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PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR The next step in being a PADI Professional.

The PADI Assistant Instructor course

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). At Galaxsea Divers, as a PADI Assistant Instructor, you will gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, start learning the PADI System of diver education, act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume some teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor!

What You Learn

You will build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You will learn this through:

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections:

  • Module 1: Academic Training
    • PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs
    • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
    • Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties
    • Teaching in Confined Water
    • Conducting Open Water Training Presentations
  • Module 2: Independent Study
    • Knowledge Development
  • Module 3: Practical Application
    • Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations
    • Standards Exam
    • Dive Rescue Skills Assessment
When this course is followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a Galaxsea Divers PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

What You Can Teach

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.

To enrol in the PADI Assistant Instructor course:

You must:

  • Be a PADI Divemaster (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • 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 at least 18 years old
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • Although not a prerequisite, participants should have their own dive gear.

Scuba Gear

We highly recommend all out PADI Divemasters, Assistant Instructors and Instructors to have their own scuba kit. We will be able to supply some equipment for your course.

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI IDC crew pack includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue, and Divemaster)
  • IDC Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual. 

Your Next Adventure

Take the full Instructor Development Course with Galaxsea Divers to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor so you can teach and certify PADI Open Water Divers.

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the Galaxsea Divers Team members.