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MASTER SCUBA DIVER
TRAINER

The ultimate recreational diver rating. All PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned five or more PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be a Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
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If you have completed your IDC and are a certified Open Water Scuba Instructor, the next step on your PADI Go PRO path is the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating. The MSDT prep course will qualify you to teach five new PADI specialties and set you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously. Being an MSDT signifies you have the experience and knowledge to offer all the training a diver needs to become a Master Scuba Diver – the ultimate recreational diver rating.

The MSDT Preparation Program is a package of five specialty instructor training courses. The course can be taken right after the IDC training and Instructor Exams. Once you have received your specialty teaching status, you will be able to teach those specialties alongside the standard PADI courses.

If you have your eyes set on long-term professional PADI instructor goals, this course is a pre-requisite for IDC Staff Instructor training as well as for many TecRec Instructor ratings.

for specialities
with 3 or 4 dives:
$206USD

for specialities
with 2 dives:
$161USD


PADI Materials (varies): $75

PADI Fees (estimate): $90 (each speciality)


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MSDT Candidate Pre-Requisites
If you take the Specialty Instructor Training course with our Course Director you only need to meet the following pre-requisites:

• Be a PADI Instructor in Teaching Status (or have just finished the IDC and passed the IE)
• Be certified at a diver level for the area of specialty
• 10 logged dives in the area of the specialty

Once you have certified 25 students in any PADI course - including specialty certifications, you will be able to submit your MSDT application to PADI`s office for processing.
Skills Developed During the Course
• Understanding the teaching standards & hands-on experience

You will gain comprehensive knowledge in each specialty course and learn how to effectively teach others.

• Confidence for teaching specialties

Be confident in your ability to organize information and develop strong public speaking skills to effectively communicate what you’ve learned to your future students.

• Employability

The more training and experience you have, the more confident you will be in your abilities and the more desirable you will be to prospective employers.
Specialities Options
The following are the the options you can learn to teach with Roatan Dive Academy:

Wreck Specialty Instructor

We have several shipwrecks here in Roatan (Aguila, Odyssey, Prince Albert, Mr. Bud), and these are perfect for training dives during this course. Most of the wrecks in Roatan are excellent sites for learning how to teach students proper wreck diving techniques, as we have shallow and small wrecks, as well as deep and large wrecks. The huge diversity of wrecks offer lots of possibilities for penetration dives with dive lights and complex line/reel use.  You will be able to practice all of the diver level skills in different wrecks and different conditions.

Equipment Specialty Instructor

This is a great opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd as an Instructor.  Our training is conducted by dive gear technicians.  We will show you how to basic-service and maintain the most popular regulators and BCD inflator systems. If you have your own set of gear you can bring it to the training course and learn how to properly service, maintain and store your own gear. There are few places in the Caribbean that offer this program and workshop, so it’s a great one to take advantage of!

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 Specialities worldwide. During your MSDT preparation course you will dive different blends of Nitrox, and they can be combined with other specialities as well, to give you extra bottom time during wreck penetration, for example. 

DSAT Gas Blender Instructor

Whilst not a widely popular course, 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 in the industry.

Deep Specialty 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, while staying safe.

  Sidemount Specialty Instructor

Freedom, versitility, safety and comfort are the main advantages of diving sidemount.  PADI is heavily promoting this Speciality amongst recreational divers and it seems that everyone wants to try it.  As an Instructor, you will definitely want to be able to offer this speciality to your students.
Other Instructor Specialities available at RDA
• AWARE Fish ID
• Boat Diver
• Cavern Diver
• Coral Reef Conservation
• Deep Diver
• Digital Underwater Photographer
• Diver Propulsion Vehicle
• Drift Diver
• Emergency Oxygen Provider
• Enriched Air Diver
• Night Diver
• Coral Restoration
• Reef Restoration (Bay Island Reef Restoration)
• Peak Performance Buoyancy
• Project AWARE Specialist
• Search and Recovery
• Underwater Naturalist
• Underwater Navigator
• Underwater Videographer
• Self - Reliant Diver
• Fullface Mask
• Sidemount
• Freediving
MSDT Investment Summary
(a) Speciality Instructor training course – US$ 206 (for specialities with 3 or 4 dives, or $161 for specialities with 2 dives)

(b) PADI Materials (estimate) – US$ 75 per speciality

(c) PADI Fees (estimate) - US$ 90 (each speciality)

(a) MSDT Investment Includes:

• Pick up from the airport or ferry port when you arrive
• 5 days accommodation in RDA´s intern house
• All breakfasts and lunches at the resort buffet during the entire course
• 1 – 3 dives per speciality (depending on requierements)
• Access to didactic videos produced by RDA
• One on one mentorship and instruction through your course
• Transportation to and from the dive resort on training days
• Rental dive equipment needed for training

(b) PADI Materials Include: (pre-order 4 weeks in advance in prefered language)

• Speciality Instructor Outlines Manual – US$ 25 (each speciality)
• Speciality Diver Manual recommended* - US$ 50 (each speciality)

*(Nitrox and Gas Blender mandatory. Costs are estimated)

(c) PADI Fees Include:

• 1 Speciality Instructor Application Fee – US$ 90

MSDT investment value DOES NOT include:

• Breakfast and dinners
• Flights
• Visa’s (where applicable)
Scheduling
A single specialty can be taught over a period of one or two days. Depending on your availability, we can work on a personalized schedule that fits your needs and timing.


Available bundles with this course:

At Roatan Dive Academy we know one course is not enough, that’s why we have created a serie of bundle package that will give a better price if you decide to take more than one course with us.

Course
Regular Price
Bundle Price

Dive Master
$1,530
$1,300

IDC
$1,650
$1,550

MSDT
$412
$360

IDC Staff
$420
$400

Total price
$4,012
$3,560

Total Savings
$452.00
Course
Regular Price
Bundle Price

IDC
$1,650
$1,600

MSDT
$412
$360

IDC Staff price
$420
$400

Total price
$2,482
$2,260

Total Savings
$222.00
Course
Regular Price
Bundle Price

MSDT
$412
$360

IDC Staff price
$420
$400

Total price
$832
$760

Total Savings
$72.00
Course
Regular Price
Bundle Price

IDC
$1,650
$1,550

MSDT
$412
$360

Total price
$2,062
$1,910

Total Savings
$152.00
for specialities
with 3 or 4 dives:
$206USD.00

for specialities
with 2 dives:
$161USD.20


PADI Materials (varies): $75

PADI Fees (estimate): $90 (each speciality)


Request reservation

Need to work on the pre-requisites? Don’t worry, we are here to help. Contact us

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