PADI Assistant Instructor Training Course | Sea Experience Fort Lauderdale

PADI Assistant Instructor

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 earning a PADI Instructor certification.

As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you will add to the responsibilities and duties you already have as a PADI Divemaster. You will be able to:

  • 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
  • Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water
  • Conduct PADI Seal Team Aqua Missions
  • Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating.


  • All classroom, pool, and dives are included
  • Duration – 3 Days
  • Dives – 3


  • 18 years old
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months.
  • Have at least 60 dives to begin the course. To become and Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will need 100 dives logged in order to attend the Instructor Exam unless you take five class before or after the OWSI program.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Course Materials

  • PADI IDC Crew Pak (not included in a la carte course fee). Includes: PADI’s Guide to Teaching manual w/Binder & CD and info sheet, Specialty Course Instr. Manual, Instructor Cue Cards: Confined Water, AOW, OW, Rescue Diver, & Divemaster, Open Water Multilingual Prescriptive Lesson Guides CD-ROM (E,S), Diving Knowledge Workbook, OW Lesson Planning Slate, Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate, Student Skill Practice Slate, OW Quizzes & Exams, Divemaster & Rescue Diver Exams, PPB Instr. Guide, Positive Approach Selling DVD, Instructor Application, Evaluation Enrollment Form, Certificate of Completion, Candidate Info & Training Record Form, Blue Hologram Decal, PADI Backpack
  • PADI IDC eLearning  (not included in a la carte course fee)
  • PADI Dive Theory Online (Optional but strongly recommended)
  • Assistant Instructor Application Fee

Equipment Needed

  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, and booties)
  • Scuba equipment including compass, timing device, cutting tool, audible and visible signaling devices such as an SMB and whistle.
  • Tanks and Weights provided


  •   A la carte: Tuition – $899, PADI Divemaster Crewpack – $598.05 (SeaXP will price match), PADI Assistant Instructor application fee – $86 and PADI IDC eLearning – $1355
  •   All Inclusive: $1299 – Save $639.05
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