Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)
The next step on the PADI ladder after OWSI is Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT).
To apply for the MSDT rating an Instructor must have completed five Specialty Instructor Courses and certified 25 students. You can choose your specialties from the list available on our Specialty Instructor Courses page. The IDC package at The Dive Academy includes the MSDT Prep 5 Specialty Instructor Courses FREE.
Be advised that for some Specialty Instructor ratings you also need to be certified at diver level for that Specialty so you may need to take the diver level course at an additional cost before you complete the Instructor level training. Courses we offer where you need to have the diver level certification include Enriched Air (Nitrox), Recreational Sidemount, Self Reliant Diver.
During the MSDT Prep you will complete the theory, presentations and dive requirements for the five Specialty Instructor Courses you choose and our Course Director will show you how to conduct the courses and give you valuable advice and tips. Once you have completed the five Specialties and applied to PADI to teach them, when you have gained the experience that comes when you have certified 25 Students you apply to PADI for the MSDT rating.
If you wanted to extend the length of your training we have an Internship option whereby you work with Instructors from The Dive Academy for one month to learn more about what it takes to be an instructor and how to conduct courses until you are ready to go it alone and teach by yourself.
During the MSDT Internship we conduct mock Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver Courses with you and our staff taking it in turns to simulate being students / instructor so you get the opportunity to see how to actually conduct the courses. You will cover the structure and logistics of the courses in more detail than covered during the IDC as well as how to properly use many of the PADI materials available and you will also get a lot of helpful hints and tips. You will also get the opportunity to work with our instructors on a real courses to see how courses are actually taught as opposed to the ideal way you read about in the books!! Once we feel you are ready to teach by yourself you will independently teach students of The Dive Academy, giving you valuable teaching experience and a start towards the 25 certifications required to apply for MSDT.