Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) rating is the first PADI Instructor level attained by dive professionals. OWSI's take responsibility for introducing people to scuba diving through various PADI programs and courses.

Teaching status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Dive Master (except for specialties which require specific Specialty Instructor ratings).

What are the pre-requisites?

To enroll in an OWSI Program, an individual must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or as a current instructor member in good standing with another recreational diver training organization for at least six months.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the medical clearance cannot be the applicant.
  • Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 dives showing experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • Note: (To attend an IE, the instructor candidate must have at least 100 logged dives)
  • Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
  • Submit documentation of any qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level issued by another recreational diver training organization. (PADI Members who have these records on file at PADI do not need to resubmit.)

How Do I become an OWSI?

PADI Instructor development has two phases – a training phase and an evaluation phase. Completion of the training phase may be met by taking either a complete Instructor Development Course (IDC), or (if eligible) the shorter OWSI Program.

The PADI Instructor Examination (IE) is the evaluation phase of the PADI Instructor development process. Instructor candidates who have successfully completed an IDC or OWSI Program may enroll in a PADI IE. To be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, an individual must successfully complete a PADI IE conducted by a PADI Instructor Examiner.

What will I do?

During training (either an IDC or OWSI Program), instructor candidates review PADI Standards, procedures, philosophies and teaching methods as well as hone their practical teaching ability, watermanship, and diving knowledge. 

Specialty Instructor

A specialty Instructor may teach the specialties that he is certified for. Choose any of the Specialties that you like whether it’s Deep, Wreck, Photography or Fish ID. It’s up to you!

What are the pre-requisites?

Renewed PADI Assistant Instructor, PADI Instructor or have completed an IDC or Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program within the past 12 month.

How Do I become a Specialty instructor?

I offer Specialty courses in all PADI Specialties (except ice...). Single Specialties or Multiple Specialties, whichever you prefer. The courses are normally conducted together with MSDT training. So if you are already an MSDT and you want to add another Specialty, contact me!

Altitude Diver

AWARE –Coral Reef Conservation

AWARE – Fish Identification



Deep *

Digital Underwater Photographer*

Diver Propulsion Vehicle*

Drift *

Dry Suit

Enriched Air ( Nitrox)




Peak Performance Buoyancy

Project AWARE

Search and Recovery*

Semi closed – Rebreather – Ray and Dolphin*

Underwater Naturalist

Underwater Navigator

Underwater Videographer


Specialties noted with * may have additional costs or requirements. Please also note that some course can only be conducted at certain venues.

What will I do?

You will be required to present a teaching presentation from each relevant course; you will also be required to complete all performance requirements from the dives of each specialty.

What will I need?

PADI Specialty Instructor guide

The necessary equipment to fulfill performance objectives of every dive – e.g. a Drysuit for Drysuit specialty, Lights for night diving and cameras for DUP.

How long will it take?             

The courses can normally be completed in 1-3 days; no more than 3 training dives per day will be done. Please note that some courses require more dives and have different pre-requisites.