Assistant Instructor Course (SSI)


Assistant Instructor

The knowledge and training necessary to perform the duties of an assistant instructor. These duties including conducting entry-level scuba training under the supervision of an Open Water Instructor, and independently conducting Scuba Skills Updates, Try Scuba, and Perfect Buoyancy programs.

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Logged a total of at least 60 open water dives
  • Be a certified Divemaster
  • Own a Total Diving System of professional type and quality
  • Have a current medical exam for scuba diving not older than 1 year and signed by a licensed medical practitioner

$1,750 (min 4 students)

  • Instructor Trainer to complete your course
  • SSI online training
  • Pool fees
  • Internationally recognised Assistant Instructor certification
  • SSI professional payment ($110)
  • AS 2299.1 commercial dive medical (roughly $200). This is required once every 12 months to stay current as a dive professional

This course structure will be organised when you have your personal orientation with a staff member.


DURATION: Approx 9 days + home study (70 hours contact time – theory and pool)

  • Log at least 75 open water dives totaling 50 hours or more.
  • Read and complete Sections 1-6, including reviews and assessments, of the Instructor Training Course digital
  • Complete Academic Sessions 1-6 as outlined in the instructor manual for the Instructor Training Course.
  • Complete the program’s final exam.
  • Pass all requirements and evaluations for Practical Application Sessions 1-7 as outlined in the instructor manual for the Instructor Training Course.
    • Practical Application 1: Candidate Water Fitness Evaluation
    • Practical Application 2: Academic Presentation – Open Water Diver
    • Practical Application 3: Academic Presentation – Perfect Buoyancy/Specialty Programs
    • Practical Application 4: Workshop – Try Scuba and Scuba Rangers
    • Practical Application 5: Workshop – Open Water Diver and Scuba Skills Update
    • Practical Application 6: Pool/Confined Water Presentation – Open Water Diver Skill
    • Practical Application 7: Pool/Confined Water Presentation – Perfect Buoyancy

Becoming an Assistant Instructor gives you the basis and necessary experience to become an Open Water Instructor. After passing the Assistant Instructor Course you may teach in both the classroom and pool under indirect supervision of an Open Water Instructor.

  • 700m snorkel not using arms while neutrally buoyant in less than 15 minutes
  • 100m tow (both divers full set gear) in less than 7 minutes
  • 15 minute survival float in only swim wear
  • 25m underwater swim with fins and mask.

Please get in contact with us if you wish to become a Professional Dive Assistant Instructor (07) 5444 8595.