Assistant Instructor


If you love working with people, have a passion for diving and want to live a very special life, become a PADI Instructor. By teaching diving, you get the chance to share your love for the water world with others while doing what you enjoy so much – in and near the water, and underwater. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most in-demand dive professionals in the world because they have completed a training program that is the standard for training dive professionals worldwide.

PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC) consists of two components – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. We can organize the first part of this for you at Porto Mari.

You will then work with your mentor, an IDC Staff Instructor, and assist him/her with courses and introductory dives. Through skill circuits and workshops we prepare you for work as an instructor and you are well prepared for a full IDC if you eventually want to become an instructor.


As an assistant instructor (AI) you can, in addition to what you can already do as a divemaster,


  • conduct DSDs in confined open water;
  • do bubblemakers;
  • carry out the Aquamissions of the Seal Team program;
  • conduct the dry specialty courses (that do not require diving);

and under the supervision of an instructor:

  • give the theory lessons of the PADI courses;
  • demonstrate the confined water skills of the Open Water course;
  • give the PPB specialty.

You can read more about the differences between an AI and a DM here.

What do you need?

  • At least 18 years old
  • Certification as a divemaster
  • Minimum of 60 logged dives
  • Have completed an EFR or first aid course (primary and secondary care) within the last 2 years.
  • Be fit enough to dive and a medical certificate has been signed by a doctor.


Price: USD 899 / ANG 1500 (excl. PADI IDC Crew Pack)

Time: +/- 4 weeks