The PADI Master Instructor rating is unique in the PADI System. This is the only rating that you do not earn through training. You earn it by exemplifying what it means to be a PADI Instructor in what you do.
The prerequisites are:
- A renewed, teaching status IDC Staff Instructor.
- A PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor for at least two years.
- A current Emergency First Response Instructor.
- Have certified at least 150 PADI Divers, of which:
- Fifty or more of the certifications must be for PADI Adventure Diver or higher.
- 15 or more of the certifications for PADI Specialty Diver.
- Five or more for PADI Rescue Diver.
- Five or more for PADI Divemaster.
- Five or more for PADI Assistant Instructor or participated in at least three IDC’s (Staff Audit).
- Have trained at least ten 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.
- Issue PADI as the primary certification, and conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs.
- Have no verified Quality Assurance violations within the past six months and no open quality assurance inquiries in progress.
- Demonstrate support of the PADI organization in its efforts to establish programs in aquatic education and conservation.