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PADI Assistant Instructor Course



Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Professional Instructor.

We offer a flexible approach to PADI Professional training, with a dedicated team of Instructor Development staff including our very own full-time PADI Course Director.


PADI Professional Instructor programs are flexible, allowing you to complete both the PADI Assistant Instructor & PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor programs independently as stand alone courses, or combined as a full PADI Instructor Development program (IDC).

As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor!


The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

What Can PADI Assistant Instructors Teach


In addition to the responsibilities and duties you already have as a PADI Divemaster, as a PADI Assistant Instructor you can:

Course Prerequisites

  • To enrol onto the PADI Assistant Instructor Program you must possess a Dive Leader Certification -

  • PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization who is either:

a. An instructor member in good standing, or

b. A diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.​

  • 18 Years Old

  • Medical Clearance - attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.

  • Certified diver for six months.

  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.

  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.

  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.

Scuba Equipment Requirements


You will need to supply your own full set of scuba equipment that is in good condition and within the manufacturers service guidelines.

Equipment must include Dive Cylinder, Fins, Mask, Snorkel, Regulator & Alternate Air Source,SPG, Depth Gauge, Dive Computer or PADI RDP (with instruction booklets), Timing Device, BCD, Exposure Suit, Quick Release Weight System,2 Signalling Devices (1 Audible & 1 Visual), Dive Compass & Dive Knife/Tool.

Required Learning Materials


Each PADI Assistant Instructor Candidate must possess, a personal, current set of the following materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterwards.

  • PADI Instructor Manual (Free Download For PADI Pro Members) 

  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching

  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation

  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual

  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including

  • Instructions for Use booklets

  • How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book

  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet

  • 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

  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving

  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online


Course Duration


  • 5 Days - PADI Assistant Instructor Course

  • Completing on-line independent study will reduce the PADI Assistant Instructor course to 4 days 

Whats Included?

  • Tuition

  • Pool Fees


Whats Not Included?

  • Travel expenses & entrance fee to the Open Water sites. Entrance fee is approximately £15 per day.

  • Accommodation expenses if required

  • Equipment Rental if required

  • Required Training Materials

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You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses.

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  • How Deep Can I Go?
    That depends on your certification level, age and experience. As a certified PADI Open Water diver you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres, in conditions similar to, or better than those you are trained/experienced in. As a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 30 metres, in conditions similar to, or better than those you are trained/experienced in. As a PADI Deep Diver you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres, in conditions similar to, or better than those you are trained/experienced in. Depths deeper than 40 metres are considered as Technical Diving and require additional Technical Divier training and equipment. PADI offer a wide range of Technical Training programs, including the use of mixed gases and rebreathers.
  • What Are The Age Restrictions For Scuba Diving?
    The minimum age to become certified as a PADI diver is 10. The PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification is available for those aged between the ages of 10 & 14. Ten & eleven year olds must dive with a certified parent/guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres. Those aged between 12 and 14 must dive with a certified adult to a maximum depth of 18 metres. Those aged 15 and over are classed as adults, with no upper age limit. The PADI Bubblemaker & PADI Seal Team programs allow children from the age of 8 to experience Scuba Diving in the safe confines of a swimming pool.
  • Do I Have To Be A Good Swimmer?
    No, you don't have to be a strong swimmer. There is however a requirement that you are able to swim a distance of 200 metres (non-stop) and complete a 10 minute tread water/float. There is no time limit on the 200 metre swim and no particular stroke required.
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    The duration of a Scuba Dive can vary, depending on the environment, conditions and depth.
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