PADI Specialty Instructor

This course prepares the candidate to teach one of the above listed recreational PADI Specialties. The candidate selects the specialty of their choice and then receives instruction specific to teaching that targeted area of interest. Completion of a successful knowledge development presentation and one open water teaching presentation for that specialty is required. At the completion of this course and at least ten dives in the specialty area, the candidate is certified to teach that recreational specialty.

After becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) you'll want to teach divers specific types of diving dependant to what your local area offers. To do this you need to be able to teach PADI Specialties. By doing so you can heighten your students' comfort level and strengthen their underwater skills, ultimately leading to their enjoyment of diving more than ever before.

Specialty Instructors

  • Teach PADI Specialty courses to divers in a wide variety of areas.


  • PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor

Minimum Time for Completion

  • Typically one to two days depending on the specialty. Requirements vary.

Required Materials

  • PADI Specialty Instructor Manual

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