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become a padi open water instructor

Congratulations on your interest to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. This is one of the most rewarding levels of Scuba Diving Training you can achieve. At the end of this course, and after a successful Instructor Examination, you will be ready to certify new divers. As well as Advanced, Rescue, EFR and even Dive Masters and of course specialty divers in your own specialist instructor areas. This course is an extension of what you learned in the PADI Assistant Instructor Course or leadership training from another recognized training agency.
You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours. Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go Professional with an Instructor Development Course.


The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is an intensive course where you will continue developing your abilities as a professional scuba diving professional, improve your knowledge of the PADI system of diver education and prepare you for the final step of attending the PADI Instructor Examination (IE) to earn your PADI Open Water Instructor Certification. Learning the PADI system of diver education is not only rewarding within Dive Instruction itself, but can be applied to almost any presentation that may come your way. The combined experience of our PADI Course Director and team of Instructor Development Course Staff Instructors will help ensure you are receiving the most up to date and state-of-the-art training.

WHAT WILL You Learn?

Over a minimum of five days, the PADI Open Water Instructor course teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You will have you presenting theory modules to your peers in the classroom – where you will be scored and evaluated by your Course Director. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Key topics include: PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops Learning, Instruction and the PADI System Risk Management and Diver Safety The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling
You will be given guidance in to how best to teach, how to incorporate related topics at the same time as sharing your experiences with students to give them real time “values” of a skill or subject. You will be shown how to supervise, position and execute skills for the benefit of students in training, as well as how to evaluate a skill to be able to move on to the next. During the course you will also be expanding your knowledge in the five sections of dive physics in addition to becoming a certified Emergency First Responder Instructor.


Be a PADI Assistant Instructor or current instructor member in good standing with a recognized diver training organization for at least six months. Be at least 18 years old. Be certified as a diver for at least six months. You also need: At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE. Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
You will be asked to provide documentation of any equivalent certification for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization. Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.
To successfully complete a PADI OWSI program, you must meet the following performance requirements: Complete the following independent learning sections online through PADI eLearning. Participate in PADI IDC curriculum components. Skills Demonstration Workshop Confined Water Teaching Presentations Open Water Presentations Discover Scuba Diving Workshop Provide presentations in knowledge development teaching, confined water teaching presentations and integrated (two skills) open water teaching presentations Perform all 20-dive skills in the Skill Evaluation, all sections of the Dive Theory Exam and have any missed questions reviewed until mastery is achieved. Perform a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

WHAT Materials Do I Need?

Prior to the start of the program, you must have the PADI IDC Crew Pak which contains the following current PADI materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterwards: Instructor Manual PADI’s Guide to Teaching PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE-Coral Reef Conservation PADI Open Water manual or Touch Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPml, including Instructions for Use booklets How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam Booklet Adventures in Diving Manual or Touch Rescue Diver Manual or Touch Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet PADI Divemaster Manual Divemaster Final Exams Booklet Aquatic Cure Cards – Confined Water, Open Water, Adventures In Diving, Rescue, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online.


Start the PADI IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. This saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Open Water Instructor. In addition, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your training. Contact The Dive Place and let one of our crew members provide you more information on how you can Go Professional and enroll in a PADI IDC, Assistant Instructor course or OWSI program.


The PADI Professional courses are an investment of not only finance but time. Not everyone has the ability or desire to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, but if you do, we would like to talk to you. Come into The Dive Place and meet our Crew members over a coffee where we will discuss your career and help you move in the direction you want to go. Your decision is your future. We want you to be confident that you are in the best hands at this stage of your career. Would you still like to know more? Simply click on the links to the side and learn more about our other PADI professional courses. Let us show you The Dive Place difference!
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