PADI Deep Instructor Specialty Course

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Become a Deep Diver Specialty Instructor on Koh Tao

You probably remember the first time you felt the urge to dive a little deeper than your Open Water certification allowed you to.

Diving beyond the Open Water course 18 metres maximum depth limit, allows you to explore exciting new dive sites such as deeper parts of Coral reefs, shipwrecks, pinnacles and walls.

Divers are inquisitive and adventurous people and it is only natural that there comes a time when we want to explore deeper dive sites to experience something a shallow dive site cannot provide.

A PADI Diving Instructor will know that this anticipation and excitement of the unknown, is no different for their student divers.

Learn to Teach PADI Deep Specialty to Student Divers

PADI Instructor’s are educators who are passionate about the ocean and it is only natural that students have the opportunity to explore their potential and dive deeper within the limits of recreational diving courses.

Our PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor course gives you the necessary knowledge and skills to teach the PADI Deep Specialty to student divers, which is one of the most popular PADI Specialty courses.

During the PADI Deep Diver Instructor course you will learn how to teach divers to use the necessary equipment needed to support deep diving activities and encourage correct deep diver protocols in following time and depth limits.

Our Deep Diver Instructor Specialty course philosophy is to focus on making smart decisions for a stress free, deep diving experience with an emphasis on safety.


Included in Koh Tao Deep Diver Instructor Specialty Course

To enroll on a PADI Deep diver specialty course you must:

  • Be at least a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or currently participating in or have completed an IDC/OWSI Program within the past 12 months.
  • IDC/OWSI candidates may apply for Specialty Instructor certification only after successfully completing a PADI IE.
  • Have recent diving experience – we recommend completing a scuba review if you have not dived for 12 months.
  • Be medically fit to dive.

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, you must show proof of 10 logged Open Water dives below 18 metres.

1 Day PADI Deep Diver Instructor Specialty Course

The course consists of two sections:

  • Knowledge Development
  • Open Water training – 2 Deep diver training dives


At Black Turtle Dive we take our customer promise very seriously. All courses are conducted with a maximum of 4 students per PADI Instructor.

Our Dive Instructors are highly trained and will ensure you receive lots of attention and most importantly, progress at your own pace in a relaxed environment.

During your training we will slowly build your confidence and ability as you develop the skills necessary to become a competent PADI Deep diver Instructor.

Koh Tao PADI Deep Diver Instructor Course Schedule

The PADI Deep diver Instructor specialty course schedule at Black Turtle Dive is flexible and we can work around your own personal needs and timeframe.

It is often scheduled as part of a multi-instructor specialty program such as our MSDT program

Please feel free to ask if you have any special requests either via email or on one of the messenger apps on this page. 

PADI Deep Diver Instructor Specialty Course Cost: 3,000 baht

Day 1:

09.00 – 11.30: Orientation & Knowledge Development
12.30 – 17.00: Deep diver Instructor training dives 1 & 2  

You are now a certified PADI Deep Specialty Instructor.


PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor Course Information

Deep Diver Specialty Knowledge Development

The PADI Deep diver specialty Instructor course consists of 2 training dives at deeper dive sites around Koh Tao.

There is also a knowledge development section that is conducted before we do the training dives. 

During the knowledge development section, you must complete the following:

  • Present a knowledge development presentation from the PADI Deep diver specialty manual by prescriptively teaching a missed question from the knowledge review.
  • Review & understand the purpose and goals of the PADI Deep diver specialty course.
  • Review & explain the Deep Diver course standards and procedures from the PADI Specialty Course Instructor Guide and list all student and Instructor equipment requirements.
  • Demonstrate mastery of all knowledge development.
  • Describe how to conduct all course segments in a manner that enables divers to meet course performance requirements.
  • Participate in a marketing and promotional workshop where you will learn techniques to promote the Deep specialty diver courses to your students and the public.
  • Participate in a pricing workshop.

Deep Diver Specialty Open Water training dives

There are 4 Deep Open Water training dives to complete to become a certified PADI Deep diver.

During the Deep Specialty Instructor course, you must complete all performance requirements of those 4 dives over a minimum of 2 training dives.

Prior to the dives you must explain the specialty diver course Open Water training considerations.

During the training dives you must:

  • Demonstrate mastery of all water skill performance requirements for the Deep specialty diver course.
  • Conduct an Open Water teaching presentation from the Deep diver specialty diver course.
  • Demonstrate all Deep diver specialty diver Open Water performance requirements.

Upon completion of all the performance requirements, you will receive a certification as a PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor.

2021 PADI Fees  

PADI Deep Specialty Instructor Application fee: A$111


PADI Materials

Please bring your PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual.

You will also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual that is available as a free download for all renewed PADI Members from

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn during the PADI Deep Diver course Koh Tao?

During the PADI Deep Specialty you will learn how to plan repetitive deep dives. You will also review and determine your personal limits and your buddy’s limits.

We will also review specialized equipment that is used for deep diving. We will also go over the safety considerations, how to manage gas supply, buoyancy control and how to deal with gas narcosis.

How long does the Deep Diver course take on Koh Tao?

The Deep Diver Specialty course takes 1.5 days to complete on Koh Tao.

You will meet your instructor in the morning of day 1 to go through the theory portion of the course. In the afternoon you go out on the dive boat to do your first specialty dives.

The following morning you will go out on the boat again to complete your final dives. The first one will be the 40metres dive.

What is the cost of the PADI Deep Diver course on Koh Tao?

The cost of the PADI Deep Diver Specialty is THB 8,000 (4 dives) or THB 6,500 (3 dives). How many dives you need to complete depends on your current certification level.

Included in this price are all course materials, equipment rental (including dive computer), instructor fees, boat trips and insurance.

Food and accommodation are not included. However, you can contact us to find out about accommodation options. We have AC rooms available at discounted rates when taking a diving course with us.

Ex-students will enjoy a 10% discount on the course price.

How many dives is the Deep Diver course on Koh Tao?

The PADI Deep Diver Specialty consists of 4 open water dives.

If you have completed the Deep Adventure dive as part of the PADI Advanced Open Water course, then this dive credits towards the Specialty certification and you only need to do 3 more dives to become a certified Deep Specialty Diver.

In this case the course price is THB 6,500 instead of THB 8,000.

How deep is the PADI Deep Diver course Koh Tao?

The maximum depth for PADI Deep Diver certification is 40 metres / 120 feet. With this certification, you can dive independently with a certified dive buddy to this depth all around the world.

On the 40m dive your instructor will get you to do a timed task on the surface and at 40metres. The aim is to see if your thinking and reactions are affected by narcosis at depth or not.