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ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR Gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver

The PADI Assistant Instructor course with DIVE WIMBLEDON

As a PADI Assistant Instructor you will not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver but will you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You will be qualified to act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume some teaching responsibilities. It is a great way to gain experience on the path to becoming a PADI Instructor.

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). When followed by the PADI Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE) this leads to certification as a DIVE WIMBLEDON PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.


You build upon your abilities to organise 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

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


The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpack includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Speciality Instructor Manual
  • PADI Guide to Teaching
  • Open Water Prescriptive Lesson Guides - CD-Rom and much more

You will also need the PADI IDC Elearning to complete the home study before your course


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

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor 
  • During confined water dives present initial skills training under the direct 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
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water
  • Conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions
  • Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating


  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organisation
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including experience of night, deep, 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 an HSE diving medical form signed by an HSE dive doctor within the last 12 months


  • 2 weekends or 4 weekends for AI plus OWSI
  • Normally 4 days or 7 days in a row for the AI plus OWSI


  • £400 
  • Instructor Crew Pack required plus Elearning -Same as for OWSI or IDC so only required once
  • We also offer a couple of great packages which includes the PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC), EFRI course plus the Dive Against Debris Speciality Instructor rating for £1200 and pre course revision help. Excludes IDC crewpack and Elearning. Alternatively we offer the above package plus our popular PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) package and EFR Mental Health Awareness for £1800. This includes all the following Speciality Instructor ratings : Drysuit, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air Nitrox, Deep and Wreck. Also included are 25 student certifications team teaching with an experienced Dive Wimbledon instructor. Excludes IDC Elearning and IDC Crewpack


  • Theory : Dive Wimbledon, 22 Weir Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8UG
  • Pool : Putney Leisure Centre
  • Open Water : Wraysbury

Your Next Adventure

Take the full Instructor Development Course with DIVE WIMBLEDON to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (PADI OWSI) so you can teach and certify PADI Open Water Divers. 

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