Sunfish Divers

Assistant Instructor


The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC ). You will not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you will also start learning the PADI System of diver education.

What can PADI Assistant Instructors do?

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Teach the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course
  • Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba experiences
  • Teach Emergency First Response after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course


What do I need to start?

  • Hold a PADI Divemaster rating or qualifying certification from another organization
  • 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


What will I do?

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations


How long will it take?
The course can vary from as little as three days to more than two weeks. It is also the first four days of the IDC and most people complete this course as part of their IDC.