VA MSDT Prep Program

The Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep requires the completion of five PADI Specialty Instructor courses chosen from a list of over thirty options conducted in a fully integrated manner over four days. The MSDT is designed to train instructors in how to organize, market and conduct PADI Specialty Diver Courses. A Discover Rebreather Course is also included in to allow candidates to begin their transition into the world of closed circuit diving to allow them to increase their market with the use of rebreathers.

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep program runs 38 hours over 4 days. In order to graduate a Student must attend all sessions. The course involves academic presentations and ocean boat dives. Candidates are shown how to conduct training dives, briefings and scenarios. Subjects include wreck mapping and survey, wreck penetration drills, use of wreck reels, navigation skills and techniques, enriched air diving considerations, dive planning and techniques, night diving techniques and deep diving considerations. One clock hour constitutes 55 minutes of class time and 5 minutes of break time.

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The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. (Potential employers like this.) Being an MSDT signifies that you’ve got the experience and certifications to offer all the training your student divers needs to become a Master Scuba Diver – the ultimate recreational diver rating.

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Requirements:

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep course. You also need to have:

  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Possible Specialty Certifications and practical experience may include:

The PADI MSDT Prep Program prepares participants to step into the PADI professional roles of teaching specialty courses in their favorite areas so they can pass specific and expert knowledge and skills on to their students making them more prepared to be on those categories of dives. Certifications and practical experience include:

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  • PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Wreck Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Night Diver Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Digital U/W Photo Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Emergency 02 Provider Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Drift Diver Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Dry Suit Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Equipment Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Full Face Mask Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Search and Recovery Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Self Reliant Specialty Instructor

  • PADI SideMount Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Tec Rec Gas Blender Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Ice Diver Specialty Instructor

  • PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor

  • PADI Tec Rec Trimix Specialty Instructor

  • PADI U/W Videography Specialty Instructor

  • PADI U/W Naturalist Specialty Instructor

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