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PADI Specialty Instructor Courses

Taking Specialty Instructor courses offer PADI Instructors a shortcut to Specialty Instructor ratings, and enables instructors to teach more courses. Specialty instructor courses provide teaching tips and hands-on experience that you can implement right away.


What you learn

You’ll learn


  • new techniques to add to the experience you already have in a specialty area

  • to fine-tune your skills and teaching methods

  • how to organize and conduct a PADI Specialty Course




In order to enroll in the PADI Specialty Instructor courses, you must be a


  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or above.


PADI Assistant Instructors and PADI Divemasters may qualify for certain Specialty Instructor levels. Some specialties have additional prerequisites and exit requirements



What you do

PADI Specialty Instructor courses consists of classroom presentations and open water training (if applicable). You'll


  • attend a Specialty Instructor course knowledge development session

  • present one Knowledge Development teaching presentation

  • perform all dive skills in the diver level specialty course

    If the diver level specialty has 2-3 dives, you'll perform the skills in one dive, if the diver level specialty has four dives, in two dives (and if there are no dives in the specialty, you won't get wet either.)


  • present one Open Water teaching presentation




PADI Specialty Course Instructor guide for the specialty and materials required for the diver level specialty.



How long does it take?

Two days, or two evenings in the classroom and one day of diving. Specialty Instructor courses can be packaged to get most out of the session times.



How much does it cost?

The cost varies depending on the specialty. Please contact us for the details.


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