Are you looking for something amazing? Do you want to do something others can only dream of? Do you wish to help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, and Davy Jones Locker Diving on Thailand’s Koh Tao island is your ticket into all this great stuff.
The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.
During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least
- Two confined water teaching presentations
- Two knowledge development presentations
- One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills
You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:
- Course Orientation
- Dive Industry Overview
- General Standards and Procedures
- The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
- Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
- PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
- Adaptive Teaching
- The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
- Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
- Adventures in Diving Program
- Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
- Rescue Diver Course
- Divemaster Course
- Diver Retention Programs
- How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)
You will demonstrate competence at
- performing all 24 dive skills as listed on the PADI Skill Evaluation.
- performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.
During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam, but don’t fret: everything is taught in a systematic and consistent way, and you ease from one level to the next, perfectly mastering the new skills and information.
After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.
To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:
- Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months
- Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be certified as a diver for at least six months
- Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
- Have proof of CPR and First Aid within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course can be taken right at DJL Diving and meets this requirement
- Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
Davy Jones Locker Diving graduates either stay on Koh Tao, or move on to other destinations such as Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Egypt, and many other places. Becoming an instructor is a ticket to an unbelievable lifestyle of sun, fun, and adventure in some of the most beautiful places on our wet planet. It is all about doing what you love, and loving what you do. So take the plunge, join us here on Koh Tao, and forever change your life!