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Master Scuba Diver Trainer

The Purpose of PADI Specialties

The purpose of specialty courses is to provide divers with focused training and knowledge in specialized areas, enabling them to explore new underwater realms with confidence and competence. These courses emphasize safety, skill development, and environmental awareness, ultimately fostering a community of well-rounded and responsible divers. Through teaching specialties, PADI Scuba Instructors not only expand their students' horizons but also enhance their own professional growth and fulfillment within the diving industry.

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Why Teach Specialty Courses

PADI Scuba Instructors should embrace teaching PADI Diver specialties as a means to enrich their students' diving experiences and broaden their own expertise. Specialties dive deeper into specific aspects of diving, such as wreck exploration, underwater photography, or deep diving, allowing instructors to tailor instruction to their students' interests and goals. By offering specialty courses, instructors not only enhance their teaching repertoire but also deepen their understanding of various diving disciplines.

What is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer? 

A PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor who has certified 25 students and has qualified to teach at least 5 specialty courses. So you can pick the specialty courses that you enjoy teaching which is better for sharing your passion with your students.

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. (Potential employers like this.) Being an MSDT signifies that you've got the experience and certifications to offer all the training a diver needs to become a Master Scuba Diver - the ultimate recreational diver rating.

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Master Scuba Diver Instructors

All PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be Master Scuba Diver Trainers. This rating is the next step up the professional ladder and is a prerequisite for IDC Staff Instructor as well as for many TecRec Instructor ratings.

Not there yet? Ask your PADI Course Director about a Master Scuba Diver Trainer prep course.


Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program 

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The best way to learn how to make your specialty diver courses really special is to take a specialty instructor course from your local PADI Course Director. Specialty instructor courses provide teaching tips and hands-on experience that you can implement right away. 

With 25 standard PADI Specialty Diver courses, and numerous distinctive specialties, you have lots to choose from - so get going.

All PADI Instructors will benefit from taking specialty instructor training courses, especially those who are ready to step up to 

PADI Assistant Instructors, instructor candidates in training, and PADI Divemasters are eligible to enroll in certain specialty instructor courses. Some specialties have additional prerequisites and exit requirements - ask your PADI Course Director for details.

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You'll learn new techniques to add to the experience you already have in a specialty area and have fun fine-tuning your skills and teaching methods. Plus, you'll get great ideas for marketing your specialty diver courses.

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for specialty courses. 
  • Training procedure and control
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an specialty instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Equipment Counseling

Prerequisites & Requirements

 PADI Openwater Instructor in good standing.

The Master Scuba Diver™ Trainer (MSDT) rating, which requires at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications.

You also need:

  • Be qualified to teach the desired specialties
  • Have certified at least 25 PADI Divers.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months


As a dive professional, you'll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like evaluating a training site you'll use a compass, floats, and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.

Getting Started

PADI's eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Pre-study online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

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