Have you taken the PADI Master Scuba Diver challenge?
I have and its been a great experience and my diving has improved so much by learning new skills and putting them into practice. Its also been great fun and I’ve dived some pretty cool and amazing places and met so many great people from all over the world with one thing in common. Diving!
The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is not a course in itself, but a set of requirements that need to be met before you can apply:
- 12 years old
- PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver
- Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver courses
- Minimum of 50 logged dives
Why take the challenge?
One of the best ways to become an active diver is to experience new and exciting adventures. That, in essence, is what the PADI Master Scuba Diver program is about.
By taking part in the broad range of activities possible with the PADI Master Scuba Diver program, you can explore new dive sites, experience new conditions, meet other divers and even try out different types of equipment and specialty gear.
Most importantly, you can stay active, gaining confidence and earn the respect of other divers around you. Upon completion of the challenge you will have the highest non-professional PADI rating in recreational diving.
Along with all these new skills you also get your Master Scuba Diver Certification card, a Certificate signed by PADI’s President and CEO and a sew on Master Scuba Diver badge.
Rescue Diver to Master Scuba Diver in an instant
Okay not that quick, I still needed to do the application form and get it processed. But upon completing my Rescue course my dive buddy and PADI instructor Greg Desatnick MSDT 35225 suggested doing my MSD. Light bulb moment! but I already have 50 dives and more then 5 Specialtys. So I quickly headed to ScubaEarth.com to check out my certifications:
Perfect more then enough to qualify, so application form printed out and filled in ready to take back to the office.
For those of you still short on Specialitys don’t worry there are lots of amazing courses to choose from that will help your diving skills or can even be something that your are interested in like Project AWARES Shark and Manta distinctive Specialtys. Your local PADI centre might even have one of their own. Check out our previous blog on PADI Distinctive Specialtys
Or read about some of the courses I have done; such as PADI Altitude diver in a lovely Swiss mountain lake, or PADI Recreational Sidemount my favourite way to dive, Full Face Mask diving with the great Oceanreef gdiver masks or my River and Current course in the amazingly beautiful mountain setting of the Verzasca Valley.
Of course we also have always popular courses like PADI Enriched Air Diver course to help increase your allowable no stop dive time or how about one of the most important skills as a diver PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course no damaging reefs, more relaxed and maybe even using less air so dives are longer.