PADI Assistant Instructor Course

PADI Assistant Instructor Course

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PADI Assistant Instructor Course

Is it worth becoming a PADI Assistant Instructor versus a Full PADI Open Water Instructor?

The rating between Divemaster and Open Water Scuba Instructor.  This course enables you to build upon your abilities to organise and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills.  As an Assistant Instructor you are a more valuable PADI Professional to a Dive Centre through the additional range of duties you can undertake.

So if you like people, wish to share your passion for being in and around water (as well as under it!), or someone who is not sure if instructing is for them, then the Assistant Instructor course gives you the chance to teach without completing the full Instructor Development Course

PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) Course Overview

The Assistant Instructor course is the second Membership / Professional Level in the PADI system and is the foundation block of the full Instructor Development Course (IDC).   Assistant Instructors are generally well prepared to enter the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) element of the IDC as they've had time to build experience teaching and working with students.  The Open Water Instructor element of the IDC builds upon the skills, learning and tools that Assistant Instructors learn.

Dive Rutland Philosophy

Here at Dive Rutland, we would like you to question whether someone who is teaching i.e. an Instructor or Assistant Instructor is actually instructing.  Ask yourself, can you actually instruct someone in the art of clearing their mask.  The answer is NO.  I can show you how to clear your mask but only you can actually undertake the skill and the way that it can be achieved is varied, so because I do it one way, is that the right way.  Probably not, it is the way that I do... the way that you do will and could quite rightly be a variance on that, so am I an instructor, no I believe not... I believe I am a coach and all instructors should have that approach and mentality.

What we actually do is CHANGE LIVES!

You do that by:

  • Installing confidence in others! 
  • Improving people's self esteem!
  • Helping people reach impossible goals! 
  • Give people a purpose in life!
  • Make lifelong friends! 
  • Gain respect from others!

We believe that PADI Instructors get FAR better results when they STOP trying to teach......Instead they ALLOW their students to learn.  The Assistant Instructor course is the start of this process, so to find out HOW, come and join this course

What can PADI Assistant Instructors Do?

In addition to the responsibilities and duties you already have as a PADI Divemaster, as a PADI Assistant Instructor you will be able to have the confidence and the ability to :-"

  • Teach fun academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor;
  • Present initial skills training in confined water and evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills all under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor using a modern approach to diving;
  • Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Course; and
  • Independently Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving, Bubblemaker and PADI Seal Team Aquamissions;
  • Teach and certify divers in speciality courses that do not include dives after completing Speciality Instructor Training courses and earning the corresponding Speciality Instructor rating​

Why complete your PADI Assistant Instructor Course with Dive Rutland?

Our Course Director Tracey runs a fully inclusive dive centre and on completing your Assistant Instructor course we can provide you with the opportunity to work alongside our professional team to gain valuable experience, which would make you part of the camaraderie of a fun busy team.  Our Assistant Instructor course is very modern.  No teaching people on their knees... we use the very latest psychology to make learning a complete holistic process.. Unique in the diving world, well it was but more and more people and dive centres are following our lead.

What do I need to start the PADI Assistant Instructor Course?

  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification agency
  • 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep and navigation dives
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
  • Certified diver for six months.
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary. 
  • ​Want a fun and exciting career!

What will I learn on the PADI Assistant Instructor Course?

  • How to make all courses fun;
  • How to install confidence in others;
  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations;
  • How to get the best out of your students by practising delivering 
    • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations.
    • Confined water skill reviews and assessment, workshops and presentations;

Have a look at our YouTube channel for demonstrations of the skills you will learn to do - Skills Playlist


PADI Materials are not included in the price of this course.  Required are the IDC Candidate Crewpack - 2020 format - 60324.  This includes all Digital presentations (IDC elearning) and the hard-copy slates.  We are happy to order for you at a discounted rate if you are doing this course with us.

Any Other Costs?

Yes the PADI Materials mentioned in the materials section above.  Entrance fees and personal travel and accommodation costs.

How long does the PADI Assistant Instructor Course Take?

3 - 4 days depending on a candidates starting point.

What Equipment is required for the PADI Assistant Instructor Course?

As someone who is a dive professional it is expected that you have your own dive equipment

Talk to us if you do not as we have professional packages available

Should I prepare for the PADI Assistant Instructor Course?

As with any course you get the most of out of it if you are well prepared.  Prior to the course you will complete some independent study via your PADI IDC elearning, which is contained within the IDC Candidate Crewpack.

What are the Next Steps after completing the PADI Assistant Instructor Course?

Gain teaching experience.  Maybe become an Open Water Scuba instructor or even a Gas Blender.  Let us help with your ongoing dive career.


Last updated: November 2020

Students who want to become PADI divers must first complete the mandatory course documentation. Known medical conditions are required to be declared and notified to your Instructor prior to any in-water activity. A doctor's confirmation of fitness to dive if answer you to any medical condition on the Medical Statement. You can check out here:

PADI Medical Statement

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I cannot rate Dive Rutland high enough. Tracey, Bridget and all the team have shown me unending patience and understanding and I have got my open water certification. Thank you to you all for sharing your knowledge and tips. Can't wait to start my next course.

Carrie Spence

Northampton, UK


We are lucky to have a top notch Dive school on our doorstep in the form of Dive Rutland, My thanks to Bridget my instructor for her endless enthusiasm both in the theory and the practical applications of diving. Then to Tracey again for your skill and excellent support and for putting together a great community of divers who have helped and supported us.

Trikes of Bytham

Bytham, UK


Friendly, professional and committed to ensuring you get the best diving training and diving experiences, whilst upholding the highest of standards. Tracey and her team offer everything you need from newbie to experienced diver. Highly recommended.

Joanna Aitkens

Leicester, UK