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  • What can you with your new certification level?
  • What is needed to start?
  • What happens to the program?
  • How long does the program take?
  • What materials are needed?

Assistant Instructor (A.I.)

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You’ll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you’ll also start learning the PADI System of diver education. Most people chose to do the A.I. together with the IDC in one go, but it’s up to you if you chose to do them separately.

WHAT CAN PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS DO?

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course.
  • Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses.
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba experiences.
  • Teach E.F.R. after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor Course.
  • Teach the Digital Photography Specialty Course.

WHAT IS NEEDED TO START?

  • 1. Dive Leader certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization*who is either:
    1. An instructor member in good standing, or
    2. A diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • 18 years old.
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
  • Certified diver for six months.
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level,advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.
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WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON THE PROGRAM?

  • 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.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • The course can vary from as little as three days to more than two weeks, depending on how prepared you are and your preferred study pace. The standard is 4 days.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE NEEDED?

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Open Water Lesson Planning Slate
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Log Book
  • Peak Performance buoyancy Specialty Instructor
  • Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner, ERDPml and table, and Instructions for Use Booklets
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exams Booklet

Open Water Scuba Instructor (O.W.S.I)

The Open Water Scuba Instructor program is your final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor. During the IDC, you’ll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers. Most people chose to do the A.I. together with the OWSI.

WHAT CAN OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTORS DO?

  • Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct a broad range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba to Divemaster.

WHAT IS NEEDED TO START?

  • Assistant Instructor certification
  • 18 years old
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
  • Certified diver for six months.
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level,advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON THE PROGRAM?

  • 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 LONG DOES IT TAKES?

  • The course can vary from four days to three weeks or more, depending on how prepared you are and your preferred study pace. The standard is 5 days.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE NEEDED?

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
  • The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or e-Record for Dive Theory Online
  • Rescue Diver Course Prescriptive and standard Lesson Guides
  • Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
  • Discover Scuba Diving Brochure
  • Scuba Tune-up guidebook
  • Skill Evaluation Slate
  • Open Water Diver Course Prescriptive and standard Lesson Guides
  • AWARE – Our World, Our Water manual – downloadable digital version
  • Project AWARE’s 10 Ways a Diver Can Help to Protect the Underwater Environment brochure
  • PADI Pro log book

Instructor Exams (I.E.)

After successful completion of the IDC, you must successfully complete the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). You will be evaluated on; dive theory, PADI standards and procedures, academic teaching, confined-water (pool) teaching, open-water teaching, rescue demonstration and general diving skills and professionalism.

FOUR COMPONENTS:

  • One – Theory (physics, physiology, skills & environment, RDP and equipment – 12 questions on each, 1 ½ hours, 75% pass mark, one make up allowed. General standard and procedures – 50 questions, 1 ½ hours, 75%, no make up).
  • Two – Confined water (min. score 3.4, one makeup allowed).
  • Three – Teaching presentation (min. score 3.5, one makeup allowed).
  • Four – Open Water presentation (two skills average 3.5) and rescue evaluation. No makeups allowed)
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IDC Staff Instructor

PADI IDC Staff Instructors are PADI Instructors moving towards instructor-level training or teaching the Instructor Development Course (IDC). IDC Staff Instructors can independently train and certify PADI Assistant Instructors as well as help train PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

WHAT I CAN DO AS IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR?

  • Teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses.
  • Help PADI Course Directors conduct the PADI Instructor Development Course.
  • Help PADI Course Directors conduct instructor level continuing education.

WHAT IS NEEDED TO START?

  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification.
  • Must be 18 years old.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON THE PROGRAM?

  • Master of instructor-level dive theory, knowledge development teaching presentations and confined water teaching presentations.
  • Audit a complete IDC.

WHAT LONG DOES IT TAKES?

  • Two course days plus a complete IDC audit.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE NEEDED?

  • PADI Course Director Manual
  • Confined Water Presentation Evaluation Slate
  • Open Water Presentation Evaluation Slate
  • All IDC required materials

Emergency First Response Instructor (With Care for Children)

Emergency First Response Corp., a PADI corporate affiliate, offers the Emergency First Response CPR and first aid program.

WHAT CAN PADI EFR INSTRUCTORS DO?

  • As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you can conduct Emergency First Response Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (first aid) courses.

WHAT IS NEEDED TO START?

  • Emergency First Response certification or qualifying certification from another certification organization.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PROGRAM?

  • You’ll learn how to conduct the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Emergency First Response Secondary Care (first aid) courses, for adults as well as children and infants.
  • You’ll also learn to conduct the recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED), emergency oxygen and conscious choking management skills.

WHAT LONG DOES IT TAKES?

  • The Emergency First Response Instructor Course takes approximately eight hours or 1.5 days.
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Master Scuba Diver Trainer/Specialties

PADI Logo These courses provide valuable hands-on training, technique, demonstrations, course marketing information, current PADI Standards information and instructor-level open water training. Its a great fun week after the IDC with a relaxed “no pressure” atmosphere and lots of dive time if you chose to do Atlantis 5 specialities MSDT Prep program. You can also chose only one or a few specialities that interest you.

BENEFITS TO BEING HAVING INSTRUCTOR SPECIALTY RATINGS:

  • You are more employable
  • It reduces burnout because your work as an instructor is more varied
  • Increases customer service
  • Generates more income
  • Is more enjoyable and increases your diving experience

Our MSDT Prep Program is taught by our in-house Course Directors; by the end of the course you will be able to apply and teach five specialties.

BENEFITS TO CHOSING ATLANTIS:

  • Two in house Course Directors with more than twenty years of diving experience
  • Save over USD260 on application fees
  • Real world experiences with teaching practice

THE PROGRAM, WHICH TAKES 3 to 4 DAYS, INCLUDES:

  • Various dives (including the gas on the Nitrox dive), boat, tanks, weights
  • Three course Lunch
  • Professional service of our Course Directors
  • Facility use

PRE-REQUISITE:

  • Be a renewed PADI Assistant Instructor (certified/upgraded using the 1995 revised curriculum) – PADI Assistant Instructor may apply only for PADI Specialty Instructor certification in non-diving specialties.
  • Or be a renewed PADI Underwater Instructor or have completed an IDC/OWSI within the past 12 months – Instructor candidates may apply for PADI Specialty Instructor certification only after becoming certified as PADI instructors.
  • Must have made at least 10 dives in the particular specialty area.