PADI Assistant Instructor

You want to become a dive instructor and work around the world

The first step into becoming a dive instructor is to learn how to think like one and this course will fill the gap between leading dives to teaching how to dive.

As a PADI Divemaster you already know what is the work of an instructor and you might have already assisted one. You have already read the PADI Instructor Manual and have an extended knowledge about scuba diving gear, planning, standards, RDP and have already acquired everything a leader in diving require. It is time to take the leap into a career scuba diving by becoming an Assistant Instructor where you will learn the PADI system of diver education.

As a PADI Assistant Instructor you will teach, guide, and demonstrate to students under the supervision of an Open Water Scuba Instructor as the first part of an PADI Instructor Development Course.

The course is divided in three modules as follow:

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

As the familiarity with the equipment plays an important role in diving techniques it is strongly recommended for the practical part that candidates have their own sets of scuba gear. Lotus Diving will provides the tanks required for the course and can rent the required gear for the duration of the course.


Assistant Instructor students will be given a PADI IDC Crewpack that contains all the necessary material for the AI course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor course.

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OWD, AOWD, Rescue Diver 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


  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization
  • 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including experience in night, deep, and navigation dives
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Emergency First Response or other 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

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