Who should take this course?

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – this course is for you! Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.

What are the prerequisites?

To enroll in the Assistant instructor course, you must be at least 18 years old and a PADI Divemaster for at least six months (or similar certification with another recreational scuba training organization). You also need:

– At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE
– 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

What is involved in the course?

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

What will you learn?

Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:
– PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
– Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
– Risk Management and Diver Safety
– The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
– Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

What’s an IE?

An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification.

How can I start learning now?

Stop by, call, or contact us to enroll in a PADI Assistant Instructor Development course.