Home / Education / Courses / Open Water Scuba Instructor This is a two-part course - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills. Open Water Scuba Instructor Contact Dive Shop Professional Open Water Scuba Instructor Contact Dive Shop Your Dive Shop Description If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life - become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy - being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they've completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you're rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others - transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours. Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world's most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PROSM with an Instructor Development Course. The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification. Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating. Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor. A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need: At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE. Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training. Academic Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You'll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include: PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops Learning, Instruction and the PADI System Risk Management and Diver Safety The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling You may be able to get college credit or the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course. Available Languages For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center. Getting Started PADI's eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor. Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven't already completed it or it's been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC. Visit a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center or Resort to ask about an IDC. Your Dive Shop More Courses Professional Divemaster Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world. Professional Assistant Instructor Start here to become a PADI dive Instructor. Share your passion with others and help them experience the same joy you have for scuba diving. Professional Specialty Instructor Teach a specialty course that interests you. Choose from, Deep Diver, Night Diver or Public Safety Diver course, just to name a few. There are 25+ standard PADI Specialty Diver courses to choose from. Professional Master Scuba Diver Trainer The ultimate recreational diver rating. All PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned five or more PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Professional IDC Staff Instructor This course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process and prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. Professional Master Scuba Instructor Get recognized as an elite scuba diving educator who, through dedication and hard work, has proven to be a dive industry leader.