PADI Specialty Instructor Training covers how to organize, promote and conduct PADI Specialty Diver courses, and emphasizes the value of specialty training to divers. We offer several Specialty Instructor Training courses as preparatory program package for those interested in becoming Master Scuba Diver Trainers.
1. Present a knowledge development presentation from the specialty diver course outline.
2. State the purpose and goals of the specialty diver course.
3. Explain the course standards and procedures from the PADI Specialty Course Instructor Guide.
4. List student diver and instructor equipment requirements.
5. Explain the specialty diver course open water training considerations.
6. Demonstrate mastery of all knowledge development and water skill performance requirements for the specialty diver course.
7. Conduct an open water teaching assignment and demonstrate all open water performance requirements for the specialty diver course. Skills may be combined as appropriate for open water training dives.
8. Describe how to conduct all course segments in a manner that enables divers to meet course performance requirements.
9. Describe successful marketing and promotional techniques to promote specialty diver training as part of the PADI System.
10. Determine costs involved in the pricing of specialty training.
Open Water Dives
Specialty Instructor Training includes open water dives except when the diver level course has no open water dives. As with specialty diver courses, we emphasize the practical aspects of the course, specifically the open water dives (or workshops and demonstrations for specialties without dives.)
We cover all of the specialty diver course performance requirements in the instructor-level course. For example, the Night Diver Specialty course has three dives. However, we can cover all of the diver-level course dive performance requirements for those three dives in one specialty instructor course dive (logistics, etc. allowing).
Required Dives: For diver level courses requiring 2-3 open water dives, there is one required specialty instructor dive, and for diver level courses requiring 4 open water dives, there are two required specialty instructor dives. Prior to certification, you must have 10 logged open water dives in the specialty area.
$150.00 per person with the purchase of required student materials, otherwise add $15.00.
PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Instructor certification; or completed an IDC/OWSI Program within the past 12 months.
Assistant Instructors may become Specialty Instructors in only those specialty courses that do not include open water dives.
IDC/OWSI candidates may apply for Specialty Instructor certification only after passing an IE.
Candidates who do not have the specialty diver level certification may take the diver level course in conjunction with specialty instructor training.
PADI Assistant Instructors and Instructors may conduct the Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE Specialty and AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation courses without taking Specialty Instructor Training. However, taking instructor training in these specialties is beneficial in that candidates gain valuable hands-on mentorship from a Course Director.
The Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor ratings do not credit toward the Master Scuba Diver Trainer level.
Proof of professional certification and PADI Continuing Education Administrative Document.
All students participating in PADI confined and open water dives are required to have a current Medical Statement on file. If you answer YES to any of the listed conditions, you will also need to obtain physician's approval prior to the first water session. It is the student's responsibility to obtain proper medical clearance prior to diving and we cannot make exceptions.
Mask, snorkel, fins, tanks, regulator, BCD, dry suit, hood, gloves and underwater light. Additional gear required depending on the specialty.
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PADI Specialty Instructor manual and all student materials.
PADI Guide to Teaching.
No classes are currently scheduled or this class is scheduled on demand. Please call for details.
If you have additional questions about this course, please call us at (425) 502-7886 or send us an email.
The Northwest Diving Institute, a Washington state-licensed, PADI-certified scuba diving center, is the dive center for all your recreational, professional and technical scuba diving classes, lessons and equipment needs. Certified since 1972, our highly trained staff can take you from basic Open Water to Professional Instructor, on both open circuit and closed circuit systems, and in backmount and sidemount systems. We offer a full line of high-quality scuba diving equipment, lessons, rentals, educational materials, dive trips and air fills (including nitrox and trimix) at highly competitive prices.