The PADI Assistant Instructor course is a program designed to provide qualified Divemasters with additional training as instructional assistants.
Using the background established during the candidate's divemaster training, the Assistant Instructor course seeks to build upon this preliminary foundation. During his or her experience in the course, the candidate will learn, through practical application and hands on experience, how some of the most important aspects of PADI programs function.
The Assistant Instructor course is sometimes the first three days of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). This means that after completing the Assistant Instructor requirements you can choose to accept the AI certification and practice your teaching skills prior to continuing to instructor level. When you decide to become a PADI instructor, you only need to complete the remaining four day Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) portion of the IDC to participate in the Instructor Exams ( IE ).
Perhaps the most important benefit of becoming an Assistant Instructor is one you won't realize until you become a PADI Instructor. The added - but limited - responsibilities an Assistant Instructor enjoys beyond the divemaster level becomes the basis for expererience with student divers that helps you succeed in the IDC/IE as a certified PADI Instructor.
The Dive Shop offers this course as a stand alone class. The Dive Shop and staff like to see candidates gain has much experience as they can.
Our next class starts February 15th 2017
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