PADI Master Instructor Course

The PADI Master Instructor course will make you a dive industry leader. You will be known as an elite scuba diving educator who is hard-working and dedicated. Through your teaching efforts and professional conduct, you can earn this rating by showing what it means to be a scuba diving professional. 

Becoming a PADI Master Instructor will make you feel like a true master in the diving industry. Achieving this rating requires a lot of committed efforts. And that’s why, only the most elite and the best instructors are able to secure it. They become exemplary role models to other dive professionals as well. If you are a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, have been an instructor for a minimum of 2 years, and issued 150 dive course certifications and 10 Emergency First Response certifications, then you can apply for an MI rating.

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For the PADI Master Instructor, one must be:

  • A renewed, teaching status IDC Staff Instructor
  • A PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor for a minimum of 2 years
  • A current Emergency First Response Instructor

Have certified at least 150 PADI Divers, of which:

  • At least 50 of the certifications must be for PADI Adventure Diver or higher
  • At least 15 of the certifications for PADI Specialty Diver
  • At least 5 for PADI Rescue Diver
  • At least 5 for PADI Divemaster
  • At least 5 for PADI Assistant Instructor
  • No more than 75 of the 150 certifications may be from credits earned for conducting Discover Scuba Diving experiences
  • No more than 50 of the 150 certifications may be from credits earned for staffing IDCs
  • No more than 25 of the 150 certifications may be from non-diving speciality certifications. (i.e. Equipment Specialist, Project AWARE Specialist, etc.)
  • No more than 10 of the 150 certifications may be from PADI Seal Team or Master Seal Team registrations
  • Have trained at least 10 students through the Emergency First Response program
  • Possess a complete understanding of the PADI System of diver education
  • Have participated in at least three PADI Instructor Development Seminars
  • Use the complete PADI System of diver education including all appropriate PADI training materials when conducting PADI programs
  • Issue PADI as the primary certification, and conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs using methods consistent with PADI Standards and philosophy as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual
  • Have no verified Quality Assurance violations within the past 6 months and no open quality assurance inquiries in progress. (A member in review status may not qualify for Master Instructor until the Review status is lifted.)
  • Demonstrate support of the PADI organization in its efforts to establish programs in aquatic education and conservation

Things to carry for scuba diving

  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Personal medicine kit, if needed

Factors influencing scuba diving

There are more than 40 places to dive in the Andamans. Various factors that influence the perfect diving experience are stated below:

  • Safety
  • Weather
  • Water depth
  • Water current
  • Fish population
  • Clarity of water
  • Population of corals

If you are interested in earning this elite PADI rating, then one of the best places to do this is the Andaman Islands. Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) is the topmost location for any diving course as well as fun dive. Don’t forget to go for one of the finest scuba diving experiences in India that you can have in Havelock Island.


PADI IDC Staff Instructors, who have been PADI Instructors for a minimum of 2 years, are eligible to earn the Master Instructor rating. Additional requirements include the following: 

  • Participated in three PADI seminars
  • Issued 150 PADI certifications at various levels
  • Issued 10 Emergency First Response course completion cards
  • Demonstrated support of the PADI organization and have no verified Quality Management violations within the past 6 months
  • Used the complete PADI system of diver education, including all appropriate PADI training materials, when conducting PADI programs

Embodying the essence of a true dive professional, the PADI Master Instructor demonstrate a full-fledged understanding of the diver education system. They train 150 or more PADI divers. They shape the development of future dive courses as they are the leaders of the dive industry.

PADI Master Instructors embody the essence of a true dive professional having demonstrated a thorough understanding of the PADI System of diver education, and put it into practice by training 150 or more PADI Divers. They are dive industry leaders who help to shape the development of future dive courses. 

The PADI Master Instructor rating is considered quite unique in the PADI System as it is one rating that you cannot earn by training. One can only earn it by exemplifying what it means to be a PADI Instructor. 

Steps to becoming a PADI Master Instructor

So why do you become a PADI Master Instructor? To prove yourself to the dive industry. To create an impact and play an important role in diving education? To make yourself more marketable? However, the most important thing for a PADI Master Instructor is to help your students reach the sky! They are committed to diver’s education and are role models. 

By following these steps, one can become a PADI Master Instructor: 

  • Be a PADI Instructor for at least 2 years
  • Issued PADI as the predominant certification
  • Participate in a minimum of 3 PADI seminars
  • Use the complete PADI system and materials for training
  • Get certified in becoming an Emergency First Response Instructor 
  • Not recorded in Quality Assurance violations within the past 6 months
  • Issued at least 10 Emergency First Response provider course completion cards
  • Complete the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and IDC Staff Instructor programs
  • Issue 150 PADI Certifications, including at least 50 continuing education, 15 Specialty certifications, 5 Rescue Diver certifications, 5 Divemaster certifications and 5 Assistant Instructor certifications
  • Demonstrate support of the PADI organization in its efforts to establish programs in aquatic education and conservation

What Next?

After completing the PADI Master Instructor course, you can aim for the highest rating a PADI Instructor can have–Course Director. All over the world, only less than a thousand individuals hold this prestigious PADI title.

The Andaman Islands is home to the richest marine life and the clearest underwater in India. While you are here, you have to go for one of the most incredible water sports in the waters of the island- scuba diving. The best part is that anyone can go for this enthralling activity as you don’t need to know swimming to witness its diverse underwater life. Before diving, the instructors will train you a bit in the shallow water and teach you the underwater signals for communication. Once you get accustomed, take the plunge! You will be amazed by the undiscovered underwater life that will unfold before your eyes. You will be completely comfortable and safe as expert divemasters will accompany you at all times. And if you want to cherish these awe-inspiring memories for life long, then don’t forget to take a picture or two while you are surrounded by fishes.

Scuba diving is the most sought-after water activity for visitors travelling to Havelock Island. Deep down in the turquoise waters, you can experience marine life at its best. The best way to witness the colourful submerged world and get close to the marvels of the underwater world is to go for scuba diving in Swaraj Dweep. This recreational sport is enjoyed by everyone around the globe and people from different countries visit this splendid island to experience the magic.

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