Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Why take this course?

The rest of the PADI IDC, the OWSI, is the final step in your quest to become a PADI Instructor.  This course includes training in PADI systems, standards, procedures, and additional related topics.

See the Instructor Development Course for a full description of the components of the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course.


What do I need to start?

  1. PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) or qualifying certification from another organization
  1. Proof of 60 logged dives (100 required to take the Instructor Examination) including experience in deep, night, and underwater navigation
  1. Medical Clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician signed within the previous 12 months
  1. 18 years of age
  1. Provide your own dive equipment that is professional both in appearance and performance

Subsequent to successful completion of the OWSI course, to become a PADI OWSI, the instructor candidate must successfully complete the PADI IE.

See the Instructor Development Course for a full description of the PADI IE.


Required Materials

  1. IDC Crew Pac
  1. Recreational Dive Planner (RDP), eRDPml, and instruction booklets for both

Current editions of the following manuals:

  1. PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  1. PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  1. PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  1. PADI Divemaster Manual
  1. Logbook


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