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Open Water Scuba Instructor

Oct. 26 - 29

Quick Details


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 training organization for at least six months
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged 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 (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
Assistant Instructor Only
Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Only (or OWSI Crossover)
Emergency First Response Instructor Course (Required for OWSI)
Complete Instructor Development Course (AI + OWSI)

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.

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 curriculum presentations:

  1. Course Orientation
  2. Dive Industry Overview
  3. General Standards and Procedures
  4. The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  5. Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  6. PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  7. Adaptive Teaching
  8. The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  9. Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  10. Adventures in Diving Program
  11. Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  12. Rescue Diver Course
  13. Divemaster Course
  14. Diver Retention Programs
  15. 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 .

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.


Assistant Instructor Only – $595 plus books
Open Water Scuba Instructor Only or OWSI Crossover – $1,000 plus books (same books for AI course)
Emergency First Response Instructor Course (required for OWSI certification) – $375 plus books

Complete Instructor Development Course (AI + OWSI) – $1,400 plus books

Prices do not include books, the instructor exam, PADI member dues, or professional liability insurance. Call for more information.

Cancellation Policy

Full payment for the course is due at booking. Any cancellations or scheduling changes made less than one week before any class will result in forfeiture of the the full cost of the course. We will do our best to accommodate students who cancel for family or medical emergencies.