SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OWSDI)



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 Duration:

The instructor course is separated into two sections, the Instructor Development Course and the IEC, the Instructor Evaluation Course. 

The IDC generally runs over consecutive 8 days followed by two days of the IEC. However we do offer flexibility for the IDC in ability to run the sessions over weekends and evenings to cover much of the theory, presentations and paperwork sections. This flexibility means that the course runs over a number of weeks and requires commitment from the candidates to attend all sessions we schedule. Further to remote sessions of course candidates are required to complete and assist in the in-water sessions as often as possible.

Courses should not be treated as a race or something that can be skipped through quickly. Please remember training does not guarantee certification, we need to ensure you fully understand the training and will be a safe diver on certification. We follow a loved one clause that when certified we would be happy you could safely dive with one of our loved ones.

We will strive to meet your timelines and requirements where possible and will always be dependant on student availability to attend sessions.


Course prerequisites & forms:

  • 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
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider*, where local law permits
* Note: CPR, first aid, and oxygen provider courses may be combined with the IDC Program by qualified instructors

Medical Form
Liability Release 

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

        How to take this course?

        • Availability to start every week. 
        • Get in touch with us by phone, whatsapp, facebook or e-mail
        • You can also add to shopping cart and pay online using ideal, credit card or paypal.

        Price & Value:

        SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OWSDI)- €2950,00

        *Fully inclusive of all e-learning, equipment required for the course, training, certification and membership fees on successful completion. Also includes 5 SDI speciality instructor ratings.

        We focus on and are proud of the skill level, knowledge, decision making, experience and readiness of divers to dive at levels which they have been trained. We want to invest in you, your safety and ability to dive, then come home with amazing stories.

        Our courses are priced as such and we do not hide additional costs. We are are very flexible for training, especially in terms of dates or location as we know we all have busy lives and work commitments. However if for reasons outside of weather, illness or other such emergencies a course/training can not be completed in the standard training schedule we will charge for extra days at €150,00 per day.