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The Assistant Instructor Program is the first half of the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course.  This course allows you to get used to teaching and participating more with students, before obtaining the full Instructor rating.  


Assistant Instructor programs are started on an individual basis and can be started at any time. Candidates sign up with one instructor and complete the course with that instructor.


$800 plus materials


  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Must be Basic Open Water Certified

  • Must be Advanced Open Water Certified

  • Must have current (within two years) CPR and First Aid Certification, with hands on training

  • Must be Rescue Certified

  • Must be PADI Divemaster Certified

  • Must have 60 logged dives to begin the program

  • Must be medically evaluated and cleared by a physician within one year


Classroom work is fully remote!

Pool sessions are held at the Scappoose Swim Centers


AI Candidates are responsible for equipment rental and/or purchase costs. AI Candidates must provide all of their own equipment. Candidates are responsible for all costs associated with transportation.  Candidates are responsible for the PADI AI Certification fees, as well as required classroom material fees.

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