According to PADI the highest non-professional qualification that any recreational scuba diver can aspire to is the Master Scuba Diver.
The requirements for the qualification are:
- 12 years old
- PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver courses
- Minimum of 50 logged dives
I am 32, so I meet the age requirement. I achieved my PADI OW and AOW in 2009 and then in 2011 I became a Rescue Diver. Only two requirements are left – at least 5 specialities and a minimum of 50 logged dives.
Currently I have only 36 dives and no specialities. So I fall short of the mark on those two counts. However, I am going to Malta on Friday to do 8 specialities and a minimum of 20 dives. So by the April 14th I should meet the requirements of a Master Scuba Diver.
What specialities have I decided to do?
As my main goal is to become an instructor I decided to do some specialities that I thought would be beneficial to completing the PADI Divemaster qualification.
- Nitrox (EAN)
- Dry Suit
- Search and Recovery
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
I will update over the coming two weeks how it goes with each of the specialities. I am looking forward to this.