The PADI Assistant Instructor Course
The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course is a once week program intended for PADI (or other agency equivalent) Divemasters, to provide the skills and knowledge needed to conduct a selected number of PADI dive courses.
It is a one week program, the AI course accounts for the first week of an IDC, or it can be run as an independent program any other time. Upon successfully completing the course you will be award the PADI AI rating, and you will also be able to progress onto the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course, and the PADI Instructor Exam to qualify as a PADI Instructor.
Assistant Instructors can teach programs such as the PADI Discover Scuba Dive, the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course, as well as assisting on other PADI programs with Instructors.
The full program will cover the following topics in class
- Course Orientation
- Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
- Candidate Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation
- Teaching in Confined Water
- Candidate Skills Demonstrations Workshop
- Candidate Confined Water Teaching Presentation
- Conducting Open Water Dives
- Candidate Open Water Teaching Presentation
- Diver Rescue Assessment
- PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam
Students have the option to complete the following topics online via PADI’s e-learning program, or in class. Please note PADI make an additional charge for their e-learning service, ask your Course Director for more information
- Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
- General Standards and Procedures
- Risk Management
- Marketing Diving
- Start Diving
- Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses
- Business of diving
- Keep Diving
- How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP)
1. Dive Leader certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization who is either:
a. an instructor member in good standing, or
b. a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
2. 18 years or older
3. Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
4. Certified diver for six months.
5. EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
6. Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.
Before attending the course students are required to have a medical screening by a licensed physician, you will need to present the course director a signed medical clearance form before any training. Please note that medical facilities in Moalboal are basic, we highly recommend you take a professional dive orientated medical before leaving your home country. If you would like to do your medical here in Moalboal, please let us know, this will need to be done before the program starts.
You will need;
• PADI Instructor Manual
• PADI’s Guide to Teaching
• PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation
• PADI Open Water Diver Manual
• Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets
• PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
• Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
• Adventures in Diving Manual
• PADI Rescue Diver Manual
• Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
• PADI Divemaster Manual
• Divemaster Final Exams booklet
• Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
• Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
• Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
• The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
• Diving Knowledge Workbook or e-Record for Dive Theory Online (if applicable)
Most of these are supplied to you in the PADI IDC crewpack, those that aren’t are available from our library on site. We can supply crewpacks to you at cost price, or you can purchase your own directly from PADI, or via any PADI re seller. We strongly recommend you contact us first so that we can give you the latest product number for the items, or crewpack, this is to avoid you being given outdated materials from re-sellers.
We have a limited number of twin bed fan dormitory rooms for 2500 PHP per person, per week. These come with a kitchenette and bathroom, simple backpacker style.
If you prefer something else we work with a number of local resorts and hotels, or you might like to check services like, AirBNB we can help with local information if needed.
A typical hotel room starts from 1500 per night and up, the average would be around 2000 PHP. A typical self service monthly rental room or studio from 10,000 PHP and up, the average around 15000 PHP per month.
See here for more information on accommodation.
We suggest whenever possible you complete you AI course as part of our IDC’s, you will benefit more from learning with others. However if this is not possible we can schedule your training any time. Below are our scheduled IDC dates.
the cost of the Assistant Instructor course is 31,500 PHP, this includes all dives and training. Not included are PADI materials and professional fees, ask us for the latest costs when booking.
Contact the Course Director as early as possible, we can only accept a limited number of students on to each program, it is wise to book your preferred date in advance, and work remotely with the Course Director for IDC pre study assignments. For starters he will need the following information
1-Your number of dives and experience
2-How long you have been diving
3-Environments you are experienced in
4-Any significant gaps in your experience
5- Number and type of courses you have assisted on