PADI diving qualifications are among the most widely recognized worldwide and can be used anywhere in the world.
The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) rating is the first PADI Instructor level attained by dive professionals. During their training, instructor candidates review PADI Standards, procedures, philosophies and teaching methods, as well as hone their practical teaching ability, watermanship, and diving knowledge.
After successfully completing a PADI Instructor Examination (IE), OWSIs take responsibility for introducing people to scuba diving through various PADI programs and courses.
Teaching status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct a range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster (except or specialties which require specific Specialty Instructor ratings.
The divemaster rating is the first PADI Pro Membership level. PADI Divemasters supervise diving activities for certified divers, assist instructors with training student divers, and instruct skin diving and snorkelling.
This rating denotes an individual who has exemplary diving skills and role model behaviour, solid rescue skills, professional-level knowledge of dive theory, dive management and supervision abilities, and competence as a certified assistant.