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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).

 

IMPORTANT: Enrolment in this course covers your SDI OWSDI Kit, all air fills, half-price gear hire, and IEC fee. However, as this course is not guaranteed certification, the cost DOES NOT include SDI New Instructor Registration; this fee is paid directly to SDI after successful completion of your IEC. 

 

HOW IT WORKS

Typically, a course-day will take place from 8 am – 6 pm. Please be aware that this may be adjusted; your instructor will be in touch to confirm.

 

eLearning

You’ll first need to complete a set of eLearning. This should roughly take you 12-15 hours.  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 etc
  • Liability and insurance; risk management, waivers and releases, etc 
  • Filling out an accident report
  • Methods of instruction; teaching theory, lesson preparation, use of training aids, etc
  • Successfully selling scuba; budgeting courses, recruiting students, retail sales, etc
  • Instructor ethics
  • Physics and physiology of diving

 

Instructor Development Course

The IDC component of your OWSDI Course takes place over 7 intensive days under the direct instruction and assessment of our in-house Instructor Trainer. Some of the required skills you will have to demonstarte include:

  • Present a minimum of two classroom presentations, two lessons in confined water, and two lessons in open water
  • Show preparation, planning and control in dive management and 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
  • In a pool/confined water, candidates must perform, to demonstration quality, all skills listed in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course, and demonstrate problem solving skills
  • In open water, candidates must perform, to demonstration quality, all skills listed in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course, and demonstrate problem solving skills

 

Instructor Evaluation Course

The IEC component of your OWSDI Course takes place on the final day. You will be assessed by an externally-based Instructor Trainer and at a minimum will be required to:

  • Present one classroom presentation (minimum time 15 minutes in duration), one full lesson in confined water, and one full lesson in open water
  • The evaluating instructor trainer must verify all required subjects were covered and skills were performed
1. Minimum age 18

 

2. Certified diver for a minimum of 6 months

 

3. Proof of 100 logged dives completed in a number of different environments with varying depths

 

4. Be certified as a SDI Divemaster, SDI Assistant Instructor, or equivalent

 

5. Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider

 

6. Have completed the following paperwork:
WHY DSS?
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Max 3 Students Per Class
Max 3 Students Per Class
Max 3 Students Per Class
Neutral Buoyancy First*
Neutral Buoyancy First*
Neutral Buoyancy First*
In-House Instructor Trainer
In-House Instructor Trainer
In-House Instructor Trainer
In-House Pool
In-House Pool
In-House Pool