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PADI Assistant Instructor

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.

You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

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 IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

To enroll in the PADI Assistant Instructor course

You must be a PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months, then you may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • 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

  • You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

What will you learn?

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 with in water workshops

  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System

  • Risk Management and Diver Safety

  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor

  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

How can you start learning now?

Register for IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy 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.

Contact us here at Crystal Waves Thailand, to ask about an IDC.

IDC Start Dates 2018

Month IDC Staff IDC Prep IDC IE MSDT Prep
January 8th - 18th 9th - 10th 11th - 18th 20th - 21st 23rd
February 5th - 15th 6th - 7th 8th - 15th 17th - 18th 20th
March 5th - 15th 6th - 7th 8th - 15th 17th - 18th 20th
April 9th - 19th 10th - 11th 12th - 19th 21st - 22nd 24th
May 7th - 17th 8th - 9th 10th - 17th 19th - 20th 22nd
June 4th - 14th 5th - 6th 7th - 14th 16th - 17th 19th
July 2nd - 12th 3th - 4th 5th - 12th 14th - 15th 17th
August 6th - 16th 7th - 8th 9th - 16th 18th - 19th 21st
September 3rd - 13th 4th - 5th 6th - 13th 15th - 16th 18th
October 1st - 11th 2nd - 3rd 4th - 11th 13th - 14th 16th
November 5th - 15th 6th - 7th 8th - 15th 17th - 18th 20th
December 3rd - 13th 4th - 5th 6th - 13th 15th - 16th 18th

What’s an IE?

An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners.

The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.

Crystal Waves provide advanced scuba diving course and PADI dive instructor course in Thailand. Contact us to know more about Thailand diving course and scuba diving PADI course.

PADI Pro Courses Price List

Diving Activity Duration Agency Price
Divemaster 3 - 4 Weeks PADI 36,500 THB
Assistant Instructor 1 - 2 Weeks PADI 20,000 THB
PADI Instructor 2 - 3 Weeks PADI 32,000 THB
Specialty Instructor 1 Week PADI 5,000 - 7,000 THB
Master Scuba Diver Trainer 1 - 2 Week PADI 18,000 - 28,000 THB
Staff Instructor 2 Weeks PADI 20,000 THB *
Emergency First Response Instructor 1 Day PADI 8,000 THB *

Next Step

Become a PADI Assistant Instructor today, book your adventure!

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