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PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

Open Water Instructor

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life; then become a PADI Instructor!


Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic realm with others while doing what you love - being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they've completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.

How Much Will It Cost?

Club Membership is £30 per annum.

The Divemaster Course materials will cost club members approximately £250. Travel and dive site entry fees are extra.

How Long Will It Take?

The OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor) course and IE (Instructor Examination) will take at least 5 days. But it will take you several weeks to prepare and be ready for the undertaking.

PADI Continuing Education.

Instructor Trainers

InDepth Dive Club's PADI Open Water Instructor courses are run by Course Directors:

Clive Albon

Bethan Comley


Open Water Instructor

Have you got what it takes to become a professional diving instructor?

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world's most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs?


Then why not become a PADI Pro with an Instructor Development Course?


The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.


Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you how to conduct all of PADI's core courses. You will learn how to organise your paperwork correctly, conduct classroom presentations and skill development sessions, as well as learning how to keep your students safe underwater. You will become familiar with how to use PADI's instructor manual correctly, how to make best use of your certified assistants and how to conduct courses within the 'standards' laid down for student safety.


Key topics covered by the course include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops

  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System

  • Risk Management and Diver Safety

  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor

  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counselling

During your IE (Instructor Examination) you will deliver a classroom presentation to your examiner and be expected to meet the required standard; which includes making appropriate use of non-diving related stories, teaching aids, appropriate contact, describing and reinforcing what the objectives are and their specific value(s). As well as promoting the dive industry as a whole, promoting equipment and course sales. This is the business of diving!



During your OWSI and IE you will be expected to deliver confined water classes in a safe and enjoyable manner, making good use of any certified assistants and demonstrating your assigned skills to the appropriate 'demonstration quality' standard.


The open water teaching element of the course will see you run a section of an open water course, again, in a safe and controlled manner, making good use of certified assistants and having overall control of your class.

You will be expected to rectify any errors and both brief and debrief the skills in a positive manner.


Arguably the most stressful part of the IE for many candidates is the exams. There are 5 closed book exams in total:

  • Physics

  • Physiology

  • Equipment

  • Dive Tables

  • Skill & Environment

Additionally, there is also the PADI Standards exam, which is open book.

  • PADI Standards exam 

The passing score is a minimum of 75% on each exam.

Preparation is key. If you are thinking about becoming a PADI Open Water Instructor then you need to be well prepared, you need to have taken several mock exams and know your subject well. Afterall, you are about to become the instructor...!

PREREQUISITES: Assistant Instructor and EFR Instructor, 60 logged dives and minimum of 18 years old (Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor..)

Divemasters who have been a certified diver for at least six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course.


The PADI Assistant Instructor Course is available through the InDepth Dive Club. To enrol on a course you will need to Join the club. Click HERE to Join.


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