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PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (prep) - Specialty Instructor

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Specialty Prep Package at Squalo Divers

If you want to train your student divers to the highest non-professional recreational level in the PADI system—accomplishing the respected Master Scuba Diver rating—you will want to elevate your skill set to PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

By attaining this level, your dive students will know where to come, when they want to learn from an expert.

After the completion of the Instructor Development Course, you have an opportunity to achieve the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating, through an additional three-day Specialty Instructor Program.

The MSDT rating prerequisites include five specialties and certifications of 25 students within any level of the PADI system of diver education.

The Program

Enrolling in the MSDT Prep 3-day program, you can choose to become instructor in five of the specialties posted below. Similar to the IDC, these are conducted personally by the Squalo Divers Course Director.

  • PADI Self-Reliant Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Enriched Air Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Night Diver Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Drift Diver Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Fish Identification Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Instructor
  • DSAT Gas Blender Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor 
  • PADI Search and Recovery Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Equipment Specialist Instructor
  • PADI Boat Diver Instructor
  • PADI Drift Diver Instructor
  • PADI Dry Suit Instructor
  • PADI Dive Against Debris Instructor
  • PADI Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Instructor
  • PADI Whale Shark Awareness Instructor
  • PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Instructor
  • PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Instructor 

MSDT Certification Requirements


Proof of 10 logged dives in each specialty rating.

  • PADI Self-Reliant Specialty Instructor
  • PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Instructor certification; or completed an IDC/OWSI Program within the past 12 months.
  • Assistant Instructors may become Specialty Instructors in only those specialty courses that do not include open water dives. IDC/OWSI candidates may apply for Specialty Instructor certification only after passing an IE.
  • Exception: Both Divemasters and Assistant Instructors may attend Digital Underwater Photographer and Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty instructor training courses. Divemasters also complete the Learning and Instruction Presentation for Divemasters.
  • Additional prerequisites for certain specialty instructor training courses:
  • Cavern – Full cave diver certification by a recognized cave diving certification organization.
  • Enriched Air – PADI Enriched Air Diver (or qualifying rating: trained in the procedures and use of enriched air nitrox for no-decompression diving with blends of up to 40 percent oxygen).
  • Semiclosed Rebreather – PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty Instructor rating, a PADI Semiclosed Rebreather Diver certification (or qualifying rating) and documented experience specific to the particular Semiclosed rebreather unit.

What Equipment Will You Need?

  • Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment listed.
  • Scuba mask, scuba snorkel, scuba fins
  • Buoyancy Control Device
  • Regulator 
  • Octopus
  • Submersible Pressure Gauge
  • Adequate exposure protection
  • Dive Computer
  • Underwater Compass
  • Audible Surface Signal
  • Visible Surface Signal (safety tube)
  • Cutting Tool
  • Slate
  • Bathing suit and towel
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