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During the PADI Assistant Instructor course, the candidate learns in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in skill demonstration, problem solving and knowledge development. You will be taught theory and water skill techniques for teaching in the water and in the classroom. In this course, the candidate is being molded into a professional assistant instructor with the knowledge, capabilities and tools that you will need for a future diving career

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 an Aqua Sport PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

What You Can Teach

After becoming certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor you will be authorised to:

  • Introduction Dives

  • Refresher Dives

  • 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

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.


  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives

  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

  • Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months

  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

  • Want a fun and exciting career!

What to bring:

  • Positive Attitude

  • Open Water Diver license + Advanced Open Water Diver license + Rescue Diver license + Divemaster license

  • Diving insurance

Tentative Schedule:

  1. 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

  2. Module 2: Independent Study

    • Knowledge Development

  3. Module 3: Practical Application

    • Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations

    • Standards Exam

    • Dive Rescue Skills Assessment


PADI Medical Statement

PADI Liability Release

PADI Statement of Understanding

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