PADI Master Scuba Diver

SCUBA Diving’s Highest Non Professional Rating

The “Black Belt” of SCUBA

In Karate it is the ultimate goal to become a “BLACK BELT”.  Why not have the same goal in SCUBA?

Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver. The Master Scuba Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating. When you flash your Master Scuba Diver card, people know that you’ve spent time underwater in a variety of environments and had your share of dive adventures.

Every diver, who is at least 12 years old, should aim for Master Scuba Diver.

Training Fees

The fees to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) vary depending on the five PADI specialty courses you choose.


In order to get certified as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, you must be at least 12 years old, be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, a PADI Rescue Diver, and have been certified in five PADI specialty courses.


To determine your SCUBA DIVE BELT ranking use the following chart:

Student Diver: White Belt

CertificationsOpen WaterAdvancedRescue
0 SpecialtiesYellowOrangeGeen
1 SpecialtyOrangeGreenBlue
2 SpecialtiesGreenBluePurple
3 SpecialtiesBluePurpleBrown
4 SpecialtiesPurpleBrownRed
5 SpecialtiesBrownRedBlack

List of Specialties offered at Diver Dan’s