As an Assistant Instructor you can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a full feathered scuba instructor! 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 Assistant Instructor Course consists of the following sections:

Module 1: Academic Training

  • Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs.
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations.
  • 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.


In addition to the responsibilities and duties you already have as a Divemaster, as a Assistant Instructor you can teach:
  • Academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a Instructor during confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a Instructor.
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a Instructor.
  • Teach and certify Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a Instructor.
  • Teach Specialty courses.
  • Conduct Scuba Diver experiences in a pool or confined water.


It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.



  • Be a Divemaster.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives.
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months.
  • Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • Want a fun and exciting career!