PADI Assistant Instructor Course
Congratulations on your decision to become a PADI Assistant Instructor. This course will likely be one of the most challenging diving programs you’ve taken and at the same time, it will be one of the most rewarding.
You will attend an orientation session where we will review the course requirements and learn about how we can help you achieve your professional diving goals. You and your instructor will set out a specific schedule of events for your course. Prior to your first scheduled class session, you will complete the nine Online Independent Study sections and the Dive Theory. Then you will participate in training including: lectures/confined water skill circuit evaluation, classroom/confined water teaching presentations and open water skills evaluation/rescue assessment.
Prerequisites for the Assistant Instructor Course
To enroll in the AI course you must:
- Have dive leader certification – PADI Dive master or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization and be either:
- an instructor member in good standing, or…
- a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
- Be at least 18 years of age. Provide proof of medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the form may not be the applicant.
- Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in your log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
- Submit proof of EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the past 24 months.
- Submit documentation of any equivalent certification for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level training if the certification was issued by another recreational diver training organization.
- Successfully complete the PADI Dive master course diver rescue skills assessment, if not a PADI Dive master.
Other cost and fees: Not included is transportation, meals, hotels, entrance fees or scuba gear except for tanks and weights. As with all professions there are annual dues and processing fees plus liability insurance. There are discounts for online and automatic renewals.