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Speciality Instructor :: Dive more, have more fun and teach about your favourite subjects.
The PADI Speciality Instructor courses provide valuable teaching tips for meeting the requirements of the course.You can choose from any of the 27 standard speciality courses that PADI offers along with distinctive speciality courses your Course Director may offer. Having five speciality instructor ratings is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.
The Rewards
Whether it’s Ice, Deep, Photography, Enriched Air Nitrox or one of your own, PADI speciality Instructors are out there scuba diving and training. Join the fun.
  • As a PADI speciality 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 Speciality Instructor ratings
You have three ways to become a PADI Speciality Instructor:
  • With a Course Director
  • Use your experience to apply directly to PADI
  • Write your own outline
Doing Spec. Instr. with a PADI Course Director 
Apply for Spec. Instr. Rating directly to PADI
  • 10 experience dives in each particular speciality
  • Minimum number of certification not required
  • 20 experience dives in each particular speciality
  • Have certified at least 25 divers before applying 
Speciality 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 speciality diving gear such as dive lights or underwater photography equipment. 
Learning Materials You Need
PADI’s Speciality Instructor Manual (product no. 70250) includes the speciality instructor guides for all of PADI’s standardized specialties. The outlines are also available digitally on the Speciality Instructor Manual CD-ROM (product no. 70909MUL). Once registered, the digital speciality manual can be updated for a discounted price.
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.
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