PADI Assistant Instructor Development Course

From: 35,000

What is included

This program is especially suited for:

  • Divemasters who do not have the time and resources to take the entire IDC in one schedule,;
  • or needs a little bit of time to prepare for the IDC
  • or for those who are not interested to teach the entire spectrum of PADI dive courses (yet).

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course can be taught any time on request. The AI course takes 5 days and is the first portion of the PADI Instructor development Course (IDC). After the AI course you can take the OWSI course to complete your PADI IDC and after successfully passing the PADI Instructor Exam you will be a PADI Instructor!


  • 5 training days
  • lunch while on training
  • tanks, weights, instruction & signed application form
  • add-ons may be selected for total flexibility

Not included, are

  • PADI AI Application Fees
  • PADI IDC Crewpak
  • Accommodation
  • Other Meals, transfers, boat fees, resort fees, refreshments and dive equipment

What can an AI do?
As a PADI Assistant Instructor you can act as an assistant to the instructor and can assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba diving instructor. As well as all the things you can do as a PADI Divemaster, once certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor you will be able to:

  • 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 AquaMissions
  • Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating.
  • Teach PADI Equipment and PADI Oxygen Provider Specialties with further training.
  • Qualify to take the IE after successfully completing the OWSI with your Course Director.


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

Performance Requirements

To be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor, you must meet the following performance requirements:

  • Attend the required IDC Curriculum Components some of which can be done online:
    • Course Orientation
    • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
    • General Standards and Procedures
    • Risk Management
    • Marketing Diving
    • Start Diving
    • Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses
    • Business of Diving (optional)
    • Keep Diving (optional)
    •  How to teach the RDP (optional)
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Present at least two evaluated knowledge development teaching presentations and score a 3.5 or higher on at least one presentation.
  • Present at least two evaluated confined water teaching presentations and score a 3.4 or higher on at least one presentation.
  • Present at least one integrated (two skills) evaluated open water teaching presentation and score a 3.4 or higher on each skill.
  • Demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation. Candidates must earn 68 total points, with no individual score below 3.
  • Score 75 percent or higher on the PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam and have any missed questions reviewed until mastery is achieved. Scores less than 75 percent require a retest.

If you are a Divemaster, at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Assistant Instructor course, provided that you:

  • hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization
  • submit a medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • have been a certified diver for at least six months
  • have at least 60 logged dives to begin the course
  • have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving
  • have a CPR & First Aid training issued in the last 24 months

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply. Ask us about it.

General Schedule

Day 1

  • Course Orientation
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • General Standards and Procedures


  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Skill Demonstration Workshop (and 800 m/y swim)

Day 2

  • Confined Water Teaching Presentation 1 & 2
  • Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses


  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Conducting Open Water Dives

Day 3

  • Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 1
  • 4 Es Counseling Workshop
  • Start Diving


  • Exam

Day 4

  • Open Water Teaching Presentation 1
  • Rescue assessment
  • Discover Scuba Diving Workshop


  • Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 2
  • Keep Diving

Day 5

  • Marketing Diving
  • Risk Management – online


  • Business of Diving


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Darwin Bawasanta

Darwin Bawasanta

About the author/product creator. Darwin Bawasanta is the Founder & CEO of Dive Funatics. He is a PADI Silver Course Director, holds Specialty Instructor Trainer Rating for over 10 PADI Specialty Courses. He is likewise an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer (EFR IT) and has been a consistent PADI Elite Instructor Award Recipient for four (4) consecutive years. Darwin has run a number of successful Instructor Courses, certified a lot of PADI Divemasters, and has worked with several Instructor Development Courses in Cebu, Bohol and Palawan. His professional profile may be found at LinkedIn.
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