The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. (Potential employers like this.) Being an MSDT signifies that you've got the experience and certifications to offer all the training a diver needs to become a Master Scuba Diver - the ultimate recreational diver rating.
All PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be Master Scuba Diver Trainers. This rating is the next step up the professional ladder and is a prerequisite for IDC Staff Instructor as well as for many TecRec Instructor ratings.
Not there yet? Ask your PADI Course Director about a Master Scuba Diver Trainer prep course.
To earn your Divemaster rating, you will complete a series of knowledge development sessions, water skill workshops and hands-on assessments for the following:
The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
Scuba diver safety and risk management
Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
Business of diving and your career
Awareness of the dive environment
Scuba gear setup and management
Mapping an open water site
Conducting dive briefings
Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
Conducting PADI ReActivate scuba refresher and skin diver course
Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs
Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your Divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.
Prerequisites & Requirements
18 years or older
Rescue Diver, 40 logged dives, CPR and First Aid certification within 24 months, medical clearance to dive
As a dive professional, you'll need a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, you'll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and a dive slate. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful for your scuba diving career.
Whether you want to hone your skills and dive like a pro or turn your passion into a career, you can start your journey toward PADI Divemaster now - for free!
The PADI Introduction to Divemaster program introduces you to the concepts, skills, and knowledge necessary to join the ranks of PADI Professionals worldwide.