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As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It's a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor!

What do I need to start?

PADI Divemaster certification
(or qualifying certification from another organisation)

Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion within the last 24 months   

60 logged dives with documented experience in night, deep and navigation diving

Certified Diver for at least 6 months

Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a Doctor within the past 12 months

Minimum Age: 18 yrs

What will I do?

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

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections:
  • Module 1: Academic Training
  • Module 2: Independent Study
  • Module 3: Practical Application

What can you Teach?

Assistant Instructors are authorised to teach the following PADI courses:
  • Present the knowledge development elaboration for any PADI Diver course under the instructor’s indirect supervision. The instructor personally assesses student knowledge development.
  • Present initial skills training under the instructor’s direct supervision during confined water dives.
  • Conduct open water surface skill evaluations during Open Water Diver course dives under the instructor’s indirect supervision.
  • Teach and certify Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of an instructor.
  • Skin Diver and Discover Snorkelling
  • Independently teach the Project AWARE (nondiving) Specialty course.
  • Independently teach the AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation (nondiving) Specialty course.
  • Independently conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or confined water.
  • Independently conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions.
  • Teach and certify divers in a specialty courses that don’t include dives after successful completion of Specialty Instructor Training courses for such specialties.

PADI Instructor Manual

PADI Assistant Instructor

PADI Assistant Instructor

PADI Assistant Instructor

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