BannerL02 Open Water Scuba Instructor

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor program is your final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor. During 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 Open Water Scuba 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.

What do I need to start?

  • 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 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?*

    Required Materials
      PADI Instructor Manual
      Instructor Candidate Workbook
      Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
      Diving Knowledge Workbook
      Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
      Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline
      AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
      RDP – all three versions (Wheel, table and eRDP including associated Instructions for Use booklets)
      PADI Open Water Diver Manual
      Open Water Diver Quizzes & Exams booklet
      PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
      PADI Rescue Diver Manual
      Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
      PADI Divemaster Manual
      Divemaster Final Exams booklet
      Aquatic Cue Cards – for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
      Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
      Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate
    Recommended Materials
      All PADI professional videos
      All PADI diver videos
      PADI Specialty Diver Manuals
      The Law and the Diving Professional
      The Best of the Undersea Journal
      The Business of Diving
      Children and Scuba Diving: A Resource Guide for Instructors and Parents
      Open Water Diver Course Lesson Guides (standard and prescriptive)
      Rescue Diver Course Lesson Guides (standard and prescriptive)
      Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
      Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart
      Scuba Tune-Up guidebook
      Skill Evaluation Slate
      PADI Career Advancement Series materials
      Adventure Log – Pro Modules
      A.W.A.R.E. – Our World, Our Water Manual
      Ten Ways a Diver Can Help to Protect the Aquatic Realm brochure
      Discover the Underwater World video and The Snorkeler’s Field Guide
      PADI Adventure Log Book with Teaching / Supervising module

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

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