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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!

*Price is for tuition only. Other PADI Instructor material sold separately.

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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 PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

What will I need?
At this training level, you must have your own gear. For this course, you’ll need to complete medical statement and releases. As this is a professional-level program, the medical statement must be signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

You’ll need the full PADI IDC crew pack including a variety of materials, not limited to the PADI Instructor Manual and IDC Candidate Workbook. Contact Scuba Shack for details.

Those enrolling in this program must be a minimum of 18 years of age, and be certified as a PADI Divemaster or equivalent. You must also be trained and current (within two years) in first aid and CPR. You’ll need a minimum 60 logged dives and must have been a certified diver for at least six months.

What will my commitment be?
The Instructor Development Course involves a significant commitment of time on weekends and evenings during the week. The complete schedule for Scuba Shack's IDC is available for review prior to the start of the class.

What results should I expect?
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

Call Scuba Shack for pricing and schedule.

What’s next?
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor


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