PADI MSD – Master Scuba Diver – The highest non-professional PADI dive certification

The MSD Course is the pinnacle achievement of the recreational diver. The Course is not one, but rather a series of courses that allows you to build your diving skills with your personal goals in mind. All Master Scuba Diver candidates must complete the Rescue Diver courses. Beyond this course, you may choose to complete any five of the multitude of specialty courses that are offered to complete the necessary requirements for the Master Scuba Diver Certification. The structure of the course allows you to design your own Course Curriculum to better personalize the needs of your diving repertoire.

So if you have the passion and you want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. this is what you should consider doing NOW

  • Be at least 12 years old. 
  • Be PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent certification from other diving agency.
  • Earned at least 5 PADI Specialty Diver Courses
  • Complete minimum 50 logged dives
  • Medically fit to dive, for safety, all participants must complete a brief medical prior to commencing the dive. If none of the listed conditions apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of them apply to you, as a safety precaution, a physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive, dated within the last 12 months. Click here to view the form.

After completing five specialty courses and having at least 50 logged dives. PDC’s instructor will assist you to prepare your MSD application and send it to PADI to be officially certified as Master Scuba Diver

As the PADI MSD rating is recognition of combined experience please see individual specialties for what you’ll need to know prior to the course.

There is no course time table as such, please see specific specialties for course duration. But in general, you can complete your 5 specialties and be rewarded as PADI Master Scuba Diver in 4 weekends. subject meeting the other prerequisites.

IF I HAVE A NON-DIVING RELATED SPECIALTIES, WILL THEY BE CONSIDERED?

Unfortunately not, only those specialties related to diving are the ones considered for Master Scuba Diver.

IF I HAVE ALREADY OBTAINED COUPLE OF SPECIALTIES WILL I STILL NEED TO DO FIVE MORE SPECIALTIES TO EARN MY MSD?

No, you will need to the remaining of specialties to complete your 5 diving specialties courses to earn your MSD

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS OF SPECIALTIES HERE TO COMPLETE MY MSD?

We’d say go for the courses that interest you the most, as well as those that challenge you the most, however we do recommend the following

Specialty: Enriched Air “Nitrox Diver”

Specialty: Sidemount Diver

Specialty: Peak Performance Buoyancy

Specialty: Night Diver

Specialty: Wreck Diver

Specialty: Underwater Navigator

Specialty: Underwater Digital Photographer

IS THERE MSD FEE I NEED TO PAY?

Just The MSD application fee payable to PADI

DO ALL THE COURSES HAVE TO BE PADI COURSES?

All of the specialty courses must be PADI courses, but your core classes (Open Water through Rescue) can be equivalent courses taken through different training agencies.  Divers will need to show proof of all previous certifications. So make sure you keep those certificate cards handy!

DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL I'VE TAKEN THE RESCUE CLASS TO START TAKING SPECIALTY COURSES?

Nope. Once you’re Open Water certified, you can start right in on the specialties! Though some of them might have training level prerequisites higher than Open Water Diver Level.

WHAT IF I COMPLETE ALL OF THIS TRAINING, BUT THEN STILL DON'T HAVE 50 LOGGED DIVES YET?

No problem, just keep on diving!  Your certifications never expire, so if you manage to do all this training but you haven’t quite reached that magic number yet, just keep logging those dives. Once you’ve accomplished that, then we can start processing your MSD certificate.

It’s also a good idea to enroll in our Dive Center Club where you can earn free guided dives and lots of privileges that will help you reach your goals in diving.

After completing the MSD, what's next?

Well, if you’re up for it, it just might be time to Go Pro! Divemaster is the first step in that direction, and as a Master Scuba Diver, you are well on your way towards Instructor levels of training too!

There isn’t fees for the MSD payable to PDC. However, PADI’s application fee is payable directly to PADI to complete registration.

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