Assistant Instructor

“I don’t have time to complete the full IDC!”

That’s ok, some people decide to take it slowly and become an assistant instructor first. Maybe you do not want full responsibility as an instructor until you have built up some experience. That is why you have the chance to become an assistant instructor first. You can always do the extra stuff later on when your confidence builds and tag into an IDC for only the bits’n’bobs you need.

As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you will gain further experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, and during the course you will learn more about the PADI way of teaching. 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!

When you complete a full Instructor Development Course (IDC) it is made up of three parts.

The Assistant Instructor Course (AI)
The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
and The Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI).

The full IDC course is run twice per year with one of our course directors.


Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PRO with an Instructor Development Course.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organisation may be eligible to enrol directly in the OWSI program. This recognises prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

If this sounds right for you then contact us now to discuss your future with our PADI Divemaster Internship Program!   We tailor each PADI Internship to the candidate so that we value quality over quantity!

What you will learn

You build upon your abilities to organise and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You learn through: knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures & presentations. Confined water skill review & assessment, workshops & presentations. Open water workshops, rescue assessment & presentations.


Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organisation
Be 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
Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 month
Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

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