• PADI Assistant Instructor

PADI Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course is the first step to becoming a full Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI).

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Run by our in-house Course Director, James Wilkinson, the AI course runs over 5 days, or a number of evenings (the first section of the IDC), depending on the amount of candidates attending. The program includes academic, confined water and open water teaching sessions and takes you through the basics of becoming an instructor.

We run several IDCs per year, both in the UK and in Sharm El Sheikh and you can join for just the first half to complete your Assistant Instructor.

Qualifying as an AI allows you to progress on to the OWSI program and allows  you to teach programs like the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty, Project Aware and also gain valuable experience conducting certain portions of the Open Water Diver Course. Therefore you can gain some real life teaching practice whilst also building your experience working as part of an instructing team.


This course is run over 4 to 5 days (depending on the size of the classes) or can be run over a series of evenings on flexible dates to suit you.

We work with you to teach you how to teach within the PADI system, predominantly focussing on practical applications for knowledge development, confined water and open water.

We introduce you to all the materials available to assist you with teaching, familiarise you with standards and procedures and most importantly give you practical teaching tips based on our extensive experience as a team working in both the UK and Overseas resorts markets.


  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster
  • Have a minimum of 60 logged dives with night, deep and navigation experience.
  • A valid HSE Dive medical (within 12 months)
  • Be current with your EFR / CPR & 1st Aid training (within the last 24 months)


Aquanaut Scuba,
34 Coombe Road,
Surrey, KT2 7AG


Anthias Divers ,
Fayrouz Resort,
Na’ama Bay,
Sharm El Sheikh,


Course tuition & mentoring throughout course
Air Fills


  • E-Learning
  • IDC Crew Pack + Student Course Materials
  • Assistant Instructor Application (payable to PADI


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