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 PADI open water
scuba instructor (OWSI) 


The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is the second and final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor, after the first phase of Assistant Instructor Course (AI)During the Instructor Development Course (IDC) you'll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers.


How the course is conducted ?

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

  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations

  • Open water diver workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations

  • After completion of the Instructor Development Course, you need to successfully complete the PADI Instructor Examination to become a certified Instructor.

Discover scuba diving
Course director and his IDC students
PADI  Instructor
PADI Specialty Photography IDC
IDC classroom
IDC Pool session
PADI Course Director Guy Faisnel
IDC Classroom in Bali


  • Teach scuba diving from the PADI Seal Team for Kids, to Open Water Diver, to Rescue Diver and Divemaster.

  • Share your love of diving with customers at a local dive center, at a resort, on a live aboard dive boat, or in a    university setting. You can even teach independently.

  • Teach people how to dive - not just beginners, but also show divers how to expand their skills and knowledge to experience new things in diving.

  • Guide trips to exotic dive destinations.

  • Expand your own skills and the courses you can teach by becoming a Specialty Instructor, working up to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), IDC Staff Instructor, or Master Instructor. 


The PADI Instructor Examination is a 2.5-day program during which the Examiners evaluate candidates' readiness against a set of objective evaluation criteria.

The good news is that you will have the same type of assignments at the IE you had during your IDC! You will also have to sit two written exams on dive theory and standards. By this time you will be able to answer these questionsin your sleep.

During our IDC we will provide a thorough briefing on how the IE is organized and exactly what scores you will have to achieve to be successful. We will also assist you with the logistics during the IE, including transports, teaching aids etc.

Despite the testing environment most candidates have fond memories of their IE and leave with a strong sense of being part of a global tribe of instructors.

The written part of the IE can be taken in many different languages. Please let us know if you wish to take your written exams in your own language as soon as possible,orat the beginning of your IDC at the latest, so we can make the necessary arrangements for you. We can provide French and English translation for the rest of the exam. You can also bring your own translator if you feel you need one.

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