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Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program at Oceans 5 Gili Air with PADI Course Director Sander Buis

Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program

Scuba diving isn't just about exploring the underwater world; it's also about continuous learning and teaching others to appreciate and respect the aquatic environment. This is where the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) program at Oceans 5 Gili Air, under the expert guidance of PADI Course Director Sander Buis, plays a crucial role.

PADI IDC continues with PADI MSDT program at Oceans 5 Gili Air
MSDT program with PADI IDC Gili Islands

What is the MSDT?

The MSDT is a prestigious qualification in the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) system. As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you can teach courses from entry-level to Divemaster level. However, if you aim to teach Specialty Courses like Enriched Air, Wreck, or Sidemount diving, additional qualifications are required – this is where the MSDT program comes in.

How to Become an MSDT Instructor

At Oceans 5 Gili Air, becoming an MSDT involves a few key steps:

  • PADI Instructor Specialty Course: The most straightforward method is to complete a PADI Instructor Specialty Course with a PADI Course Director. Oceans 5 boasts an in-house PADI Course Director, Sander Buis, who can teach 22 different Instructor Specialties. These range from Enriched Air and Wreck specialties to more unique ones like Adaptive Teaching Techniques and Aqualung Equipment Specialist. The course involves comprehensive training, including both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, all under the tutelage of Sander Buis.
  • Self-Qualification: For instructors with 25 certifications, there's an option to apply directly to PADI for the Instructor Specialty of interest. This method, while feasible, lacks the hands-on experience and tips provided by an experienced Course Director.
  • Create Your Own Specialty: If you're passionate about a topic not covered by existing PADI materials, you can propose your own specialty course. This requires PADI's approval but allows for unique and personalized teaching experiences.

Why Choose the MSDT Program at Oceans 5?

The MSDT program at Oceans 5 is an intense and rewarding experience. Under Sander Buis's mentorship, instructors not only gain deep knowledge in their chosen specialties but also learn how to effectively impart this knowledge to their students. This makes MSDT Instructors highly valuable, often preferred by dive shops for their extensive skills and teaching capabilities.


Embarking on the MSDT journey with Oceans 5 Gili Air and PADI Course Director Sander Buis is more than just an educational experience; it's a step towards becoming a more versatile and skilled diving professional. Whether it's through direct specialty courses, self-qualification, or creating your own specialty, the path to becoming an MSDT Instructor is as enriching as it is challenging. Dive into this opportunity and emerge as a teacher capable of inspiring a new generation of responsible and skilled divers


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