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Level 3 Certificate in Scuba Instruction at DIVEWORLD aka Open Water Scuba Instructor.

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. Available under the armed forces Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme. ( open to Divemasters, please enquire if you are not there yet, we can help)

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is the second of two distinct components of PADI's unique 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. Our professional courses at Diveworld are run on a bespoke basis. Each prospective Instructor has different requirements to develop into a rounded professional, our courses reflect this. We teach you not the course. Let us advise you on the best way forward, just click.

The Fun Part

It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you.

You will work closely with our dedicated pro-team to develop your skills as an instructor and ensure you have all the qualities required to become a successful PADI Professional. This is not about just passing exams, our course will prepare you for you new life as an PADI instructor.

The fun part of instructor training is interacting with other professionals while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You’ll begin networking with other professionals and can begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide, or work within your local school. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses with our PADI Course Director, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.

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  before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations. Organisation and dedication are key.

What You Learn

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

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)
  • Or you can choose to complete the IDC online programme.

You will demonstrate competence at

  • performing all 24 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • 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 .

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.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear ( as listed in General Standards & Procedures) of a dive professional. We can help if you do not have the full range of equipment.

The Learning Materials You Need

We recommend the deluxe PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak, this includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course  related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Guide to Teaching

Next Steps

View the Instructor Examination (IE) Calendar, sign up for the next Diveworld Instructor Development Course(IDC). We run these on an agreed schedule, usually to your timetable of availability.


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 our PADI Course Director 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 Instructor course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement  signed by a physician within the last 12 months (we can arrange this, just ask)

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 the DIVEWORLD Pro development team.

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