• Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor

The Fun Part – What you get to do and learn!

You should be proud of earning your Divemaster rating.  As you well know, you’ve  developed your diving skills to role model levels; you’ve studied dive planning, management and supervision; the physics and physiology of diving; and a number of other advanced dive topics; and you’ve gained firsthand experience in managing dives and various dive classes.  However, you want to be able to do even more. 

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You want to know how the assistant instructors and instructors are able to evaluate the students in their classes and provide instruction for the students to meet the required performance objectives.  Well, the Assistant Instructor rating is the next step in your professional development.  You’ll have an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the PADI education system and standards.  You’ll learn how to prepare and present classroom presentations, confined water skills and open water skills.  And you’ll gain hands on experience by having an opportunity to present multiple classroom presentations, confined water skills and open water skills.  Whether you want to more actively assist with classes as well as being able to conduct even more programs on your own, or if you are looking towards earning your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating, the Assistant Instructor course is for you!

What you can do as an Assistant Instructor

The Assistant Instructor rating will allow you to expand your role in assisting with dive classes as well as increase the number of programs that you may conduct on your own, including allowing you to independently teach certain specialty courses.  


  • PADI Divemaster, or leadership level with another diver training organization
  • 18 years old
  • 60 logged dives; including documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation
  • Certified diver for 6 months
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course dive rescue assessment
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry-level, advanced, rescue, and leadership level to PADI, if necessary

Course Fee

  • The course fee is $450 per person.  The fee includes all classroom and pool sessions, all open water training, and tanks & weights for all diving activities.
  • The course fee does not include materials, PADI Instructor Development Online eLearning, PADI Dive Theory Online eLearning, or the PADI application fees.

Additional Information

Please review the attached information packet for additional information on authorized activities for Assistant Instructors; a description of the course structure; details on the skills, assessments and practical applications that you will conduct during the course; and required materials.

Instructor Development Information Packet

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