The Open Water Instructor's mission is to inspire and influence beginners to grow in their diving experiences with the goal of making them committed divers. The goal of the Instructor Training Course (ITC) is to increase your business and industry knowledge, expand your teaching skills and add professional retail presentation experience through modern workshops and practical applications. It is an opportunity to learn how to deliver "The Ultimate Dive Experience!" The ITC will also prepare you to successfully complete an Instructor Evaluation.
- Minimum Age: 18
- Candidate Prerequisites: Divemaster or equivalent rating, 75 logged dives totalling 50 hours or more. Be certified in EANx40 or equivalent.
- Completion requirements: 100 logged Dives, totalling 65 hours or more, complete and pass all requirements and evaluations.
- Academic Sessions: Varies
- Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
- Open Water Sessions: Varies. Max depth 40m
- Suggested Duration: 72-85 hours
You will be sent an e-mail allowing access to the SSI online academics you can use a computer or any digital device to login, update your profile and start the learning process. The multimedia academics with videos and multiple choice questions keep learning fun and ensure you are perfectly prepared for your water sessions and academic sessions.
The ITC is an intensive 8 day program and we offer various dates throughout the year. We can also work with individual candidates depending on their needs.
There are academic sessions learning the role of an Open Water Instructor, such as how to conduct individual skills training, Acquisition, Development, Commitment and Retention of customers, teaching entry level and continued education programs, legal and safety applications, the components of a skill briefing, demonstration, evaluation, development and debrief. You will be assessed on your academic and in water teaching, professionalism, decision making and your knowledge of the SSI education system.
Pool sessions are where we will develop your controlled observation skills as well as the practical teaching of students. This involves role playing, observations and evaluations. There are 10 practical application portions of the course to complete. You must also pass a Water Fitness Evaluation.
Open Water sessions again develop open water site control, awareness, observations and teaching and evaluations but this time in potentially more challenging conditions.
All times and venues for courses will be confirmed nearer the time. Most courses are held at Divemaster Scuba but alternative venues and Dive Centres are possible if demand is sufficient.
All sessions are followed with thorough debriefing and discussion about your performance helping you learn. On successful completion you will be issued with a certificate of completion and a digital recognition rating (via MySSI App).
On successful completion of the ITC, candidates may participate in an Instructor Evaluation. The IE must be conducted within 6 months of the ITC or a re-evalution is necessary.
In addition to the programs taught by active status Divemaster and Assistant Instructors, Open Water Instructors may also teach
- Basic Diver
- Referral Diver
- Indoor Diver
- Scuba Diver
- Open Water Diver
- Experienced Diver Test
- Advanced Adventurer
- Diver Stress and Rescue
- Enriched Air Nitrox
- Dive Guide
As with all Divemaster Scuba Professional programs
- Certification lasts for life, however you must maintain Active Status requirements
- As a Dive Professional you should have your own Total Diving System
- All Pool fees are included (if required) but entry to open water sites is not included
- All Air fills are included
- We are committed to your success, if you require more help we are there for you.
Dive professional registration, and course learning fees are payable to direct SSI.
Physical materials for the course are available through the dive centre:
Candidates must have the SSI Instructor Base Package for this course. The SSI Base Package is also available to candidates who would like to update their Divemaster materials to the latest version of the package.