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PADI Course Spotlight – Master Scuba Diver (The Black Belt of SCUBA Diving!)

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest non-professional level in the PADI system of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training, knowledge and experience in a variety of dive environments, and is a fantastic achievement as well as being lots of fun!

To sign off as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, you’ll need to be certified as Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response, and Rescue Diver, as well as having 5 full specialty courses and a minimum of 50 logged dives. It really is the black belt of SCUBA, and says a lot about your skill level, and well as your general dedication to diving. And of course, it means you are cool as hell! 😉

Surface Marker Buoy

The amount of time, the number of fun dives, which Specialties and pre-requisite courses that need to be taken will vary from person to person, depending on what your current certification is, if you have any Specialties already and how many logged dives you have.  For this reason there is no suh thing as a ‘Master Scuba Diver’ package, but we are happy to work with you to build a programme that takes into account where you are in your diving right now and what best suits your needs and timescales.

We offer a full range of Specialties which can be counted towards your Master Scuba Diver rating. This link will give you more information on the Specialties available here at Master Divers. The most popular Specialties are Deep Diver, Wreck Diver and Enriched Air Nitrox, but we regularly run many more.

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As the Adventure Dives that you completed on the Advanced course are the first dives of the Specialty then you can choose to credit these dives towards the Specialty, which will save you a little time, and also a little money. Bonus! Of course, you can also choose to complete the whole Specialty, depending on how long ago it was since you completed your Advanced course.


As you will have already completed some courses with us, your fun dives, to get you to the required 50 logged dives for the Master Scuba Diver rating. Here at Master Divers these are charged at our lowest rate of just 700THB per dive. The number of fun dives will vary from person to person, depending on how many dives they have prior to arrival and which Specialties they choose.

Fun diving at Chumphon Pinnacle
Fun diving at Chumphon Pinnacle


Once you reach 50 dives, finally, the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is within reach! Rescue Diver – check; 5 Specialties – check; 50 logged dives – check; MSD application form submitted – check!  Congratulations on joining this select group of divers!

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