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Open Water Instructor Course



The Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OW) course is designed to teach current Divemasters or Assistant Instructors certified with a recognized dive training organization the knowledge to effectively function as an open water scuba diver instructor. This program is divided into two sections, an instructor development course (IDC) and an instructor evaluation course (IEC).

Who this scuba course is for:

Individuals that wish to share their love for the underwater world with others

Course prerequisites:

Minimum age 18
Certified diver for a minimum of 6 months
Proof of 100 logged dives completed in a number of different environments with varying depths
Be certified as a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or equivalent
Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider*, where local law permits
* Note: CPROX, CPR1st or CPROX1stAED courses may be combined with the IDC program by qualified instructors

What you can expect to learn:

The Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

Standards and Procedures
History of
Products and procedures
How to place an order
Registration procedures
Yearly renewals
Liability and insurance
Risk management
Waivers and releases
Filling out an accident report
Methods of instruction
Teaching theory, methods and oral communications
Lesson preparation
Use of training aids
home study program, use of knowledge quest
Successfully selling scuba
Budgeting courses
Recruiting students
Organizing and scheduling a course
Retail sales
Instructor ethics
Physics and physiology of diving
Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

Present a minimum of
Two classroom presentations
Two lessons in confined water
Two lessons in open water
Show preparation, planning and control in
Dive management
Diving activities
Perform, to demonstration quality, one complete rescue scenario
Perform a 10 minute survival-float, without the use of swimming aids
Complete a 400 metre swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes; swim goggles permitted
Complete a 800 metre swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes
Bring a diver, simulating unconsciousness, up from depth, not greater than 6 metres / 20 feet; at the surface swim them 100 metres in less than 4 minutes
Pool/confined water
Candidates must perform, to demonstration quality, all skills listed in the Open Water Scuba Diver Course
Pool/confined water problem solving
Open Water
In open water candidates must perform, to demonstration quality, all skills listed in the Open Water Scuba Diver Course
Open water problem solving
Required Skill Performance for IEC, the student must:

Present a minimum of
One classroom presentation, minimum time 15 minutes in duration
One full lesson in confined water
One full lesson in open water
The evaluating instructor trainer must verify all required subjects were covered and skills were performed
What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

Teach the Open Water Scuba Diver, Advanced Adventure Diver Specialty, Computer Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Assistant Instructor course
Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor minimum requirements:

Satisfactorily complete the Instructor written exam or online equivalent
Successfully complete the IDC and the IEC
Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning class planning and execution


Skill Level: Profesional
Materials Included: No
Requirements: Minimum age 18 Certified diver for a minimum of 6 months Proof of 100 logged dives completed in a number of different environments with varying depths Be certified as a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or equivalent Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider*, where local law permits
Instructor: Instructor Trainers: Robert P Mitchell & Myke Knapp
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