PADI Assistant Instructor
If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.
Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PROSM with an Instructor Development Course.
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.
Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.
Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organisation may be eligible to enrol directly in the OWSI program. This recognises prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.
Why should I do this course?
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 AquaMissions.
• Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating.
Check out the What Can I Teach as a PADI Pro table to see where your professional diver education may lead you.
What will I do?
The IDC programme teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety.
You will 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 includes these key topics:
• PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
• Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
• Risk Management and Diver Safety
• The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
• Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling
The programme consists of the following sections:
Module 1: Academic Training
• PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling 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
What scuba gear will I use?
You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass and dive watch.
It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enrol in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:
• At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
• Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care(CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
• Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.
An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardised and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organised to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.
How do I start?
The PADI IDC crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course. The 23-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.