10 Steps to Becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor


PADI open water scuba instructor class

PADI open water scuba instructor class


  1. The first step to becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is to learn to scuba dive! Sign up for the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver course.  This course consists of an E-Learning component, Confined Water Sessions and 4 Open Water dives.  Your PADI Instructor will teach you the knowledge and skills required to become a safe and responsible entry level scuba diver.
  2. Dive as often as possible!  You will meet other scuba divers with the same interests and experience different dive sites and unique creatures during your underwater adventures.
  3. Your next step is the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.  To earn this certification you will need to complete 5 Adventure Dives with your PADI Instructor including Navigation, Deep Diver and three other Adventure Dives of your choice.  Each of the dives is an introduction to the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course, this gives you a “taste” of the varied types of diving that may peak your particular interests. This may be exploring ship wrecks or scuba diving at night. This will give you the ability to take your skills to the next level under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.
  4. Now that you have reached the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, your next step toward becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor is to earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification.  This course increases your outward focus to fellow scuba divers.  You will learn in-water rescue techniques as well as CPR and First Aid during the Emergency First Responder portion of the course.
  5. Dive! Dive! Dive!
  6. Enroll in the PADI Divemaster course. This is your next step up the ladder and your first step in making scuba diving a career.  You will need to have logged 40 dives to be accepted into the program and by the end of the 10 day course you will need to have logged at least 60 dives.  During the PADI Divemaster course you will learn the basics of the PADI system, how to assist divers, work in the dive industry and prepare to attend the PADI Instructor Development Course.
  7. Prior to attending the PADI Instructor Development Course you will need to have held your Open Water certification for 6 months and logged 100 dives. This is the time to get experience in the water, on boats, assisting classes and assist the other staff and crew around a dive center.
  8. Almost there now!  Schedule your PADI Instructor Development Course with Sea Experience and sign up for and complete the IDC E-Learning and the Dive Theory E-Learning.
  9. Attend the PADI Instructor Development Course and Emergency First Responder Instructor courses that are both included in the Phase II package.
  10. The final step is to attend and pass the PADI Instructor Exam (IE).  This is the last two days of the scheduled Phase II package.  Your Sea Experience Course Director will have you prepared to pass the exam and to be a safe and effective scuba instructor.  Now, go out and live the dive life!