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As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you will gain further experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, and during the course you will learn more about the PADI way of teaching. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It's a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor! When you complete a full Instructor Development Course (IDC) it is made up of three parts. The Assistant Instructor Course (AI), the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) and the Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI). The full IDC course is run twice per year with one of our course directors.

"I don't have time to complete the full IDC!"

"Start learning"

the PADI System of diver education.

That's ok, some people decide to take it slowly and become an assistant instructor first. Maybe you do not want full responsibility as an instructor until you have built up some experience. That is why you have the chance to become an assistant instructor first. You can always do the extra stuff later on when your confidence builds and tag into an IDC for only the bits'n'bobs you need.


Gain hands-on experience teaching students.


You build upon your abilities to organise and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You learn through: knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures & presentations. Confined water skill review & assessment, workshops & presentations. Open water workshops, rescue assessment & presentations.


The PADI IDC crew pack includes all the materials required:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI's core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • IDC Candidate Workbook and related reference materials
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual.


  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organisation
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives
  • Have been a 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.


In addition to the responsibilities and duties you already have as a PADI Divemaster, as a PADI Assistant Instructor you can:

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • During confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor
  • Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses
  • Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water
  • Conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions
  • Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating

Why not do you EFRI next?

You have the choice to either wait until you want to complete the IDC to do EFRI at the same time, or get a head start and book this course separately.
However, the complete IDC course includes EFRI for FREE!!!
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