PADI Specialty Instructor

Be diverse in what you Teach and Teach what you Love and become a PADI Specialty Instructor.

As a PADI Specialty Instructor you can do more scuba diving and more fun sharing what interests you. That’s what teaching specialty diver courses is all about. You will understand the relevant standards for the particular specialty course. Furthermore you will understand the various components. Most importantly you get hands-on experience of how to effectively teach this and get to students to come back for more.

Check this blog about our February 2019 Specialty Instructor training courses.

With 5 PADI Instructor level specialties and 25 PADI certifications under your belt, you can apply for the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification.

PADI Specialty Instructor

PADI Specialty Instructor

On the way to Monad Shoal for the early morning thresher shark dives. And PADI specialty instructor training!

Below we have listed a few of our more popular instructor specialties. Some of them are most often chosen for the MSDT Prep course. These specialties are also based on given you the best value taking the course with our Course Director. The decision is also based on what specialties are best for you, what do you like and what can you easily sell.

Subsequently, as a new instructor they will make you a more employable instructor. Keep reading below to see the full list of instructor specialties we offer.

Enriched air Specialty Instructor *;

A must for all instructors. 60% of all divers dive with Nitrox and this is the most popular of all PADI Specialties worldwide. This PADI Specialty Instructor course is included for free in our PADI IDC. Prerequisite is that you need to be certified as a Nitrox diver.

Deep Specialty Instructor;

PADI Specialty Instructor

The Deep dive specialty instructor course. With a dive to 40 and a dive to 30 meters. At Monad shoal with the thresher sharks.

Another very popular PADI Specialty course but one which can bring plenty of challenges for an Instructor. During your training you will become familiar with the various skills and standards of the course and how to set up, manage and safely control the dives while making sure your students have fun. We will also teach you the most fun way to teach your students the pressure related and color changing exercises with underwater games.

Self Reliant Diver Instructor *;

PADI Specialty Instructor

PADI Specialty Instructor

Self reliant diver course

The question every diver and student will ask you; Do you dive alone? What will you answer? Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dives without a partner. So, during the Self-Reliant Diver course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone and the value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear. During three scuba dives, at diver level, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence. Hence becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team. In addition you will conduct one more dive at Instructor level.

Adaptive Teaching Techniques Instructor;

PADI Specialty Instructor

PADI Specialty Instructor

During the pool work shop for the Adaptive Teaching Techniques course

With the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course you focus on increasing awareness of varying diver abilities. Furthermore you also explore adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers.

This rather new program provides PADI Professionals with additional tools to help students of varied abilities meet course performance requirements.

In short, join us in our Adaptive Teaching Techniques course and learn additional techniques to motivate and encourage student divers with mental and/or physical challenges. Most importantly, become confident in helping and teaching physically and mentally challenged diver. Moreover, let them discover the underwater world.

Dive Against Debris Instructor;

Project AWARE’s flagship citizen-science program, Dive Against Debris®, empowers scuba divers to remove marine debris from the ocean and report data on the types, quantities and locations of materials collected.

Participate in our course on Malapascua and be surprised how clean the dive sites can be.

Wreck Specialty Instructor;

Everyone has that wow factor when they dive a wreck for the first time. Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. During the course you will learn how to teach students in wreck diving techniques. Lots of possibilities for long penetration dives with dive lights and complex line/reel use.

Currently the wreck diving instructor specialty is not being offered.

Underwater Navigator Instructor;

A very easy specialty for you to offer your students during the PADI Advance Open Water Diver course as one of the mandatory dives. This AOW dive is also the first dive of the navigator specialty. Be the instructor that everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator instructor course will fine-tune your observation skills and teach you how to show your students to more accurately use the compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

* The following Specialty courses require that the Instructor must hold the student level before the Instructor level: Nitrox- and Self Reliant diver. Therefore if you do not already have the student certification, you will need to attend the course.

What will you learn?

As mentioned before you will first of all understand the relevant standards for the particular specialty course.  Secondly understanding the various components,. Thirdly and almost most importantly, get hands-on experience of how to effectively teach this and get to students to come back for more. Some Specialties are relatively easy to teach, while others require advanced diving techniques and in depth theory explanations.

One reason why instructors don’t teach many specialties, is that they don’t feel comfortable or confident teaching them.

By taking the specialty instructor training courses with a Course Director, and understanding the practicalities of teaching them, you will feel confident. Furthermore you will feel ready to pass on your knowledge and passion to your future students.


To start a specialty instructor training course you need to be either PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Instructor certification. Or completed an IDC/OWSI Program within the past 12 months. Remember that there are a few specialties you can take as a divemaster, don’t hesitate to ask us about what your options as a divemaster are.

Other Instructor Specialties offered at Thresher Cove

  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Digital Underwater Photographer Instructor
  • Underwater Videographer Instructor
  • Night Diver Instructor
  • Search and Recovery Instructor
  • Dry Suit Instructor (you need to bring you own dry suit)
  • Drift Diver Instructor
  • Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Instructor
  • Boat Diver Instructor
  • Underwater Naturalist Instructor
  • Fish Identification Instructor