PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

Become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary journey? To turn dreams into reality? To guide people through life-changing experiences? To discover new horizons you never knew existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is a pivotal component of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC), which forms the core of PADI Instructor training. This program, following the Assistant Instructor course, equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel as a professional dive educator.

The Thrilling Part

It’s a transformational experience for both you and those you instruct. Throughout the training, you’ll forge lasting connections with your course participants, forming friendships that endure beyond the course’s conclusion. You’ll also start networking with fellow professionals and explore exciting PADI Pro Diving opportunities worldwide. Additionally, you can further your professional education by enrolling in specialty instructor courses, enabling you to teach specific diving specialties after earning your instructor certification.

The Demanding Aspect

Your personal commitment to this course is the key challenge. You’ll need to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course commences and prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations. Organizational skills and unwavering dedication are essential.

What You’ll Master

During the program, you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by conducting:

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open water teaching presentation that integrates two skills

You’ll also actively participate in 14 curriculum presentations, covering topics such as course orientation, dive industry overview, legal responsibilities, and more. In addition to these, you’ll showcase your competence by:

  • Demonstrating all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation
  • Completing an 800-meter/yards face-down, nonstop swim using a mask, snorkel, and fins
  • Passing a five-part theory exam with a minimum score of 75% on each section

What You Can Teach

Upon becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you’ll have the expertise to conduct a wide range of PADI programs, from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. You can also pursue specialty instructor ratings in areas that pique your interest, such as Digital Underwater Photography or Enriched Air Diving.

Equipment and Materials

To embark on this journey, you’ll need basic scuba gear and two scuba signaling devices, one audible and one visual. The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak contains all the essential materials to prepare for your Instructor Development Course.


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

  • Hold certification as a PADI Divemaster or PADI Assistant Instructor, or be an instructor in good standing with another recognized training organization for at least six months (verify qualifications with a PADI Course Director or contact us for details).
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Hold a diver certification for at least six months.
  • Have logged 60 dives, including experience in night, deep, and navigation diving, to enroll in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams.
  • Provide proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months, with the Emergency First Response course satisfying this requirement.
  • Be medically fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

If you’re ready to take the plunge into the world of professional diving, please contact our Dive School Manager for information on where to begin your journey.

Your Next Adventure

As you continue your professional training, you can expand your instructional offerings beyond the core courses. Consider enhancing your portfolio with courses like Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and specialty instructor courses, further solidifying your expertise as an Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Enquire Now