, and detail.
  • Submit the final version of your map to your instructor for assessment.


Remember to adhere to all PADI standards and safety protocols during every dive, and communicate effectively with your instructor and peers throughout the project. The Mapping Project is not just about creating a map, but also understanding the dive site comprehensively, which aids in planning and conducting safe and enjoyable dives.