Assistant Instructor

If you have not decided on becoming a PADI instructor, the Assistant Instructor is the next step as a PADI professional. By becoming a scuba assistant, you take on the responsibility of teaching while developing your skills and learning the PADI system of education.
During the Assistant Instructor course, you will learn the PADI standards and procedures for the courses you will be allowed to teach through different workshops, learn how to manage risk and keeping your diver safe, and the business of diving among other things.

Once completed, you will be able to teach the academic portion, present skills in confined water, supervise divers underwater, evaluate surface skills, and much more, but always under the supervision of a PADI instructor. This will improve your employability opportunities as a dive professional and gain experience if you decide to become a PADI instructor. The course will count as a credit toward the PADI Instructor Development course.

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

How can you start learning now?

Register for IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections.

Pre-study online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP).

By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC.


  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certifying organization
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, experience in night, deep, and navigation dives
  • Certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Have 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