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BECOME AN OWSI- INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE Are You Looking For Something Extraordinary?

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

Are you looking 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.

FULL IDC: $2399 / 10 Days Full Time with Evening and Weekend Part Time Options Availible. Buy Course Online ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR ONLY: $1650 / 5 Days Full Time with Evening and Weekend Part Time Options Availible This course is fantastic for those Divemasters that want to get more involved in diver training without having the ultimate responsibility.  This course teaches you how to teach. OWSI Only: $850 / 5 Days Time with Evening and Weekend Part Time Options Availible Sometimes used as an update for non current PADI professionals This Course focuses on the PADI programmes and standards This is your last step in being able to attend a PADI Instructors Exam EFR Instructor: $599 / 2 Evenings or 1 Day (prerequisite before attending the IE) LINKS: Diving Doctors

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.

Why Become an Instructor

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.

What You Will Do On This Course

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting

  • Confined water teaching presentations
  • Knowledge development presentations
  • Open water teaching presentations integrating two skills

You will:

  • Attend theory presentations
  • Learn the essential skills necessary to make a great instructor
  • Learn how to read peoples body language and deal with difficulties (Risk Management)
  • How to translate content effectively to your students
  • How to get the best out of your students and divers
  • How to go the extra little bit to make a huge impact in yours and other peoples diving experiences
  • Get challenged with a full timetable and learn time management skills
  • Gain personal confidence when it comes to public speaking
  • Learn a proven method to get people to learn effectively
  • Study PADI's General Standards and Procedures
  • Learn about The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Study and analyse your role in Legal Responsibility and Risk Management

What You Can Teach

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.

Your Course Director

Kat has been working as a PADI Instructor since 2004. A 36 year old mother of 3 and owner of Academy of Scuba, she has followed her passion for diving and changing peoples lives over the years.

“To me teaching people to scuba dive has always been something special and a great privilege. I take great pride in being able to share my passion with others and provide them with opportunities for life changing experiences by introducing them to the underwater world. I have had personally countless experiences of awe, beauty and amazement underwater. The heart warming feeling of introducing and sharing these experiences with other people is something only a passionate Dive Instructor can relate to. Over many years of teaching open water, advanced courses and specialties, I commenced teaching Divemaster courses. This gave me a new aspect to dive Instruction. Now I had an opportunity to teach others to start passing on their own passion for scuba diving and leading. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every course and as a result realised the next step was professional training. Completing my Staff instructors course I could now teach Divemasters to become Assistant Instructors and also help them prepare for the PADI Instructors exam . This was a new level of job satisfaction for me.

My passion lies in all levels of diving, however becoming a PADI Course Director in 2014 has given me the opportunity to further contribute in enhancing peoples lives. The feeling that you get when you introduce people to our beautiful underwater world is so very heart warming and unique. At the end of the day you change peoples lives for the better.  Broken down, to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor means that you will need to complete the FULL IDC, EFR INSTRUCTOR and attend a PADI INSTRUCTOR EXAM (conducted independently by PADI) My goal, in everything I do, is to make the best divers and now Dive Professionals. Everyone learns in their own individual way. My courses, and approach to teaching reflect this, ensuring everyone gets the best out of their training. More importantly, my vast experience in teaching, and my high standard in instruction, will ensure that you will be one of the very best PADI Instructors in the dive industry. Please contact me for any more information. I look forward to helping you change lives soon.”

Kat Vcelka- CD# 483447   |  0408543627  |  kat@academyofscuba.com.au

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack is included in your course fees.


To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organisation for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor 
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Other Important Information:

All courses have fees that must be paid directly to PADI.  These range from $140- $220.  All courses and the PADI IE requires a current diving medical.

Your Next Adventure:

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 ACADEMY OF SCUBA Team members.