The PADI Specialty Instructor Course
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 PADI 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.
The Fun Part
Whether it’s PADI Deep Diver, PADI Digital Underwater Photographer, PADI 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 PADI 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 PADI Course Director
10 experience dives in each particular specialty
Minimum number of certification not required
Use your experience to apply directly to PADI
20 experience dives in each particular specialty
Have certified at least 25 divers before applying
Write your own outline
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. They will also give you a cutting edge on the competitive scuba instructor market.
What You Can Teach
Teach the PADI Specialties you like most!
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.
Learning Materials You Need
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.
Specialty Instructor Training Prices
All PADI Instructor Specialty courses are 6,000.-PHP except the Enriched Air Nitrox and Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Instructor ratings, they are 9,000.-PHP per course.
The PADI application fees at 73,-AUD per specialty (method one, training by a PADI Course Director) are not included.
For some Instructor Specialties, additional costs will occur;
Digital Underwater Photography (DUP) - Camera rental is not included
Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) - DPV rental is not included
Multi Level diver - A dive computer and the RDP wheel are required
Underwater Naturalist - Fish ID slates are required
Underwater Navigation - A compass is required
Night Dive - One main and one back up torch/dive light are required (rental is possible)
Search & Recovery - A compass, a liftbag, a Nav finder, a dive light and underwater gloves are required
Underwater Videography - Camera rental is not included
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