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PADI Assistant Instructor (AI)

first step to becoming an instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). The AI course focuses on educational methodology and starts to develop candidates’ teaching abilities in the classroom, pool and open water as well as concentrating on the courses that Assistant Instructors can independently conduct.


At BALI IDC ASIA, you'll not only gain more experience as a PADI Professional but you'll also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can complete this course as a stand alone certification or as a stepping stone towards the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.

What You will 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 présentations 

The Assistant Instructor course is composed of 3 sections : 


  • Module n°1 : Academic training 

    • PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs

    • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations

    • Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties

    • Conducting Open Water Training Presentations

    • Teaching in Confined Water

  • Module n°2 : Independent Study 

    • Knowledge Development

  • Module n°3 : Practical Application 

    • Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations

    • Standards Exam

    • Dive Rescue Skills Assessment

Underwater exercices for Assistant Instructor (IDC) in Bali

What You Can Teach

In addition to the responsibilities and duties you already have as a PADI Divemaster, as a PADI Assistant Instructor you will be able to : 

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor

  • During confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direc 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 Aqua Missions

  • Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after  earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating     

If you want to be able to teach more to your future students, become an PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) with the next step of the IDC Program ! 

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