Be diverse in what you Teach and Teach what you Love.

More scuba diving and more fun sharing what interests you – that’s what teaching speciality diver courses is all about. You will understand the relevant standards for the particular speciality course, understand the various components, and get hands-on experience of how to effectively teach this and get to students to come back for more.

Below we have a few of our more popular instructor specialities, and the ones that are most often chosen for the MSDT Prep course. This specialities are also based on given you the best value taking the course with our Course Director. The decision is also based on what specialities are best for you, as a new instructor and to make you a more employable instructor. Keep reading below to see the full list of instructor specialities we offer.

Wreck Speciality 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.

Enriched air Speciality Instructor *.

A must for all instructors. 60% of all divers dive with Nitrox and this is the most popular of all PADI Specialities worldwide.
IF you take a MSDT Prep course you will dive 2 Nitrox dives as part of the Wreck training, to give you extra bottom time for the penetration dive. Or any other of the Specialities you may choose.

Tec Rec Gas Blender *.

This is a great opportunity to learn how to carry out routine tank maintenance as well as understand how to blend and fill Nitrox tanks. This is a very practical course and during the training you will get to blend and fill your own tanks and use a compressor. As a Gas Blender instructor you will be able to teach tank fillers who need to also fill Nitrox tanks, and being familiar with tank maintenance and compressor use can earn you extra bonus points when looking for work.

Deep Speciality Instructor.

Another very popular PADI Speciality 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.

Aware Shark Conservation Instructor Speciality and Threseher Shark Instructor Speciality

One of the big part of Thresher Cove commitment to the environment is our goal to educate divers and non divers of all levels how sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems, yet sharks are in a global decline. Learn about the value of sharks and what is causing the rapid loss of shark populations. We also offer the Thresher shark speciality course great way to learn about the local sharks in the Philippines and Asia.

PADI Sidemount Speciality Instructor.

Freedom, versatility, safety and comfort are the main advantages of diving with sidemount. PADI are promoting this Speciality heavily amongst recreational divers and it seems that everyone wants to try it. As an Instructor you will want to be able to offer this Speciality to your students.
To take this Speciality Instructor training course with our Course Director you must have either the PADI Sidemount Speciality certification (also offered at Thresher cove) or proof of 10 logged sidemount dives.

Self Reliant Diver Instructor.

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. 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, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

Underwater Navigator Instructor.

A very easy speciality for you to offer your students epically during the PADI Advance Open Water Diver course as one of the mandatory dives is the first dive of the navigator speciality. 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-tunes 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 Speciality courses require that the Instructor must hold the student level before the Instructor level: Nitrox, Gas Blender. Therefore if you do not already have the student certification, you will need to attend the course (which will be combined with the instructor level).

What will you learn?

As mentioned before you will understand the relevant standards for the particular speciality course, understand the various components, and get hands-on experience of how to effectively teach this and get to students to come back for more. 
Some Specialities are relatively easy to teach, while others require advanced diving techniques and in depth theory explanations. One reason why instructors don’t teach many specialities, is that they don’t feel comfortable or confident teaching them. By taking the speciality instructor training courses with a Course Director, and understanding the practicalities of teaching them, you will feel confident and ready to pass on your knowledge and passion to your future students.


To start a speciality 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 specialities you can take as a divemaster don’t hesitate to ask us about what your options as a divemaster are.

Other Instructor Specialities 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
Drift Diver Instructor
Multilevel Instructor
Altitude Instructor
Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Instructor

  • Boat Diver Instructor

  • Underwater Naturalist Instructor

  • Aware Fish Identification Instructor

Distinctive Specialities

Full Face Mask Instructor

  2. Invasive Lionfish Tracker Instructor
Sea Turtle Awareness Instructor
Dive Against Debris Instructor

  5. Aware Shark Conservation Instructor