The PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating is the furthest you can go on the PADI ladder before you turn professional. You can apply for this rating after completing the PADI Rescue Diver course plus 5 PADI specialty certifications.
By the time you have reached this level of diving, you will have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience through several PADI Specialty training courses such as the Deep Diving Specialty and Wreck diving Specialty courses. Together with your rescue training and a minimum of 50 logged dives you will have achieved a level of experience whereby you should feel completely comfortable at any recreational dive site. Your buoyancy skills, air consumption and general comfort on a dive should all be enhanced at this stage. Usually, PADI does not charge for the Master Scuba Diver application fee as it is the highest non-professional rating in recreational diving.
The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is a non-professional rating and it is not to be confused with PADI Divemaster which is a professional rating and the route to becoming a PADI instructor.
To become a PADI Master Scuba Diver you will need to complete 5 specialty courses, a Rescue course and have at least 50 logged dives. Sign up for a PADI Specialty course and begin working your way up to PADI Master Scuba Diver.