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In the Instructor Development Course, the candidate will progress in diver education to a full professional.  This is a 2 week course that will prepare candidates for both real life teaching of scuba diver courses and the PADI Instructor Examinations

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.

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 6 day program. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

This course is 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.

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.


  • Be at least 18 years old (to work in the state of Israel, you must be at least 21 years old)

  • Be certified as a diver for at least 1 year

  • At least 100 logged dives

  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement

  • Certified Deep Diver (40 meters or more by any diving organization)

  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months


What to bring:

  • Positive Attitude

  • Laptop or Tablet or any other USB enabled device. Most of the course materials will be electronic/digital

  • All diving certifications: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Assistant instructor (Assistant Instructor only if already certified as such)

  • Diving insurance


Tentative Schedule (17 days):

  • day 1 - day 6 Assistant Intructor

  • Day Off

  • Day 8 - 15 Open Water Scuba Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor

  • Day Off

  • PADI Instructor Examinations (2 days)

*all tentative schedule days are subject to change without prior notice depending on course director schedule and dive center needs


PADI Medical Statement

PADI Liability Release

PADI Statement of Understanding

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