PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

This is a two-part course – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) programme.
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What It's All About

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – 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 programme that sets the standard for training dive professionals.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated scuba diving professionals who teach the world’s most progressive, popular, and fun scuba diving programmes?

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) programme. As you are already a PADI Assistant Instructor already, you may only need to complete the second part of the PADI IDC. However, even though you are a PADI Assistant Instructor you may want to complete the entire PADI IDC. After that you can go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn your PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI programme allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organisation may be eligible to enrol directly in the OWSI programme. This recognises prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

What's Included

  • All aspects of the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Course
  • At least Five Specialty Instructor Courses
  • All required dives
  • All local dives
  • Tanks & Weights
  • Airport Pick-up from Paphos International Airport

What's Not Included

  • IDC Crewpack
  • PADI Fees
  • Specialty Instructor Course Materials
  • Zenobia Trips
  • Accommodation & Food


To complete the PADI Assistant Instructor Programme you must

  • A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months (for the full PADI IDC programme)
  • Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor
  • Be certified as a diving instructor from another training agency
  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • Be an Emergency First Response Instructor (you can earn this rating during your PADI IDC)
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • The minimum required time for this programme is 5 days


Getting Started

Contact us to arrange your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Programme here at Coral Bay Divers and we’ll sign you up.