PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn't even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a 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 involves the Assistant Instructor training program, followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program. The OWSI program is a minimum of four days, and introduces you to the entire PADI system of diver education, concentrating on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

The Fun Part

It's all about life transformations – both yours and those around you. The fun part of Instructor-training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You'll begin networking with other dive industry professionals and exploring PADI professional diving jobs worldwide. You'll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in Specialty Instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after your Instructor certification is complete.

Get College Credit

Yes! You may be eligible to get college credit for the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course. PADI courses have been recommended by a variety of Institutions for college credit or funding in various countries throughout the world.

For US Students:

The American Council on Education is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions. Their College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for:

  • 15 PADI courses
  • DSAT courses
  • 1 Emergency First Response course
The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins, and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations. Organization and dedication are key to your success both in and after the course.

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 15 curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principles for the Dive InstructorAdventures in Diving Program
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)

You will demonstrate competence at:

  • Performing all 24 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.


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

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (Contact Us for qualifying credentials.).
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • 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 completed PADI Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

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