Aqua Clara Dive Schools of Florida, Inc.



Mail: P.O. Box 4309, Clearwater, FL 33758

Primary phone: 1.727.510.7138

Alternate phone: 1.727.535.6902

Fax: 1.727.535.8190



Lead Instructor:

  Robert W. Murphy:  

Master Scuba Diver Trainer:  

  PADI #26314:  



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Many divers as they progress through more advanced PADI training come to a crossroad after completing Advanced and Rescue training. Do I take the professional track of DM, Assistant Instructor, and on to Open Water Instructor? Or, do I stick with the non-professional recreational track?

For those who have no desire to teach or be involved in the business end of PADI, the Master Scuba Diver ("MSD") rating is for you.

The MSD rating is the highest recreational diver rating in the PADI system and denotes a diver with superior experience and achievement.

Many divers have taken PADI specialty courses and may be closer to having the qualifications for the MSD rating than they realize. Virtually all of today's experienced divers are using Nitrox. If you got that certification via PADI, you have one of the five specialties already.

The actual MSD rating certification process is administrative only. It entails a PADI instructor:

  • verifying your Advanced and Rescue certifications

  • verifying your five PADI specialty certifications

  • verifying the minimum 50 logged dives

  • submitting an application to PADI for approval

Unlike other courses you may have taken, your MSD certification will actually be approved at PADI once the application has been reviewed and deemed complete.





PADI Master Scuba Diver  Rating







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Sharpen Your Skills with the PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating

You have the passion. You want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. You want to live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world and go places and see things you have never experienced.

More than a pipe dream?

Absolutely! Do it by becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver a rating that puts you in a class of distinction writing your ticket to endless adventure and opportunities through the experience and scuba training that sets you apart.

The Fun Part

With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments. See all the specialty diver courses offered in the below chart. Aqua Clara Dive Schools of Florida, Inc. can provide certifications in those listed in the menu at top left. Click here for more information.


  • 12 years old (12-14 year old divers may earn Junior Master Scuba Diver certifications) 

  • PADI (or Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

  • PADI (or Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

  • PADI (or Junior) Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

  • Minimum of 5 PADI specialty diver courses in addition to Advanced and Rescue certifications [No crossover courses from other training organizations.]

  • Minimum of 50 logged dives

For more information on becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver, click here to contact Aqua Clara Dive Schools of Florida, Inc. and we can explore PADI course options. You may already be further along with this certification than you realize if you have taken prior specialty courses.

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