PADI Specialty Instructor Training covers how to organize, promote and conduct PADI Specialty Diver courses.


PADI Specialty Instructor Training covers how to organize, promote and conduct PADI Specialty Diver courses.
When an Instructor is able to teach five Specialty Instructor Training courses and has completed 25 certifications, the Instructor is able to apply for the rating of PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.


All Specialties:
  • PADI Instructor, or currently participating in/completed an IDC/OWSI Program within the past 12 months. IDC/OWSI candidates may apply for Specialty Instructor certification only after successfully completing an IE.
Specialties without Dives:
  • PADI Assistant Instructor
  • PADI Divemaster for these courses: Emergency Oxygen Provider, Equipment Specialist, Coral Reef Conservation, Project AWARE Specialist and PADI Distinctive Specialty Diver (approved).
  • Both Divemasters and Assistant Instructors may attend Digital Underwater Photographer specialty instructor training courses.
Additional prerequisites and exit requirements apply to certain specialty instructor training courses, such as:
  • Cavern Diver
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Ice Diver
  • Public Safety Diver
  • Self-Reliant Diver
Note: Candidates who do not have the specialty diver level certification may take the diver level course in conjunction with specialty instructor training (at additional cost).


We do not include the price of materials in our Professional level courses as we find that sometimes candidates prefer to buy them in advance. If you would like to purchase your required materials from us, then please let us know in advance so that we can have them shipped with enough time.
All other recommended materials will be available in the Dive Centre for you to use during your course.
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  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Guide or PADI-approved Distinctive Specialty Outline
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual, PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Manual and PADI Enriched Air Diver Manual when teaching the corresponding specialty.


Tanks and weights will be available for use throughout your course. In addition, you will need to have:
  • Fins, mask and snorkel
  • Buoyancy control device (BCD) with tank mount or separate backpack, and low pressure inflator
  • Primary regulator and alternate air source
  • Breathing gas monitoring device (e.g. submersible pressure gauge)
  • Depth monitoring device
  • Adequate exposure protection appropriate for water that is 24-30*C
  • Dive computer or RDP (eRDPml or Table)
  • Instructions for use for dive computer or RDP/ERDPml
  • Time monitoring device
  • Compass
  • Knife/diver’s tool
  • Two surface signaling devices – one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.) and one delayed surface marker buoy with reel
You will need to bring with you your dive computer or time monitoring device, as well as a compass and delayed marker buoy. All other required equipment is available at a very reasonable price for you to rent for the duration of your course should you not wish to carry it with you. Do bear in mind though that, as a PADI Professional, you will be required to have this equipment in the future, particularly if you want to work in the industry.

what's involved in the course?

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Specialty Instructor candidates must meet all course performance requirements and:

  • Present a knowledge development presentation from the specialty diver course outline.
  • State the purpose and goals of the specialty diver course.
  • Explain the course standards and procedures from the PADI Specialty Course Instructor Guide.
  • List student diver and instructor equipment requirements.
  • Explain the specialty diver course open water training considerations.
  • Demonstrate mastery of all knowledge development and water skill performance requirements for the specialty diver course.
  • Conduct an open water teaching assignment and demonstrate all open water performance requirements for the specialty diver course. Skills may be combined as appropriate for open water training dives.
  • Describe how to conduct all course segments in a manner that enables divers to meet course performance requirements.
  • Describe successful marketing and promotional techniques to promote specialty diver training as part of the PADI System.
  • Determine costs involved in the pricing of specialty training.


As well as the obvious reasons… unspoiled location, our ocean conservation commitment, amazing wildlife surrounding us etc…
XTC is uniquely placed to be able to offer a large selection of Specialties to choose from and, unlike other dive centers, we won’t tell you which Specialties you have to do, we will discuss your future goals and likes/dislikes and help you to tailor-make a list of Specialties that suit you.
After all, it’s going to be you teaching them!

Booking & Prices

We believe in transparent pricing. As a PADI professional you will be responsible for paying application and on-going membership fees directly to PADI to keep your rating. We have outlined these costs here, to the best of our ability, so that you can work out exactly how much the course, materials and application fees are going to cost you. Let us know if anything is unclear.


  • COURSE: $725
  • MATERIALS: $250









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