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. Having five specialty Instructor ratings is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating. 


Renewed PADI Assistant Instructor, PADI Instructor or have completed an IDC or Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program within the past 12 month.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear 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 Speciality Instructor Manual includes the specialty instructor guides for all of PADI’s standardized specialities.  The outlines are also available digitally on the Speciality Instructor Manual CD-ROM which is included in the IDC crew pack.

You have three ways to become a PADI Specialty Instructor:

  • With a PADI Course Director
  • Use your experience to apply directly to PADI
  •  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.

Specialty Instructor course with a Course Director

  • 10 experience dives in each particular specialty
  • Minimum number of certification not required

Apply for Specialty Instructor Rating directly to PADI

  • 20 experience dives in each particular specialty
  • Have certified at least 25 divers before applying

Please contact us at info@balidivetraining.com for current prices and courses available for you.