Michael Schamis is a sales and marketing expert and a dive instructor based in New Jersey. A scuba diving instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Michael Schamis achieved his instructor certification through the organization at the age of 18.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the largest scuba dive training organization in the world. Established in the United States in the late 1960s, PADI has now provided scuba certification, training, and instructor courses to hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world. The Open Water Scuba Instructor course is one of two components that make up the Instructor Development Course offered by PADI. It runs for at least four days and covers 14 separate curriculum presentations.
Offering a mix of practical demonstrations and dive theory components, the Open Water Scuba Instructor course allows successful participants to instruct the entire range of programs offered by PADI, including optional specialty ratings for instructing in enriched air diving or digital underwater photography. The course has a strict list of prerequisites, including emergency first response instructor credentials and PADI dive master or assistant instructor ratings, or recognized equivalents.