The Assistant Instructor program provides Divemasters, and those certified to leadership levels with other diver training organizations, with additional training as instructional assistants and dive educators. If you meet the above criteria then this program will build upon your abilities to organize and supervise dive activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. Through independent study, classroom sessions and practical application, candidates learn to construct effective teaching presentations and conduct programs. To help you through the program, has developed an array of learning tools such as the Assistant Instructor Workbook.
To qualify for Assistant Instructor training, you'll need to:
Be certified as a Divemaster or leadership level with another recreational diver training organization.
Be at least 18 years old.
Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a medical exam form signed by a physician prior to any in-water activities.
Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water dives with experience in deep and navigation.
The Assistant Instructor program consists of:
Formal training in conducting programs and experience programs.
Independent study assignments.
Practical application sessions.
A Assistant Instructor is qualified to:
Present the academic elaboration for any Diver course under the indirect supervision of a Instructor.
Conduct the skin diving skills segment of the Open Water Diver course, Confined Water Dive Four under the direction of a Instructor.
Conduct open water surface skill evaluations during Open Water Diver course training dives under the indirect supervision of a Instructor.
Teach and certify Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a Instructor.
Independently teach the Project AWARE (nondiving) Specialty course.
Independently teach the Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation (nondiving) Specialty course.
Independently conduct the Discover Scuba experience.
Independently conduct Seal Team AquaMissions.
Teach and certify students in nondiving Specialties after successful completion of a Specialty Instructor Training course.
Upon successfully completing the Assistant Instructor program, you receive a certification card and wall certificate denoting this rating. You’ll also become a member of and receive benefits, including the ability to purchase professional liability insurance (which may be required to conduct some activities).