Specialty Instructor

Deep dive your favorite subjects.

PADI Specialty Instructor

Specialty Instructor courses provide valuable teaching tips for helping your students meet the requirements of the Specialty Certification.  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.

If you can't find a specialty certification in your favorite subject -- write your own specialty!  It’s easy and it gets you teaching scuba divers about your top interests.

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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 their favorite specialties. 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

Specialty Instructor Trainings are 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.


What You Need

GEAR:   You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear, as well as accessories and other gear particular to the specialty you'll be training such as dive lights or underwater photography equipment.

MATERIALS:   PADI’s Specialty Instructor Manual (product no. 70250) 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 (product no. 70909MUL). Once registered, the digital specialty manual can be updated for a discounted price.

Contact us for all your learning materials and equipment.

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 months.


What's Next

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer  --  available after 5 PADI Specialty Instructor ratings.


For more information, available course dates and registration -- contact us and discuss options with one of our Team Members.