Open Water Instructor & Eanx Instructor

A. Purpose

1. This Program is designed to train qualified IANTD Dive Masters or IANTD Assistant Instructors or equivalent as IANTD Open
Water or Open Water EANx Instructors.

B. Prerequisites

1. Certification Requirements:
a. Must be qualified as an:
I. IANTD Divemaster or higher or equivalent.
II. IANTD Deep Diver or equivalent
III. IANTD CPR or equivalent
IV. IANTD First Aid or equivalent
V. IANTD Oxygen Administrator or equivalent
► NOTE: First Aid, CPR and Oxygen Administrator may be conduct in conjunction with the program but
training hours do not count to the minimum required.
► NOTE: Must be qualified as an EANx Diver with proof of a minimum of 10 dives on EANx to be able to
teach EANx as an Open Water instructor.
► NOTE: As long as ALL the other prerequisites are meet, the Divemaster, Dive Supervisor or Assistant
Instructor program can be conducted in conjunction with the IDP and 40 hours can be counted towards
the IDP minimum hours.
► The Divemaster, Dive Supervisor or Assistant Instructor certification shall be issued before attenting the IDE.
► NOTE: If taking the program using Sidemount configuration, the candidate must also be qualified as
IANTD Open Water Sidemount Diver
2. Age requirement:
a. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
3. Dive Experience:
a. Must provide proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 15 were Deep Diver dives between
90 fsw (27 msw) and 130 fsw (39 msw) and at least 6 months of diving experience.
I. Dive experience must include dives in a variety of environments including but not limited to Night
Dive/Limited Visibility, Navigation, Marine Ecology, Deep Dive or any other ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED

C. Program Content

1. A 7 day Program directing the Instructor candidate in the methods and techniques of training IANTD Divers.
2. Teaching experience must be acquired by assisting (in both theory and practice) in a series of actual or
simulated training sessions under the direct supervision and assessment of the IT.
3. Complete review of the Standards and Procedures (S & P) by the IT
4. Complete written exam on all topic areas able to teach, S & P’s as well as risk mitigation
5. Confined Water and Open Water practical skills of the IANTD Open Water Program are to be explained and
6. Presentation level proficiency in the practical skills, and the ability to teach and evaluate on them effectively,
according to IT discretion must be demonstrated by all candidates.
► NOTE: Candidates shall not be given information in advance, on the precise skill to be assessed.
7. All lecture topics in the following IANTD Diver Program slides must be studied by the candidates and discussed
in class:
a. IANTD Open Water Diver
b. IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver
c. IANTD Deep Diver
d. IANTD Rescue Diver
e. IANTD Dive Master
8. A selection of IANTD slides chosen by the IT shall be presented by the candidates, following the processes of
lecture preparation, planning and delivery.
► NOTE: Proficiency level in lecturing skills according to IT discretion must be demonstrated by all candidates.
► NOTE: Candidates shall not be given information in advance, on the precise topic to be assessed.
9. All lectures completed with IANTD Course specific Slides pertaining to the theory in the IANTD Instructor Trainer
10. All candidates must demonstrate the ability to control and supervise a diving group in an effective manner,
according to IT discretion.
► NOTE: Candidates eligible to teach EANx as a specialty must demonstrate ability to demonstrate ability to do so.
11. The IANTD IDP shall be conducted by an IANTD Instructor Trainer
a. In order to complete the IDP, the Instructor candidate shall complete the following:
I. Present and be approved on:
i. Two (2) Academic Presentation
ii. Two (2) Confined Water Presentation
iii. Two (2) Open Water Presentation
iv. Proficiency on Rescue Skills.
b. In order to complete the IDP, the Instructor candidate shall complete an IDE
12. The IANTD IDE shall be a final evaluation conducted by an IANTD Instructor Trainer who is a different IT than
the one who conducted the IDP
a. Final Instructor Exam
I. Complete written exam on all topic areas able to teach and Risk Mitigation
II. Final Instructor Standards & Procedures Exam
b. Present and be approved on:
I. One (1) Academic Presentation
II. One (1) Confined Water Presentation
III. One (1) Open Water Presentation
IV. Proficiency on Rescue Skills.

D. Equipment Requirements

1. IANTD Sport Diving Instructor Kit.
2. Equipment Requirements listed in the IANTD Diver Program the Instructor plans to teach are mandatory.
3. Fulfill all Equipment Requirements as specified in the general Sport Diver Programs overview.

E. Program Limits

1. Student to Instructor Trainer Ratio:
a. There may be no more than 6 candidates per Instructor Trainer.
► NOTE: This ratio may be increased by two (2) candidates for each Assisting IANTD Instructor, up to a
maximum of 10 candidates with two (2) IANTD Instructors per class session.
2. No dives may be conducted to depths greater than 130 fsw (39 msw).
3. A minimum of 100 hours of training shall be conduct under direct supervision of an IANTD IT.
► NOTE: At the IT’s discretion up to 40 (forty) hours of training from the Divemaster, Dive Supervisor or
Assistant Instructor program may be credit towards the minimum hours required.
4. All appropriate safety stops must be performed.

F. Qualification Renewal

1. Teach a minimum of two (2) IANTD Open Water Diver Programs annually, or co-teach three (3) IANTD Open
Water Diver Programs.
2. Fulfill all Qualification Renewal requirements stated under IANTD Sport Diving Instructor Programs.

G. Water Skills Development

► NOTE: Candidates shall demonstrate to the IT responsible judgment on site criteria including weather, depth,
visibility, water movement and level of supervision required.
► NOTE: To be allowed to teach the Open Water Free Diver Program must demonstrate ability to free dive to 50
fsw (15 msw) by actually doing a free diver.
1. Complete Watermanship Evaluation
2. Confined water practical skills from the following programs must be explained and practiced:
a. IANTD Open Water program;
b. IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver program;
c. Deep Diver program;
d. Rescue Diver program.
3. Stress Management Drill:
a. Remove SCUBA gear and make an ESA,
b. At the surface, swim 30 feet (9 meters) from the point of ditching SCUBA.
c. After taking three (3) breaths surface dive swim to and don SCUBA gear
d. Manual (either simulated or actual) gas share for a distance of at least 300 feet (90 meters) while
maintaining a minimum swim pace of 75 feet (23 meters) per minute.
4. Surface Swim Scenario:
a. Swim on back with full SCUBA gear on for a distance of at least 300 feet (90 meters),
b. Then remove SCUBA gear and use it as a front mounted platform
c. Then swim an additional 300 feet (90 meters).
5. Perform valve shutdowns and regulator switches simulating equipment failure in less than one (1) minute.
6. Deploy a lift bag in less than 1½ minute.
7. Demonstrate an open water rescue of a diver from a depth no greater than 20 fsw (6 msw), including:
► NOTE: If it’s a rebreather IT level, the rescue shall be done using the rebreather.
a. Recognition of emergency situations.
b. Controlled casualty recovery from depth.
c. Effective emergency surface actions.
d. Removal of equipment.
e. Surface tow for a distance of about 100 feet (30 meters) while simulating rescue breaths.
f. Casualty recovery from water.
g. Simulation of full application of emergency plan including coordination with local emergency services.
8. Demonstrate practical lesson planning, preparation and conduct for both confined and open water skills.
Procedure must include the following:
► NOTE: If it’s a rebreather Instructor level, the Confined Water Skills shall be done using the rebreather.
► NOTE: The Confined Water Skills shall be selected from the appropriate Instructor level.
a. Preparation.
b. Planning.
c. Briefing.
d. Skill demonstration.
e. Student practice and group supervision and control.
f. Problem recognition and solving.
g. Student evaluation.
h. Debriefing.
9. Demonstrate proficiency in illustrating and teaching any IANTD Open Water Program practical skills (confined
water and open water) as per assignments given by IT.
10. Candidates shall be exposed to simulated:
► NOTE: If it’s a rebreather IT level, the rescue shall be done using the rebreather.
a. In-water emergencies,
b. Group dynamics,
c. Behavioral problems
d. Typical learning difficulties.
11. Complete all skills as required for Instructor status.
12. Complete OW teaching skills for Deep Diver Program on at least one (1) dive, and demonstrate other OW
teaching skills on a second dive per assignment given by IT.

H. After Certified

1. After certified, the Open Water Instructor will be able to teach the following IANTD programs:
a. IANTD Open Water program;
b. IANTD Advanced Open Water Diver program;
c. IANTD Deep Diver program;
d. IANTD Rescue Diver program.
► NOTE: If the IANTD Instructor is not an IANTD Instructor for IANTD CPR, IANTD Diving First Aid and IANTD
Oxygen Administrator, the diver must be already certified for this levels by another IANTD Instructor or
have equivalent qualifications with this levels.
e. IANTD Dive Master program
► NOTE: If diving in conditions significantly different from those previously experienced the Assistant
Instructor shall require an appropriate orientation.

I. Physical Evaluation

1. Complete the Sport Diving Instructor Watermanship

Minimum certification requirements:

Satisfactorily complete the course written examination
Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently
Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution