Assistant Instructor Course (AI)


The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course is designed to prepare PADI Divemasters or equivalent to become PADI Assistant Instructors. This course is the beginning of the PADI Instructor Development process and is scheduled during the first half of our Instructor Development Course (IDC). The PADI Assistant Instructor rating authorizes you to function as an instructional assistant and independently conduct certain PADI programs. Successful completion of the AI course also qualifies you to participate in the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course.
Combining the AI course and the OWSI course into a continuous program makes up the entire IDC.

Entry Requirements:

  • Proof of Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster certifications or equivalents
  • Certified Open Water Diver for at least 6 months
  • First Aid & CPR training within the last 24 months (PADI Emergency First Response is recommended)
  • Diving Accident Insurance (DAN is preferred)
  • Diving Medical Statement signed by a physician and dated within the last 12 months
  • Proof of at least 60 logged open water scuba dives
  • Proof of experience in deep, night & navigation diving

Minimum age:
18 years

Course Materials:
The following books and materials are required for the PADI Assistant Instructor Course:
This Crew-Pak includes the following PADI materials:
PADI’s Guide to Teaching Manual w/Binder and CD; Specialty Course Instructor Manual on CD; Instructor Cue Cards: Confined Water, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Divemaster: Open Water Multilingual Prescriptive Lesson Guides CD-ROM, Diving Knowledge Workbook, Open Water Lesson Planning Slate; Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate, Open Water Quizzes & Exams; Divemaster and Rescue Diver Exams; Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor Guide, Positive Approach Selling DVD;  Instructor Application, IE Enrollment Form, Certificate of Completion Form, Candidate Info and Training Record Form, Blue Hologram Decal, PADI Backpack;

NOTE:All Assistant Instructor candidates are also required to have the  current PADI Open Water Instructor Manual and current student materials from the PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster courses.

Equipment Needed:
BCD with low pressure inflator system
Single hose regulator with alternate air source device
Submersible pressure gauge (computers are acceptable)
Depth gauge (computers are acceptable)
Compass (computers are acceptable)
Bottom timing device (computers are acceptable)
Water resistant timing device (watch with second hand)
Weight belt and weights
Dive knife or tool
Audible surface signaling device (whistle or other noise maker)
Visible surface signaling device (tube or mirror)
Underwater signaling device
Pencil and underwater slate
Underwater light
Lift bag
Two pieces rope for knot tying
Pocket mask


We offer a convenient format, for you to become a PADI Assistant Instructor.
Our program is conducted over a three week period on evenings and weekends.

Certification Awarded:
PADI Assistant Instructor certification is awarded upon successful completion of the course.

Price: $699
Our course includes classroom sessions, pool sessions, and open water dives.

IDC eLearning: PADI will charge a $325 fee for you to register for this convenient online eLearning program.

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The PADI Assistant Instructor Application Fee $70, and all course materials are additional.

Get Started Today!
Simply call us at 1-800-NJ DIVER, or email us here to get registered for the class