Assistant Instructor (AI)
Start here to become a PADI dive Instructor!
This is part one of a two-part course - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.
Availability: Contact us for booking information
What You Can Teach - 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
- 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 consists of these 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
PADI Divemasters who have been certified divers for at least 6 month may enroll in the PADI Assistant Instructor course. You also need to have:
- Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
- A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
- At least 60 logged dives.
Included - Course tuition, all instruction fees, pool and classroom use.
Not Included - PADI IDC Online (eLearning), PADI Instructor Crew-Pak, PADI Application Fee.
Not included is your course fee is your personal gear, which includes:
Mask, fins, snorkel, hood, boots, gloves, and computer.
Assistant Instructor Candidates are expected to provide their own scuba gear, including BCD, regulators, computer, wetsuit or dry suit, tanks, and weights.These items are available for rent if needed.
Scubatude students receive a discount on all personal gear!
All expenses including boats, ferry across to Catalina and hotels are paid by the Candidate.