Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor course

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 with Beach Cities Scuba Centers!

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course can be conducted by all  of Beach Cities Scuba’s Five Star Instructor Development Centers located in Orange County. You will conduct your scuba diving training in Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach or Cypress.  

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.

The Fun Part

Get mentored while gaining hands-on experience teaching students while scuba diving in beautiful Southern California.

Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Assistant Instructor course

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
  • Gaining experience while shore diving or boat diving in Southern California

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections:

  • Module 1: Academic Training
    PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling 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:

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

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate,dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.

It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find everything at anyone of our five locations in SoCal.  

The Learning Materials You Need

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

To purchase this product, contact Beach Cities Scuba Centers in any one of our five convenient locations.

Prerequisites

You must

  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including nightdeep, and navigation dives
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • Want a fun and exciting career!

If you are looking for information on where to go pro, please contact Beach Cities Scuba Centers at (949) 443-3858 and sign-up today.

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 and conduct scuba instruction in Orange County and abroad!