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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 Ė which opens the door to lots of fun while working.

What do I need to start?

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification

Have 5 PADI Speciality Instructor certifications

Have certified at least 25 PADI Divers, no more than 5 from courses without dives and no more than 5 from PADI Seal Team or Master Seal registrations.

Minimum Age: 18 yrs

What will I do?

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.

What can you Teach?

As a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, you:
  • Teach the specialties you love to teach
  • Enjoy watching your student divers excel as you lead them from PADI Open Water Diver to PADI Master Scuba Diver
  • Increase your income with multiple level training
  • Meet one of the requirements to qualify as a PADI Master Instructor


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