The PADI OWSI course is generally taught as part of a full PADI IDC. However, if you are already a PADI Assistant Instructor you may be eligible to enter the 5 day OWSI program directly.

PADI OWSI Pre-requisites

PADI OWSI Program Performance Requirements

To successfully complete a PADI OWSI program, an individual must meet the following performance requirements:


  • Attend and participate the 17 curriculum presentations below some of which can be done online.
  • Present at least one evaluated knowledge development teaching presentations and score a 3.5 or higher.
  • Present at least two evaluated confined water teaching presentations and score a 3.4 or higher on at least one presentation.
  • Present at least one integrated (two skills) evaluated open water teaching presentations and score a 3.4 or higher on each skill.
  • Demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation. Candidates must earn 68 total points, with no individual score below 3.
  • Perform a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.
  • Score 75 percent or higher on all five sections of the Instructor Pre assessment Exam.

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