The PADI Specialty Instructor Courses

Dive more, have more fun and teach about your favorite subjects.

PADI Specialty Instructor

PADI 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 Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.

Camille can teach well over 20 Specialties. He is very experienced and knowledgeable in the respective specialties. Take full advantage of this. Take your training with him.

How about self reliant diving. Or how does Adaptive Teaching instructor sound? 

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.



PADI Specialty Instructor


The Fun Part

Whether it’s Ice, Deep, Photography, Enriched Air Nitrox, self reliant 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 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:

1.With a Course Director

2.Use your experience to apply directly to PADI

3.Write your own outline

PADI Specialty Instructor

Doing Specialty Instructor with a PADI 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


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.

What You Can Teach

Teach the PADI Specialties you like most!

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

PADI Specialty Instructor

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. IDC Thailand can help you purchasing specialized equipment or otherwise it will be for rent.

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.


You must be a

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