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Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

The OWSI portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course is your final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor. During this portion of the IDC, you'll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct a broad range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba to Divemaster.

The PADI Instructor rating sets you apart from the crowd. PADI Instructors may conduct the entire range of PADI programs - from Discover Scuba through Divemaster. PADI Instructors do things others can only daydream about. If you want to live an extraordinary life, you're in the right place with Blue Island Divers.

Photo left to right Blue Island Divers successful instructor candidates in the pool. David Long, Eric Neuvert, Arno Moosebrugger, Harley Davison
What do I need to start?
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • 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 first and and CPR training within the last 24 months
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician

What will I do?

Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
Confined water skill 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

How long will it take?
Times can vary from four days to three weeks or more

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
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for: OW, AOW, Rescue, DM, Discover Scuba Diving
  • Log Book
  • Peak Performance Bouyancy Specialty Instructor Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner, The Wheel and table, ERDP and
  • Instructions for Use Booklets
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exams Booklet

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