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If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Assistant Instructor.

As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. 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!

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

How can you start learning now?

Register for IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it.

The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC.

Course Prerequisites:

  • A PADI Divemaster (or leadership level with another diver training organization) who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Assistant Instructor Course. 
  • 18 years old
  • At least 60 logged dives
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months



  1. Enrollment Fee with PADI eLearning: $1,599.00 USD + PADI Fees
    • Step 1 - View the calendar below to find the current schedule of PADI Assistant Instructor Courses and enroll online. 
    • Step 2 - Purchase the PADI Dive Theory eLearning Course by clicking the link below and start your PADI Pro training today. 

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