Specialty Instructor

DPVShare your favorite interests with students by teaching specialty diver courses. Specialty instructor courses provide teaching tips and hands-on experience that you can implement right away. With 25 standard PADI Specialty Diver courses, and numerous distinctive specialties, you have lots of choose from – so get going.

All PADI Instructors will benefit from taking specialty instructor training courses, especially those who are ready to step up to the Master Scuba Diver™ Trainer (MSDT) rating, which requires at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications.

PADI Assistant Instructors, instructor candidates in training, and PADI Divemasters are eligible to enroll in certain specialty instructor courses. Some specialties have additional prerequisites and exit requirements – ask us for details.

What specialties can you become certified to teach

  • AWARE Shark Conservation Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Drysuit Diver
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Fish Identification Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sea Turtle Awareness
  • Search & Recovery Diver
  • Self Reliant Diver
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Wreck Diver
  • and more!

What you will learn

You’ll learn new techniques to add to the experience you already have in a specialty area and have fun fine-tuning your skills and teaching methods. Plus, you’ll get great ideas for marketing your specialty diver courses.


Specialty Instructor training generally occurs over 3 days at a local scuba park.

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