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PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor


PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor

Stock No. OWSI
US$ 900.00

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program allows dive professionals to continue training to become PADI Intstructors.  This course is for you if:

1) You are a PADI Assistant Instructor and ready to complete the remaining IDC components to prepare you to attend a PADI Instructor Exam (IE)

2) You are a PADI Instructor looking to regain teaching status due to a lapse in membership or required re-orientation to PADI standards

3) You are a recreational SCUBA instructor from another diver training organization and interested to learn about the PADI System of diver education and prepare to attend a PADI Instructor Exam (IE).

Once completed, you are eligible to attend the PADI Instructor Exam (IE).  The IE is a standardized 2-day evaluative program overseen by PADI Regional Headquarters that tests instructor candidates' teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, understanding of the PADI instructional system and professionalism to determine whether you are sufficiently prepared to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Scubaland's preparation courses are scheduled to coincide with exam dates held within about 4 hours of Austin (typically in Houston, Dallas, Nacogdoches) but you are prepared to attend the IE in a location of your choice.

Not sure about your schedule but you want to sign up for a class? Scroll to the bottom of the course listing and select the course marked "UNSCHEDULED." We will enroll you in an unscheduled class and you can contact us when you're ready to choose your dates. We'll then move you into the class you chose. You can ignore the dates that appear on the unscheduled class listing.


  • Minimum age: 18
  • Certified Diver for 6 months
  • PADI Assistant Instructor or recreational SCUBA instructor from another diver training organizations
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or equivalent) course completion within the last 24 months
  • 60 logged dives with documented experience in night diving, deep diving and U/W Navigation


  • You must have 100 logged dives before attending the PADI Instructor Exam
  • You must successfully complete a PADI IDC within 12 months of the PADI Instructor Exam start date
  • You must be an Emergency First Response Instructor or have other qualifying certification to teach Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) prior to attending the Instructor Exam
  • Academic, confined water and open water instruction
  • Coaching by Scubaland's experienced professional-level training staff
  • Complimentary standard air fills during training activities
  • Discount on Enriched Air fills

PADI IDC Candidates are required to own their own personal snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots) and SCUBA equipment (BCD, regulator, dive computer, surface marker buoy, wetsuit, weights, flashlights, dive knife, etc.)  

In addition, the following expenses are not included in the course fees:

  • All materials required of a PADI Divemaster
  • Instructor Development Course crewpack
  • Dive Theory Online if needed
  • PADI Student materials for Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue and Divemaster
  • Dive site entry

Upon Program Completion:

  • PADI IE enrollment fees
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Application Fee

Instructor-level liability insurance

01 Jan 2026 | 1000 | 1000

Robert Aschermann (Instructor)

More Info
Confined Water Session 1
Tue 23 Jul 2024
Open Water Session 1
Tue 23 Jul 2024
Fri 01 Jan 2021