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PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

Assistant Instructor

This is where you start, if you want to become a PADI scuba diving instructor. Share your passion with others and help them experience the same joy you have for scuba diving.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they've completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.

How Much Will It Cost?

Club Membership is £30 per annum.

The Assistant Instructor Course materials will cost club members approximately £350. Travel and dive site entry fees are extra.

How Long Will It Take?

The Assistant Instructor course is all about gaining experience. The more time you can spend with your instructor being mentored in preparation for becoming an instructor, the better! That said, it's reasonable to expect this internship to last about 6 months if you regularly attend and take part.


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Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You will start to learn the PADI System of diver education as you continue to hone your diving skills and start to learn new teaching skills in preparation for becoming a PADI Open Water Instructor.

Much like the PADI Divemaster Course, when you enrol on an Assistant Instructor Course with InDepth you will enter an internship in order to gain valuable experience in preparation for becoming an Open Water Instructor.

You will 'shadow' your instructor and gain insight into how they organise their courses, the work involved behind the scenes, the logistics and organisation required. In addition to that you will also undertake:



You will continue to build on your academic knowledge, taking mock instructor exams, and learn how to deliver engaging, fun and informative classroom presentations, whilst meeting the required PADI standards.


Key topics covered by the course include:

  • ​Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and teaching presentations, and then:

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.

  • Teach Emergency First Response after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course.


You will start to teach students, whilst under indirect supervision of your instructor. You will be able to:

  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations.

  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations, which will then allow you to:

  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.

  • Teach the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course.

  • Teach PADI AWARE Specialty courses.

  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experiences.


You will gain invaluable experience and confidence as a scuba diving educator, which will better prepare you for your Open Water Instructor course and exams.

PREREQUISITES: Divemaster and EFR, 60 logged dives and minimum of 18 years old (Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor..)

Divemasters who have been a certified diver for at least six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course.


The PADI Assistant Instructor Course is available through the InDepth Dive Club. To enrol on a course you will need to Join the club. Click HERE to Join.


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