VA PADI Assistant Instructor Program

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is a program designed to prepare PADI Divemasters or equivalent to become PADI Assistant Instructors. The PADI Assistant Instructor rating authorizes a student to function as an instructional assistant and independently conduct certain PADI programs. Successful completion of the Assistant Instructor course qualifies you to participate in the Open Water Scuba Instructor course.

The program runs 32 hours over 3 days. To graduate a Student must attend all sessions, complete 2 Academic teaching presentations, 2 confined water teaching presentations and 1 Open Water presentation combining two demonstrated PADI scuba skills. Upon Successful completion of the Assistant Instructor program, the Course Director will sign off on the Students Assistant Instructor application so that the Assistant Instructor credentials will be issued by PADI.Course numbers in the AI program start with the prefix AI and are numbered sequentially.

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As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you'll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a far away dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Assistant Instructors are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world — PADI.

PADI Assistant Instructor Requirements

PADI DiveMasters who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Assistant Instructor course. You also need to have:

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.

  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

  • At least 60 logged dives to begin the course.

A Formidable Set of Scuba Diving Skills

As a PADI Assistant Instructor you will be able to assist a PADI Instructor in a functional teaching capacity as you work with students and help them develop their dive skills. You will also learn the basics in teaching classes as you develop skills in:

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  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations

  • Teaching in Confined Water

  • Conducting Open Water Dives

  • Skills Demonstration

  • PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures

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