Start gaining additional experience as a PADI Professional and become an instructional scuba assistant and assume teaching responsibilities while concentrating on developing teaching skills. It’s a big step to gaining experience in order to become a scuba instructor!

The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course is a 3 days (eLearning) or 5 days (traditional) class designed to prepare PADI Divemasters or equivalent to become PADI Assistant Instructors. This course begins the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC.) The PADI Assistant Instructor rating authorizes you to function as an instructional assistant and independently conduct certain PADI programs.

Successful completion of the AI course also qualifies you to participate in the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course.

  • Be at least 18 years old. 
  • Be PADI DiveMaster or equivalent certification from other diving agency.
  • Valid Primary and Secondary care within past 24 months or EFR – Emergency First Responder certified
  • Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives.
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months.
  • Medically fit to dive, for safety, all participants must complete a brief medical prior to commencing the dive. If none of the listed conditions apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of them apply to you, as a safety precaution, a physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive, dated within the last 12 month. Click here to view the form.
1. Standards Knowledge

You will be given an examination on the PADI standards and procedures, this is an open book exam, and is designed to assess your knowledge of where to obtain information from your PADI instructor manual for a range of courses. If any weaknesses are ascertained then individual guidance and self study can be recommended.

2. Academic Modules

There will be Academic Presentations given throughout the course. The topics of these presentations are set out in the AI course outline.

3. Orientation to Academic

Teaching (Class room) You will be taken through a workshop situation on PADI’s Academic Teaching and throughout the course will be performing academic presentations. You will be evaluated on each of these presentations. After each evaluation you will be given your score and then a critic of your performance and suggestion of any necessary changes where you could improve.

4. Orientation to Confined Water Teaching (Pool)

You will be shown how to conduct a confined water presentation. In this section you will learn the most commonly encountered problems and practice your confined water teaching. This will involve a briefing, demonstration, problem solving and debriefing. When giving your presentations you will be in charge of a number of “Students” (Instructor Candidates) plus you will have one assistant. You will be expected to brief these “Open Water Students” and conduct your demonstration. The students will then proceed to attempt the assigned skill. Some of these “Students” will be assigned problems, you will be required to recognise these problems, solve or prevent them and debrief afterwards. You will once again be evaluated after each presentation and debriefed afterwards.

5. Orientation to Open Water Teaching (Sea)

This will be conducted the same as the Confined Water presentations, however minimal demonstration will be given by you and you will start to combine several skills into one presentation. During the course you will be given Diving skills presentations to perform. Further skills from the Advanced and Rescue courses will also get practiced.

6. General

Course Orientation will be conducted at the beginning of the course briefly running through all activities and requirements.


You build upon your abilities to organize 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 IDC crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course. The pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • IDC Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual.

** The IDC Crewpak is not included in the course fee and can be purchased from Poseidon Dive Center


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

– Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course

– Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water

– Conduct PADI BubbleMaker and 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


You have to have your own below set of equipment and gears or rent them during the course duration.

• Basic gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, boots and fins)
• BCD with low pressure inflator system
• Regulator set (1st, 2nd stage regulator, alternate air source device “Octopus” and Submersible Pressure Gauge “SPG”
• Compass
• Dive computer
• Dive knife or tool
• Audible surface signaling device such as whistle
• Visible surface marker buoy and signaling device
• Underwater signaling device such as noise maker
• Underwater slate
• Underwater torch (primary and secondary)
• Logbook

Standard course QAR 3,500 With theory classroom knowledge method Book Online
Private course QAR 7,500 Totally private course (one to one) Book Online


Air cylinders during the course

Covered by our professional diving insurance.

Soft drinks during the practical dives.

Underwater photography during the course.



IDC Crewpak.

PADI’s application fee.

Diving equipment (BCD, regulator set, weights and weight belt)

Basic gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins and boots)

Other Diving essential equipment (Compass, dive computer, dive knife, SMB, slate, torch)

Transportation To and from the dive site.

Towel and breakfast.