Assistant Instructor

Why take this course?

The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) Course provides PADI Divemasters, and those certified to leadership levels with other diver training organizations, with additional training as instructional assistants and dive educators. This course builds upon the Divemaster’s abilities to organize and supervise dive activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. Through independent study, classroom sessions and practical application, candidates learn to construct effective teaching presentations and conduct PADI programs.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Divemaster (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Proof of 60 logged dives including experience in deep, night, and navigation
  • Medical Exam for diving within the past 12 months
  • 18 years of age
  • You are expected to have your own equipment that is professional in both appearance as well as performance

What will I learn?

The PADI AI Course is the first portion of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). During the course, you gain experience and continue to learn the PADI System of diver education. The AI Course gives you the necessary tools to finish the IDC in the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. You’ll learn to teach the academic sections of several PADI classes, refine your skills and learn to teach in both confined and open water.

What to expect

See the Instructor Development Course for a full description of the components of the Assistant Instructor course.

Required Materials

  • IDC Crew Pac
  • Recreational Dive Planner, eRDPml, and instruction booklets for both
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Logbook

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