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Open Water Scuba Instructor


Duration:  Minimum 3 days/ approximately 41 hours

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course is Part Two of the Instructor Development Course (IDC).  This program allows dive professionals to continue training to become PADI Instructors or to regain teaching status as a PADI Instructor.  It is also for Scuba Instructors from other organizations to learn about the PADI System of education and prepare to attend an IE.

The PADI Assistant Instructor will concentrate on completing the remaining IDC components in the preparation for attending the IE.


PADI Instructors who need to regain Teaching status due to a lapse in membership or a required reorientation to PADI Standards will complete a customized program as directed by PADI based on the Instructor's needs.

Instructors from other organizations will concentrate on overviewing the PADI system including PADI’s educational approach, materials, and philosophy.  This will give Instructors the background they need to prepare for the IE.


  • PADI Assistant Instructor, PADI Instructor, or Instructor member in good standing(eligible to renew) with another recognized recreational diver training organization for at least six months. (100 logged dives to attend the IE)

  • 18 years old

  • Medical clearance signed by a physician within the previous 12 months with no medical condition changes.

  • Certified diver for at least 6 months

  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care course, or other qualifying training within the past 24 months or EFR Instructor (or qualifying credential)

  • NOTE: EFR Instructor rating or qualifying rating is required for Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. (See information here)

  • Documentation of any non-PADI certifications

IDC Required Materials List

Course Curriculum

Candidates complete independent study through PADI IDC eLearning – 16 curriculum components*



  • *PADI AI’s do not need to repeat the eLearning curriculum if it was completed within a year of enrollment of the OWSI program.

  • *PADI Instructors regaining Teaching status or required reorientation will be directed as to which components must be completed

  • Instructors from other organizations need to complete the entire eLearning curriculum

Meet with the Course Director to complete:

  • Practical applications and workshops covering all core courses and experiences the candidate will be able to teach as an Instructor

  • Candidate teaching presentations in Knowledge Development, Confined Water and Open Water

  • Skill Evaluation – 24  demonstration quality skills

  • Exams – PADI Standards and Procedures Exam AND Dive Theory Exam

  • 400-yard continuous swim, without aids, any stroke AND 10-minute tread

  • Role model quality demonstration of a panicked diver at the surface

  • Role model quality demonstration of the rescue of a simulated unresponsive, nonbreathing diver at the surface

  • Role model quality demonstration scenario of the rescue of a simulated  unresponsive nonbreathing diver, provide aid at the surface, exiting,  and first aid including rescue breathing for and administering O2 to the victim using a rescue breathing mask

Schedule Options

  • Join an ongoing IDC and attend the specific required curriculum components of the OWSI course, take a 3-day OWSI program ( See dates below)  or contact Dive World Austin to set up a more relaxed schedule.

  • To Regain Teaching Status or attend a required reorientation, contact Dive World Austin to set up a schedule. ( Hours vary based on PADI requirements)



  • In conjunction with an IDC – attend only those sessions that are required for OWSI

    • March 20-26 -   Targeted IE March 28/29 Dallas

    • May 8-14   - Targeted IE May 16/17  Nacogdoches

    • May  29 - June 4 -Targeted IE June 13/14   Houston

    • Oct 16-22  -Targeted IE October 24/25 Nacogdoches

  • 3-day programs:

    • June 29,30, July 1 - Targeted IE  July 11/12 Dallas

    • August 4,5,6 - Targeted IE August 8/9 Nacogdoches


Contact Dive World Austin (512) 219-1220 to set up a more relaxed pace program.

OWSI Information Download

PADI Medical Release Form 

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