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OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR Are you looking for something extraordinary?

The NAUI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course at SA SCUBA SHACK

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 NAUI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is a distinct component of NAUI's Instructor Training Course (ITC)—the core of NAUI Instructor training. 

The OWSI program is a 8-9 day training course. It introduces you to the entire NAUI 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 other professionals and begin to explore NAUI's 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 Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations. Organization and dedication are key.

What You Learn

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

  • Confined water teaching presentations
  • Knowledge development presentations
  • Open water teaching presentations integrating skills

You will also attend and participate in curriculum presentations.

You will demonstrate competence at

  • performing all dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a theory exam scoring 75% on each part .

What You Can Teach

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

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 scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.

The Learning Materials You Need

The NAUI Instructor Training Course includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course.

Next Steps

Chat with one of the SA SCUBA SHACK Team members.

Prior Or  Current Military


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

  • Be certified as a NAUI Divemaster  or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization (check with a NAUI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • 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
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Your Next Adventure:

You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Deep Diver Instructor and specialty instructor courses complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.

For more information about this or other NAUI courses have a chat with one of the SA SCUBA SHACK Team members.

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