Our PADI Open Water Instructor course, OWSI, further develops students teaching abilities, it introduces the entire PADI educational system, elaborates on business principles within the dive industry and prepares students for “real world” teaching.
The OWSI course also allows Instructors already certified with a recreational diving training agency other than PADI to "crossover" to PADI. This is a great way to take advantage of market demands and be able to offer your employers and customers PADI courses and programs.
Upon successful completion of your OWSI course you will need to attend a 2 day PADI Instructor Examination, IE, run by PADI to receive your qualification.
The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating sets you apart from the crowd. PADI Instructors do things others can only dream about, so if you want to live an extraordinary life, you're in the right place.
Open Water Scuba Instructor Pre-Requisites
PADI Assistant Instructor or qualifying instructor certification from another training organisation.
Been a certified diver for at least 6 months
Minimum age 18, be fit for diving and submit a full medical statement, signed by a HSE physician within the last 12 months.
Minimum 60 logged dives to enrol on the OWSI
Minimum 100 logged dives to enrol on to the IE
EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or equivalent) within 24 months.
Proof of experience in night, deep and navigation diving.
Pre-study course manuals and fill in review sections
Have good personal diving and buoyancy skills and
be able to snorkel 800 metres
What will I do?
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 24 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres 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.
Scuba Equipment Requirements
You will need to supply your own full set of scuba equipment that is in good condition and within the manufacturers service guidelines. Equipment must include:
Regulator, Alternate Air Source, SPG, Depth Gauge, Timing Device, BCD, Exposure Suit, Weight System, two Signalling Devices (Whistle / SMB's etc), Dive Compass and Dive Knife.
You will 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.
How much does it cost?
Open Water Scuba Instructor course costs £595
Instructor Development Course (IDC) - Take the Assistant Instructor (AI) course with the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course over 7 days - £910
Plus Required Training Materials
The PADI IDC crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course.
The 23-item pack includes:
Instructor cue cards for PADI's core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster)
IDC 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
PADI Registration Fee
The OWSI program is a minimum of 5 days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.
Tuition, Pool Fees, Cylinder Rental and Air Fills.
Discounts are available on any required equipment purchases made during your enrolment on the course.