So now you’re a Divemaster. You want to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), but you simply just don’t have the time to get away from your day job right now. You can complete half of the Instructor Development Course (IDC) after work and on the weekends and earn the rating of PADI Assistant Instructor with Pan Aqua. Then, when you’re ready, you can take a trip to somewhere like the Florida Keys to complete the IDC and the Instructor Examination (IE), or you can complete the IDC and IE with our affiliate, local Course Director. As an Assistant Instructor, you have more freedom and privileges than a Divemaster, allowing you to help instructors more in the pool and in the open water.
Candidates will attend a series of presentations and lectures to prepare them for teaching both in the classroom, the pool, and the open water. Students will then use the skills they learned to present mock knowledge presentations to their fellow classmates and the instructor. Divers will also complete exams on general standards and procedures.
In the pool, AI Candidates will review rescue skills and all 24 Open Water Diver skills. Students will then take the skills taught to them during the knowledge development sessions and “teach” their fellow candidates a selection of the 24 Open Water skills. They will also revisit the 400 yard/meter swim without swim aids and the 800 yard/meter snorkel swim that they completed to pass the Divemaster course.
AI Candidates will need to simulate Open Water Diver certification dive presentations and evaluations in the open water with their fellow candidates serving as their students. They will also simulate an open water rescue to solidify their rescue skills.
Assistant Instructor Candidates are expected to have all of their own gear and are required to bring that gear to each pool and open water session. Gear is expected to be of an acceptable vintage and in proper working order.
Candidates must have completed their Divemaster course and must have been a certified diver for longer than 6 months. Students must also have at least 60 dives to begin the course as well as a medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months. Furthermore, a current Emergency First Responder certification is required.
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