Open Water Scuba Instructor
The A-1/PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
Congratulations on your interest to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. There’s nothing more exciting and gratifying than sharing your love of the water and passion for diving with others.
The combined experience of our two PADI Course Directors and team of Instructor Development Course Staff Instructors is unprecedented in the Rocky Mountain Region and will help ensure you are receiving the most up to date and state-of-the-art program in the region.
This course is simply an extension of what you learned in the PADI Assistant Instructor Course or leadership training from another recognized training agency. We will continue developing your abilities as a professional dive educator, improve your knowledge of the PADI system of diver education and prepare you for the grand finale…….. the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).
Just relax, concentrate on your knowledge and skill development, open your mind and yes, you’re even allowed to have fun!
Call us at 303-789-2450 to schedule your course.
Prior to your first session, you’ll need to verify you own all the current PADI materials and download/complete the various documents. The list of materials and documents can be found by clicking on the links below.
So are you ready to begin? Read over the following information very carefully and be sure that you understand everything.
- Click to view prerequisitesOpen Water Scuba Instructor PrerequisitesTo enroll in the OWSI program, an individual must:
- Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or current instructor member in good standing with a recognized diver training organization for at least six months.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be certified as a diver for at least six months
- Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months. A licensed physician must sign the form and state that the candidate is fit for diving. The physician signing the form may not be the applicant.
- Have completed 60 logged divers (as documented in your log book) that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate (as documented in your log book) Note: To attend an IE, you must have at least 100 logged dives
- Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement. Note: Must be a current Emergency First Response Instructor or hold another current first aid and CPR instructor credential before your IE paperwork can be processed at PADI.
- Submit documentation of any equivalent certification for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization. (If you have these records on file at PADI, you do not need to resubmit them to me)
- You will need to be familiar with the various PADI Prescriptive Teaching tools - Specifically the Open Water and Rescue Prescriptive Lesson Guides (PLG’s).
- You will be assigned various continuing education Knowledge Development topics as well as Continuing Education skills in the Confined Water and Open Water. Therefore, you will want to familiarize yourself with; knot tying, rescue skills, buoyancy skills, lift bag procedures, etc.
- Click to view performance requirementsOpen Water Scuba Instructor Performance RequirementsTo successfully complete a PADI OWSI program, you must meet the following performance requirements:
1. Complete the following independent learning sections online through PADI eLearning:
a. Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
b. General Standards and Procedures
c. Risk Management
d. Marketing Diving
e. Start Diving
f. Teaching PADI Specialty Courses
g. Business of Diving
h. Keep Diving
i. How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) Note: this is optional for current PADI members but required for crossover candidates
2. Participate in the following IDC curriculum components:
a. Course Orientation
b. Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
i. Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 3
ii. 4 E’s Counseling Workshop2
c. Confined Water Teaching Presentations
i. Skills Demonstration Workshop
ii. Confined Water Teaching Presentations 3 and 4
d. Open Water Presentations
i. Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
ii. Open Water Teaching Presentations 2
e. General Standards and Procedures
f. Open Water Diver Course
g. Adventures in Diving Program
i. Adventure Dive Workshop
h. Rescue Diver Course
i. Rescue Exercise Workshop
i. Divemaster Course
j. Risk Management
k. Duty of Care Workshop (optional)
3. Present at least one knowledge development teaching presentation, scoring a minimum of 3.5.
4. Present two confined water teaching presentations, scoring a minimum of 3.4 on at least one.
5. Present one integrated (two skills) open water teaching presentation, scoring a minimum of 3.4 on each skill.
6. Perform all 20-dive skills in the Skill Evaluation, scoring a minimum of 68 total points, with no individual score below 3.
7. Score 75 percent on all sections of the Dive Theory Exam and have any missed questions reviewed until mastery is achieved. A retest will be required for candidates scoring less than 75 percent.
8. Perform a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.
- Click to view required materialsOpen Water Scuba Instructor Required MaterialsPrior to the start of the program, you must have the following current PADI materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterwards:
- Instructor Manual
- PADI’s Guide to Teaching
- PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE-Coral Reef Conservation
- PADI Open Water manual or Touch
- Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPml, including Instructions for Use booklets
- How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book
- Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam Booklet
- Adventures in Diving Manual or Touch
- Rescue Diver Manual or Touch
- Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
- PADI Divemaster Manual
- Divemaster Final Exams Booklet
- Aquatic Cure Cards – Confined Water, Open Water, Adventures In Diving, Rescue, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
- Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
- Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate
- The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
- Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online
Course Fee – $700
- All knowledge development, pool sessions and open water dives
Note: entry fees to the open water site are not included
- Use of tanks and weights
- PADI materials (manuals, Touch products, slates, quizzes/exams)
- PADI Online Independent Study fee (see step 2 below)
- Optional Dive Theory Online (see below)
- PADI Instructor Application fee – $169
- Personal diving equipment
- Entry fees to open water sites
Please note: You will need to provide your own: Mask, Snorkel, Fins, BCD, Low Pressure Inflator, Regulator, Alternate Air Source, SPG, Weight System, Compass, Emergency Signaling Device, Slates, Exposure Suit, Timing Device, Depth Gauge and Knife. Tanks and Weights will be provided.
Steps to Register
- Enroll in the AI Course (see bottom of page)
- Complete the nine required PADI Online Independent Study sections prior to your first day of the class. Simply visit www.padi.com/elearning and choose Instructor Development from the dropdown menu.
Note: There is a separate fee of $375 paid to PADI for this service. You may have already completed this during your Assistant Instructor Course.
- Download and bring all completed forms to your first session Click to view required formsOpen Water Scuba Instructor Required FormsDownload and bring following completed forms to your first session
Please Note: cancellations made less than two weeks before the course will result in a cancellation fee. There will be NO refunds after the starting date of the course.
Optional Dive Theory Online
During your PADI Divemaster course, you learned about Dive Theory (Physics, Physiology, Skills & Environment, the Recreational Dive Planner and Equipment). If you plan to continue your education and attend the OWSI (Open Water Instructor Course) and the PADI IE (Instructor Exam), you will once again be evaluated on your knowledge of these topics. PADI Dive Theory Online provides an excellent opportunity for you to refresh and refine your dive theory knowledge.
Note: there is a separate $131 fee for this service
To purchase the Dive Theory Online
Visit www.padi.com/elearning, choose Dive Theory from the drop down menu and click on “Start Today”
Instructor Examination (IE)
The PADI Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests the instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level and understanding of the PADI System. PADI IEs are internationally standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification.
It’s important to note that prior to the IE, you will have spent a considerable amount of time preparing, practicing and performing a variety of the water skills. Additionally, you will have learned the information that pertains to PADI programs, standards and procedures. In other words, you will have been adequately prepared to attend the IE!Click to view IE prerequisites and fees
To enroll in a PADI Instructor Examination, you must:
- Successfully complete an IDC or OWSI program within 12 months of the start date of the IE.
- Have documentation of at least 100 logged dives including experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
- Present an Instructor Certificate of Completion that has both the OWSI/IDC completion date and diving experience sections signed by a Course Director or present an IE Certificate of Participation from a previous IE.
- Present an IE Enrollment form and appropriate fee (see below).
- Present a medical clearance attesting to diving fitness, signed by a physician and current within the last 12 months.
In the event you are unsuccessful at the IE, you must wait at least five days before attending another IE. If unsuccessful at a second ID, you must complete remedial training as prescribed by PADI Instructor Development.
- $650 per person (paid to PADI)
- Make-up segments cost $270 per segment (paid to PADI)
NOTE: In order to be placed in teaching status, you must submit proof to PADI that you have the proper and required instructor insurance.
Soon you will become a mentor to divers ranging from beginner through the instructor level. Your actions, attitude, knowledge, sense of professional pride and strong desire to be the best of the best will have an ever-lasting effect on them.
The key to your success is to come prepared and willing to learn new information, techniques and the “PADI formulas.” Our job is to guide you through this comprehensive and highly effective course and help you succeed.
There’s no greater feeling than the moment you become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. You have a great deal of work ahead but the satisfaction, enjoyment and rewards are well worth the effort. Get ready for what some call, a “life-changing experience.”
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OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR COURSE
Call us at 303-789-2450 to schedule your course.
Please note: Cancelling less than one week before the starting date will result in a forfeit of your deposit.