Assistant Instructor student checking his Confined Water debriefing

PADI Assistant Instructor Course: 19,000 THB

First of all, a few questions: Are you already a Divemaster? Are you also having problems finding work as a Divemaster? Because of this do you want to make yourself more employable? Or do you just want to take the next step? Because a PADI Assistant Instructor is definitely ahead of a Divemaster when it comes to getting work. One reason is that a PADI Assistant Instructor can independently teach the classroom portions of any PADI Course up to Divemaster. In addition, they can also independently evaluate all the Surface Skills of a PADI Open Water or Scuba Diver Course. Moreover, they can also become EFR Instructors and Emergency Oxygen Instructors.

Consequently, you are more likely to get work as a PADI Divemaster before your PADI Instructor Course. And if you are working as an Assistant Instructor, then you will also gain much more valuable experience than working as a Divemaster. And you would even get the chance to dive Phuket and maybe even go out on one of our Phuket scuba diving day trips.

So Divemasters what are you waiting for? Check out your next step now ...

  • Duration: Min 5 days
  • Pre-requisites: Divemaster
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Digital/Online Study: Yes
  • Availability: Contact us
  • Group Size: Varies
  • Personal Tuition: Available

PADI Assistant Instructor Course: minimum 5 days

The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course introduces candidates to some of the basics of teaching scuba diving. You will learn how to teach in the pool because this is where divers first learn the skills. In the classroom where student divers learn the “How” and “Why” things happen underwater. And then once they are comfortable in the pool and have mastered the skills. Then we would take them to The Open Water. This is where PADI student divers demonstrate their proficiency and mastery of the knowledge and skills gained from Confined Water and the Classroom. Hence we would also teach you how to teach in Open Water.

In addition to this, whilst taking the course we will look at how people learn. We also have a look at The PADI System of Diver Education and "How the PADI system works". The PADI Assistant Instructor Course focuses on the courses and programs that you will consequently be able to teach as Assistant Instructors. These are courses like Coral Reef Conservation and the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.

Teaching Presentations

AI Candidates learn how to give Prescriptive Teaching Knowledge Development presentations in the classroom. Also Confined Water Teaching presentations in the pool along with Open Water presentations in sea. In addition you will be pleased to know that these are graded on these exactly the same as they would be on a PADI IDC or at the PADI IE.

You will be attending 10 PADI IDC Curriculum presentations given by either your PADI Course Director and / or IDC Staff. Although you do have an option to complete half of them online. If you would like to Start your PADI Assistant Instructor Course today, no problem. Sign up for “IDC Online” and you can start today! Follow the link at the top of the page or contact Chris for details.

You will be completing a minimum of:

  • The PADI Skill Circuit of 24 skills
  • 2 x CW Teaching presentations from the PADI Open Water Diver Course
  • 1 x Open Water Teaching Presentation of 2 skills from the PADI Open Water Diver Course
  • 2 x Knowledge Development Teaching presentations
  • PADI Standards Exam.

For details of what exactly what these PADI IDC Teaching Presentations are and how they are made up please refer to The PADI Instructor Development Page

So now you are a PADI Assistant Instructor … what's next?

We have taught many PADI Assistant Instructors over the past 21 years and have found certain trends among our AIs. PADI Assistant Instructors tend to go back to their home country and continue their usual life. Consequently they usually continue to work with their local dive shop in the evenings and at weekends. Some found a job as an Assistant Instructor or Divemaster and worked as an Assistant Instructor. This was usually until they could pay for the OWSI portion of the IDC and therefore become a PADI OWSI Instructor.

Whatever your plans are, you will find you are way, way more beneficial to any Dive Shop or operation as an AI than you are as a PADI Divemaster. And if you want work experience as a Divemaster before becoming an instructor. Therefore you are much more employable as an Assistant Instructor. As a result, you will find it is well worth the time and effort if this is your plan.

Consequently for many people the AI Course is in fact a stepping stone to that of PADI Instructor.

If you are an AI already and wish to continue your adventure and advance your PADI Go Pro Career Option. Then feel free to contact us about how we can help ...

Assistant Instructor Pricing Options

PADI Assistant Instructor19,000 THB
Not included: PADI materials and PADI Application Fees.