Course information

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You’ll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you’ll also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can complete this course as a stand alone certification or as a stepping stone towards the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.

The AI course focuses on educational methodology and starts to develop candidates’ teaching abilities in the classroom, pool and open water as well as concentrating on the courses that Assistant Instructors can independently conduct.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another training organisation.
  • Been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • PADI diver’s medical signed by a physician within the last 12 months. To work in the UK you will need an HSE divers medical
  • Minimum 60 logged dives
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or equivalent) within 24 months.
  • Proof of experience in night, deep and navigation diving.
  • Pre-study course manuals and fill in review sections
  • Have good personal diving and buoyancy skills
  • Minimum age 18 years old

Course dates

Dates to follow

Course price

Price: £1020.00

includes full IDC Manual pack

How is the course run

  • On-line pre-study from PADI
  • 2 days
  • This two day course is the first step on the the Instructor Development Course (IDC) ladder. You will learn about the PADI system of diver education, as well as how to teach in the classroom, in confined water and open water.

What's not included?

  • Assistant instructor application fees payable to PADI
  • Transport to dive sites
  • Dive site fees, £16 per day at Vobster Quay, Frome and £12 per day Andark Lake
  • Scuba equipment

General notes on all PADI Professional Courses

  • All the professional courses have strict pre-requisites and qualifying criteria – some information is included here, but you will need to check out the detail on the PADI website, and also ask us for a copy of our Divemaster/Instructor Course information sheet.
  • All the pro courses require that you have a full in-date (within 12 months) diving medical before starting the course, and if you wish to work in the UK you will also need an HSE medical, in-date (24 months) CPR and First Aid qualification (Emergency First Response), and all your log books and qualifications.
  • You will need your own set of scuba equipment
  • Manual and training materials are required
  • All professional courses have membership fees, and some also have exam fees payable to PADI direct.

How to book

Simply phone to book your place then download and complete the PDF document to bring with you.

Call us on 01489 581755 to discuss bookings.