Over the past five years several PADI courses have been revised: the Instructor Development Course, Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses. An evaluation of the Open Water Diver Course has been part of the overall plan, and its revision is the culmination of two years of analysis, planning and development.
You can begin teaching the revised course as soon as you access the updated material and have familiarized yourself with the changes. This bulletin and the Fourth Quarter 2013 edition of The Undersea Journal contain articles to give you background and rationale for the changes. The required implementation date is 1 July 2014 for teaching courses in English and six months after the first quarter 2014 release of Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish materials. Look for implementation dates for these and other languages to be announced by your PADI Regional Headquarters.
While the main course structure has not changed, the course content and associated teaching material have evolved. The Open Water Diver Course Instructor Guide and PADI’s Guide to Teaching section – “Open Water Diver Course – Conduct and Skill Recommendations” are also revised and will be incorporated into the respective products in 2014. In the meantime, you can download replacement pages for these reference manuals from the PADI Pros’ Site under Training Essentials/Curriculum. Similarly, the PADI Course Director Manual and PADI IDC Lesson Guides are scheduled for revision in English, with other languages to follow. PADI Course Directors can download replacement presentation notes and revised lesson guides from the PADI Pros’ Site under Training Essentials/ Curriculum/Instructor Development/IDC.
Here is a link to the “PADI Open Water Diver Course Revision” section in the last Training Bulletin: here you will find an overall summary of changes that will give you an at-a-glance look at what to expect before you peruse the revised materials yourself.