PADI Instructor Crossover
PADI is "the way the world learns to dive", and PADI Instructors are the most in-demand instructors in the recreational diving industry. For the best chances of employment in most parts of the world, every dive instructor should have a PADI Instructor rating.
To become a PADI Instructor, certified current instructors with other recreational diving certification agencies need to complete a PADI OWSI Program and a PADI Instructor Examination.
During the PADI OWSI Program (which is also the second part of the PADI IDC), the Instructor will learn about the PADI System and the instructional philosophies that apply to the various courses that a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor can teach, as well as getting in depth information about the dive industry and business matters, and the opportunity to fine tune knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching skills.
As the PADI OWSI Program is the second part of the PADI IDC, instructors from other organisations can do a crossover at any one of our scheduled PADI Instructor Development Courses.
- Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or as a current instructor member in good standing with another recreational diver raining organization for at least 6 months.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months.
- Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in the individual’s log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
- Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
- Submit documentation of any qualifying certification for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization.
Requirements for Certification
To be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you'll need to complete the full PADI OWSI Program, show proof of having logged 100 dives, and complete the PADI Instructor Exam. Prior to final certification, you'll show proof of being a current instructor in first aid and CPR. We recommend the EFR Instructor Course to meet this requirement.