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Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor?!?!   Can't Divemaster's go right to a full Instructor? In short, yes.  Divemaster's can register in our Instructor Development Course, which is a combination of the assistant instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor course......So why do we have an AI course then?

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The PADI Assistant Instructor course with DIVE KAWARTHA

Taking the IDC program is quite an undertaking and can require a larger investment of time and money than you might be looking for.
Perhaps you are unsure how much you will want to teach scuba.  The AI program offers a less expensive and time consuming step on the journey in your professional career.

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a DIVE KAWARTHA PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Typically a 4 - 5 day course held over a couple weekends, the PADI Assistant Instructor course will introduce you to the PADI system of diver education and allow you to gain experience while taking on a larger roll with students in Open Water courses, or independently teaching Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, or another select specialty course.

Once you start doing that, all of the above questions will clearly be answered, and if you do want to proceed to become an instructor, You have already completed half of the IDC, so you only need finish the second half of the IDC (the OWSI course).

AI ClassroomOur A.I. Program Includes:

  • All PADI IDC Student Materials
  • Personalized Instructor Candidate Backpack, Polo Shirt, Hat and Pocket Mask
  • All Confined Water, Open Water and Classroom Workshops
  • Unlimited access to a training pool as needed (must be scheduled)
  • Fill Station Operator certification
  • Shadow teaching opportunities for PPB & Project Aware

The Fun Part

Get mentored while gaining hands-on experience teaching students.

What You Learn:

  • AI Theory
  • You build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You learn 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

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 Aqua Missions
  • Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.


You must:

  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • 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 fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • Want a fun and exciting career!

Your Next Adventure

Take the full Instructor Development Course with DIVE KAWARTHA 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 DIVE KAWARTHA Team members.

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