Open Water Scuba Instructor

Choose The Best IDC And The Best Platinum Course Director

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (IDC)

Choosing the best PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC) and the best Platinum Course Director for your Instructor Development Course training is the most important decision you will make in your entire diving career. Abyss is Australia's leading PADI Instructor Development Centre (IDC), teaching more than 250 instructor level certifications each year. Learn the secrets of becoming a great PADI instructor from Sydney's only Platinum Course Director.

  • 2 full-time Course Directors
  • Australia's leading PADI Career Development Dive Centre
  • Staff available for extra tuition if required
  • Sydney's largest employer of Dive Instructors
  • Full-time and weekend course options
  • FREE Search & Recovery Specialty Instructor Course

What Past Instructor Candidates Say


 The Cost of Becoming a PADI OWSI  -   -- EVE Shortcode -- Plus PADI Fees

In order to become a PADI OWSI, you need to complete the PADI IDC as well as the Emergency First Aid Instructor rating. When looking at any IDC the total cost of becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor then the entire cost must be considered.


What You Learn

During the course, you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)

You will demonstrate competence at

  • performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 400 metres swim & 10-minute Tread water.

During the course, you’ll need to demonstrate competency in dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring at least 75% on each part.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signalling devices —one audible and one visual.



To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organisation for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor 
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months


PADI Instructor Development Course (9 Days)

Sydney is without a doubt one of the best learning environments in the Pacific Ocean to complete your Instructor Development. Buzzing with activity, our industry-leading training facility provides our professional team of IDC Staff with real-world knowledge of the diving industry, from entry level courses upwards. You will gain hands-on experience, training and working with our PADI IDC Staff, helping develop you into the best Instructor you can be. With over 20 years of experience in diver education, our experienced IDC Staff have developed unique and innovative instructor training techniques and specialized workshops, designed specifically to help ensure your success at your Instructor Examination. 

Also included in your Instructor Program:

  • FREE Scuba tank hire and air fills during your training
  • FREE additional workshops on rescue techniques and diving skills.
  • Job placement service and career counselling during and after your program.
  • The largest team of PADI professional support staff in any PADI training facility in the state.
  • 2 Full-time Course Directors, 3 Master Instructors, and 3 IDC Staff Instructors available to help you during your training.
  • A comprehensive choice of instructor-level continuing education programs.
  • Additional study and support materials, for use free of charge, designed to aid your professional development.

Our team will provide you with quality training, in a professional, yet fun atmosphere, with unsurpassed support during and after your course. Through our extensive global network of dive professionals, dive centres and resorts, we are able to offer job placement services and career assistance.


 Emergency First Response (First Aid) Instructor Training

Before gaining teaching status as a PADI Instructor, you must be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor. This training takes one day and is run during the IDC, before your Instructor Exam.

Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep Program

A Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), is a highly experienced Open Water Scuba Instructor, who is more employable and capable of teaching a larger variety of PAspecialtyity diver courses. By becoming a Master Scuba Diver Trainer you'll add additional teaching certifications and experience to your PADI instructional wallet, adding variety to your instructional abilities, making teaching more fun and exciting for both you and your students!

 This is achieved through the Master Scuba Diver Trainer Preparation Course, which teaches you how to deliver a range of PADI speciality diver courses. Your MSDT Prep Course takes place over the 5 days between when the IDC is completed and the IE takes place giving you 5 additional Specialty Instructor ratings allowing you to teach a range of different courses.

 Before applying to PADI for certification as an MSDT, you'll need 5 Specialty Instructor ratings (achieved during the MSDT Prep) and 25 student certifications.

If you select the MSDT Prep course, by the end of your program you'll be trained how to teach the:

  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty  Instructor Course
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty Instructor Course
  • PADI Equipment Specialty  Instructor Course
  • PADI Search & Recovery Specialty Instructor Course
  • PADI Oxygen Providers Specialty Instructor Course



Before receiving certification as an MSDT, you will need to apply to PADI. Associated application fees for this rating are paid directly to PADI after you are instructor certified. These are: 

  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Application Fee ($103.40 AUD each PADI specialty). Optional fees and only applicable if you applying for specialty instructor ratings
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Application Fee ($125.60 AUD). You can apply for your MSDT rating once you have been certified with five additional Speciality Instructor ratings (as above) and have taught and certified 25 student divers.


With our dive centre being located just 20 min from the city we have a arrange of accommodation available from backpackers to Airbnb to suit your needs. Please let us know what you are looking for and we will help you find a suitable option.



 It is possible to pay off the IDC between now and the beginning of the course. All you need to hold your position is to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500.

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 Upcoming PADI IDCs

  Start Date Course Type Places Available   Price    
17 Sep 2021 IDC (Full Time) 7 AU$ 2799.00

Class Room D1
Fri 17 Sep 2021
08:00 AM
10 hours 40 minutes
Class Room D2
Sat 18 Sep 2021
08:00 AM
10 hours 40 minutes
Pool Training D1
Sun 19 Sep 2021
07:30 AM
10 hours 40 minutes
Ocean Training D1
Mon 20 Sep 2021
07:30 AM
10 hours 40 minutes
Class Room D3
Tue 21 Sep 2021
08:00 AM
10 hours 40 minutes
Pool Training D2
Wed 22 Sep 2021
07:30 AM
10 hours 40 minutes
Thu 23 Sep 2021
07:30 AM
10 hours 40 minutes
Ocean Training D2
Fri 24 Sep 2021
07:30 AM
10 hours 40 minutes

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06 Nov 2021 IDC (Part Time) 7 AU$ 2799.00
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