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PADI - Assistant Instructor

Start here to become a PADI Assistant Instructor. Share your passion with others and help them experience the same joy you have for scuba diving.

Course Type: Professional


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About The PADI Assistant Instructor Course

This course is typically run over 4-5 days, and after the course, an Assistant Instructor can assist Instructors more thoroughly on courses and can teach the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course and PADI AWARE Speciality course independently.

You need to be certified as an Assistant Instructor before becoming a PADI Instructor, and that it’s included when you do the PADI IDC. Not many people realize that you can actually do the PADI AI course on its own, and you may have some very good reasons for this such as not having enough time, wanting to get more teaching practice, need a refresh as your Divemaster course was done years ago, want to find out if it’s really the right career choice for you etc.

Taking your PADI Assistant Instructor course as a stand-alone course is a great way of finding out if being an Instructor is really what you want to do.

Why Become PADI Assistant Instructor?

The Assistant Instructor Development Course is a life changing and unforgettable experience. Here we will teach you how to present knowledge development presentations, confined water and open water teaching skills from the many PADI courses available.

The Assistant Instructor program is a developmental course which means we will guide you through the course and help you improve until you are ready for the PADI Instructor Examination and life as a PAD Instructor.

During the program we give you as much in-water time as possible in order to improve your skills and teaching abilities.

What Your Learn

The PADI Assistant Instructor Development Course is the industry leading training programme to create competent and caring instructors.

You'll participate in many realistic scenarios and workshops to build your confidence so that you are ready and raring to teach your first course.

Take This Course If You Want to

  • Travel the world whilst earning money
  • Do something truly fulfilling with your spare time around your existing career.
  • Share your passion for diving
  • Share the incredible learning journey of nervous new divers as they build their skills and confidence

Learn How to

  • Teach divers new skills in a fun and safe environment
  • Be an inspirational role model who brings out the best in people
  • Plan your teaching to be fun, safe and integrated to maximise efficiency


What Can You Teach As Assistant Instructor?

You can teach the following PADI courses:

  • Conduct skill evaluation under direct supervision from an instructor

  • Conduct surface skills during pen water course dives under indirect supervision from an instructor
  • Teach PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty under the direction of an instructor
  • Teach PADI AWARE (nondiving)
  • Teach PADI Coral Reef Conservation (nondiving)
  • Teach PADI Scuba Diving in the pool
  • Teach Bubblemaker and Seal Team courses in the pool
  • After additional training teach, digital underwater photography, O2 provider, EFR and equipment specialist

Next Steps

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Step 1 - PADI eLearning

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Complete the independent study part of your course whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you.

Work at your own pace, online or offline, using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor for inwater training, or whenever you have a question.

  • eLearning time commitment: 10-16 hours



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At The Uk Diving Academy

Step 2 - With Your Instructor

You will compelte the PADI Standards and Procedures workshops for courses you can teach with in water training, learning, instruction, the PADI System, Risk Management and Diver Safety, The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor, Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling workshops.

  • Prerequisites:  PADI Divemaster* completion of Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care training* within 24 months; min 60 logged dives; medically cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months. (* or qualifying training)
  • Total time commitment: 4-5 Days
  • Minimum age: 18


More Information

PADI Assistant Instructor Course Prerequisites

To qualify for training on the PADI Assistant Instructor Development Course, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or be an Divemaster in good standing with another training organisation for at least six months.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving.
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months or full HSE Medical.
Course Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Your Medical Statement must be signed by a physician within the last 12 months or full HSE Medical.

The Scuba Gear You Need During Your Course

To take part in this course you will need to make sure you have, as minimum:

  • Fins, mask and snorkel
  • Buoyancy control device (BCD) with tank mount or separate backpack, and low-pressure inflator
  • Primary regulator and alternate air source
  • Breathing gas monitoring device (e.g. submersible pressure gauge)
  • Depth monitoring device
  • Quick release weight system and weights (if necessary for neutral buoyancy, or if required for skills practice)
  • Adequate exposure protection appropriate for our local dive conditions.
  • At least one audible emergency surface signaling device (whistle, air horn, etc.).
  • Dive computer or RDP Note: If dives are planned using the RDP, the diver must have a timing device.
  • In test scuba diving cylinder

During your course, we will offer equipment rental of all of the above core dive gear. You will be required to collect your core dive gear prior to the open water training dives from us.

What's Included
  • Course Tuition 
Additional Costs
  • Dive site entry from £15 - £25 per day
  • Additional Equipment rental (if required)
  • Air Fills

PADI Crewpak

  • PADI Professional Instructor Crewpak


  • PADI Assistant Instructor Application Fee
After This Course

As a certified PADI Assistant Instructor, you’re eligible to enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and become a PADI Instructor.

You can also work with our PADI Course Directors and become qualified to teach select PADI specialty courses. Divemasters may also qualify to teach:

  • PADI Mermaid™ courses
  • PADI Freediver™ courses
  • Emergency First Response® first aid and CPR courses

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