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PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

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Master Scuba Diver Trainer


The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) course is designed in a way that you can do it at the same time as the PADI instructor course, or you can do it as a standalone course to upgrade your rating to the next level! The PADI MSDT will set you apart from other instructors in the industry as besides the main PADI courses you can teach as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) you can now teach PADI specialty courses as well!

Being able to teach specialty courses not only makes the job as an instructor even more fun and adventurous, it also makes you a more valuable part of the team of any dive operation! As a PADI MSDT you will be able to teach your students throughout their entire scuba diving journey from open water diver all the way to Divemaster, including all the courses and specialties in between!

Course Structure

At Diving Adelaide, our resident course director Bee teaches the Master Scuba Diver Trainer prep course in conjunction with every Instructor Development Course (IDC). The course is optional, but highly recommended. The program will be run in between the PADI IDC and the Instructor Examination (IE), making the course even more fun and offering you the opportunity to gain additional experience as an instructor candidate before the exam.


Once you have completed the PADI MSDT Prep course and passed your PADI IE, you will be certified as an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) first. You can start teaching PADI specialties and main courses right away and will gain the PADI MSDT certification after you have certified 25 students.

Certification Requirements

To be certified as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, you will have to:

  • have passed your PADI Instructor Exam
  • have completed the MSDT Prep Course
  • have certified a minimum of 25 PADI students

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep Course Specialty Options:

  • PADI Aware Dive Against Debris Specialty Instructor (free bonus with IDC if taking MSDT Prep Pack)
  • PADI Aware Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor (free bonus with IDC if taking MSDT Prep Pack)
  • PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Instructor (Recommended)**
  • PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor (Recommended)**
  • PADI Night Diver Specialty Instructor (Recommended)
  • PADI Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Specialty Instructor (Recommended)
  • PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Instructor (Recommended)
  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor*
  • PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Search & Recovery Diver Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor*

*Boat diving fees will apply

** The instructor candidate will need to hold the specialty certification to attend the instructor training program for these programs

The PADI MSDT Prep Course at $599 includes the PADI Aware Dive Against Debris and PADI Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor Courses + 3 other instructor specialty courses. Add any additional Specialty Instructor Courses for just $199 per course.

What can I teach after completing the MSDT Prep Course with Diving Adelaide?

  • All programs a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor can teach
  • Minimum of 5 Specialties of choice

Additional costs

  • An application fee is payable to PADI for each specialty instructor application.

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