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OSWI Crossover

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

You are already a scuba instructor with another certifying agency.  However, you know that PADI certifies approximately 80% of the divers in the United States and you’ve decided it’s time to earn a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating in order to open some new doors.  The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Crossover program is the way to do this.

The Crossover program acknowledges that you are already a scuba instructor and have some degree of expertise and teaching ability.  This program focuses on allowing you to explore the PADI system of diver education, rather than developing basic teaching techniques.  The goal is to give you an opportunity to take a close look at PADI – the organization, its courses, programs, educational materials and philosophy.

What you can do as a PADI 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.


Current instructor member in good standing with another recreational diver training organization for at least 6 months.
18 years old
60 logged dives; 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
Complete the PADI Divemaster course dive rescue assessment
Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry-level, advanced, rescue, and leadership level to PADI

Course Fee

The course fee is $800 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 PADI 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