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MSDT Program

MSDT Program

Our Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program is designed to produce a highly qualified and employable Instructor with advanced teaching ratings and certifications.
  • ProfessionalSkill level
  • $26381.37

Our Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program is designed to produce a highly qualified and employable Instructor with advanced teaching ratings and certifications.

We are currently eligible to use GI Bill® benefits for this program and our school is nationally accredited by ACCET, which also allows us to accept Tuition Assistance for this program.

To Sign up for VA/GI Bill® Bill funding, download and fill out, bring back the Enrollment Agreement and download the Catalog & Course Schedule


Our Program includes the following courses:

Be a part of the fast growing recreational industry of Scuba diving by learning how to teach others how to participate in this sport. This curriculum takes an entry-level Open Water Scuba instructor (OWSI) and provides him/her with the experience, training, and knowledge to teach advanced Scuba specialty courses, by becoming a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT). 

Course work includes in-depth study of specialty Scuba courses, as well as diving experience and teaching opportunities. In order to achieve the MSDT rating, an open water instructor must meet the following PADI criteria:

1. Certify 25 PADI students

2. Choose 5 specialty courses in which they have the diver specialty and have logged a minimum 20 dives for that specialty. If students already have the specialty, they do not need to participate in the class, however they are required to obtain the extra 16 dives to complete the minimum requirements.

Graduates will be thoroughly prepared to successfully perform the duties required by Master Scuba diving trainers (MSDT) in the Scuba diving industry and will receive international recognition for that training through the PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructor) organization. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Cost: $26,381.37 

Additional Fees: Required equipment costs. These costs vary; students are provided with the amount of these costs during the enrollment process.

How and where do I sign up?
To sign up please email, call (252-728-2265) or just stop in to Discovery Diving (if using VA/GI Bill please see below).

How long will the program take?
This program runs almost 9 months with mandatory attendance (some rescheduling may be accommodated).  

How often will I be going to classes/diving?
The student is not required to take a class every weekend, but if they wish to complete the program faster, we will generally have dives available for them to take at least once a week. Most classes will be held on weekends. We are flexible; we understand that we have to work with many different schedules. We are eager to have students complete the program so we will do everything that we can to accommodate your needs.

What do I need to do before I Start My First Class?

  1. Tell all your friends you are taking Scuba diving course and ask them if they would like to join you.
  2. Please complete the Medical Form enclosed with your student package, please get your Medical form signed by your doctor since you are entering into a professional program.
  3. Note class times and date. Promptness is appreciated.
  4. Collect high school transcript and submit to DDC.

Where do I meet for my first class?
Students will need to come to Discovery Diving Co. 414 Orange St. in Beaufort NC 28516 252-728-2265(Scuba OK)

How do I sign up for VA/GI Bill® funding?

  1. Download, fill out and bring back in a copy of the Enrollment Agreement.
  2. Download a copy of the Course Catalog and the training schedule, please note that attendance is mandatory but understanding that some students are still active duty we will do what we can to work around operational commitments.
  3. Apply for or transfer your VA/GI Bill® Benefits:
    • If you have not yet applied for your VA/GI Bill® Benefits you need to download and fill out VA Form 22-1990.
    • If you have already used some of your benefits you'll need to transfer the remanding funds to us and can do this by downloading and filling out VA Form 22-1995.
    • This can all be done online at VONAPP.
    • When applying, the name of the school is Discovery Diving Co., Inc. and the name of the program is Master SCUBA Diver Trainer Certificate.
  4. Collect high school transcript and submit to DDC.
  5. Return the Enrollment Agreement with copies of any Scuba certifications we can apply for credit.
  6. You'll then receive an acceptance letter and receipt of transfer credit information.
  7. Depending on the type of VA/GI Bill® benefits you qualify for there are a few other things you'll need to know:
    • If you are post 9-11, you are pretty much done. Tuition and fees will be paid directly to Discovery Diving, books and supplies money will go directly to you.
    • If you are pre 9-11, you will need to certify that you are attending monthly (submit forms online) and you will be responsible for paying the tuition monthly once you've received your monthly stipend.
  8. We can not guarantee that your VA benefits will pay for this as we do not make the call on who gets the benefits or what amount.  You are ultimately responsible for the cost of the course ($25,234.83).

What does the VA/GI Bill® cover?
The VA/GI Bill® will currently pay the full tuition and cost of books. Also, you will need to apply for any Per Diem or Stipends directly.

At the end of each “reporting period”, student attendance (clock-hours/week) of less than 22 hours for any week, i.e. not maintaining full time, will be reported for the calendar week (s) in question, Sunday through Saturday. This change in training time affects the benefit amount and will result in a reduction and/or loss of benefits (tuition/fees, housing allowance).

Is Lodging available? We offer discounted barracks style lodging for those commuting in on a weekly basis, as we have space available.

Where can I go for more information?
For more information on the program, please call Discovery Diving Co. at 252 728 2265 or email us at [email protected]

Where can I go for more information about my VA/GI Bill® benefits?
For more information on using your VA/GI Bill® benefits, please click the following link:


Where do I meet for my first class?
Students will need to come to Discovery Diving Co. 414 Orange St. in Beaufort NC 28516 252-728-2265(Scuba OK)

Are there any additional costs that the VA/GI Bill® does not cover?
Yes. Your VA/GI Bill® benefits does not cover your Scuba gear.

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For more information or to register for a class, please email us
call us @ (252) 728-2265.