BannerL02 Specialty Instructor

After becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) you'll want to teach divers specific types of diving dependant to what your local area offers. To do this you need to be able to teach PADI Specialties. By doing so you can heighten your students' comfort level and strengthening their underwater skills, ultimately leading to their enjoyment of diving more than ever before.

Specialty Instructors:

  • Teach PADI Specialty courses to divers in a variety of areas from wreck diving to underwater videography

Prerequisites: *

  • PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor

Minimum Time for Completion:

  • There are two ways to become a specialty instructor, see PADI Instructor Manual for details

Required Materials:

  • Student and Instructor Materials required for the specialty course enrolled in.

* For more detailed information please refer to the PADI Course Director Manual.

Standardized PADI Specialty Instructor programs available from D&M Sport Diving are:

Altitude Diver

Atlantis/Dolphin Rebreather

Deep Diver

Diver Propulsion Vehicle

Dry Suit Diver

Enriched Air Diver

Equipment Specialist

Fish Identification

Ice Diver

Multilever Diver

Night Diver

Search and Recovery Diver

Underwater Navigator

Underwater Photographer

Underwater Videographer

Wreck Diver

Distinctive Specialties (specialty programs developed individually by instructors.) available are:

Oxygen First Aid

If you are already a PADI Assistant Instructor or higher and want to qualify as a PADI Specialty Instructor, you will need to attend a Specialty Instructor Training Program (conducted by a PADI Course Director) or apply directly to PADI.

During the Specialty Instructor Training Program you will receive valuable hands-on training, technique demonstrations, program marketing information, current PADI Standards information and, when applicable, instructor-level open water training. To enroll in a Specialty Instructor Training Program, you must be a renewed PADI Assistant Instructor (certified/upgraded using the 1995 revised curriculum), a renewed PADI Underwater Instructor (or PADI Instructor with a higher rating) or have completed an IDC/IOC** within the past 12 months.

Here is your chance to teach the coolest dive programs.