The PADI Specialty Instructor Course
The PADI Specialty Instructor Course provides valuable teaching tips for meeting the requirements of the course. You can choose from any of the 27 standard specialty courses that PADI offers along with distinctive specialty courses your Course Director may offer. Having five specialty instructor ratings is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.
What's not included?
- Individual Specialty Instructor outlines
- Or the Specialty Instructor Manual, paper version or the digital version
- Instructor Rating Certification Fee
- Scuba equipment
The Fun Part
Whether it's Ice, Deep, Photography, Enriched Air Nitrox, or one of your own, PADI Specialty Instructors are out there scuba diving and training. Join in on the fun and teach the courses you actually enjoy and had fun learning. As a Specialty Instructor, challenge your students to become Master Scuba Divers and Increase your marketability as a PADI Professional.
The Challenging Part
The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training as this course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations. Organization and dedication are key.
What You Learn
You're on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer with only five Specialty Instructor ratings
You have three ways to become a Specialty Instructor:
- With a Course Director
- Use your experience to apply directly to PADI
- Write your own outline
Doing Specialty Instructor with a PADI Course Director
- 10 experience dives in each particular specialty
- Minimum number of certification not required
Apply for Specialty Instructor Rating directly to PADI
- 20 experience dives in each particular specialty
- Have certified at least 25 divers before applying
Specialty Instructor Training course attendance is highly recommended. These courses provide valuable hands-on training, technique demonstrations, course marketing information, current PADI Standards information, and, when applicable, instructor-level open water training.
How long will it take?
Each specialty instructor course has a minimum number of dives that you must complete.
What you can teach
Teach the PADI Specialties you like most! you will need:
The learning materials - Specialty Instructor Manual includes the specialty instructor guides for all of PADI's standardized specialties. The outlines are also available digitally on the Specialty Instructor Manual. Once registered, the digital specialty manual can be updated for a discounted price.
What do I need to start?
You must be a Renewed PADI Assistant Instructor, PADI Instructor, or have completed an IDC or Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program within the past 12 months.
Where can I go from here?
Each specialty has its own unique value that will make you a more rounded PADI professional.
Complete 5 specialties and you are well on your way to the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification