As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor.
The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) When followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Assistant Instructor Pre-Requisites
PADI Divemaster qualification or equivalent certification from another training agency.
Logged 60 open water dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives.
Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months.
Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months
Minimum age 18, be fit for diving and submit a full medical statement, signed by a HSE physician within the last 12 months.
What will I do?
You build upon your abilities to organise and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills.
You learn through:
Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations.
Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations.
Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations.
The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections:
Module 1: Classroom Training
Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Programs.
Developing Knowledge Development Presentations.
Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties.
Teaching in Confined Water.
Conducting Open Water Training Presentations.
Module 2: Independent Study
Module 3: Practical Application
Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations.
PADI Standards Exam.
Dive Rescue Skills Assessment.
Dependent upon logistics and student performance but can be completed over 4 days.
What You Can Teach
In addition to the responsibilities and duties you already have as a PADI Divemaster, as a PADI Assistant Instructor and under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor:
Teach classroom presentations.
Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills.
Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses.
Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course.
Conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions.
Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water.
Under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor:
During confined water dives, present initial skills training.
Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers.
Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating.
Scuba Equipment Requirements
You will need to supply your own full set of scuba equipment that is in good condition and within the manufacturers service guidelines. Equipment must include:
Regulator, Alternate Air Source, SPG, Depth Gauge, Timing Device, BCD, Exposure Suit, Weight System, two Signalling Devices (Whistle / SMB's etc), Dive Compass and Dive Knife.
Take the full Instructor Development Course to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor so you can teach and certify PADI Open Water Divers.
How much does it cost?
Assistant Instructor course costs
Instructor Development Course (IDC) - Take the Assistant Instructor (AI) course with the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course over 7 days - £890
Plus Required Training Materials
The PADI IDC crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course.
The item pack includes:
Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster)
IDC Candidate Workbook and related reference materials
Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
PADI Instructor Manual
PADI Registration Fee
Tuition, Pool Fees, Cylinder Rental and Air Fills.
Discounts are available on any required equipment purchases made during your enrolment on the course.