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PADI Specialty Instructor courses are a great opportunity for personal and professional development. Not only making an Instructor more employable with such popular specialties such as deep diver, Wreck Diver, and Enriched Air but allowing new and experienced Instructors to explore and develop new passions in diving and then sharing that passion with their students.

What are the prerequisites to start my PADI Specialty Instructor course?Specialty Instructor

Minimum certification requirements for each PADI Specialty Instructor course are as follows:

  • PADI Divemaster/Assistant Instructor/Instructor – Digital Underwater Photography. Emergency Oxygen Provider.
  • PADI Assistant Instructor/Instructor – Equipment Specialist
  • PADI Instructor – All other listed Specialty Diver courses

Additional requirements for each Specialty Instructor course are listed on the programs page.

How long will it take to complete my PADI Specialty Instructor course?

PADI Specialty Instructors training usually takes a single day for each certification required and cover:

  • Overview of PADI Specialty Diver Courses
  • Specialty Course Instructor Outline Review
  • Knowledge Development Workshop
  • Specialty Course Marketing and Promotion
  • Establishing Costs
  • Open Water Dives/Workshop
  • Certification Procedures

What am I qualified to do once I’m a certified PADI Specialty Instructor?

Upon completion of each individual Specialty Instructor seminar and completion of the application process, you will be qualified to teach that Specialty Diver program while you are in Active and Teaching Status. You will not have to renew each SI status each year as it will be included in your PADI renewal fees.

How much does the PADI Specialty Instructor course cost and what’s included?

  • PADI Specialty Instructor seminar 4,000 THB each
  • PADI Specialty Instructor package 16,000 THB for 5 Specialty Instructor seminars
  • PADI SI application fee 106 AUD per Specialty

You must also bring your PADI Specialty Instructor Guides with you to each seminar.chic 16

Which Specialty Instructor seminars are available with I-D.C?

  • Deep Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photography 
  • Enriched Air*
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Equipment Specialist*
  • Gas Blender*
  • Self-Reliant Diver*
  • Sidemount Diver*
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Night Diver
  • Search & Recovery
  • Wreck Diver

*Prerequisite recreational certification and/or experience required.

“The Wreck Diver program expands student diver knowledge about wreck diving law, hazards to avoid, how to research wrecks, wreck diving equipment, the basics of penetrating a wreck and how to interact responsibly with the aquatic life they’ll see while wreck diving.”


  • PADI Instructor
  • 10 logged wreck dives

“This course is intended to familiarize divers with the operation and maintenance of equipment. It is not an equipment repair course. Training relative to the repairing and overhauling of equipment, except for very minor servicing, is not to be part of the curriculum.”


  • PADI Instructor
  • PADI Equipment Specialist

“Whether on your first navigation dive or your hundredth, few moments in diving compare with the satisfaction and pride you feel when you navigate a distance or specific navigation pattern and hit your mark dead-on.”


  • PADI Instructor
  • 10 logged navigation dives

“This course is designed to qualify recreational divers to use enriched air (“nitrox”) for no stop recreational diving with an enriched air (EANx) compatible dive computer. The program addresses computer-assisted diving while using enriched air with 22 percent to 40 percent oxygen to monitor no stop limits and oxygen exposure.”


  • PADI Instructor
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver

“The philosophy of this course is to provide an introduction to the use, benefits and proper configuration of sidemount equipment for recreational diving, with an emphasis on safety. The goal of this course is to provide a systematic, methodical, approach to recreational sidemount diving, showing how to apply the skills developed.”


  • PADI Instructor
  • PADI Sidemount Diver
  • 25 logged sidemount dives

“For recreational scuba divers, emergency oxygen is the primary first aid given to individuals suffering from a near drowning or decompression illness (lung overexpansion injuries and decompression sickness). Providing emergency oxygen has become the standard of practice for treating injured scuba divers since it provides oxygen to starved tissues and aids in bubble reduction. Having emergency oxygen immediately available at dive locations is especially important to divers suffering from these maladies. Along with the availability of oxygen at dive sites, first responders must know how to provide oxygen in an emergency.”


  • PADI Divemaster/Assistant Instructor/Instructor

“The purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diver course: To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary and to sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.“


  • PADI Instructor
  • PADI Self-Reliant Diver
  • 25 logged self-reliant dives

“The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is a two-part introduction to digital underwater photography centred on today’s point-and-shoot digital cameras. The course helps student divers develop the knowledge, skills and practical techniques necessary to obtain excellent photographs with a digital camera, even on their first photo dive.”


  • PADI Divemaster/Assistant Instructor/Instructor
  • 10 logged digital underwater photography dives

“The best way to learn how to conduct search patterns and to use lifting devices is by doing it. This course philosophy therefore, emphasizes diving. Student divers will apply the knowledge they gain by reading the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Manual and watching the companion video on at least four open water dives searching for and recovering objects of different sizes in varying search areas.“


  • PADI Instructor
  • 10 logged search and recovery dives

“It’s a rare diver who hasn’t felt the urge to dive deep. Deep diving opens the door to many new exciting dive sites like deeper wrecks, reefs and walls. As a rule, divers tend to be adventurous people, and deep diving – whether to visit a wreck or take photos – can certainly be called adventurous. It’s only natural that like most divers, you have some interest in deep diving.”


  • PADI Instructor
  • 10 logged deep dives

“The philosophy of this course is to focus on seeing in the dark things you miss seeing, or that appear differently during daylight dives. Thus, the goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to enjoying diving at night.”


  • PADI Instructor
  • 10 logged night dives