PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

You tell your students to aim for PADI Master Scuba Diver. You also want to tell them that you can take them all the way there because you’re a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT).

The Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart from other dive instructors by showing your commitment to continuing your dive training and being prepared to help others continue their training as well. You also get to teach specialty diver courses – which opens the door to lots of fun while working.

As a PADI MSDT, you demonstrate to a dive employer that you have good experience in teaching diving and also can teach a range of specialty diver courses. This makes a dive center or resort more likely to offer you a position.

The PADI MSDT rating denotes an instructor that has 5 speciality instructor ratings under their belt.

What You’ll Learn

Through our resident PADI Course Director you will learn how to effectively teach 5 PADI Specialty courses and be able to apply to start teaching them right away!

Specialty Instructor courses available:

  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Night Diver
  • Enriched Air Nitrox


To qualify as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, you must:

  • Be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • Have certified at least 25 PADI Divers

Are you a new instructor? No problem! You can take the specialty instructor courses you want and be able to teach them right away. Then once you have 25 certs under your belt you can submit for the MSDT rating.

Equipment & Materials


  • PADI Specialty Instructor Manual


  • All the standard equipment required for an instructor plus anything specific to the specialty (ie. lights for night diver)


$800 for 5 specialtes

Equipment, fills and charter fees not included