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.

What You Learn

You build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You learn through :

  • 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

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections :

Module 1: Academic Training

  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Programs

  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations

  • Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties

  • Teaching in Confined Water

  • Conducting Open Water Training Presentations

Module 2: Independent Study

  • Knowledge Development

Module 3: Practical Application

  • Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations

  • Standards Exam

  • Dive Rescue Skills Assessment

What you can Teach

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

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The Learning Materials

The PADI IDC crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course. The 23-item pack includes :

  • 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

How Long Will it Take?

Two full weekends in our classroom, the local pool and Capernwray dive centre

What’s Included?

  • Training and dive skill evaluation

  • Air Fills and Entrance to dive sites / hotel expenses when working as required staff

  • Educational materials are priced separately as most candidates will already have some materials

  • Instruction by a PADI Staff Instructor

There are a few requirements

To take this course, you must be :

  • 18 years old

  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

  • A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months

  • A PADI Divemaster (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

  • Have at least 60 dives to begin the course

  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months. If you need to get in touch with a doctor then see our dive Doctors list below. They will be more than happy to help

The Cost – £350 + Materials

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How To book?

Booking with Bolton Area Divers is easy. Start now by booking onto one of our scheduled courses. You can do this by :

  • Email –

  • Phone – 01204 394441

  • Or in person – pop in for a brew and a chat. See our contact page for directions to our Dive Centre

Your Next Adventure

Take the full Instructor Development Course to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor so you can teach and certify PADI Open Water Divers


Medical Questionnaire

Assistant Instructor Fact Sheet

Bolton Area Divers Dive Doctor List

Dr Tim Fitzimons (Liverpool). Tel : 0151 228 9101. Website :
Dr Kath Birkinshaw (Bolton). Tel : 08444 771751.

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