BannerL02 Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You'll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you'll also start learning the PADI System of diver education.

What can PADI Assistant Instructors do?

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Teach the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course
  • Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba experiences
  • Teach Emergency First Response after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course

What will I need to start?

  • PADI Divemaster rating or qualifying certification from another certification organization
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

What will I do?

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations

How long will it take?

  • The course can vary from as little as three days to more than two weeks

What materials are needed?

Required Materials

    PADI Instructor Manual
    Instructor Candidate Workbook
    Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
    Diving Knowledge Workbook
    Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
    Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline
    AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
    RDP – all three versions (Wheel, table and eRDP including associated Instructions for Use booklets)
    PADI Open Water Diver Manual
    Open Water Diver Quizzes & Exams booklet
    PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
    PADI Rescue Diver Manual
    Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
    PADI Divemaster Manual
    Divemaster Final Exams booklet
    Aquatic Cue Cards – for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
    Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
    Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate

Recommended Materials


    All PADI professional videos
    All PADI diver videos
    PADI Specialty Diver Manuals
    The Law and the Diving Professional
    The Best of the Undersea Journal
    The Business of Diving
    Children and Scuba Diving: A Resource Guide for Instructors and Parents
    Open Water Diver Course Lesson Guides (standard and prescriptive)
    Rescue Diver Course Lesson Guides (standard and prescriptive)
    Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
    Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart
    Scuba Tune-Up guidebook
    Skill Evaluation Slate
    PADI Career Advancement Series materials
    Adventure Log – Pro Modules
    A.W.A.R.E. – Our World, Our Water Manual
    Ten Ways a Diver Can Help to Protect the Aquatic Realm brochure
    Discover the Underwater World video and The Snorkeler’s Field Guide
    PADI Adventure Log Book with Teaching / Supervising module

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