Open Water Scuba Instructor

PADIOpen 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 prerequisites
  • Click to view performance requirements
  • Click to view required materials

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

Not Included:

  • 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
  • Transportation
  • Entry fees to open water sites
  • Lodging/meals

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

Step 1

  • Enroll in the AI Course (see bottom of page)

Step 2

  • Complete the nine required PADI Online Independent Study sections prior to your first day of the class. Simply visit 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.

Step 3

  • Download and bring all completed forms to your first session Click to view required forms

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, 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


And Finally…

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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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.