Are you looking for something extraordinary?
To do something others can only dream of?
To help people transform their lives?
To open doors you didn’t even know existed?
All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
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 a 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.
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 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 presentations integrating two skills
You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:
Course Orientation on
Dive Industry Overview
General Standards and Procedures
The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
Adventures in Diving Program Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
Rescue Diver Course Divemaster Course
Diver Retention Programs
How to Teach the RDP
You will demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation. performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.
During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part .
What You Can Teach After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor
You will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster.
You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.
The Learning Materials You Need
The PADI IDC includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course.
The 23-item pack includes:
Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster)
IDC Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
Lesson planning slates for confined and open water Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
Specialty outlines for Project AWARE PADI Instructor Manual.
You must Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization
Be at least 18 years old
Have 100 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives
Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months
Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a Doctor within the last 12 months
For more information please see our dedicated PADI Pro’s website here