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PADI Master Scuba Diver
(Visit PADI's "Master Scuba Diver" webpage.)

Get the “Black Belt” of Diving!

Want to join the best of the best in recreational diving? Explore the underwater world like never before? Live the dive lifestyle? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you’ll want to accept the Master Scuba Diver Challenge!

Check out the Master Scuba Diver Wall of Fame!

Karate Belt
Ranking System

Novice Level


Intermediate Level


Advanced Level



The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is PADI’s highest recreational diving certification. This is where the best of the best come to play because the dive possibilities are endless.

To achieve the rating of PADI Master Scuba Diver, you must have logged at least 50 scuba dives and completed the following PADI courses:

  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Five PADI Specialty Diver Courses

No one said prestige was easy to come by, but it is certainly well worth it. As a PADI Master Scuba Diver the experience you gain will open up a new level of confidence, whether you are diving local wrecks, quarries, reefs or exploring exciting dive destinations around the world!

What Color is Your "Dive Belt"?

To determine your "dive belt color" match up your highest core certification (Open Water, Advanced or Rescue) with the number of PADI Specialties you have.

Certification Open Water Advanced Rescue
No Specialties White Yellow Orange
1 Specialty Yellow Orange Green
2 Specialties Orange Green Blue
3 Specialties Green Blue Purple
4 Specialties Blue Purple Brown
5 Specialties Purple Brown Red
5 Specialties and
50 Logged Dives

“Black Belt” = Master Scuba Diver

Master Scuba Diver =
Open Water +  Advanced + Rescue + 5 Specialties + 50 Logged Dives

The Master Scuba Diver Challenge!

Diver Dan's offers you an incentive!

To reward you for achieving this goal, Diver Dan's will give you a $60.00 rental coupon or a Air Fill Card ($60.00 Value) when you come into the store and fill out the PADI Master Scuba Diver Application in front of "Diver Dan" or a Diver Dan's manager.  Applications must include a Diver Dan's Instructor Signature for verification (or "Diver Dan" can sign/verify your Application!).  Diver Dan's will then take possession of the Application and mail it to PADI.

* 2005 PADI Master Scuba Diver Application Fee = $34.00 (Check or Credit Card Paid to PADI).

To receive the $60.00 rental coupon or a Air Fill Card it must be done in person.  Sorry, no mail in Applications.

Classes for Master Scuba Diver

Classes available to achieve Master Scuba Diver include the following:

Check out the Master Scuba Diver Wall of Fame!

Where can I go from here?

After becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD), your next step is to become an PADI Divemaster!  Stop by the shop for more information on all our diving programs.