Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor assisting a studentAs 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 AIs can do

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

  • Teach knowledge development presentations (under the instructor’s indirect supervision).
  • Present initial skills training during confined water dives and conduct open water surface skill evaluations during Open Water Diver course dives under the instructor’s indirect supervision.
  • Teach Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers (under the direction of an instructor).
  • Teach the Project AWARE Specialty course.
  • Teach the Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course.
  • Conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or confined water.
  • Conduct Bubblemaker programs.
  • Conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions.
  • Teach Digital Underwater Photographer (under the direction of a PADI Instructor) and specialty courses that don’t include dives after completing the corresponding instructor training and earning Specialty Instructor ratings.

What you will learn

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


  • Minimum age: 18
  • PADI Divemaster (or leadership level with another training organization)
  • Certified diver for 6 months
  • 60 logged dives with documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within previous 12 months


This three-day course includes classroom, pool and open water training.

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