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Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To 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 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.

It’s 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.

Pre Requisites:

  1. Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organisation
  2. Be at least 18 years old
  3. Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months
  4. Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in the individual’s log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving
  5. Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months
  6. Submit documentation of any qualifying certification for entrylevel, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization (PADI Members who have these records on file at PADI do not need to resubmit)
  7. If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment

Course Duration

Evening Orientation + 6 full days

Day One

Classroom: General Standards and Procedures, Open Water Diver Course
Classroom: Teaching in Confined Water, Developing Knowledge Development Presentations

Day Two

Pool: Skill Demonstration Workshop, Confined Water Teaching Presentation 1
Classroom: Adventures in Diving Program, Conducting Open Water Dives, Risk Management

Day Three

Ocean: Open Water Teaching Presentation 1, Discover Scuba Diver Workshop, Adventure Diver Workshop
Classroom: Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 1, 4 Es Counseling Workshop 1, Rescue Diver Course

Day Four

Ocean: Open Water Teaching Presentation 2, Rescue Diver Workshop , 800 metre Snorkel Swim
Pool and Classroom: Confined Water Teaching Presentations 2 and 3, Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 2

Day Five

Pool and Classroom: Confined Water Teaching Presentation 4, Divemaster Course
Classroom: Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 3, 4 Es Counseling Workshop 2

Day Six

Classroom, Pool and/or Ocean: EFR Instructor Course, IE Orientation

Equipment Requirements

  • Weight system (provided)
  • Tanks (provided)
  • Regulator
  • BCD
  • Alternate air source
  • SMB
  • Surface Signalling Device
  • 4 sided slate or u/w note book (preferred)
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Open heel fins
  • Dive boots
  • Knife or cutting device
  • Exposure suit (7mm or drysuit)

Cost: $1,995 (includes EFR Instructor Course)


  • Dive Centre Manly professional training
  • PADI Assistant Instructor Program
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Program
  • Emergency First Instructor Program
  • Air Fills
  • Career Advice and Job Referrals
  • Use of tanks and weights
  • Use of training centre facilities
  • Professional Dive Centre Manly log book, cap and t-shirt
  • elearning access pass

Not included but required:

  • PADI Instructor Development Crew Pack
  • EFR Instructor crew pack
  • PADI Instructor Exam fee
  • PADI Dive Theory eLearning (recommended)
  • Personal dive equipment
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