PADI CROSS OVER or owsi Bali, OR HOW TO JOIN PADI AND BECOMING A padi instructor
Instructors from other recreational training organizations can cross over to PADI via the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program or certified PADI Assistant Instructor.
It is assumed that crossover candidates have experience and teaching ability, so the OWSI program does not develop teaching skill. Instead, it focuses learning on the PADI System of diver education.
Candidates will learn about PADI’s course system, approach, materials and philosophy, then work on adapting their instructional skills to conduct PADI courses. If crossover candidates like what they see, they may choose to attend a PADI IE and become a PADI Instructor. The OWSI program prepares crossover candidates to effectively function as PADI Instructors, while giving them the background they need in preparation for the IE.
Because OWSI and IDC prerequisites are the same, crossover candidates may choose to attend either program.
A crossover candidate’s attitude and perceptions may differ from those who have gone through the PADI System. They see themselves as qualified instructors and may view the staff as “peers” rather than as “teachers.” They also may have more strongly developed teaching philosophies and styles than other candidates. It’s important for all to approach the program with an open mind.