Assistant Instructor



Course Description

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) and 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.

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.

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.

How do I start learning now?

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.

Course Specification

Prerequisites: PADI Divemaster EFR & Secondary Care
Dive Gear: Basic Package Basic Package
Next Step: OW Scuba Instructor Spec Instructor
Date: Every two months
Price: 399


Course Modules


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

Knowledge Development

Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations
Standards Exam
Dive Rescue Skills Assessment