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Assistant Instructor Course

Being an SSI Assistant Instructor enables you to inspire and influence others to grow in their diving experiences and increase your personal knowledge, skills and experience by teaching Open Water (class and pool training) and Specialty courses.

This program provides the skills, concepts and teaching experience required to become a successful SSI Instructor.   

What you can Teach:
In addition to the programs taught by active status Professional Dive Guides, active Assistant Instructors may teach, supervise and issue certifications for the following programs:

  • Scuba Rangers
  • Try Scuba / Experience Scuba
  • Scuba Skills Update
  • Perfect Buoyancy
In addition to the duties performed by an SSI Divemaster, active status Assistant Instructors may also:
  • Teach the Open Water Diver academic and pool/confined water sessions (with the exception of emergency ascent skills) under the indirect supervision of an active status Open Water Instructor.
  • Register to become a Specialty Instructor for certain SSI Specialty Courses
  • Continue your training and enroll in an Instructor Training Course

The goal of our course is to prepare you for a successful career with Scuba Professionals of Arizona.  The Dive Professional Courses are modular which means you complete blocks one after the other, which creates and builds the confidence needed to create a real dive professional. When you finish this program you can choose to remain an Assistant Instructor, or upgrade your status to an Open Water Instructor or many other pathways.

Before you begin, you must be an active Divemaster or higher from SSI or an equivalent recognized training agency.  You must be 18 years of age or older and have logged 60 Open Water Dives totaling 40 hours or more. 

If you don’t already have these certifications or necessary specialties, we will be happy to help you create a program to obtain these certifications.  We are here to help you grow as an SSI Dive Professional.

Course Outline

Over the scheduled duration of the course you will cover all of the requirements for the Assistant Instructor Program that include:

Theory Classes

Section 1- Overview of SSI
Section 2- Duties of An SSI Dive Professional
Section 3- Program Adminstration
Section 4- Academic Sessions
Section 5- In-Water Training
Section 6- Assistant Instructor Programs
Additional Chapter - Morals & Ethics
Additional Chapter - Paperwork & Pre-Trip Meetings

Practical Application

*Pool Skills Evaluation
*Water man-ship Evaluation
*Rescue Skills Evaluation
*Open Water Course Observation
*Perfect Buoyancy Course Observation/Teach
*Scuba Skills Update Course Observation/Teach
*Try Scuba Course Observation/Teach
*Scuba Rangers Certification Course Observation/Teach

Remember your future as an SSI Dive Professional doesn’t stop here. This is just the beginning!  Continue your education and become an Assistant Instructor or Open Water Instructor!

Every day is a new day to learn something new and diving is no different. Learn many more aspects of diving with Scuba Professionals of Arizona!

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