PADI Assistant Instructor Course


If you want to become a certified PADI Instructor, then completing the PADI Assistant Instructor Course is the step you need to take.

Diving, being with people, and sharing your expertise are some of the greatest perks of being a certified PADI Instructor. But before you become one, you need to complete the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), which comprises of the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) Certification Course, followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Program.

The Path to Becoming a Certified PADI Instructor

Below is simple diagram to illustrate your path to becoming a certified diving instructor.

Becoming a Certified PADI Instructor:

Looking at the diagram above, you need to take the Instructor Development Course (IDC) and pass the Instructor Examination (IE) in order to earn the PADI Instructor rating.  In IDC, there are also two programs you need to complete.  The first one is the Assistant Instructor (AI) Course, followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.            

Once you complete the AI certification course, you will become a certified PADI Assistant Instructor.  If you are ready to advance and become a certified PADI instructor, you can proceed with completing the OWSI and then take the Instructor Exam.

Alternatively, you may complete the entire IDC in one go and then attend the Instructor Examination to earn the full PADI Instructor rating. 

So why take the Assistant Instructor course when you can take the full IDC course in one go?

Well, many divemasters take the IDC in one go and you may do so, too.  However, this would mean longer time to finish the program and greater investment.  You may not have enough time or budget to finish the entire program in one go.  You may also want to earn more experience being an assistant instructor before advancing to becoming a certified PADI instructor.  Finally, you just might want to be sure if the diving instructor job is really the right career choice for you. 

It is really up to you if you take the AI course first or the entire IDC program to hasten your path to becoming a certified PADI Instructor.

PADI Assistant Instructor Certification Course

This is the first part of the IDC program, which is a compulsory path to becoming a PADI Instructor.  It takes between 4 to 6 days to complete the course.  The program trains you to organize and supervise scuba diving activities.  It also helps develop your teaching abilities for various PADI programs and courses.

The course involves the follow activities:

  • Review of diving theories through classroom lectures, videos and other presentations, self-study, and exams;
  • Training on giving classroom lectures and presentations to students;
  • Review and assessment of PADI Open Water Course skills;
  • Training on teaching confined water sessions to students;
  • Training on conducting open water training dives to students; and
  • Assessment on EFR skills.

PADI Assistant Instructor Course Prerequisites   

To enroll in PADI AI Certification Course or the IDC program, you need to

  • Be a PADI divemaster with 6 months experience being a certified diver;
  • Have at least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend the IE;
  • Have attended the Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First AID) training with the past 2 years;
  • Have aa medical statement signed by your physician with the last 12 months; and
  • Be an Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor (may be earned during your instructor training).

PADI Assistant Instructor Course Equipment

Taking the course usually requires you to have the following equipment:

  • Basic scuba gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins)
  • Buoyancy control device (BCD) with low pressure inflator
  • Regulator with alternate air source and submersible pressure gauge
  • Timing device
  • depth gauge
  • compass
  • diver’s tool
  • Slate
  • dive table
  • Signaling devices
  • Pocket mask
  • Weights

You may ask your instructor which ones are provided for by their shop and which ones you need to prepare.  You may also ask about the possibility of renting some gear in their shop.  Finally, ask your instructor for other equipment you may need to bring. 

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