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ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR Gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver

Join an Instructor Development Course (IDC) for your Assistant Instructor rating

Traditionally most Divemasters progress directly on to the become Instructors, however that is not the only option.

PADI's Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a 2-part process – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.

You can chooose to complete the entire IDC in one go, and then attend a PADI Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn your Instructor certification.

Alternatively you can choose to progress at a slower pace, and start by taking the Assistant Instructor course. This is ideal for those who are still unsure if they want to become full-fledged Instructors, but are keen to better understand the PADI process. successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification.

When an Assistant Instructor feels they are ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

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What You Can Teach As An Assistant Instructor

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



You must

  • 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 (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months


Details of all the Instructor Development courses and programs available to be run through Aquatic Adventures, including prices, course inclusions, and scheduling options can be found by visiting the dedicated website - click on the button below:

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