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    Open Water Instructor

    with Dayo Scuba, Orlando, Florida

    All instructor training is done as an avocational endeavor. Click here for Form

    We also offer continuing education for current instructors. Let us help you meet your qualifications to teach the more advanced and technical certifications.

    An Open Water Instructor has the ultimate responsibility, and liability, of everyone under their care. Dayo Scuba Instructor course teaches current Divemasters or Assistant Instructors the knowledge to safely function as an independent instructor. This program is broken up into two sections, an Instructor Development Course (IDC) and an Instructor Evaluation (IE).

    Agency we teach for: SDI

    Course Cost:
    See our Prices page for latest price This price includes your dive training and photos (above and below water). For this course, you are expected to buy your own academic materials, these vary in cost between the different agencies.

    Other costs:
    What is not included is gear hire, gas fills, food, lodging, dive site fees & transportation.

    Gear you need to provide:

    As this is an instructor dive course, each Instructor Intern will need to OWN their own gear.
    As this is a professional dive course, each student will need to OWN their own technical dive gear.
    * Mask, snorkel and fins.
    * Buoyancy compensator with low-pressure power inflator.
    * Regulator with submersible pressure gauge.
    * Alternate air source.
    * Weight system and/or weights.
    * Personal dive computer.
    * Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions.
    * Compressed gas cylinder.
    * Compass.
    * Knife and Rescue signal.
    * Dive flag, SMB and reel.

    How we teach it:
    There are several parts of the Instructor Course, presentations, the academics, watermanship and skills assessment, and practical application.


    Much of the academics are done at home from your Study Guides (online with SDI). These guides are very well structured, very informative learning tools, and an excellent alternative to multiple day or evening lectures. You will do a lot of presentations also.
    Some topics covered are:

    * Standards and Procedures

    * Risk Management

    * Methods of Instruction

    * Instructor Ethics

    * Physics and Physiology of Diving

    When you meet with your Instructor he/she will review the academics and you will complete various written tests. You need to achieve at least 80% on your written tests to pass.

    Watermanship and skills assessment

    This consists of general assessment of the diver's watermanship skills and individual stamina. Each diver must pass the required swims, demonstrate complete comfort with skin diving, bail out and rescue skills.

    Practical Application
    This involves training activities using various structured training sessions, simulated scenarios and internship sessions with actual scuba dive classes. These training sessions enable you to gain practical experience as an instructor and a supervisor of open water diving activities, both as a trainer and coordinator.
    You will learn how to perform, demonstrate and teach and all of the dive skills from Open Water through to Divemaster Courses to Instructor quality. This will involve a mix of confined and open water training, and throughout you will be expected to demonstrate preparation, planing and control of ALL activities.


    You will give a series of in water and land based presentations. These will cover all aspects of the classroom, confined and open water training through divemaster training.

    Note: this is not a fully inclusive list, just an overview!

    It should be noted that participation in the Instructor class does not guarantee certification.
    After successful completion of your presentations, academics and water work, submission of the appropriate fee to the agency, you will be awarded your certification as an Open Water Instructor.

    Age requirements:
    You must be at least 18 years old to receive an Open Water Instructor certification, there is no maximum age.

    Minimum number of students per class:
    There is no minimum number for Instructor interns.

    How many people are in each class?
    Our Open Water Instructor classes range in size, from 1-4 students.

    Schedule/Timing for Open Water Instructor Courses:
    We train all the time, and have multiple instructor trainers on staff, all full time, so we do weekday and weekend classes.

    Call us or check out our Calendar for dates of upcoming courses.

    How long does the course take?
    We offer the Open Water Instructor Course as a ten to twelve day long course or as an internship (at your pace). We prefer the Internship, as it produces more experienced Open Water Instructors. These can range over weeks to months. How long your course depends on how much time you invest into it, and your own individual learning pace.

    Where we do our course:

    The Open Water Instructor training closely follows the Open Water Diver schedules, so you can expect to visit the pool and local springs and lakes.

    Prerequisites for Course:

    * Minimum age of 18 years old

    * Hold a current CPR/First Aid certification (certified within the last two years)

    * Be qualified as an Oxygen Provider.

    * Be Nitrox certified

    * Be certified as a a current, renewed Divemaster or Assistant Instructor.

    * Have logged a minimum of 100 open water dives in a number of different environments with varying depths.

    * Be a certified diver for at least six months.

    * Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a current medical exam form signed by a physician.

    * is required for all professional dive courses.

    * This class requires that students own ALL their own gear.

    What you can do after certification:

    * Organize, conduct and supervise training diving activities, both land and boat based.

    * You will be a safer, more competent and comfortable diver after completion of your Open Water Instructor course.

    * The safe diving practices learned during your Open Water Instructor course will apply to all types of diving you do in the future.

    * Continue your professional education with more specialized training;