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OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR Are you looking for something extraordinary?

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course at OLYMPUS DIVE CENTER

Are you looking 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.

Olympus has worked very hard for our reputation. It is that reputation that attracts divers from all over the world. As a Divemaster or potential Divemaster candidate, you will appreciate the ability to progress towards an IDC with us. Our area is visited year-round by water enthusiasts and is teeming with divers in the summer months. Even though the water does get a bit colder in the winter our boats and shore dives are accessible all year long. The ethics of safety is embedded in everything we do and as a graduate from our IDC program, you will have this instilled in you. Our more demanding environment requires a candidate who is fit, responsible, and creative.

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.

The Challenging Part

Olympus always strives to raise the bar when it comes to running a dive charter and training operation. The majority of divers trained here are better prepared for the potentially challenging environment of ocean wreck diving. Our ocean/shipwreck centered training philosophy, our facilities, and our environment are perfectly suited to create outstanding Instructors. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations. Organization and dedication are key.

What You Learn

The OWSI program is a minimum of six days. It introduces a qualified and competent Divemaster to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator. The 2 day PADI Instructor Examination usually follows immediately after the IDC. IDC candidates must complete the PADI E-learning Instructor Development course (not included) prior to our IDC start date.

During the course, you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting a minimum of:

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in 14 curriculum presentations and demonstrate competence at:

  • Performing all 20 dive skills listed in the Skill Evaluation.
  • Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800meterss/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.


To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI core programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor. Specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver will complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course Crew-Pak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual

Your course price includes

  • All boat, pool, and shore diving related fees
  • The IDC  and EFRI Crew-Paks
  • Stay in our Diver's lodge located a block from our facility
  • All air fills and/or tank rentals needed during the course
  • Emergency First Response Instructor course
  • The PADI Instructor Examination

Price: $3000/person

  • Class size is limited to 4 students

  *Students must provide their own personal items including mask, fins, snorkel, booties, gloves, regulator, BCD, and tanks. We have rentals available for the regulator, BCD, dive computer, wetsuit, and tanks.

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