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PADI Assistant Instructor

This course introduces the candidate to the teaching techniques for skill and knowledge development. It concentrates on duties and programs assistant instructors may conduct independently. Completion of six curriculum presentations and successful presentation of two confined water teaching presentations, two knowledge development presentations, and one open water teaching presentation integrating two skills is required. Successfully completing this course earns the candidate an AI certification and qualifies them to continue with the OWSI program.

What can PADI Assistant Instructors do?

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Teach the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course
  • Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba experience
  • Teach Emergency First Response after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course

What are the prerequisites?

  • PADI Divemaster rating or qualifying certification
  • 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

How long will it take?

  • Typically the course can be completed in three days

What materials are needed?

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Instructor Candidate Workbook
  • Open Water Lesson Planning Slate
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • The Law and the Diving Professional
  • The Business of Diving
  • The Best of The Undersea Journal
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • (You might choose the PADI Specialty Instructor Manual instead of the individual specialty outlines.)
  • Open Water Diver Manual, Current
  • Recreational Dive Planner, The Wheel and table, and Instructions for Use Booklets
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual, Current
  • Rescue Diver Manual, Current
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster Manual, Current
  • Divemaster Final Exams Booklet


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