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    An assistant instructor assists the Instructor to gain practical experience and increase control over the dive. Assistant Instructors must anticipate potential problems and be prepared to take quick decisions to avert a problem from escalating. It is an entry level professional rating, and mainly used as a stepping stone to future Instructor programmes.

    Agency we teach for: SDI

    Cost: See Professional's Price Page This includes your dive training, a certification card and photos (above and below water).

    As this is a professional course, you are expected to buy your own academic materials, these vary in cost between the different agencies, but a general outline is as follows:

    * SDI costs: $299 which includes all your academic materials (in book form and online), and slates.

    * NAUI costs: $299 which includes all your academic books and slates.

    Other costs:
    What not included is gear hire, gas fills, food, lodging, dive site fees & transportation.

    Also you will need to pay the membership fee to the agency, this is approximately $100.

    Gear you need to provide:

    As this is a professional dive course, each student will need to OWN their own dive gear.

    * Mask, snorkel and fins.
    * Buoyancy compensator with low-pressure power inflator.
    * Regulator with submersible pressure gauge.
    * Alternate air source.
    * Weight system and/or weights.
    * Personal dive computer.
    * Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions.
    * Compressed gas cylinder.
    * Compass.
    * Knife and Rescue signal.
    * Dive flag, SMB and reel.

    How we teach it:
    There are three parts, the academics, watermanship and skills assessment, and practical application.

    Academics

    Alot of the academics are done at home from your Study Guides (completely online with SDI). These guides are very well structured, very informative learning tools, and an excellent alternative to multiple day or evening lectures. Some topics covered are:

    * Diving physics
    * Diving physiology
    * Diving skills and environment
    * Supervising students in training
    * Dive management and control
    * Dive planning
    * Agency specific standards and procedures
    * Risk Management

    When you meet with your Instructor he/she will review the academics and you will complete various written tests. You need to achieve at least 80% on your written tests to pass.

    Watermanship and skills assessment

    This consists of general assessment of the divers watermanship skills and individual stamina. Each diver must pass swims, and demonstrate complete comfort with skin diving skills.

    Practical Application
    This involves training activities using various structured training sessions, simulated scenarios and internship sessions with actual scuba dive programs. These training sessions enable you to gain practical experience as an instructional assistant and a supervisor of open water diving activities, both as a coordinator and as an underwater guide.


    Note: this is not a fully inclusive list, just an overview!

    It should be noted that participation in the Assistant Instructor class does not guarantee certification.
    After successful completion of your academics and water work, submission of the appropriate fee to the agency, you will be awarded your certification as an Assistant Instructor.

    Age requirements:
    You must be at least 18 years old to receive a Divemaster certification, there is no maximum age.


    Minimum number of students per class:
    We need 2 or more people to make an Assistant Instructor
    class; private, one-on-one classes can be organized for a separate fee.

    How many people are in each class?
    Our Assistant Instructor classes range in size, from 1-4 students.

    Schedule/Timing for Assistant Instructor Courses:
    We train all the time, and have multiple instructors on staff, many full time, so we do weekday and weekend classes.

    Call us or check out our Calendar for dates of upcoming courses.

    How long does the course take?
    We offer the Assistant Instructor Course as a week long course or as an internship (at your pace). We prefer the Internship, as it produces better Assistant Instructors. These can range over weeks to months. How long your course depends on how much time you invest into it, and your own individual learning pace.

    Where we do our course:
    The Assistant Instructor training closely follows the Open Water Diver schedules, so you can expect to visit the pool, Alexander Springs, Deleon Springs, Hudson Grotto or Blue Springs.


    Prerequisites for Course:

    * Minimum age of 18 years old

    * Be certified as an Divemaster

    * Be certified as a Rescue diver

    * Hold a current CPR/First Aid certification (certified within the last two years)

    * Be Nitrox certified

    * Have logged a minimum of 40 open water dives.

    * Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a medical exam form signed by a physician.

    * is required for all professional dive courses.

    * This class requires that students own ALL their own gear.


    What you can do afterwards:

    * Assistant Instructor have the ability to travel and work in dive destinations all around the world. They can officially work in diving resorts, private yachts, cruise ships and dive centers.

    * The Assistant Instructor course is a common student choice to prepare themselves for the Open Water Instructor course.

    * Organize, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities, both land and boat based.

    * Assist Instructors in teaching a variety of scuba diving courses.

    * There are plenty of skills introduced on the course to go out and practice and refine.

    * You will be a safer, more competent and comfortable diver after completion of your Assistant Instructor courseā€¦..knowing you are a better diver, that now has the ability to multi-task while diving.

    * The safe diving practices learned during your Assistant Instructor course will apply to all types of diving you do in the future, including open water recreational diving.

    * Continue your diver training with more specialized training; the Open Water Instructor course is the most common follow up to this course.

    * You can lead groups of certified divers.


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