Speciality Instructor training, sometimes called Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep is individual training in different instructor specialities. This will make you a more rounded and employable instructor as well as getting you set up to qualify for Master Scuba Diver Trainer as you require 5 specialities to qualify for this rating.
The following is a list of Specialities that can be arranged through the London IDC:
- Enriched Air Nitrox
- Underwater Navigator
- Search and Recovery
- Oxygen Provider
- Underwater Naturalist
- Sidemount (special parameters apply*)
Most Specialities can be completed in a day. As a general rule, specialities that require 4 training dives at student level require 2 at instructor level and 2 require 1. Please note that as professional PADI instructors we are limited to conducting 3 training dives in a day therefore it is difficult to complete much more than 6 specialities in a weekend (depending on the specialities chosen). Please be aware of instructors offering more than this as they may be breaching standards.
To qualify for each speciality you must complete a knowledge development presentation, demonstrate understanding of all the key standards and knowledge reviews. You must complete an in-water teaching presentation and demonstrate proficiency in each skill.
This is speciality dependent, most new instructors opt for a UK Speciality instructor weekend. However as a general rule most 1 dive specialities cost £100 and 2 dives cost £200. Please also note that for one on one training we will do a minimum of 2 specialities in a given day.
*Sidemount requires a student level qualification. The Instructor speciality alone costs £300 whilst to combine Instructor and Student level costs £600.