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PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
What Can an PADI Assistant Instructor Do? Beyond the responsibilities and duties of a PADI Divemaster, certified PADI Assistant Instructors are authorized to perform the following:
  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of an Instructor.
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of an Instructor.
  • Teach the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course.
  • Teach the Project AWARE Specialty course.
  • Conduct Discover Scuba experiences.
  • Teach Emergency First Response after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
Course Overview: The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course is the first portion of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). The AI Program must be conducted at a PADI facility that is rated a 5 star or higher. We conduct our AI Programs at area facilities that meet this requirement. We use several different facilities dependent upon the store schedule and your schedule.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 18 years old prior to start date of class, certified as a PADI Divemaster or have a qualifying certification from another training organization, medical clearance signed by a physician, and show proof of 100 logged dives.

Course Activities: The first thing will be to schedule an Orientation Meeting to review the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) program requirements and provide the student the IDC Crew Pak containing all the information about course. The PADI AI course will expand your teaching and dive leadership skills through classroom presentations and independent study sessions. You will complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water. You will complete training exercises to test your organizational and problem solving abilities. For a complete description of the Assistant Instructor Course and all the requirements click here.

Forms Required: Students need to complete the three (3) forms: Liability Release, Statement of Understanding, and Medical Statement prior to entering the water.

Materials/Equipment Required: You already have some of the materials required from previous classes you have completed. You will need to purchase the IDC Crew Pak to obtain all the required materials. You will be able to use these same materials when you continue to the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.

Price of Course:
$749 The Assistant Instructor (AI) Course includes the Assistant Instructor Orientation meeting, application package, emblem, decal, brochure, Assistant Instructor Application fee, Classroom Sessions, Water Skill assessments, Confined water pool sessions, and Open Water sessions. The course price does NOT cover scuba park entry fees, air fills, tank and wetsuit rental.
$999 The Assistant Instructor (AI) Course includes the Assistant Instructor Orientation meeting, Instructor Development Course (IDC) Crew Pak, Assistant Instructor Program lesson guides, application package, emblem, decal, brochure, Assistant Instructor Application fee, Classroom Sessions, Water Skill assessments, Confined water pool sessions, and Open Water sessions. The course price DOES cover scuba park entry fees, air fills, tank and wetsuit rental.


Deposit: $250 - Cost of Materials.

Length of Course: The course must be conducted over at least a 3 day period. It can be done in as little as a 3 day period or over a longer period of time. The program must be conducted at a 5 star or higher PADI facility. We rent a classroom at one of the area 5 star or higher PADI facilities. We use several local facilities dependent upon classroom availability.

Class Dates: We can schedule an Assistant Instructor Course at any time. We will need to know your dates of availability so we can arrange for a classroom at a PADI 5 Star facility. Contact us so we can reserve your course dates on our calendar.

Related Specialties: Project AWARE, Boat Diver, Coral Reef Conservation, Deep Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Enriched Air (Nitrox), Equipment Specialist, Fish ID, Multi-Level Diver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, UW Naturalist, UW Navigation, UW Digital Photo, UW Photo, UW Search & Recovery, Wreck Diver.

How To Sign-Up: Call us at (972) 467-8314 or email us at or sign-up online. Once you sign-up you can come by and pick up the materials or we can have them delivered to your home or office.

Type of Classes: We offer the following types of classes:  (1) Group Class [scheduled classes with 4 students up to 8], (2) Make Your Own Group [for 4 to 8 students that want to take the class together], (3) Semi-Private [maximum of two students], (4) Private [one person private].

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 ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR COURSE DETAILS

Course Requirements: The Assistant Instructor course is divided into Course Introduction, Knowledge Development, Teaching Presentations, Evaluations, Rescue Assessment, and Demonstration Quality Skills. The student will prepare for the class by self-study using the materials in the IDC Crew Pak. Students will complete all 16 IDC Knowledge Reviews prior to the start of the class. All requirements must be completed under the supervision of an instructor.

Rotating Topic Schedule: For the Knowledge Development portion of the Divemaster Course, we have a rotating schedule with different assigned topics each week. While you do have to come to class to turn in your knowledge reviews and take the exams, you do not have to stay and participate in the weekly classroom presentation, however it is highly recommended. Candidates do not have to attend each and every scheduled meeting. If you cannot attend a meeting, look at the assigned topic for the next meeting you can attend and prepare for and plan on attending that meeting.

Materials/Equipment Required: You already have some of the materials required from previous classes you have completed. The items below identified with an "" are included in the IDC Crew Pak you receive in the program. The materials in the IDC Crew Pak are for the Assistant Instructor Program are the same materials you will use for the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor ("OWSI") Program. You should not have to purchase additional materials when you decide to continue to the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.

  Assistant Instructor Required Materials
  Instructor Manual.
  Instructor Candidate Workbook.
  Confined Water Lesson Planning Slate.
  Open Water Lesson Planning Slate.
  Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards.
  Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards.
  The Law and the Diving Professional.
  The Business of Diving.
  The Best of The Undersea Journal.
  Children and Diving.
  Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline.
  Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline.
  AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Program Instructor Outline.
  Adventure Log-Teaching/Supervising Pro Module.
  Encyclopedia of Recreatioonal Diving CD-Rom.
  A Carry Bag.
  All Necessary Forms.
  Exam Booklets for Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and Divemaster courses.
  Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet.
  Divemaster Final Exams Booklet.
    Log Book.
    Current Version of Open Water Diver Manual.
    Recreational Dive Planner - Table and eRDPML (multi-level). You will need both versions along with the instruction booklets.
    Current Version of Adventures in Diving Manual.
    Current Version of Rescue Diver Manual.
    Current Version of Divemaster Manual.

Pool Sessions:Conducted at a PADI 5 Star facility or PADI CDC facility.

Course Description Details: The following is a description of the Assistant Instructor (AI) Course and student requirements.

  Course Introduction
  The role and characteristics of a Assistant Instructor.

  Knowledge Development
  Curriculum Components:
    ●  Learning, Instruction and the PADI System.
    ●  PADI Discover Scuba and Snorkeling Programs.
    ●  Developing Knowledge Development Presentations.
    ●  Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties.
    ●  Teaching in Confined Water.
    ●  Conducting Open Water Training Presentations.
  Present at least two evaluated knowledge development teaching presentations and score a 3.5 or higher on at least one presentation.
  Score 75 percent or higher on the Assistant Instructor Standards Exam and have any missed questions reviewed until mastery is achieved. Scores less than 75 percent require a re-test.

  In the Pool
  Present at least two evaluated confined water teaching presentations and score a 3.4 or higher on at least one presentation.
  Demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation form. Candidates must earn 68 total points, with no individual score below 3.

  At the Lake
  Present at least one integrated (two skills) evaluated open water teaching presentation and score a 3.5 or higher on each skill.

  Demonstration Quality Skills
  20 skills each skill earning at least a 3 with a total score of 68 points on the following skills.
    ●  Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning and disassembly.
    ●  Pre-dive safety check (BWRAF).
    ●  Deep water entry.
    ●  Buoyancy check at surface.
    ●  Five point descent.
    ●  Remove and replace of weight system.
    ●  Fin pivot (neutral buoyancy).
    ●  Five point ascent.
    ●  Snorkel-regulator and regulator-snorkel exchange.
    ●  Hover (neutral buoyancy).
    ●  Buddy Breathing stationary, donor and receiver.
    ●  Buddy Breathing while swimming, donor and receiver.
    ●  Mask removal, replacement and clearing.
    ●  Alternate Air Source (AAS) stationary.
    ●  Free-flow regulator breathing.
    ●  Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA).
    ●  No mask swim.
    ●  Air depletion exercise.


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