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Open Water Instructor Course



Who this scuba 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 Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or equivalent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider*, where local law permits
* Note: CPROX, CPR1st or CPROX1stAED courses may be combined with the IDC program by qualified instructors

What you can expect to learn:

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

  • Standards and Procedures
  • History of
  • 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
  • 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 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 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

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

Teach the Open Water Scuba Diver, Advanced Adventure Diver Specialty, Computer Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Assistant Instructor course

Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor minimum requirements:

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





Skill Level: Profesional
Materials Included: No
Requirements: 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 Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or equivalent Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider*, where local law permits
Instructor: Instructor Trainers: Robert P Mitchell & Myke Knapp
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