Help people transform their lives and open doors you didn’t even know existed! All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI's Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.
The OWSI program is a minimum of four days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.
This course is about life transformations—both yours and those around you.
The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.
You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.
The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. Columbia Scuba requires participants to complete the PADI IDC Online course for knowledge development. Then classroom workshops provide practical application of the knowledge you have learned. You'll also prepare daily assignments for some workshops and teaching presentations. Organization and dedication are key.
During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least
You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:
You will demonstrate competence at
During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part. Completing the PADI Dive Theory Online course satisfies the requirement for the dive theory exam.
After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.
At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.
You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.
If you anticipate affiliating with Columbia Scuba to teach once you complete your Instructor Examination (IE), you will need to wear and use the gear brands sold by the store.
The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:
View the Instructor Examination (IE) Calendar
To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:
You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and specialty instructor courses complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.
For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the COLUMBIA SCUBA Team members.