Open Water Scuba Instructor

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of?   To help people transform their lives? To open door you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

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The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC) – the core of PADI Instructor training.  The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor Program.

The OWSI program is minimum of four days.  It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

The Fun Part

It’s about life transformations – both yours and those around you.

PADI Assistant Instructor Class
PADI Assistant Instructor Class

The fun part of Instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide.  You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.

The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training.  The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Development Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily.  Organization and dedication are key.

What You Learn

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least;

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • two knowledge development presentations
  • One Open water teaching presentation integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations

  • Course Orientation
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of the Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principals for the Dive Instructor
  • Adventure in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete)

You will demonstrate competence at

  •  performing all 24 dive skills listed on the Skill evaluation
  • performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 meters/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.


To qualify for Training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another organization for at least six months (check with PADI Course Director Contact me or Contact PADI for qualifying credentials)
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be certified as a diver for at least 6 months
  • Have logged 60 dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course.  You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have Proof of CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months.  The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a Physician with the last 12 months.

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