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AI (Assistant Instructor) and
OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor) - prerequesites

To start AI-Course or IDC-Program You have to:

  • be 18 years of age
  • have at least 60 dives in Your logbook showing experience in Night Diving, Underwater Navigation and DEEP Diving (for IE You need to show at least 100 dives in your logbook)
  • have been certified as Recreational Diver for at least 6 months (Does not for AI program only)
  • be PADI Divemaster (or have been Instructor in other Training Organization for at least 6 months)
  • have max 12 months old Medical signed by Physisian stating You are fit for diving
  • have CPR and First Aid training within last 24 months (EFR preferred)

To start OWSI-Program You have to:

  • be 18 years of age
  • have at least 60 dives in Your logbook showing experience in Night Diving, Underwater Navigation and DEEP Diving (for IE You need to show at least 100 dives in your logbook)
  • have been certified as Recreational Diver for at least 6 months
  • be PADI Assistant Istructor or have been Instructor in other Training Organization for at least 6 months
  • have max 12 months old Medical signed by Physisian stating You are fit for diving
  • have CPR and First Aid training within last 24 months (EFR preferred)

When prerequisites are met You may start Your training. Training is - like all PADI programs - performance based, meaning that when You have mastered all performance requirements You qualify to attend PADI Instructor Examination (It´s Easy). After passing that You will be granded PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Status ( assuming You have got CPR & First Aid Instructor Credentiels). Just remember: learning to teach is just like all other courses - You only learn basics. You will need practice in order to become a Good Instructor. But after me, You will be well on Your way. And there is always possibility stay a week or two longer and practise doing courses under my supervision.

After You graduate You need to consider some continuing education programs - CPR and First Aid Instructor rating is required for PADI-Instructor, perhaps You want also become DAN HMLI-, DAN O2- and DAN Neuro- Instructor or make your Master Scuba Diver Trainer Preparation-program. It is sad to notice that so many Candidates come just to do their IDC, They have not been even thinking about other Instructor programs I am offering. Take a benefit doing more at same time - that saves Your money and gives even more in prearing YOU to become a good instructor.

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Page updated 6.12.2019


Preparation is important: Start that well ahead of time, write down all questions you will get - it is time to ask them in classroom discussions