Becoming a PADI Assistant Instructor allows you to gain even more experience as a professional level diver. You develop scuba diving teaching skills and enhance your organisational and supervisory abilities.
The course comprises of knowledge development self study, quizzes, lectures and presentations; confined water skills and teaching workshops and presentations; and open water rescue assessment, workshops, and presentations.
At the end of the course you will become an instructional assistant within the teaching team, and assume more responsibility for teaching particular courses. In addition, you learn the PADI educational system, and take a step closer to becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) by completing the first stage of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).
To take the PADI Assistant Instructor course, you must be:
– 18 years old
– A PADI Divemaster (or qualifying certification from another training organisation)
– Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care certified (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organisation) within the past 24 months
– Have at least 60 dives to begin the course including night, deep and navigation experience
– Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
– Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
– Own an up to date PADI Instructor crewpak – we will provide a crewpak for you at additional cost or you may provide your own if you prefer.
What can I teach?
In addition to the professional responsibilities and duties you have as a PADI Divemaster, after completing your PADI Assistant Instructor course you may:
– 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 PADI Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
– Teach certain PADI Specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor
What will it cost me?
Our PADI Assistant Instructor price does not include the cost of your PADI Instructor crewpak, but we can provide one for you at additional cost. Once you have completed your PADI Assistant Instructor training then you will need to pay an application fee directly to PADI (£63.60, as of January 2016). It is strongly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills, and we can assist with advising you on any dive equipment purchases. However, you may hire equipment from Immerse School of Diving at additional charge. Your pool and site entrance fees (between £5 and £20, and discounted often with site membership) together with you air fills are not included, and are payable directly.