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The Open Water Scuba Instructor Course at TEXAS DIVE CENTER

Are you looking to do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of the Instructor Training Course (ITC)—the core of Instructor training and development. The first portion (3 days) is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program (4-6 days).

The OWSI program is a minimum of four days and follows the Assistant Instructor portion or for current AI's. It introduces you to the entire System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

The Fun Part

It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you.

The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You’ll begin networking with otherdive professionals and begin to explore Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.

The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study digital course material before the course begins and to prepare teaching assignments for classroom, pool and open water presentations. Organization and dedication are key for your success.

What You Learn

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the System of Education by presenting at least

  • A number of confined water teaching presentations
  • A number of knowledge development presentations
  • A number of open water teaching presentations integrating two skills
You will also attend and participate in the several curriculum presentations as well as demonstrate competence at:
  • performing all dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • performing a face down, non-stop swim for 800 yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.
During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part Science of Diving exam .

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of programs from Try Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer, Enriched Air Diver and others.

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic instructor level scuba gear (Instructor Total Diving System).

The Learning Materials You Need

The Instructor Training Course digital course includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Training Course outside of the classroom prior to starting class and pool work.

Next Steps

View the Instructor Examination (IE) Calendar with your Course Director (Instructor Trainer).


To qualify for training as a Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a Divemaster (to enroll in full ITC) or a Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organisztion for at least six months (check with our Training Director for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be certified in First Aid/CPR w/AED, and Oxygen Provider current within the past 24 months or take a refresher with us during your ITC.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Training Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

The Costs and What Do You Get:
Many Instructor Training programs that are out there don't show you the cost on their web sites. Others list just the basic costs and don't mention the add on items you will need to pay for once you put your deposit down or enroll in their courses. After all training new instructors is a very competitive business and you need to compare programs Apples-toApples. So we believe in a package one price being the honest method. Below is what you get when you choose Texas Dive Center, Inc. in Lubbock, TX:

ITEM   Your Cost
Mares Pro Dry BackPac                                                                                            FREE
Pro Registration Fee (Paid to SSI) $    70.00
93700668 SSI Professional Bundle (DG,SOD,AI & ITC digital courses) $ 1050.00
470193 Buddy Team Log Slate $    17.00
471117 Instructor Wetnote Set $    55.00
471102 Dive Briefing and Dive Guiding Evaluation Slate $    17.00
                                                                                                              TOTAL FOR REQUIRED MATERIAL/SSI FEES $1209.00
                                                                                                                   Instructor Trainer Fee for AI Course (add to above) $  800.00
                                                                                                                   Instructor Trainer Fee for OWI Course (add to above) $  800.00
                                                                                                              TOTAL FOR FULL ITC $2800.00
                                                                                                                   Optional fee for Specialty Instructor Certification $  400.00
                                                                                                              TOTAL FOR ITC Plus SpecInstr

You will pay approx $695 total for your final Instructor Examination (this is not done by your Trainer). You will also incur some travel costs to open water for training and perhaps for the final examination for certification. We provide scuba tanks, weights and wet suits if needed for your training for free.

Are you already certified as a Dive Master or Instructor with another scuba training agency and interested in joining our SSI Dive Team? We'd love to discuss the various reasons we did it. Learn about the process and costs by clicking here;

For more information about this or other courses have a chat with one of the TEXAS DIVE CENTER Team members.