Changing The Way You Learn To Dive!


There's nothing more exciting and gratifying than teaching others about the fun, adventure and excitement of diving. The PADI Assistant Instructor course will likely be one of the most challenging diving programs you'll take and at the same time, it will be one of the most rewarding programs. Aa a PADI Assistant Instructor you are joining a group of dive professionals that are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world. The PADI Professional programs set the standard for training dive professionals around the world.
The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the step between PADI Divemaster and becoming a full PADI Open Water Instructor. Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) qualification. When ready, participating in the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and a successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), you will earn your certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.


The PADI Assistant Instructor course allows you to teach surface skills on Open Water dive courses. Making the assistant Instructor the perfect back up to any PADI Instructor. With the training you will receive, you will be ready to take on your Instructor Development Course. As a PADI Assistant Instructor you will be authorized to: Present the academics for any PADI Diver course under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor. The PADI Instructor must personally assess student knowledge development Under the supervision of a PADI Instructor you will be able to during confined water dives, present initial skills training as well as conduct open water surface skill evaluations during Open Water Diver course training dives. Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor. Independently you will be able to teach: The Project AWARE (non diving) Specialty course. The AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation (non diving) Specialty course. Conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or confined water environment. Independently 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. Teach PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty courses after earning the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor rating.


To enroll in the AI course you are required to meet the following criteria. Be at least 18 years of age. Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in your log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving. Submit documentation of certification for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level training if the certification was issued by another recreational diver training organization. Submit proof of EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the past 24 months. Hold a PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization. Provide proof of medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the form may not be the applicant.

WHAT WILL You Learn?

During this 4 day course learn the PADI teaching process. You will refine your skills and learn how to conduct classroom presentations, in water skill demonstrations and dive and pre dive skill demonstrations. The PADI Assistant Instructor course will have you working with piers in classroom presentations where a The Dive Place IDC Staff Instructor will evaluate your presentation techniques and give you feedback and training to ensure you have mastered the art of a full and correct subject presentation.
To successfully complete the PADI Assistant Instructor program, you will need to meet strong performance requirements. You will complete the PADI Online eLerning programs where you will learn about various PADI subjects that include: General Standards and Procedures, Risk Management, Marketing Diving, Teaching PADI Specialty Courses, Business of Diving, How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner. During the PADI Dive Theory Online eLearning you will learn additional information about the following diving topics: Dive Physics, The Diving Environment, Dive Equipment, Diving Physiology and Dive Planning.
Other components that you will participate in during the include: Course Orientation, Developing Knowledge Development Presentations, The 4 E's Counseling Workshop,Teaching in Confined Water, Skills Demonstration Workshop, Confined Water Teaching Presentations, Conducting Open Water Dives Workshop You will present two knowledge development teaching presentations in addition to two confined water teaching presentations and one integrated (two skills) open water teaching presentation. Perform all 20 dive skills in the Skill Evaluation, Standards and Procedures Exam and have any missed questions reviewed until mastery is achieved. Complete the Diver Rescue assessment in open water. Over a minimum of five days, you’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives.

WHAT Materials Do I Need?

Prior to the start of the program, you must have the following current PADI materials: Instructor Manual PADI's Guide to Teaching PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual for Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE-Coral Reef Conservation PADI Open Water manual Recreational Dive Planner – RDP and eRDPml How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam Booklet Advanced Diving Manual Rescue Diver Manual Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet PADI Divemaster Manual Divemaster Final Exams Booklet Aquatic Cure Cards – Confined Water, Open Water, Adventures In Diving, Rescue, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online


Start the PADI Assistant Instructor Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. This saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Assistant Instructor. The Dive Theory Online, - if you haven’t already completed it - is a straight forward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). Also by successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC. Contact The Dive Place and let one of our crew members provide you more information on how you can Go Professional and enroll in a PADI IDC, Assistant Instructor course or OWSI program.


The PADI Professional courses are an investment of not only finance but time. Not everyone has the ability or desire to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, but if you do, we would like to talk to you. Come into The Dive Place and meet our Crew members over a coffee where we will discuss your career and help you move in the direction you want to go. Your decision is your future. We want you to be confident that you are in the best hands at this stage of your career. Would you still like to know more? Simply click on the links to the side and learn more about our other PADI professional courses. Let us show you The Dive Place difference!
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