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PADI Assistant Instructor Course (AI)
The first step in your PADI Instructor Development career
The PADI Assistant Instructor Course is already your first step in your PADI Instructor Development career. This new level opens a wide new range of reponsibilities to you.
What you can do as a PADI Assistant Instructor

Beyond the responsibilities and duties you already have as renewed PADI Divemaster, (and insured, where applicable) PADI Assistant Instructors (certified/upgraded since 1995) are authorized to:

  1. Present the academic elaboration for any PADI Diver course under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor. The PADI Instructor must personally assess student knowledge development (i.e. review Knowledge Reviews, administer and review Quizzes and Final Exams.)
  2. During confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  3. Conduct open water surface skill evaluations during Open Water Diver course training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  4. Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor. A Teaching Status PADI Instructor must be available for consultation during the course, although not necessarily present during training sessions. The instructor must cosign the student diver log books and Training Record sheets after verifying that all performance requirements are met. NOTE: The instructor who cosigns the log book may certify the diver as an Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver if the Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive is the final dive needed for that certification.
  5. Independently teach the Project AWARE (nondiving) Specialty course.
  6. Independently teach the AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation (nondiving) Specialty course.
  7. Independently conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or confined water environment.
  8. Independently conduct PADI Seal Team Aqua Missions.
  9. Teach and certify divers in a specialty courses that don’t include dives after successful completion of Specialty Instructor Training courses for such specialties.
  10. After completing the corresponding instructor training, conduct:
    1. Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor.
    2. Emergency Oxygen Provider courses.
Assistant Instructor Prerequesits

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization.
  3. Be fit for diving and submit a medical statement not older than one year, including the date of the IE. A licensed physician must sign the form and state that you are fit for diving. The physician signing the form may not be the applicant. (Please make sure that your medical statement is valid for the IE, too).
  4. Certified diver for at least 6 months + 60 logged open water scuba dives. Have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
  5. Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
  6. Submit documentation of any equivalent certification for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization.
  7. If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster Course diver rescue skill assessment.
Requirements & Duration

Paperwork you have to bring with you:

  1. Medical statement that you are fit for diving, not older then 1 year including the dater of the IE.
  2. Logbook with at least 60 open water dives logged.
  3. All PADI certificates or equivalent in original.
  4. At least two passportsized photos of you.
  5. Prove of CPR/First Aid not older then 24 months.

5 days
In case eLearning is used for the first two days the course duration is only 3-4 days.
(please check out IDC Preparation).

Required PADI Materials for your AI

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching incl. Sticker
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets
  • How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for OWD, AiD, Rescue, DM, DSD
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online
Diving Equipment

Mask, Snorkel, Fins, BCD with inflator, weightbelt or integrated weight pockets with a quick release, Regulator INT or DIN Adapter, Alternate airsource, Pressure gauge, Wetsuit, Watch & depth gauge or Diving computer, Compass, Diving knife, UW-Slate, Divetable, Emergency Signal device (visual and acustic) and a pocket mask.


Assistant Instructor Application: 60.- € + tax (price 2014)

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