ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE
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.