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.
- 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