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PADI Assistant Instructor and Open water Instructor Courses

PADI Assistant and Open water Scuba Instructors are role models, educating, mentoring and motivating divers everywhere. Seeing the expressions of divers while experiencing the underwater world is something you will not forget.

You can participate in Marine Conservation Projects; a great way to get an insider’s view into the issues facing marine ecosystems. As a PADI Open water Scuba Instructor you can choose to get up close and dive with marine animals or conduct research on the underwater environment. Either way this experience is sure to be life changing.

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With becoming a PADI Assistant and Open water Scuba Instructor offers more diverse opportunities then you would have as a Divemaster..

All Dive Centres know that good PADI Assistant and Open Water Instructors are invaluable with keeping everything working from handling classes and dive activities to equipment repairs and scuba shop management.

The PADI Assistant Instructors Course  

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world's most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PROSM with an Instructor Development Course.
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an Instructor Evaluation (IE) to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

An Assistant Instructor is a PADI Pro who has achieved their first instructor rating and can teach several PADI courses independently. However, while they are certified to teach those courses independently, they still need the support of an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) for the others.

Prerequisite

Be as certified diver for at least six (6) months
Have completed a Dive Master Course
Have 60 logged dives by completion of the course


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The PADI Open Water Instructors Course (OWSI)

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI's Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.

The OWSI program is a minimum of four days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.

Prerequisite

Be as certified diver for at least six (6) months
Have completed the Assistant Course
Have 60 logged dives.


The Instructor Development Course IDC 

Becoming a complete PADI Instructor consists of two (2) components the Assistant Instructor course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. 

The PADI IDC Program combines both of them into one. While you can take each course individually, the IDC allows you to take both in one comprehensive Instructors Course over a 7 day period.

The Instructor Course develops instructor-level dive knowledge, role-modeling water skills, leadership skills, and learning to teach in confined water, classroom and in open water. 

The independent study portion of the IDC, accessed through PADI eLearning®, helps prepare you for workshops with your PADI Course Director.

The IDC PADI's training program that emphasizes development, not testing, so you learn in a low-stress environment that allows you to concentrate on knowledge and skill development.

The final step to certification is when your have completed your IDC, you then move onto the Instructor Examination (IE), which evaluates your teaching ability, dive knowledge, skills level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism - all attributes required of PADI Instructors.

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Instructor Development Course

What you will learn

Over a minimum of seven days, but usually more like 10, when the MSDT option is selected or less if you are an Assistant Instructor.

The IDC teaches you to conduct the PADI core courses. If you complete IDC elearning before your course begins, it will save time during your IDC, reduce your workload and provide for a greater learning experience.

You'll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions as well as organize and control open water dives. The goal is to teach you to be an instructor who effectively manages risk and makes learning at all levels a rewarding, enjoyable experience.

For divers who have completed Assistant Instructor, you will only be required to attend the portion of the IDC you need to complete. If you're only taking the PADI AI course, you'll only take the portions of the IDC correlated with that program. If you're a PADI Assistant Instructor or an instructor with another diver training organization, and taking the OWSI program, you'll only complete those portions of the course.

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Academics

Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You'll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach.
  • Learning & Instructional design and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • How to teach in confined water
  • How to teach in Open water
  • Teaching beyond the open water level

Prerequisites & Requirements

A PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. 

    At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
    Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
    A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
    Own your own personal dive equipment
    Scuba Instructor doing confined water training

    Equipment

    As a dive professional, you'll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like evaluating a training site you'll use a compass, floats, and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.

    Getting Started

    PADI's eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Pre-study online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

    Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven't already completed it or it's been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC.

    Key Topics Include

    PADI Standards and procedures for courses you can teach with inwater workshops.
    Learning, instruction and the PADI System.
    Teaching knowledge development and dive skills.
    Risk management and diver safety.
    The business of diving and your role as an instructor
    Marketing Diving and Sales Counselling
    Career Development Training
    Dive industry Leadership Training

    Instructor Courses

    Choose your Scuba Careers Instructor Package

     Assistant Instructor Course

    Prerequisite: Divemaster

    PADI Assistant Instructor Certification 
    Peak Performance Buoyancy workshop
    Discover Scuba Diving Workshop.

    Additional costs:

    PADI learning material

    PADI certification fee

    Bronze 

     Instructor Course

    Prerequisite: Assistant Instructor

    PADI OWSI Instructor Certification
    Emergency First Response Instructor Certification
    Peak Performance Buoyancy workshop
    Discover Scuba Diving Workshop.
    The Business of Diving & Leadership Training
    Scuba Career Pro Profile and Resume Development.

    Additional costs:

    PADI learning material

    PADI certification fee

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    Silver 

     Instructor  Package

    Prerequisite: Divemaster

    PADI (IDC) Instructor Development Course 
    Emergency First Response Instructor Certification
    Peak Performance Buoyancy workshop
    Discover Scuba Diving Workshop.
    The Business of Diving & Leadership Training
    Scuba Career Pro Profile and Resume Development

    Additional costs:

    PADI learning material

    PADI certification fee

    Gold 

     Instructor  Package

    Prerequisite: Divemaster

    PADI (IDC) Instructor Development Course 
    Emergency First Response Instructor Certification
    Peak Performance Buoyancy workshop
    Discover Scuba Diving Workshop.
    5 Instructor Specialty Certifications
    Dive Leadership Training
    The Business of Diving and Leadership
    Scuba Career Profile and Resume Development

    Additional costs:

    PADI learning material

    PADI certification fee

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    Rescue Diver to Divemaster Bundle

    Divemaster to Instructor Bundle


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