PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Why take this course?

The rest of the Instructor Development Course, the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor program, is the final step in your quest to become a PADI Instructor. This course includes training in PADI systems, standards and procedures, and additional related topics.

See the Instructor Development Course for a full description of the components of the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Assistant Instructor (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Proof of 60 logged dives (100 to take the instructor Examination) including experience in deep, night, and navigation
  • Medical Exam for diving within the past 12 months
  • 18 years of age
  • You are expected to have your own equipment that is professional in both appearance as well as performance

Subsequent to successful completion of the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course, to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, the instructor candidate must successfully complete the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

The IE is a PADI conducted examination in which the candidate is evaluated over two days in the following areas:

  • Dive Theory
  • Academic Teaching
  • Confined-water teaching and skills demonstration
  • Open-water teaching
  • General diving skills and professionalism

Required Materials

  • IDC Crew Pac
  • Recreational Dive Planner, eRDPml, and instruction booklets for both
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
  • Logbook

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