Assistant Instructor

Take your next step as a Professional... become an Assistant Instructor

You will find the program to be a rewarding and challenging experience. The AI program is an integral component of the Instructor Development Course.You are ensuring your success as a professional by making the commitment to being the best you can be.You will find that by mastering the skills in this program you will be far better prepared when you decide to continue your instructor education.
The course includes:
• Academic Teaching Preparation (Open Water and Continuing Education)
• Conducting Confined Water Training (Open Water and Con. Ed.)
• Conducting Open Water Training (Open Water and Con. Ed.)
• Conducting Assistant Instructor Programs (Peal Performance Buoyancy and Project AWARE)
• Assisting with Students in Confined Water
• Knowledge Development in Business, Legal, System Standards and Procedures.
• Presenting to and Assisting with Open Water Students in Training
• Presenting to and Assisting with Continuing Education Students in Training
• Interning with Actual Students in Training (confined water, open water, continuing education and certified divers)
You are entering into a partnership between you and your instructor. Our goal is to prepare you to be the best you can be. Patriot Dive Center's program is one of the best in the country. You can be sure that you will receive the best education available. We will provide you with the opportunities to assist and learn in many different circumstances. You will be entering the ranks of our Pro Team.

Your Career Starts Here...

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.

The Fun Part

Get mentored while gaining hands-on experience teaching students.

Live the life you’ve always dreamed about as a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor

What You Learn

You build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You learn through:

  • 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

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections:

  • Module 1: Academic Training
    · PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs
    · Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
    · Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties
    · Teaching in Confined Water
    · Conducting Open Water Training Presentations
  • Module 2: Independent Study
    · Knowledge Development
  • Module 3: Practical Application
    · Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations
    · Standards Exam
    · Dive Rescue Skills Assessment

Get practical professional experience as a PADI Assistant InstructorWhat You Can Teach

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

  • 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

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.

It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find most everything at Patriot Dive Center.

PADI IDC Crew Pak for PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor  60034The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI IDC crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • IDC Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual.

This is included in the Assistant Instructor Course Price.


You must

  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including nightdeep, and navigation dives
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • Want a fun and exciting career!


Not sure what being an Assistant Instructor is all about? Stop in and discuss becoming a divemaster with us. We will go over the benefits of being an Assistant Instructor, how our Assistant Instructo program works, and what it takes to be an Assistant Instructor.
Please stop by, call, or email us to register.

The PADI Assistant Instructor course does require registration prior to the start of class.  We offer FREE orientation sessions at least two week prior to the start of each class for an opportunity to learn more about the course and complete required medical and release forms.  Stop by or give us a call to reserve your spot to begin the adventure of a lifetime!