PADI MSDT Specialty Instructor Course Koh Tao

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MSDT training program for Diving Instructors

The MSDT Program has two components:

MSDT Prep – learn how to teach at least 5 PADI Specialty courses by participating in PADI Instructor Specialty training.

MSDT Internship – team teach alongside experienced Instructors and gain your first PADI certifications

Our MSDT Internship teaches you how to teach Specialty courses

Want to stand out to potential employers as a PADI Dive Instructor committed to teaching a variety of diving courses and who understands the importance of continuing education?

Do you want to teach your student divers how to dive on Enriched Air or how to penetrate a ship wreck?

Our MSDT Program gives you the opportunity to gain the teaching experience and certifications that employers look for.

Learn to teach Specialty courses on Koh Tao

Our program offers a flexible, structured and rewarding educational experience, providing you ample opportunity to master the many parts of organizing and conducting specialty diving courses.

You will also learn the importance of good time management, self discipline, gain valuable hands-on teaching experience, pick up useful teaching tips and get to organize a wide choice of PADI dive courses.

Take the next step as a Dive Instructor, become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and make yourself highly employable on Koh Tao.

Included in the Koh Tao Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program

  • MSDT Prep course that includes 5 Instructor Specialty courses
  • Team-teach 2 PADI courses alongside one of our course Instructors and gain your first PADI Certifications
  • Lots of real-life teaching experience
  • Flexible schedule
  • FREE use of Dive Computer
  • Log book
  • Black Turtle Dive Customer (and environmental) promise

** Additional team teaching cost – additional team teaching will be charged at 2000 THB per course (not for the MSDT Prep dives)


To enroll on a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Course you must:

  • Be a renewed and in status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • Be medically fit to dive and cleared for diving by a physician within the last 12 months

Our PADI MSDT Prep program is conducted over a 5/6 days timeline.

Koh Tao PADI MSDT Course Candidate Information

Our MSDT program consists of two sections; the MSDT Prep course and the MSDT team teaching Internship.


The MSDT Prep course is scheduled over 5/6 days and you choose 5 Instructor Specialty ratings you would like to teach to your students.

Each PADI Specialty course has a knowledge development section and associated Open Water training sessions.

MSDT – Knowledge Development

A series of discussions, presentations and workshops that cover the following

  • Understand the purpose and goals for each specialty diver course
  • Review the course standards and procedures from each PADI Specialty Course Instructor Guide
  • Demonstrate mastery of all knowledge development performance requirements for each Specialty course
  • Present a knowledge development presentation from each specialty diver course
  • PADI Specialty diver training costing and marketing workshop

Each Instructor Specialty course includes 1-2 Open Water training dives and during each of those dives there are a number of tasks and skills you must complete.

MSDT – Open Water training

  • List student diver and instructor equipment requirements
  • Explain the specialty diver course Open Water training considerations
  • Describe how to conduct all course segments in a manner that enables divers to meet course performance requirements
  • Demonstrate mastery of all Open Water skill performance requirements for each specialty diver course
  • Conduct an Open Water teaching assignment for the specialty diver course

You can choose 5 PADI Instructor Specialty courses from the following list that we conduct at Black Turtle Dive.


MSDT Internship Koh Tao

Our MSDT Internship is extensive and involves you team teaching alongside our team of experienced PADI Master Instructors.

This will allow you to build up real teaching experience, confidence and the organizational skills required when scheduling and conducting scuba diving courses.

The MSDT rating significantly adds to your resume with dive centre managers around the world preferring to hire a PADI Instructor that has some experience.

Our MSDT program includes your first two team teaching courses. To reach 25 certifications you will need to team teach more PADI courses that are subject to availability and are charged at 2,000THB per course.

Teaching Popular Specialty Courses

It also means as a PADI Specialty Instructor you can teach the most popular specialty courses in the world.

In busy resort areas, experience and the ability to organize and teach groups of student divers is highly sought after, especially during high season periods.

Our MSDT program will slowly build and mould your ability, confidence and teaching style to enable you to teach scuba diving courses effectively.

Your course Instructor will assign you specific modules to teach or review, specific skills to demonstrate and specific training dives to conduct and in between this, they will conduct portions of the course.

This allows you to watch the course Instructor, learn a variety of teaching techniques, observe how an experienced Instructor reacts and solves problems and how they manage their time.

Team teaching with experienced Dive Instructors

You will also get the opportunity to pick up valuable teaching tips, apply these in real teaching situations and receive constructive feedback.

As the Internship progresses you will become more confident and as your time management skills develop, we will give you more responsibility.

The final goal of the Internship is that you teach your final team-teaching course in its entirety, with the course Instructor supervising.

The courses and programs you will have an opportunity to team teach and gain PADI certifications in include:

The minimum number of PADI certifications you need to apply to become a PADI MSDT is 25 certifications. We include your first two team teaches and subject to availability, you can complete further team teaches at 2,000THB per course. 

However, our focus is on your individual development, performance and teaching ability rather than number of certifications you issue.

Additional Black Turtle Dive MSDT Modules

Social Media & Online Marketing Workshop

Social media is one thing we like to get away from when we go diving, but it is also one of the most important duties of a Dive Professional.

During this workshop we discuss the importance of social media to the dive professional, popular platforms we use to promote scuba diving on social media and the demographic we are trying to reach out too.

We will also go through best practices, share some useful tips with you and discuss the message we are trying to convey to the public.

Neutral Buoyancy for Dive Instructors Workshop

Buoyancy is the most important skill in scuba diving and we take it seriously at Black Turtle Dive.

We add our Buoyancy LAB Fluid Mechanics workshops to a variety of our training courses including the Open Water course.

This is to ensure our students possess the necessary buoyancy skills and confidence to get the most out of their diving and to avoid damaging any of the marine environment

Expert Buoyancy Skills

Our philosophy on neutral buoyancy includes teaching staged skills to our students in a neutrally buoyant or normal diving position, rather than kneeling on the sand.  

This produces much better all-round divers and by avoiding any contact with the bottom is much more conducive to the protection of our marine environment and the natural world.


MSDT Program: 25,000 baht **

**Additional Costs

* 2000 THB per team teach to gain additional experience and certifications (not for the MSDT Prep dives)

PADI Instructor Specialty Application A$131 (per specialty x 5) A$144 *Australian resident

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Application online: A$178 / A$195.80

Black Turtle Dive PADI MSDT Candidates

At Black Turtle Dive we take our customer promise very seriously and we want to ensure our passion for providing the highest quality diver training and customer service, is passed onto you.

By instilling our customer promise into each one of our professional candidates, we believe it provides them with the best chance of success within the diving industry.

Our Dive Instructor Development team is possibly the most experienced within the dive industry.

Industry Leaders

Between us we have conducted 100’s of IDC’s, certifying 1000’s of PADI Instructors, MSDT’s and Staff Instructors over the past 18 years across Asia.

We also have over 30 years of combined industry management experience and have vast expertise in developing our own successful Dive Instructor diving internship programs.

PADI MSDT teaching Internship on Koh Tao

We know what it takes to produce a successful Dive Instructor and MSDT and we know what potential employers look for in a modern dive professional with the right attitude.

With our PADI MSDT program, it is our intention to train you to become a multi skilled PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, who in the future, we would have no hesitation employing ourselves.

We will build up your skills, knowledge, confidence and ability to work as a dive leader and dive educator.

Teaching Experience & Skill Development

You will progress at your own pace and receive additional attention in areas you are weak in, as you develop the skills necessary to become a competent and confident PADI MSDT.

Our MSDT Internship program includes lots of additional workshops and training sessions that go above and beyond what PADI actually requires.

Our distinctive buoyancy clinics will ensure your skills are of the absolute highest standard and we will turn you into a buoyancy expert who divers look up to.

Neutral Buoyancy Workshops

We also offer our own social media and online marketing workshops to give you the tools necessary to effectively market yourself or your business within the diving industry.

This will also give your CV an added edge that every Dive Centre manager looks for, when choosing new members of their team.

Our unique Reef Ecology and Marine conservation workshop gives you the knowledge to better understand how our Coral reefs function and the threats they are facing everyday.

This means you can better educate your divers and encourage them to become Marine Protectors as well.

Both you and your divers are future role models and advocates for others to become involved in conservation efforts worldwide.

MSDT Program: 25,000 baht **

**Additional Costs

* 2,000 THB per course for the Internship to gain the certifications (not for the MSDT Prep dives)

PADI Instructor Specialty Application A$131 (per specialty x 5) A$144*

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Application online: A$178 / A$195.80


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) on Koh Tao?

A Master Scuba Diver Trainer is a PADI Instructor that has certified at least 25 students and can teach 5 different PADI specialty courses.

A PADI MSDT is a dive instructor rating that shows you have experience teaching courses.

After passing the PADI Instructor Examination, you get the rating of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

MSDT is 2 steps up from there and holding this rating will make you more employable in the diving industry as you can teach additional PADI specialty courses.

How do I become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer on Koh Tao?

To qualify as an MSDT you must be a PADI OWSI that holds 5 PADI Specialty Instructor ratings and who has certified at least 25 PADI divers.

We offer the MSDT Prep and Internship program for those interested in becoming MSDT’s.

During the Preparation program, you will earn the 5 Specialty Instructor ratings by working with one of our PADI Course Directors.

In the MSDT Internship you will team teach with our experienced instructors and certify your first 25 real life students.

How long does it take to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer?

On average, it takes around 6-8 weeks to complete the MSDT program with us.

The first part is the MSDT Prep, which takes about 4-6 days. Together with the PADI Course Director we break down the Instructor Specialty outlines and review the standards in order to teach the specialty courses.

You will cover all knowledge development, in-water work and promotional techniques.

The second part is the team teaching internship. You will teach alongside our experienced team of PADI instructors, work with real life students and obtain your first 25 student diver certifications. Each MSDT candidate is evaluated according to their needs and their personal itinerary.

What does the PADI MSDT program consist of on Koh Tao?

The MSDT program consists of 2 parts, the MSDT Prep and the MSDT team teaching internship.

During the MSDT Prep, we break down the Instructor Specialty outlines and review the standards in order to teach the course, together with one of our Platinum rated PADI Course Directors.

You will cover all knowledge development, in-water work and promotional techniques.

For the MSDT internship, you will teach alongside our experienced team of instructors, work with real life students and obtain your first 25 student certifications.

Is it easier to find a job as a PADI MSDT on Koh Tao?

As a certified MSDT, you can demonstrate that you have real life teaching experience and have certified at least 25 students divers.

On top of that, you can also teach at least 5 different PADI Specialty courses.

This is of great value to any dive centre and will definitely increase your chances of employment.

A lot of student divers will continue their education by doing at least one specialty course during or beyond beginner courses such as Open Water and Advanced Open Water diver courses.

Can I choose the Specialty courses I want to take in the PADI MSDT Prep?

Yes, you can choose what Specialty Instructor ratings you would like to hold. Your PADI Course Director can offer guidance and help you to choose the right specialties.

To get the instructor rating in certain specialties there is a prerequisite that you must hold that certification at student level, for example Enriched Air Diver.

However, if you do not have the student level certification, we can offer that in conjunction with your specialty instructor training.

Make sure to choose specialty instructor ratings that are much sought after by employers or in an area of diving that you are passionate about.

What is the cost of the PADI MSDT program on Koh Tao?

Price for the MSDT Internship program is THB 25,000. This includes both the MSDT Prep and team teaching internship. Apart from that, there are fees that need to be paid directly to PADI.

As of 2024, the cost of the PADI Specialty Instructor Application is AU$ 131 per specialty / A$144 *Australian Resident

At the end of your program you will have to pay the PADI MSDT Application fee of AU$ 178 / 195.80

These are all 2024 PADI fees.

Can I do the team teaching only if I hold 5 PADI Specialty Instructor ratings?

Yes, it is possible to join just the team teaching internship without doing the specialty instructor training.

It could be because you already hold the necessary 5 specialty instructor ratings or you just want to focus on getting real life teaching experience.

Whatever the case, we will look at your previous experience and see what courses will be most beneficial for you to team teach on.

It is also very useful for instructors who have been inactive for a while and want to refresh their knowledge and teaching skills.

Will I work with real students in the PADI MSDT internship on Koh Tao?

Yes, you will get to team teach on real courses with real students. This will give you invaluable experience in recognizing and identifying real life learning difficulties or problems that can occur on a diving course.

We offer the full range of PADI courses and we encourage candidates to gain experience in as many different types of courses as possible.

What else can I do after the PADI MSDT program on Koh Tao?

Once you become a PADI MSDT, the next step up the PADI ladder is to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor.

By becoming a PADI IDC Staff Instructor you can get involved with instructor development by assisting on PADI IDCs.

You will learn how to evaluate and critique instructor candidates during their training.

You can give presentations from the IDC curriculum and you can even certify Assistant Instructors.