Assistant Instructor Development Course
Gather significant experience before become a PADI Open Water Instructor!
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must be certified as a PADI Divemaster or leadership level with another diver training organization.
- You need to have EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the past 24 months.
- Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.
- Be certified diver for 6 months.
- Logged at least 60 scuba dives, documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
Assistant Instructor Duties – Teaching status AI are authorized to:
- Present the knowledge development elaboration for any PADI Diver course under the instructor’s indirect Professional Membership 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.
- Independently teach the Project AWARE (non diving) Specialty course.
- Independently teach the AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation (non diving) Specialty course.
- Independently conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or confined water.
- Independently conduct Bubblemaker program.
- Independently conduct PADI Seal Team Aqua Missions.
- Teach and certify divers in specialty courses that don’t include dives after completing Specialty Instructor Training courses and earning Specialty Instructor ratings for such specialties.
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 are not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course dive rescue assessment and submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level to PADI.