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PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

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... Be A Scuba Instructor!

About the Open Water Instructor Course
The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) is a two-step program. The first step is the Instructor Development Course (IDC). The IDC, taught by your course director, is a five to seven day course geared to train the trainer! You will learn the skills to conduct training at the highest caliber – the Academy of Scuba caliber!

The second step is the Instructor Exam (IE). A PADI representative will evaluate all your hard work and test you on the knowledge you mastered through your Academy of Scuba Instructor Development Course (IDC).

Upon the successful completion of your Instructor Exam, you will be a certified and qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

The Details

What do I need to start?

  • 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 at least 18 years old
  • Hold a dive certification 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 Exam
  • 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

The Fun Part
It’s 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 professionals and begin to explore 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 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 completing the following course outline and presentations:

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures, and presentations
  • Confined water skills review and assessment, workshops, and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment, and candidate presentations
  • Have at least 100 logged dives prior to entering a PADI Instructor Exam
  • Present four passing confined water teaching presentations
  • Present four passing knowledge development presentations
  • Present two passing open water teaching presentations integrating two skills
  • Perform a Successful Rescue Evaluation and use of Emergency Oxygen
  • Participate in Academy of Scuba’s Skin Diving Workshop

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 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 Instructor
  • 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 (you will demonstrate competence at)

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. Click Here to 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. Check out the Standard Equipment List for the PADI Instructor Development Course and Instructor Exam online here.

PADI Instructor Development Course crewpakThe Learning Materials You Need
The PADI Instructor Development Course Crew Pak 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

To purchase this product, you can contact one of Academy of Scuba’s Retail Dive Shops or purchase it online at http://www.neverholdyourbreath.com.

Sample Agenda
To get an idea of what an IDC is like, take a look at our Sample Agenda by clicking here.

Next Steps

  1. View the Academy of Scuba Instructor Course and Exam Schedule here
  2. Reserve your spot in the next course that works with your schedule
  3. Make your professional, travel, lodging, and other arrangements
  4. Clear your schedule... Be free of distractions
  5. Study your dive theory and complete your online course work (about 25 hours) prior to your Instructor Development Course
  6. Dive often and practice your skills

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. The Academy of Scuba will help you journey down your professional path. Check out the other professional programs we offer here.

Click Here to Sign Up for your Instructor Development Course

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