Our Open Water Scuba Instructor Course is designed to take your dive career to new heights, providing you with the tools and knowledge to teach scuba diving at the highest level. Led by our experienced and passionate dive professionals, you’ll learn how to develop and deliver effective dive courses that prepare your students for a lifetime of underwater adventures.

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course is the final step in becoming a dive professional and an opportunity to teach others how to dive safely and enjoyably. This course is the gateway to a fulfilling career in the diving industry, with the ability to work in dive centers, resorts, liveaboards, and other exciting locations.

To enroll in the OWSI course, candidates must be certified as a PADI Divemaster, have at least 100 logged dives, and have completed Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.

During the course, candidates will learn to apply the PADI System of Diver Education, develop teaching and presentation skills, and practice conducting classroom, pool, and open water sessions. The course includes a comprehensive review of dive theory, dive skills, and safety procedures, as well as practical teaching exercises to ensure candidates are confident in leading and managing students.

Candidates will also have the opportunity to enhance their own diving skills through workshops on buoyancy, navigation, and rescue techniques. The course concludes with a two-day Instructor Examination, where candidates demonstrate their mastery of the skills and knowledge required to become a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will have the opportunity to teach a wide range of PADI courses, including the Discover Scuba Diving program, the Open Water Diver course, and the Advanced Open Water Diver course. Additionally, they can teach specialty courses, including Enriched Air Diver, Deep Diver, and Wreck Diver, among others.

To enroll in the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or have a leadership level certification from another recognized dive training organization
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the past 24 months
  • Have at least 100 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives, and have documented experience in underwater navigation.

In addition to meeting the above requirements, candidates will need to acquire the following materials:

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching Manual
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) – both table and electronic versions
  • PADI Open Water Quizzes and Exams book
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual CD-ROM
  • PADI Professional Log
  • PADI Briefcase or similar dive bag to hold materials

During the OWSI course, candidates will learn how to effectively teach and evaluate students in a classroom setting, in confined water, and in open water. The course covers topics such as teaching methods, risk management, dive planning, and equipment selection, as well as techniques for handling emergency situations. Candidates will also complete a series of practical assessments and evaluations, including teaching presentations, knowledge reviews, and skills demonstrations.

At Into the Blue, we are committed to providing the highest level of training to ensure that our candidates are fully prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the dive profession. The OWSI course is a critical step towards becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and opening up a wide range of teaching and leadership opportunities within the diving industry.