PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Program
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 Challenging Part
The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews and IDC online course before the course begins and to prepare assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key.
• During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by mastering PADI’s General Standards & Procedures on all PADI courses (Knowledge Development, Confined Water & Open Water Presentations).
• You will demonstrate competence at performing all 24 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation and performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.
During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part.
To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:
• Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or instructor member in good standing (eligible to renew) with recognized recreational diver training organization* for at least six months
• Be at least 18 years old
• Have MEDICAL CLEARANCE PRO (PDF) to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months
• Be certified as a diver for at least six months
• Have completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months
• If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment
• Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level
• All IDC prerequisites
• PADI Assistant Instructor, or current instructor member in good standing (eligible to renew*)
with another recreational diver training organization for at least six months.
• 100 logged dives
• Successfully complete the Instructor Development Course or the Open Water Scuba Instructor Program within the past 12 months.
Earning a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification requires successfully completing a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) conducted by a PADI Instructor Examiner.
• Emergency First Response Instructor or CPR/first aid instructor
After becoming a PADI 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.
The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:
• PADI’s Guide to Teaching
• Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
• Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
• Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
• Specialty Course Instructor Manual Prerequisites
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.
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