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Open Water Scuba Instructor

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Course is designed for PADI Assistant Instructors (AI), or Instructors from another training organization. This course introduces you to the PADI System of Instruction and familiarizes you with the standards used for teaching those courses a PADI OWSI can teach. The OWSI program assumes you have developed teaching skills and focuses more on the PADI systems approach to Instruction and Training Standards. The program prepares the PADI Assistant Instructor or Instructor from another training organization to take the Instructor Examination (IE) with PADI Examiners. 


  1. PADI Assistant Instructor, PADI Instructor, or instructor member in good standing (eligible to renew) with a recognized diver training organization* for at least six months.

  2. 18 years old.

  3. Medical clearance signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.

  4. Certified diver for at least six months.

  5. Completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course, or other qualifying training, within the last 24 months; or current Emergency First Response Instructor or CPR/first aid instructor with another emergency care organization.

  6. Documentation of any non-PADI qualifying entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level certifications* as required.

*Contact your PADI Regional Headquarters with questions about eligibility or for more information.

Course Cost Includes: 

Tuition: $750

PADI Instruction Exam Fee: $750

PADI Registration: $350

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