Assistant Instructor

Would you like to assist instructors with open water diver courses and collect valuable teaching experience to become a diving instructor?

Then qualifying as an SSI Assistant Instructor is the right program for you!

What Will You Learn?

The Assistant Instructor rating is the next step after becoming a Divemaster along the scuba instructor pathway. It allows you to collect valuable teaching experience, practice briefings, teach academics, and conduct in-water training.

If you want to further your career as a dive professional, you can finish the Instructor Training Course, pass the Instructor Evaluation, and become an Open Water Diving Instructor.

The SSI Assistant Instructor Course consists of three main phases:

  • Six Academic Sessions (Independent study or in a classroom)
  • Four Pool / Confined Water Sessions
  • Two Open Water Dives- Where its time to use the knowledge and skills you acquired, in the open ocean to complete the SSI Assistant Instructor Course.


What Will You Do?

  • Log at least 75 open water dives totaling 50 hours or more.
  • Read and complete Sections 1-6, including reviews and assessments, of the InstructorTraining Course digital learning.
  • Complete Academic Sessions 1-6 as outlined in the instructor manual for the Instructor Training Course.
  • Complete the program’s final exam.
  • Complete the Candidate Water Fitness Evaluation as outlined in the SSI Training Standards if it has been more than six months since the candidate has been evaluated.
  • Pass all requirements and evaluations for Practical Application Sessions 1-7 as outlined in the instructor manual for the InstructorTraining Course

Course Schedule

Recommended hours for completion: 35-42. The number of classes, hours and sessions per day are set by the individual instructor, based on student needs, student ability and water conditions.

Course Price

Get in touch with an SSI Training Center for the same.

Student Learning Materials Price

INR 30,000

Course Prerequisites

Minimum age: 18 years old.

• Have logged at least 60 open water dives totalling 40 hours or more.

Have the following active status SSI certifications or an equivalent from a recognised training agency:

• Divemaster

Equipment Requirements

During all in-water scuba training, each student must be equipped with a properly fitted Total Diving System:
• Mask
• Snorkel
• Fins
• Buoyancy compensator with power inflator
• Weight System
• Delivery System with cylinder, primary regulator and alternate air source
• Information System with submersible pressure gauge, depth gauge, and timing device (a dive computer is recommended)
• Exposure suit appropriate for the environment
• Logbook
Each SSI Professional must be equipped with at least all student equipment, plus:
• A dive computer
• A deployable surface marker buoy (SMB)
• A surface emergency signalling device
• A cutting device
• A compass
Candidates for SSI Dive Professional programs must use a professional-level Total Diving System.

*Equipment will be provided by your Dive Centre. We recommend that you should get your own gear once you become a certified diver.

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