|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 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 PADI Pro diving jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.
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.
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
- 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 DiverCourse
- Adaptive Teaching
- The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
- Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
- PADI Adventures in Diving Program
- Specialty Diver Courses Master Scuba Diver Program
- PADI Rescue Diver Course
- PADI 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 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 .
After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of scuba diving courses up to Divemaster level and if you acquire specialty instructor ratings you can even teach specialty courses.
It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find everything at our shop.
The PADI IDC crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Assistant Instructor or OWSI 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
To take this course, you must:
- Be a PADI Divemaster or equivalent
- 18 years old
- Have at least 60 logged dives including night and navigation dives (you need a minimum of 100 dives to get certified)
- Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
- Emergency First Responder or equivalent including CPR training within the past 24 months
- Be fit for diving and submit PADI Medical Statement signed by a physician
- Want a fun and exciting career!
Please download our IDC handout which contains all details you need for any of our PADI Instructor courses.