If you love scuba diving and want to make a career out of it, becoming a PADI Open Water Instructor is the best way. With the right scuba instructor certification, you can open your dive center or teach others how to dive safely and responsibly.
Here’s what it takes to become a PADI Open Water Instructor:
First, you must be an Advanced Open Water Diver with at least 60 logged dives. You will also need to complete several courses, including Rescue Diver certification, Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), and Secondary Care (First Aid) training within 24 months before application. You must also pass the Divemaster program, which includes knowledge development, practical application, and an exam. Finally, you’ll need to attend a five-day Instructor Development Course (IDC).
The PADI Open Water Instructor Certification program consists of two parts: the online portion, which includes lectures, quizzes, and exams, the practical sessions, including skills training in confined water environments such as a swimming pool or shallow ocean areas.