SSI Assistant Instructor Program

Would you like to assist instructors with diver training and collect valuable teaching experience to become an Open Water Instructor? Then qualifying as an SSI Assistant Instructor is the right program for you! 

There is a strong demand in the recreational scuba industry for passionate individuals who can share their love of the sport and the underwater world with others. 

SSI Assistant Instructors and Open Water Instructors are the backbone of the dive industry, teaching new divers to safely explore the underwater world, providing introductory courses to those who are considering a scuba certification, and teaching continuing education programs that create life-long and enthusiastic divers.

This program trains you to be a well-prepared, versatile and marketable SSI Professional, with the ability to provide high-quality training to entry-level and experienced divers alike. It is intended to be a fun and challenging learning experience that will present you with new skills and knowledge that will increase your abilities as an SSI Professional.

You are expected to ask questions and to take an active role in the training process.Your basic dive skills and knowledge will be refined and tested as you develop into a capable and professional dive leader.

Course Overview

The SSI Assistant Instructor program has three components:

Digital Learning: SSI developed this program using modern Educational Management System (EMS) technology. It is designed to provide you with the knowledge required to complete your training in an easy-to-understand, logical sequence.

Academic Sessions: These include lectures, instructor-led active learning sessions, and other interactive activities. They apply the knowledge gained from the digital learning in a practical, real- world environment. By completing these sessions, you will gain an understanding of what it takes to become a professional.

Practical Application Sessions: This is the final component of your training, where you will further develop the skills and experience required by a professional.You will develop and be evaluated on your ability to conduct academic and in-water training sessions, control and evaluate students, and promote SSI teaching and business philosophies for the benefit of both yourself, the training center, and the entire dive industry.

The SSI Assistant Instructor program is conducted over four full days. It can be adapted into a multiple-weekend format or several evening sessions, it is also possible to conduct the academic sections remotely via Zoom. We can also provide options for accommodation during your training, contact us for details. 

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Cost $1400


  • Online eLearning, academic sessions & in water training
  • Dive cylinders and weights provided during training
  • Final exam
  • E-card
  • SSI professional registration fee
  • Assistant Instructor pack including slates
  • Light refreshments during your course
  • Dive club membership 
  • Student Pro discount on new equipment purchased from us
  • CV preperation and job placement assistance 
  • On going support throughout your career in the industry


  • Be 18 years or older
  • Divemaster rating (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • Have at least 60 dives to begin the course and 75 for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

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