PADI OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor)

This program introduces the candidate to the entire PADI System and focuses on further developing abilities as a professional dive educator. Completion of thirteen curriculum presentations and three workshops are required in addition to successful presentation of two confined water teaching presentations, two knowledge development presentations, and one open water teaching presentation integrating two skills. Successful completion of this program earns the candidate the right to attend a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) and be tested. Successfully passing the IE certifies the student as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating sets you apart from the crowd. PADI Instructors may conduct the entire range of PADI programs - from Discover Scuba through Divemaster.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Assistant Instructor certification or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or PADI Office for qualifying credentials.)
  • Hold a dive certification for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives
  • Proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months Medical clearance signed by a physician
  • Have at least 100 logged dives prior to entering a PADI Instructor Exam

How long will it take?

  • Typically the course can be completed in four days

What materials are needed?*

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Instructor Candidate Workbook
  • Open Water Lesson Planning Slate
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • The Law and the Diving Professional
  • The Business of Diving
  • The Best of The Undersea Journal
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • (You might choose the PADI Specialty Instructor Manual instead of the individual specialty outlines.)
  • Open Water Diver Manual, Current
  • Recreational Dive Planner, The Wheel and table, and Instructions for Use Booklets
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual, Current
  • Rescue Diver Manual, Current
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster Manual, Current
  • Divemaster Final Exams Booklet

*These are the same materials used in the PADI Assistant Instructor course

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