Are you ready to begin instructing but not quite ready for the Instructor Development Course? Becoming a PADI Assistant Instructor will bridge the gap and give you real-world experience and training to fully prepare you for the Instructor Examination. This is the first of two sections of the IDC, once you are ready to fully Go Pro, the next section is to complete the IE and become an Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Join the ranks of the world’s most dedicated diving professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs.
The EFR Instructor Manual and PADI IDC Crewpak both include all the materials needed to prepare you for a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course.
We can supply this for you at cost of 20,500 Baht. You can make a deposit for the IDC Crewpak and then we can issue that to you right away so you can start working towards your Assistant Instructor qualification at your own convenience.
As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you will start to learn 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 as you work towards becoming a scuba instructor.
The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successfully passing the Instructor Examination (IE), results in certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Whilst working as an Assistant Instructor, you will gain hands-on experience teaching students while still being under the wing of an experienced Instructor.
- PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs
- Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
- Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties
- Teaching in Confined Water
- Conducting Open Water Training Presentations
- Knowledge Development which you can start straight away when you make the deposit for the IDC Crewpak
- Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations
- Standards Exam
- Dive Rescue Skills Assessment
What can you teach after completing the course?
In addition to the responsibilities and duties of 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
As a professional diver, you are required to have the following equipment:
- Buoyancy Control Device
- Dive Computer
- Knife or cutting tool
- Reel/Surface Marker Buoy
- Whistle/Audible Signal Device
At this level, we recommend that you own all of your own scuba diving equipment. We believe as familiarity with your personal gear improves, your general scuba diving skills will be easier to focus on. If you don’t already own the above equipment, you can buy any equipment through our dive shop as we receive discounted rates from suppliers and will extend that to you.
The Assistant Instructor course on Koh Tao is run over the first week of the Instructor Development Course and so if you aren’t sure if you feel ready to take the full IDC right away you can start off by taking the Assistant Instructor course to see how you feel after completing that.
• Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification 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
• Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months
• Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement if you like you can contact us for a copy of the PADI medical form to check first before you come
* Plus you must also pay PADI directly for your Assistant Instructor rating once you have completed the course on Koh Tao, which is currently $100 Australian dollars (check current fee with PADI). You can check the current exchange rates with sites like xe.com to see what that is in your local currency.