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 standards section two of this manual

*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 takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • SDI Standards and Procedures

  • History of SDI

  • Products and procedures

    • How to place an order

    • Yearly renewals

    • SDI requirements for SDI Assistant Instructor certification

    • SDI Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities of an SDI Assistant Instructor

  • Liability and insurance

    • Risk management

    • Waivers and releases

    • Filling out an accident report

  • Course planning

    • Preparation, planning and control in dive management and diving activities

    • Pool/confined water and open water procedures

    • Practical experience in assisting with the training of open water dives

    • Pool/confined water and open water problem solving

    • How to conduct a snorkeling course

    • How to conduct an inactive diver/refresher course

  • Emergency procedures

    • First aid

    • Oxygen (O2) administration

    • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Assist in all required courses

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

  • Complete a 400 metre swim on the surface, non-stop, any stroke, without the use of swimming aids, in less than 10 minutes; swim goggles permitted

  • Complete a 800 metre swim with mask, snorkel, and fins non-stop without the use of arms in less than 17 minutes

  • Provide proof of 60 logged dives

  • Bring a diver, simulating unconsciousness, up from depth, not greater than 6 metres/20 feet; at the surface swim them 100 metres in less than 4 minutes


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


SDI Assistant Instructor Diver minimum requirements:
  • Demonstrate all open water diver skills to instructor quality

  • Complete the SDI Assistant Instructor exam, or online version, with a minimum score of 80 percent and 100 percent remediation


What it includes: 

  • All gas fills needed for the course

  • All training materials required for the course

  • Certification Fees

  • Half price gear hire for the duration of the program


Duration: 4 Days
Cost: $649
Combine this course with:
TDI Sidemount
CDAA Deep Cavern
TDI Intro to Tech
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