PADI OWSI 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 as a PADI OWSI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
The PADI OWSI Open Water Scuba Instructor program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the OWSI Open Water Scuba Instructor program.
The PADI OWSI Open Water Scuba Instructor 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.
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 PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide or with Award winning PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens’ IDC Facebook group and his dive blog. 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 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 7 curriculum presentations:
• Course Orientation
• General Standards and Procedures (OWSI)
• Risk Management
• PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
• Adventures in Diving Program
• Rescue Diver Course
• Divemaster Course
• How to Teach the RDP (required for crossover candidates)
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:
• Confined & Open Water Cue Cards
• Confined & Open Water Lesson Presentation Slate
• Adventures in Diving Instructor Cue Cards
• Rescue Diver Instructor Cue Cards
• Divemaster Instructor Cue Cards
• Openwater Diver Quizzes and Exams Booklet
• Rescue Diver final Exams Booklet
• Divemaster final Exams Booklet
• PADI’s Guide to Teaching manual w/Hologram
• Positive Approach Selling DVD
• Specialty Course Instructor Manual (Digital, multilingual version, E, DU, F, S)
• Open Water diver course PLG's
Additional Material Requirements include:
• RDP Table (optional)
• DSD Instructor cue card
• Divemaster Cue Cards
• Go Dive Manual
• Adventures in Diving Manual
• Rescue Diver Manual
• Divemaster Manual
• Encyclopedia of Diving
• Diving Knowledge Workbook
To qualify for training as a PADI OWSI 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 award winning Course Director Camille Lemmens for qualifying credentials.)
• Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor (The EFRI course is included in all of Camille's IDC packages)
• 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 PADI OWSI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.