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PADI Assistant Instructor

PADI Assistant Instructor


The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) consists of two sections, the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. You can complete each course separately or combine them together, going through the entire IDC in as few as seven days. 


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.

What Will You Learn?

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course includes these sections as well as a number of other dive theory workshops:


  • 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

  • Independent / Online Study

  • Knowledge Development

  • Practical Applications 

  • Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations 

  • Dive Rescue Skills Assessments. 

  • 6 exams including Standards, Physics, Physiology etc

There is the option to do many of the academic training sessions online which reduces the course to a minimum of 2 days.


Course Pre-requisites

  • PADI Divemaster rating or qualifying certification from another organization

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • 60 logged dives (with experience in night, deep and navigation)

  • Proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months

  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

  • Submit a medical form signed by a Doctor

Knowledge Development

Similar to many PADI training courses, the PADI IDC course has a self-study element.


Upon beginning your course you'll receive quality training materials from PADI, specifically an IDC CrewPak designed to teach you what you need to know.


The PADI IDC crewpak and pass for on-line seminars include all the materials needed for the course and also to prepare for the PADI Instructor course. It includes:


  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster)

  • The Law and the Diving Professional

  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water

  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses

  • PADI Speciality Instructor Manual

  • PADI Guide to Teaching

  • and more.....


You will perfect your skills and learn how to present them in confined water teaching presentations, waterskills and skills reviews.


Confined Water Dives

You will perfect your skills and learn how to present them in open water teaching presentations, waterskills and skills reviews.


Open Water Dives

  • Classroom Lectures

  • Confined Water training

  • Open Water training

What's Included?

The PADI Assistant Instructor with e-learning option can take a minimum of 2 days. The full IDC, including PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, may take approximately 7 days.


How Much Does It Cost?

£495* + IDC Crewpak (Current Member price £670) 

Course duration approximately 3 days.

* AI & OWSI combined as full IDC £995 + IDC Crewpak (Current Member price  £670)  + PADI IE fees.

NB: PADI Instructor membership fees payable upon application.



Call 01603 485000 or click the 'Contact Us' button to find out about dates and availability.


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