Who this course is for:
  • Individuals that wish to share their love for the underwater world with others


Course prerequisites:
  • Minimum age 18

  • Certified diver for a minimum of 6 months

  • Proof of 100 logged dives completed in a number of different environments with varying depths

  • Be certified as a SDI Divemaster, SDI Assistant Instructor, or equivalent

  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider*, where local law permits

* Note: SDI CPROX, CPR1st or CPROX1stAED courses may be combined with the IDC program by qualified instructors



What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • SDI Standards and Procedures

  • History of SDI

  • Products and procedures

    • How to place an order

    • Registration procedures

    • Yearly renewals

  • Liability and insurance

    • Risk management

    • Waivers and releases

  • Filling out an accident report

  • Methods of instruction

    • Teaching theory, methods and oral communications

    • Lesson preparation

    • Use of training aids

    • SDI home study program, use of knowledge quest

  • Successfully selling scuba

    • Budgeting courses

    • Recruiting students

    • Organizing and scheduling a course

    • Retail sales

  • Instructor ethics

  • Physics and physiology of diving


Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:
  • Present a minimum of

    • Two classroom presentations

    • Two lessons in confined water

    • Two lessons in open water

  • Show preparation, planning and control in

    • Dive management

    • Diving activities

  • Perform, to demonstration quality, one complete rescue scenario

  • Perform a 10 minute survival-float, without the use of swimming aids

  • Complete a 400 metre swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes; swim goggles permitted

  • Complete a 800 metre swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes

  • Bring a diver, simulating unconsciousness, up from depth, not greater than 6 metres / 20 feet; at the surface swim them 100 metres in less than 4 minutes

  • Pool/confined water

    • Candidates must perform, to demonstration quality, all skills listed in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course

    • Pool/confined water problem solving

  • Open Water

    • In open water candidates must perform, to demonstration quality, all skills listed in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course

    • Open water problem solving


Required Skill Performance for IEC, the student must:
  • Present a minimum of

    • One classroom presentation, minimum time 15 minutes in duration

    • One full lesson in confined water

    • One full lesson in open water

  • The evaluating instructor trainer must verify all required subjects were covered and skills were performed


What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

  • Teach the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, Advanced Adventure Diver Specialty, Computer Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Assistant Instructor course


SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor minimum requirements:
  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Instructor written exam or online equivalent

  • Successfully complete the IDC and the IEC

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning class planning and execution

What it includes: 

  • All gas fills needed for the course

  • All training materials required for the course

  • Certification Fees

  • Half price gear hire for the duration of the program


Duration: 1-7 Days
Cost: $POA
Combine this course with:
TDI Sidemount
CDAA Deep Cavern
TDI Intro to Tech
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