Open Water Scuba Instructor

buddy ascentIf you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

What OWSIs can do

Teaching Status Open Water Scuba Instructors are authorized to teach the following PADI courses:

  • PADI Scuba Diver/Open Water Diver
  • Adventure Diver/Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Skin Diver and Discover Snorkeling
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker
  • ReActivate and Discover Local Diving
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Project AWARE Specialty
  • Coral Reef Conservation

What you will learn

Whereas the AI course teaches you how to teach, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling


  • All Assistant Instructor/IDC prerequisites
  • To participate in a PADI Instructor Examination, you must have 100 logged dives and have completed an IDC or OWSI program within the past 12 months.


If you join the OWSI program after completing the Assistant Instructor course, the course is 4 days. If you have not completed the AI course, then 7 days.

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