Would you like to do something extraordinary?
Something others could only dream of?
Would you help others change their lives?
Would you like to discover things you didn’t know existed?
All this and more awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Open Water Scuba Instructor programme (OWSI) is one of a two-part PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) – the nucleus of the PADI Instructor training. The first part is the Assistant Instructor course which is followed by an Open Water Scuba Instructor programme.

The OWSI programme takes a minimum of four days. It introduces you to PADIs’ Diver Training System and focuses on the further development of your skills as a professional diving educator.

During the course you’ll learn to apply the PADI Training System by demonstrating at least:

  • Two confined water presentations.
  • Two knowledge development presentations.
  • You will also assist and participate in the following 14 presentations:
  • Course orientation.
  • General vision on the diving industry.
  • General standards and procedure.
  • Media roles and Presciptive Education.
  • Legal responsability and risk management.
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water DIver courses.
  • Adaptive education.
  • PADI philosophy of continuous education.
  • Comercial fundaments of a diving Instructor.
  • Adventures in Diving programme.
  • Diving specialty courses and Master Scuba Diving programme.
  • Rescue Diver course.
  • Divemaster course.
  • Diver retention programmes.
  • How to teach PIR (Instructors comming from recreational diving organizations diferent to PADI, must conduct this).

You will show competences in:

  • Executing  the 24 diving exercises that form the Skill Evaluation.
  • Completing an 800 metres swim, non-stop, face down (in the water) using a mask, snorkel and fins.

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you’ll be able to direct the complete range of PADI programmes, from Discover Scuba Diving to Divesmaster. You may also elect to acquire instructor level in a specialty interest area eg Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.

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

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or be well situated in another recreational diving organization for at least six months (verify with a PADI Course Director or get in touch with us for qualification or credential accreditation).
  • Be a certified Emergency First Response Instructor.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a certified diver for at least six months.
  • You’ll need 60 logged dives including Night Diver, Deep Diver and Underwater Navigation experiences to participate on the IDC. You’ll need 100 dives to do your Instructor´s exam.
  • You must have completed a RCP and First Aid training in the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement.
  • You must be diving fit and present a a medical statement – signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
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