Assistant Instructor

If a Divemaster can be an assistant to an Instructor, what’s an Assistant Instructor (AI)? A Divemaster who can teach!

Assistant Instructors can conduct the theory and confined water portions of most dive courses under the supervision of an instructor, making it the perfect way to gain experience teaching, with someone there to turn to when you’re not sure of something.

You’ll learn to teach and to assess by giving presentations in the classroom, teaching skills to simulated students in confined water and evaluating their demonstrations, and then evaluate students in open water, to make sure they’ve mastered the necessary level of skill for certification.

Once qualified, you can gain further experience of teaching in the classroom and pool, in order to become more familiar both with the system you’re teaching and further develop your techniques to be an effective Instructor. In addition to all of this, the PADI AI can also independently teach the Project AWARE, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation and Peak Performance Buoyancy specialities.

  • Minimum Age
  • 18 years old
  • Duration
  • Minimum of 40 hours training.
  • Prerequisites
  • You must be a certified Divemaster, with a current First Aid & CPR qualification.
  • You will need at least 80 logged dives, including 15 or more 'Divemastering' dives.
  • Cost
  • POA

Please Note: Dive South doesn’t run the PADI Assitant Instructor course in-house, we’ll refer you to one of our specially selected IDC Centre partners.

If you would like further information please contact us

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