Open Water Scuba Instructor
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Open Water Scuba Instructor

The Fun Part – What you get to do and learn!

You are well on your way.  You’ve earned your Divemaster and Assistant Instructor ratings and now you are ready to take the final steps towards earning your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.  You’ve watched and learned from instructors in the dive classes you’ve taken.  You’ve assisted with classes while earning your Divemaster rating and possibly as a certified assistant. Now you want to be the one in front of the students helping them achieve their goals and transforming their lives by opening up the underwater world to them.  That is powerful! Congratulations on making the decision to earn this distinguished rating.  

What you can do as an Open Water Scuba Instructor

The Open Water Scuba Instructor rating will allow you to teach and certify students in a number of PADI courses ranging from Bubblemaker & Discover Scuba Diving programs to Divemaster.


PADI Divemaster, or leadership level with another diver training organization
18 years old
60 logged dives; including documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation
Certified diver for 6 months
Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months
Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months
If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course dive rescue assessment
PADI Assistant Instructor or current instructor member in good standing with another recreational diver training organization for at least 6 months.
Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry-level, advanced, rescue, and leadership level to PADI, if necessary

Course Fee

The course fee is $750 per person.  The fee includes all classroom and pool sessions, all open water training, and tanks & weights for all diving activities.

The course fee does not include materials, PADI Instructor Development Online eLearning, PADI Dive Theory Online eLearning, PADI application or Instructor Examination fees.

Additional Information

Please review the attached information packet for additional information on authorized activities for Open Water Scuba Instructors; a description of the course structure; details on the skills, assessments and practical applications that you will conduct during the course; and required materials. 

Instructor Development Information Packet