Become an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OWSDI)

Our next Instructor Development Course will be held starting on October 5th at the LP Scuba Dive Center and be held every Saturday & Sunday throughout the entire month of October.  The Instructor Evaluation Course will be held at our Dive Center on October 27th & 28th, 2018.

The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OWSDI) 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 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 SDI Divemaster, SDI Assistant Instructor, or equivalent
  • Physician’s signed Medical Statement MUST BE completed before the start of the course, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider*, where local law permits

* Note: SDI CPROX, CPR1st or CPROX1stAED courses may be combined with the IDC program by qualified instructors

What you can expect to learn:

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

  • SDI Standards and Procedures
  • History of SDI
  • 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
    • SDI 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 SDI 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 SDI 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 SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, Advanced Adventure Diver Specialty, Computer Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Assistant Instructor course

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor minimum requirements:

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

Sign up and take the Instructor Development course & Instructor Evaluation Course!

  • Available as an Online Course: Start eLearning today!
  • Give us a call: 623-512-4735
  • Instructor Development Course Cost: $1,895.95 USD for eLearning code, student materials, classroom, pool training & open water training only. Instructor Examination and agency processing fees are additional costs.  Contact our dive shop for full course cost.
  • Instructor Evaluation Course:  2 Day – Instructor Examination = $560.00 USD, payable to the LP Scuba Dive Center
  • SDI Instructor Processing Fees:  $340.00 USD, payable to SDI upon submission of your dive leadership application at time of completion of the Instructor Examination.