Why an Assistant Instructor Course?

assistant-instructor-padiThe PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course. You’ll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you’ll also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can complete this course as a standalone certification or as a stepping stone towards the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The AI course focuses on educational methodology and starts to develop candidates’ teaching abilities in the classroom, pool and open water as well as concentrating on the courses that Assistant Instructors can independently conduct.

What do I need to start?

PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another training organisation.
Been a certified diver for at least 6 months
Be at least 18 years old.
PADI diver’s medical signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
Minimum 60 logged dives
EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or equivalent) within 24 months.
Proof of experience in night, deep and navigation diving.

What will I do?

You build upon your abilities to organize 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: Academic Training· PADI 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· Knowledge Development
Module 3: Practical Application· Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations· Standards Exam· Dive Rescue Skills Assessment

How long will it take?

3-4 days

What will I need?

PADI IDC Crew Pack, which 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.

What You Can Teach?

In addition to the responsibilities and duties you already have as a PADI Divemaster, as a PADI Assistant Instructor you can:

• Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
• During confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor
• Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
• Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor
• Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses
• Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course
• Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water
• Conduct PADI Seal Team Aqua Missions
• Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating

Where can I go from here?

Take the full Instructor Development Course to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor so you can teach and certify PADI Courses in full.


Price: € 400 excluding manuals and PADI fees