The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) certification is the next step for experienced instructors who want to expand their teaching abilities and enhance their resume. As a MSDT, instructors can teach a variety of PADI specialties, making them more marketable and in-demand among dive centers and students.
To qualify for the MSDT certification, instructors must have already earned their PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) certification and have completed at least five PADI Specialty Instructor courses. In addition, instructors must have certified at least 25 students and have completed the Emergency First Response Instructor course.
During the MSDT program, candidates will focus on developing their teaching skills in a range of specialty areas. They will learn how to effectively teach and supervise open water dives in specialties such as Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Night Diver, and Enriched Air Diver, among others.
The MSDT program consists of two main components: the Specialty Instructor training and the MSDT application process. In the Specialty Instructor training, candidates will learn how to conduct specialty courses and gain experience in each of the specialties they plan to teach. They will also learn how to market these courses to potential students.
The MSDT application process involves submitting proof of experience in teaching specialties and obtaining recommendations from other instructors. Once the application is approved, candidates will be awarded the MSDT certification and be able to teach a variety of specialties to their students.
By completing the MSDT program, instructors can set themselves apart from others in the industry and offer a wider range of courses to their students. It also opens up opportunities for instructors to work at dive resorts or become independent contractors for dive centers, as they are now able to teach more advanced courses.
Overall, the MSDT certification is a valuable asset for instructors who want to advance their teaching abilities and career opportunities in the diving industry.