The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) rating is the first PADI Instructor level attained by dive professionals. OWSIs take responsibility for introducing people to scuba diving through various PADI programs and courses.
Teaching status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to DiveMaster (except for specialties which require specific Specialty Instructor ratings).
The OWSI program is a minimum of four days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.
You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro 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 instructor certification.
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 daily. Organization and dedication are key.
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 14 curriculum presentations:
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
The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
Adventures in Diving Program
Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
Rescue Diver 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 20 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.
At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.
The Scuba Gear You Use
You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.
The Learning Materials You Need
The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:
Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
PADI Instructor Manual
View the Instructor Examination (IE) Calendar
To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:
Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor
Be at least 18 years old
Be certified as a diver for at least six months
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 Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
Your Next Adventure:
You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and specialty instructor courses complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.