Specialty Instructor

Dive more, have more fun and teach about your favorite subjects. Specialty instructor courses provide 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. Browse the most popular instructor specialties. Don’t see a specialty on a subject that interests you? Write your own specialty! It’s easy and it gets you teaching scuba divers about things you like.

COST: Different by specialties Ask for information and packages
HOW TO REGISTER:
A 50% deposit is required two weeks prior to the course starting date. Upon receipt, we will send you your course assignments and itinerary sheet.

MEDICAL FORM:
If applicant signs yes to any of the medical history questions, please consult your physician for approval.
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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 the fun.

  • As a PADI Specialty Instructor, challenge your students to become Master Scuba Divers
  • Increase your marketability as a PADI Professional
What You Learn

You’re on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer with only five PADI Specialty Instructor ratings

You have three ways to become a PADI 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.

What You Can Teach

Teach the PADI Specialties you like most! At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear, some scuba accessories and depending on which specialties you teach, you’ll need other specialty diving gear such as dive lights or underwater photography equipment. You can find most everything at your local dive shop

Learning Materials You Need

PADI’s 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 CD-ROM. Once registered, the digital specialty manual can be updated for a discounted price. To purchase this product, contact your local PADI Five Star IDC Dive Shop or Resort.

Prerequisites

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 month.