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PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

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If you want to train your students to the highest recreational level in the PADI system of diver education, you will want to be a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
It will allow you to take your students out to more adventurous dive sites and pursue the types of diving that you are interested in.
Being a Master Scuba Diver Trainer will definitely help improve your work credentials as most dive resorts employ PADI MSDT for the extra spectrum of courses and specialties they can teach. 
If you can’t attend the whole PADI MSDT Prep you can always consider one individual specialty rating and get certified as a specialty instructor.

Gaining the rating of PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer is also a pre-requisite for becoming an PADI IDC Staff Instructor.  You must have a PADI MSDT rating to become an instructor in Tec 50 Diver.

Become a Sidemount Instructor!

The PADI Sidemount Specialty is one of the latest specialties from PADI and is already very popular.  Here in Mexico many cave and technical training is taught using Sidemount so it’s a very valuable specialty to be able to teach.  With Pro Dive Mexico you have the option of including this specialty as part of your MSDT Prep course (extra costs apply) or as a stand-alone Specialty Instructor training course.

Become an Instructor with Disabled  Diver's International (DDI)

Whilst not a PADI Specialty, we offer the DDI Instructor course along with our MSDT Prep courses (extra costs applies).  
So if you are interested in working with divers with disabilities, this is the course for you.  Having this Instructor rating can also make you a more attractive option to potential employers.
This inspiring course is generally run over 2 days and is available to dive instructors from any training organization who want to work with disabled divers and their carers.  It is a course which teaches you a lot about the need for empathy and understanding, rather than sympathy and embarrassment. 

MSDT Preparation

The MSDT Prep Program is a package of 5 specialty instructor training courses taught over a period of 4 to 5 days right after our PADI IDC training and the Instructor Exams. Once you have received your specialties teaching status you will be able to teach those specialties alongside the standard PADI courses.  Once you have certified 25 students in any PADI course, you will be able to submit your MSDT application.

If you take our MSDT Prep Program after your IDC with us, you also get the opportunity to join our FREE 3-week instructor internship where you will learn how to conduct your own PADI courses by team-teaching alongside our experienced staff.

Once at MSDT level, it's time to take the next step and start on the path to teaching instructors by becoming a PADI IDC Staff Instructor!

Specialty Instructor

A single speciality taught over a period of a 1 or 2 days.

Learning objectives

You will understand the relevant standards for the particular specialty course, understand the various components, and get hands-on experience of how to effectively teach this and get to students to come back for more.   
We have pre-selected the following 5 instructor specialties for the MSDT Prep based on the local area and which will give you the best value taking the course with our Course Director.  The decision is also based on what specialties are best for you, as a new instructor and to make you a more employable instructor.
Some Specialties are relatively easy to teach, while others require advanced diving techniques and in depth theory explanations.  One reason why instructors don’t teach many specialties, is that they don’t feel comfortable or confident teaching them.  By taking the specialty instructor training courses with a Course Director, and understanding the practicalities of teaching them, you will feel confident and ready to pass on your knowledge and passion to your future students.

Wreck Specialty Instructor.

This takes place in the Puerto Morelos Marine Park on the C56 cannon boat.
It’s an excellent site for learning how to teach students in wreck diving techniques. Lots of possibilities for long penetration dives with dive lights and complex line/reel use.

Equipment Specialty Instructor.

This is a great opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd as an Instructor.  Our training is conducted by the dive gear manufacturers Scubapro’s main technician.  Here we will show you how to service and maintain the most popular Scubapro regulators, first stages and BCD inflator systems. There is no other IDC centre that offers this program and workshop. Upon completion you will be awarded a certification by Scubapro as well as your Specialty teaching status.

Enriched air Specialty Instructor *.

A must for all instructors. 60% of all divers dive with Nitrox and this is the most popular of all PADI Specialties worldwide. 
During your MSDT Prep you will dive 2 Nitrox dives as part of the Wreck training, to give you extra bottom time for the penetration dive.

DSAT Gas Blender *.

Whilst not a widely popular course, this is a great opportunity to learn how to carry out routine tank maintenance as well as understand how to blend and fill Nitrox tanks.  This is a very practical course and during the training you will get to blend and fill your own tanks and use a compressor.  As a Gas Blender instructor you will be able to teach tank fillers who need to also fill Nitrox tanks, and being familiar with tank maintenance and compressor use can earn you extra bonus points when looking for work.

Deep Specialty Instructor.

Another very popular PADI Specialty course but one which can bring plenty of challenges for an Instructor.  During your training you will become familiar with the various skills and standards of the course and how to set up, manage and safely control the dives while making sure your students have fun.

*NEW!* PADI Sidemount Specialty Instructor.

Freedom, versitility, safety and comfort are the main advantages of diving with sidemount.  PADI are promoting this Specialty heavily amongst recreational divers and it seems that everyone wants to try it.  As an Instructor you will want to be able to offer this Specialty to your students. 
To take this Specialty Instructor training course with our Course Director you must have either the PADI Sidemount Specialty certification (also offered here) or proof of 10 logged sidemount dives.

* The following Specialty courses require that the Instructor must hold the student level before the Instructor level: Nitrox, Gas Blender.  Therefore if you do not already have the student certification, you will need to attend the course (which will be combined with the instructor level during the MSDT Prep) and also pay an extra fee to cover the student manual and the certification (PIC) fee.

Other Specialties are available at Pro Dive Mexico upon request

  • AWARE Fish ID
  • Boat Diver
  • Cavern Diver
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Deep Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photographer course
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Drift Diver
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Multilevel Diver
  • National Geographic Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Project AWARE Specialist
  • Search and Recovery
  • Shark Conservation
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Wreck Diver


  • To start a speciality instructor training course you need to be either PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Instructor certification; or completed an IDC/OWSI Program within the past 12 months.

learning materials you need

  • Speciality Instructor Outlines Manual.

course starting date, duration & pricing:

Please refer to our schedule & pricing page.

PADI fees:

Please refer to the PADI fees section in our schedule & pricing page.