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Assistant Instructor

Apply for this course by going to Assistant Instructor Application. Applications will only be reviewed and processed by paying the  on-line $200 deposit here.

Overview -
This program provides training and certification for qualified SSI and PADI Dive Professionals to become Assistant Instructors. Graduates of this program receive the following benefits:

  • Meet qualification requirements to teach the Open Water Diver academic water sessions (except for emergency ascent skills) under the indirect supervision of an active status Open Water Instructor.
  • Qualified to directly supervise and evaluate surface skills during open water training dives for the Open Water Diver program under the indirect supervision of an active status Open Water Instructor.
  • Qualified to teach & certify for the following SSI courses

–  Scuba Rangers

–  Try Scuba

–  Scuba Skills Update

–  Perfect Buoyancy

  • Eligible for Arizona Dive Center’s Instructor Apprentice Program & teach courses
  • Eligible to enroll in SSI Instructor Training course


       -  Enrollment runs through September 5th
       -  Program kickoff session on September 29th

       -  Online, self paced learning through November
       -  Assist with some lake and pool instruction
       -  Class sessions the first two weekends in December

After paying the deposit, apply for the course by going to Assistant Instructor Application

Questions? Email

Skill Level: Advanced
Skill Details: You must be in active status as an SSI Divemaster (or equivalent status with another agency). PADI-certified Divemasters are also eligible for this course. You must have also logged at least 60 open water dives totaling 40 hours or more.
Materials Included: The course fee is $1220 and includes liability insurance coverage required as an SSI Dive Instructor. Also included in the course fee is the SSI Assistant Instructor Digital App, Dive Professional Wetnote set, and SSI Dive Briefing & Guiding Evaluation Slate. The Digital App includes instructor kits for OWD, Advanced Adventurer, Nitrox, Stress & Rescue, Perfect Buoyancy, Dive Guide, and Scuba Rangers.
Instructor: Dwain Desbien
Deposit required to process application, and counts toward the $1220 course fee. Refundable if application is not accepted. You must also be current with your SSI Dive Professional registration or additional fees will apply.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.