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Do You Want To Be A DM?

The Vancouver DM Team is always looking for volunteers. A two day training course is offered at least once a year, twice when required.

Volunteering to be a Dungeon Monitor, or DM, has a great many rewards. Not only do you have a chance to give something back to the community that you play in, but you can also get a lot of personal satisfaction from doing it. There is also a great deal of knowledge to be gained from the experience. Personal satisfaction comes from being able to feel that you are unconditionally helping people, regardless of their background or kink.

The giving of your time and energy and knowledge helps others out, just like you were helped out (or wish you were) when you were new to the leather-SM-fetish community. The knowledge you get is not only from the DM course, but from being able to observe all the various techniques and skill levels of the players at a party. This DM course is designed to give you the basic knowledge of how to be a good Dungeon Monitor, a certification in CPR and First Aid, and a basic knowledge of crisis control and aggression management. These basic skills, along with the things that you already know, and may not even know that you know them, combined with the experience from DM’s that are already in place, will give you valuable tools that will be sought out for many years to come. These things also have other benefits, like reduced party admissions to events that you will be available to DM for.

For further information about becoming a member of the Vancouver DM Team contact any of our Dungeon Monitor Coordinators at an event or e-mail:

To apply to become a member of the DM team please fill out the application located here


The Vancouver DM Team is made up of the following:

Level 1 DM’s: Qualifications: at least one year of varied BDSM experience and attendance at a minimum of 4 events. Each new applicant will provide references and must be approved by the DMC’s. Each applicant will be provided with the DM Manual and be given sufficient time to study same. Each applicant will be tested on their knowledge of the manual and their general ability to effectively and diplomatically communicate. Once tested they will be paired with a more experienced DM for one party before being accredited as a Level 1 DM. Level 1 DM’s will always be paired with at least a Level 2 DM when on duty.

Level 2 DM’s: Qualifications: To be accredited as a Level 2 DM you must first DM at least 4 events as a Level 1 DM and have attended the first two days of training and passed the tests associated with same. The two day Level 2 training course will take place once a year. To maintain status as a Level 2 DM you must DM at least one event per quarter and attend the yearly refresher training day. Active participation on the Van DM Team e-list is encouraged.

Level 3 DM’s: Qualifications: To be accredited as a Level 3 DM you must have DM’d at least 8 parties as a Level 2, attend the mandatory yearly refresher course and hold a Valid First Aid and CPR ticket.

DMC’s: Duties: To liaise and co-ordinate with the Event host(s) and approve the “rules” for each event, to arrange all DM schedules, to arrange and participate in all yearly and on-going training of DM’s, to ensure all aspects comply with “Safe, Sane and Consensual”, to represent the Vancouver DM Team in our community, to ensure all DM duties are fulfilled in a professional manner and to be the final arbitrator regarding any DM call or intervention, including having the sole right to ask any attendee to leave an event. All DMC decisions are final and will be supported by event management.

Safe, Sane, and Consensual . . . the Leather Culture Creed
In April of 1998, the Leather Leadership Conference II defined SSC as:
“Safe” – is being knowledgeable about the techniques and safety concerns involved in what you are doing. Each participant must be informed about the possible risks, both mental and physical.

“Sane” – is knowing the difference between fantasy and reality. Knowledgeable and informed consent cannot be given if you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“Consensual” -is respecting the limits imposed by each participant. One of the most easily recognized ways to maintain limits is through a “safeword” – which ensure the bottom/submissive can end the activity at any time with a single word or gesture. As the Leather Community grows, so does its need to provide education and support for its participants. This support includes an atmosphere where people can explore themselves and D/s-SM.

A Play Party or Play Social is by nature, one of those places of exploration, self-education, and support. As such, it is a common function provided by BDSM support groups as well as individuals. Parties attract newcomers and experienced players alike. The level of understanding of scene etiquette, use of equipment, and safety techniques will vary among players. Because of this, the importance of having one or more trained DM’s for the event cannot be under-estimated.

The safety of the attendees is at stake, as is the reputation of the organizers. The DM fulfills an important role in making the event successful and comfortable. To this end, the DM is a lifeguard (monitoring play space, providing assistance, intervention and instruction if needed); a guide (providing directions, safety equipment, and information); and a cop (enforcing the rules established by the organizers). Participating in an event as a DM is a tough but rewarding job. You have to enforce the rules while maintaining your impartiality toward all participants. It’s not always a fun job, but it will always be one of the most important within the scene.

Essentials of play monitoring

The DM Mission: The mission of the DM is, simply, to ensure a safe, enjoyable play environment.

Your Duties as a DM
To attend necessary orientations and training sessions.

To be friendly and courteous to all participants.

To provide orientation and assistance where appropriate.

To supervise all SM activities in the play areas and to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all participants.

To be familiar with general scene etiquette, specific play rules, and all the individual policies that apply to play; and to enforce these rules and policies.

To conduct safety inspections of play areas and equipment and take appropriate corrective action if unsafe equipment is discovered.

To ensure that play rules are available to all participants.

To maintain a clean and orderly play environment.

To report shortages of expendable supplies to the organizers.

To monitor play activities for danger signs and substantial breaches of scene etiquette.

To assist players with minor injuries as necessary.

To ensure that players clean up when a scene is complete.