PADI Instructor Course – Open Water Scuba Instructor

Are you looking for something extraordinary? 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.

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.

The Fun Part

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.


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 Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization 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.)

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.

What will I need to start?

PADI Divemaster rating or qualifying certification from another certification organization

At least 18 years old

Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives

Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

Have current (24 months) CPR and Secondary Care certification


What will I do?

Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations

Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations

Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations


How long will it take?

The course can vary from as little as three days to more than two weeks


What materials are needed?

PADI Instructor Manual

Instructor Candidate Workbook

The Law and the Diving Professional

The Business of Diving

The Best of The Undersea Journal

Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards

Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards

Open Water Lesson Planning Slate

Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate

Log Book

Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Specialty Instructor Outline

Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline

Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline

Open Water Diver Manual

Adventures in Diving Manual

Rescue Diver Manual

Divemaster Manual

Recreational Dive Planner, The Wheel and table, and Instructions for Use Booklets

Course Includes

Course Director Instruction Fee
4 Lectures (about 3 hours each session)
8 Confined Open Water Sessions
4 Open Water Open Sea Sessions
Training Dive Trips to Pulau Tioman / Pulau Hantu
Training attachments for further experience

Course Excludes

PADI Membership Fee
PADI Materials stated above (SGD $800)


Waikiki Classroom


Outram Secondary School


SGD $2200