Open Water Scuba Instructor

Congratulations on your decision to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. This course will likely be one of the most challenging diving programs you’ve taken and at the same time, it will be one of the most rewarding.

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You will attend an orientation session where we will review the course requirements and learn about how we can help you achieve your professional diving goals. You and your instructor will set out a specific schedule of events for your course. Prior to your first scheduled class session, you will complete the nine Online Independent Study sections and Dive Theory.


You will then participate in training to include: Developing Knowledge Development Presentations, Teaching in Confined Water, Conducting Open Water Training, a Discover Scuba workshop, General Standards and Procedures, Risk Management, Learning the ins and outs of the Open Water, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver and Dive Master Programs.  You will also participate in rescue assessments, a 20 skill circuit evaluation as well as an 800 yard mask, snorkel and fin swim.

 Prerequisites for the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

To enroll in the OWSI course you must:

Have dive leader certification – PADI Dive master or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization and be:

  •  An instructor member in good standing;
  •  Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Provide proof of medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the form may not be the applicant.
  • Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in your log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving. Please note that you will need to have 100 logged dives to sit for the Instructor Exam.
  • Submit proof of EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the past 24 months.
  • Submit documentation of any equivalent certification for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level training if the certification was issued by another recreational diver training organization.
  • Successfully complete the PADI Dive master course diver rescue skills assessment, if not a PADI Dive master.

Other cost and fees: Not included is transportation, meals, hotels, entrance fees or scuba gear except for tanks and weights.  As with all professions there are annual dues and processing fees plus liability insurance. There are discounts for online and automatic renewals. There are additional fees to sit for the Instructor Exam.