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SDI Assistant Instructor

The SDI Assistant Instructor Course is designed to build on the SDI Divemaster Program by gaining practical teaching experience, learning to prepare lesson plans, and give academic presentations. You will work with an instructor to gain experience teaching before moving on to the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor level. Once you complete the Specialty Instructor training with a qualified SDI Instructor Trainer, you can become qualified to teach several SDI Specialty Diver courses.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed to have students gain practical teaching experience with an active SDI Instructor

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Certified SDI Divemaster or equivalent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider,* where local law permits
  • Provide proof of at least 60 logged dives or 50 logged dives and 25 hours underwater accumulated time
  • Possess the minimum instructional equipment, as defined in leadership course standardsl

*Note: SDI CPROX, CPR1st or CPROX1stAED courses may be combined with the assistant instructor program by qualified instructors

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Assistant Instructor Diver Course will  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

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may:

  • Teach and certify students in the SDI Snorkeling Course
  • Conduct the SDI Inactive Diver/Refresher Course
  • Conduct the knowledge quest review in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course under the guidance of an active SDI Instructor
  • Assist an active SDI Instructor during approved diving courses, provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior training
  • Supervise and conduct dives for certified divers provided the activities are similar to the graduate’s prior training
  • Teach approved specialties after receiving instructor training in those specialties