PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course at Huron Scuba, Ann Arbor Michigan
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor program is your final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor. During the IDC or Instructor Development Course (of which the first phase is the Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and the second phase is the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (OWSI)), you'll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers.

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating sets you apart from the crowd. PADI Instructors may conduct the entire range of PADI programs - from Discover Scuba through Divemaster. PADI Instructors do things others can only daydream about. If you want to live an extraordinary life, you're in the right place.

How is the course conducted?

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
  • After completion of the Instructor Development Course, you need to successfully complete the PADI Instructor Examination to become a certified Instructor.

What can I do once I'm a PADI Instructor?

  • Teach scuba diving from the PADI Seal Team for Kids, to Open Water Diver, to Rescue Diver and Divemaster.
  • Share your love of diving with customers at a local dive center, at a resort, on a live aboard dive boat, or in a university setting. You can even teach independently.
  • Teach people how to dive - not just beginners, but also show divers how to expand their skills and knowledge to experience new things in diving.
  • Guide trips to exotic dive destinations.
  • Expand your own skills and the courses you can teach by becoming a Specialty Instructor, working up to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), IDC Staff Instructor, or Master Instructor.

Why should I take the PADI Instructor Development Course at Huron Scuba?

  • Huron Scuba has been recognized three years in a row as one of the USA's top dive centers, in large part because of the strength of its dive education offerings.
  • The instructional team at Huron Scuba has teaching experience at a nationally recognized dive center, in university level programs,  community programs, Handicap Scuba Association programs, volunteer and public safety programs and also as part of a train and travel program.
  • Input from instructors with a wide variety of teaching experiences makes you better prepared to successfully complete the Instructor Examination (IE).
  • You'll learn how to deal with real environmental factors in the Midwestern environment (such as colder temperatures, lower visibility, and more lead on your student-divers), resulting in a more rigorous preparation for teaching both at "inland" and tropical locations.
  • After the course and your successful completion of an IE, you'll be qualified to teach worldwide.
  • Huron Scuba's Teaching Team is always looking for top quality instructors, and those who complete their Instructor Development at Huron Scuba get first consideration for openings.
  • Certification Results Guaranteed: Every Instructor Candidate trained at Huron Scuba has passed their Instructor Examination (IE) on the first attempt. If you don't, you'll get a free repeat of the Huron Scuba IDC within 12 months of your first one.

What materials are required?

What materials are optional but recommended?
  • All PADI diver videos
  • All PADI professional videos
  • Discover the Underwater World video and The Snorkeler’s Field Guide
  • Scuba Tune-Up guidebook
  • Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart
  • Open Water Diver Course Lesson Guides (standard and prescriptive)
  • Rescue Diver Course Lesson Guides (standard and prescriptive)
  • Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
  • PADI Specialty Diver Manuals
  • PADI Career Advancement Series materials
  • The Business of Diving
  • The Law and the Diving Professional
  • Children and Scuba Diving: A Resource Guide for Instructors and Parents
  • A.W.A.R.E. – Our World, Our Water Manual
  • Ten Ways a Diver Can Help to Protect the Aquatic Realm brochure
  • Nav-Finder
  • Adventure Log – Pro Modules
  • PADI Adventure Log Book with Teaching/Supervising module
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Prerequisites PADI Assistant Instructor certification or an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or PADI Office for qualifying credentials). Hold a dive certification for at least six months. Have 60 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives. Proof of CPR training within the last 24 months. Medical clearance signed by a physician. Have at least 100 logged dives prior to entering a PADI Instructor Exam.
Minimum age 18
Class size Limit 8.
Classroom location Huron Scuba.
Pool location Arranged with each course.
Open water location Arranged with each course.
Equipment provided by student Personal snorkeling equipment and complete scuba diving equipment. Must be personally owned, may not be rented or borrowed.
Equipment provided by Huron Scuba First aid and emergency oxygen kits.
Course cost $795 per student.  IE and Instructor Application paid directly to PADI.
Required books & materials IDC crew-pack required (see Course Director for costs) ($0.00)
(See above.)
Optional books & materials
Additional expenses Park entry fees, equipment rental, and air fills. PADI Instructor Examination. Professional liability insurance to be an active-status instructor.
Other classes to consider PADI Specialty Instructor. PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
Forms / Materials / Handouts
PADI Instructor Candidate Learning Agreement PADI document stating prerequisites and required preparation for the OWSI Instructor Development Course.
PADI Medical Form Current medical clearance is required.
PADI Instructor Application You will need to fill out this application to participate in the IDC.
PADI Instructor Examination Candidate Statement Lists the requirements for successful completion on the Instructor Examination, taken after the IDC.
Review Huron Scuba's class schedules below for a preview of the types of courses that may be taught by PADI Instructors.
Introductory Classes Schedule Printable schedule with Discover Scuba Workshop, Snorkeling, and PADI Seal Team classes
Basic Scuba Diver Schedule Printable schedule with Basic Open Water Courses (weekend and weeknight class & pool, & Open Water Cert dives)
"Core" Continuing Education Schedule Printable schedule with Refresher, Advanced, Nitrox, Drysuit, Rescue courses
Continuing Education Schedule Printable schedule with other continuing education classes (First Aid/CPR, Equipment Specialist, Divemaster, etc.)
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Huron Scuba, Snorkel & Adventure Travel Inc. 4816 Jackson Road Suite D, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 
Phone: 734-994-3483 Fax: 734-994-1597 Apply to join Huron Scuba's staff! Application form in PDF
Regular Store Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.