PADI Assistant Instructor Course at Huron Scuba, Ann Arbor Michigan
PADI Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), and takes about 3 1/2 days of active learning in addition to some independent study. You'll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you'll also start learning the PADI System of diver education. The course consists of:

  • Knowledge development through independent study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations

The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) Course is the first phase of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

What can PADI Assistant Instructors do?


Why should I take the PADI Instructor Development Course at Huron Scuba?

  • Huron Scuba has been recognized three years in a row as one of the USA's top dive centers, in large part because of the strength of its dive education offerings.
  • The instructional team at Huron Scuba has teaching experience at a nationally recognized dive center, in university level programs,  community programs, Handicap Scuba Association programs, volunteer and public safety programs and also as part of a train while you travel program.
  • Input from instructors with a wide variety of teaching experiences makes you better prepared to successfully complete the Instructor Examination (IE).
  • You'll learn how to deal with real environmental factors in the Midwestern environment (such as colder temperatures, lower visibility, and more lead on your student-divers), resulting in a more rigorous preparation for teaching both at "inland" and tropical locations.
  • After the course and your successful completion of an IE, you'll be qualified to teach worldwide.
  • Huron Scuba's Teaching Team is always looking for top quality instructors, and those who complete their Instructor Development at Huron Scuba get first consideration for openings.
  • Certification Results Guaranteed: Every Instructor Candidate trained at Huron Scuba has passed their Instructor Examination (IE) on the first attempt. If you don't, you'll get a free repeat of the Huron Scuba IDC within 12 months of your first one.
What materials are required?
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Instructor Candidate Workbook
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • The Best of the Undersea Journal
  • AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • RDP – all three versions (Wheel, table and eRDP, including associated Instructions for Use booklets)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes & Exams booklet
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate
  • Skill Evaluation Slate
  • Aquatic Cue Cards – for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
What materials are optional but recommended?
  • All PADI diver videos
  • All PADI professional videos
  • Discover the Underwater World video and The Snorkeler’s Field Guide
  • Scuba Tune-Up guidebook
  • Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart
  • Open Water Diver Course Lesson Guides (standard and prescriptive)
  • Rescue Diver Course Lesson Guides (standard and prescriptive)
  • Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
  • PADI Specialty Diver Manuals
  • PADI Career Advancement Series materials
  • The Business of Diving
  • The Law and the Diving Professional
  • Children and Scuba Diving: A Resource Guide for Instructors and Parents
  • A.W.A.R.E. – Our World, Our Water Manual
  • Ten Ways a Diver Can Help to Protect the Aquatic Realm brochure
  • Nav-Finder
  • Adventure Log – Pro Modules
  • PADI Adventure Log Book with Teaching/Supervising module
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Prerequisites PADI Divemaster rating (or equivalent rating from another agency). Current First Aid and CPR training (EFR recommended). Minimum 60 logged open water dives in varied environments, including night, deep, and navigation dives. Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months.
Minimum age 18 years.
Class size Limit 8.
Classroom location Huron Scuba.
Pool location Arranged with each course.
Open water location Arranged with each course.
Equipment provided by student Personal snorkeling equipment and complete scuba diving equipment. Must be personally owned, may not be rented or borrowed.
Equipment provided by Huron Scuba First aid and emergency oxygen kits.
Course cost $650 per student.  Materials & PADI registration additional (at member pricing)
Required books & materials See shop for required materials (additional costs) ($0.00)
Optional books & materials
Additional expenses Park entry fees, equipment rental, and air fills. PADI processing fee.
Other classes to consider  
Forms / Materials / Handouts
Introductory Classes Schedule Printable schedule with Discover Scuba Workshop, Snorkeling, and PADI Seal Team classes
Basic Scuba Diver Schedule Printable schedule with Basic Open Water Courses (weekend and weeknight class & pool, & Open Water Cert dives)
"Core" Continuing Education Schedule Printable schedule with Refresher, Advanced, Nitrox, Drysuit, Rescue courses
Continuing Education Schedule Printable schedule with other continuing education classes (First Aid/CPR, Equipment Specialist, Divemaster, etc.)
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Huron Scuba, Snorkel & Adventure Travel Inc. 4816 Jackson Road Suite D, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 
Phone: 734-994-3483 Fax: 734-994-1597 Apply to join Huron Scuba's staff! Application form in PDF
Regular Store Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.