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PADI Master Scuba Diver

Complete your PADI Rescue Diver Course & 5 Specialty Courses to claim the title of PADI Master Scuba Diver!

What is a Master Scuba Diver?

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating isn’t a course. It’s an elite title for recreational divers, who have completed a range of recreational PADI courses and is highly regarded within the diving industry.

To attain the highest rating in recreational diving, a diver needs to complete the following:

Fewer than 2% of all PADI divers achieve this rating, so when you bring your PADI Master Scuba Diver certification card with you, dive centres know you have spent a considerable amount of time underwater and have built a portfolio of different skills through the specialty courses you have completed!

After achieving your goal and completing your last specialty course simply fill out the form below to attain your elite rating!

Recommended pathway

At Diving Adelaide we have a recommend pathway to attain the elite PADI Master Scuba Diver rating!

If you haven’t started your diving journey yet, this is where you start! After completing your theory and practicing all the basic skills in the pool first, you can attain your PADI Open Water Diver Course certification by doing 4 open water dives!

After completing the PADI Open Water Diver Course, we recommend either jumping straight into your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, or doing a handful of dives in between the courses to practice the core skills you have learned on your learn to dive course!

Tip: The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course has been designed in a way that it can be taken straight after your PADI Open Water Diver Course!

If you ask us what specialty course you should sign up for first, it’s a no brainer, the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course!

Mastering this core skill will form a base for all your future diving!

After mastering your core skills, it’s time to get your diving to the next level by taking PADI’s most popular specialty Course: the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course!

By diving on enriched air you can either be a safer diver or extend your bottom time! Either way, it’s a great idea and as the course is a theory only course (run via PADI eLearning), it’s quick, easy and affordable!

Struggling to safely find your way back to the entry point each time? Learn about using your compass, natural navigation (for example the lines in the sand, bottom contours and recognising underwater markers) and using the position of the sun during the PADI Underwater Navigation specialty course!

The PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty is one of the best courses to take to quickly level up your diving skills!

Depending on your interests, this is a good time to look into the other specialty courses we offer, such as Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Night Diver or Underwater Photography!

Each course has its own benefits and each will take your skills in that specialty area to the next level!

Once you have completed your first two core course, you can sign up for the PADI Rescue Diver Course!

This is where you learn to look after yourself and your buddy in case of an emergency and how to prevent an emergency from happening in the first place!

For most people, this is the most rewarding course they will do in their diving career!

This theory only course is a great add-on to the PADI Rescue Diver Course as you will learn how to administer oxygen in case of an emergency.

The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty course will make you a valuable asset to any dive team!

The minimum number of dives required for the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is 50.

At least 14 of the 50 dives will be completed on the courses mentioned above:

  • PADI Open Water Diver : 4 dives
  • PADI Advanced Open Water: 5 dives
  • PADI Peak Performance: 2 dives
  • PADI Underwater Navigator: 2 dives
  • PADI Rescue Diver: 2-3 dives

Join us or simply rent gear and explore with your favourite dive buddies to get your numbers up to the minimum requirement! We run many (free) social dives that you can join in between the dive courses both during the day as well as at night (the PADI Night Diver Specialty Course is a great specialty course to do as well!).

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Application Form

Once you have completed your PADI Master Scuba Diver challenge, by logging at least 50 dives and completing the required 3 core courses (PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver) and 5 specialty courses, you can apply for your elite PADI Master Scuba Diver rating!

Simply download the form below, fill out the required details and bring it into the dive shop and hand it in to your favourite instructor.

If you have physical certification cards instead of e-cards, please remember to bring your certification cards.

Please note that any specialty ratings attained with other certification agencies will not count towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Frequently Asked Questions

An often asked question is whether certifications attained with other certification agencies (for example SSI or RAID) can be used towards a PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

For the core courses (open water diver, advanced open water diver and rescue diver), the answer is yes! You can apply for the Master Scuba Diver rating as long as you have completed these courses with any agency and 5 PADI specialty courses.

For specialty courses, unfortunately the answer is no. You must have completed at least 5 PADI specialties (and the required number of dives and core courses) to qualify for the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating!

The minimum age for the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is just 12 years old!

Any dive centre around the world will recognise your PADI Master Scuba Diver certification card. PADI is the largest certification agency in the world with more than 6000 dive centres worldwide.

Even if you end up diving somewhere in the world with a non-PADI dive centre, they will recognise certification and your experience when showing your PADI Master Scuba Diver certification card!

Once you have succesfully completed the PADI Master Scuba Diver challange, you will be a more competent diver (and dive buddy!).

You will be certified to dive to at least 30m, have considerable experience in many different specialty areas and will know how to prevent diving emergencies from happening, spot what may happen before it happens and handle an emergency if it were to occur.

You will be added to the Diving Adelaide newsletter, where we announce our (free) social shore dives for ex-students and our weekends away, interstate and international dive trips and so much more!

You can join any of the dive clubs in Adelaide as well. Many dive clubs run boat dives for just $25 for a single dive or $35 for 2 dives!

Keen to take the next step? After this course, you can take the leap and become a dive professional by signing up for your PADI Divemaster Course! You will need a minimum of 40 dives under your belt to start your professional diving journey! Not quite there yet? Have a look into more specialty courses or look into going down the tech diving route for more training and to build your skills even further!

Even if you’re just looking to further your skills and don’t want to become a dive professional, the PADI Divemaster course will be a great course to take, as you’ll spend a lot of time in the pool and in the ocean with your instructor and shadowing other instructors working to perfect your diving skills!

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