The Open Water Instructor (OWI) programme is the second of two distinct components of the instructor development course. The first is the Assistant Instructor/ Dive Control Specialist course.
The formal OWI programme takes a minimum of four days. You will learn about the system of diver education and further develop your abilities as a professional dive educator. To succeed you will need commitment, organisation and dedication, as well as a sense of humour, patience and a desire to pass on your love of diving to course participants.
During the course you will present at least two confined water teaching presentations, two knowledge development presentations, and one open water teaching presentation integrating two skills. You will also attend and participate in 14 curriculum presentations and pass a five-part theory exam. You will demonstrate competence in performing all dive skills and will complete a face-down, non-stop 800m swim using a mask, snorkel and fins.
Once you have qualified as an Open Water Instructor you will be able to conduct the entire range of programmes from Try Dive and Scuba Expierence to Divemaster. You can also gain instructor ratings in the many speciality programmes.
Divemaster or Assistant Instructor/ Dive Control Specialist certification, or be an instructor in good standing with another training organisation for at least six months
Emergency First Response Instructor certification
Minimum age 18 years
Certified as a diver for at least six months
Minimum 60 dives, including night, deep and navigation diving to begin the Instructor Development Course
Minimum 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
CPR and First Aid training within the previous 24 months
Medical form signed by a physician within the last 12 months