Instructor Course (AI & OWSI)

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The DJL Instructor Course will take you from Divemaster to a Open Water Scuba Instructor and consists of two parts: The Assistant Instructor Course & The Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. This is also known as our Bronze IDC package. At DJL we offer Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum IDC packages. So completing our IDC Bronze package will give you an Open Water Scuba Diver certification. The Silver IDC package also includes the Master Scuber Diver Trainer (MSDT) preparation course. The Gold package includes the MSDT internship, you will get your first 25 certifications under the supervision of one of our senior instructors and will then be able to apply for your MSDT speciality ratings. This is the standard we prefer instructors to achieve if they wish to work for us. The Platinum package includes all the aforementioned training plus the Staff Instructor course. There is more information about the cost of various IDC packages here.


Assistant Instructor Course (AI)

As an Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of Education. You can assume restricted teaching responsibilities and perform as an instructional scuba assistant. It is a great way to gain valuable experience to become a scuba instructor!

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the preliminary part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and if pursed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor.


What you Learn

You build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You learn through: You get to increase your ability to supervise and organize scuba diving actions, while at the same time focusing on increasing your teaching skills. You learn all of this through:

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
    • The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections:
      • Module 1: Academic Training
        · PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs
        · Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
        · Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties
        · Teaching in Confined Water
        · Conducting Open Water Training Presentations
      • Module 2: Independent Study
        · Knowledge Development
      • Module 3: Practical Application
        · Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations
        · Standards Exam
        · Dive Rescue Skills Assessment

What you can Teach

As well as being able to teach all things in PADI Divemaster, as a PADI Assistant Instructor you can:

  1. Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Diving Instructor
  2. During confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Diving Instructor
  3. Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Diving Instructor
  4. Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor
  5. Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses
  6. Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course
  7. Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water
  8. Conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions
  9. Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Speciality Instructor rating.

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Looking for a job in exotic countries doing what you love and helping people change their lives? Then this is for you! The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two separate sections of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program. The OWSI program can be done in a minimum of four days. But we spread it out over more days to ensure you are OK with everything. The course introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on additional development of your abilities as a professional scuba diving educator.

The whole IDC (AI + OWSI) in DJL is 15 days (instead of the usual 7 days). These more days mean more personal time with the Instructor to learn real life training tips and techniques. Also more time means we can go over any problems you guys may have until we are certain you are all right. Also more importantly it means more free-dives! This also includes 2 days prep course and 2 days Mock IE.


What you Learn

During the program you will learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at the minimum:
  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills

You will also attend and contribute in the subsequent 18 curriculum presentations:
  • Course Orientation
  • Business of Diving
  • Marketing Diving
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Business of Diving
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Start Diving
  • Keep Diving
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)
    You will demonstrate competence at:
    • Performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
    • Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins. Throughout the course you will have to prove capability in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring a minimum of 75% on each part.

    What you can Teach


    After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be capable of conducting the complete assortment of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You can also if you choose obtain specialty instructor ratings in areas that interest you, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Dive.

The Fun Part


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You will begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You will also have the chance to continue your professional education by take part in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after the Diving instructor certification.

The tricky part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication is the key.

It’s about transforming lives (including your own!). The enjoyable part of becoming a diving instructor is work together with course members while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes. Plus obviously diving each day!

39,900 Baht

Testimonials

  • Koh Tao island is like paradise on earth. If you don’t like cheap alcohol, great food and beautiful surroundings don’t bother.

    James – UK
  • A favourite in northern Sairee and a popular dive outfit... Friday night pool parties are a big draw!

    Lonely Planet 2010
  • A trip around the world was hijacked, a boyfriend was (temporarily) abandoned, and a lifestyle was discovered the minute my feet were again in the DJL.

    Lisa – USA
  • Dear DJL, Thanks for the last 2 months, best experience so far! cheers to all the DMT’s for making the course a memorable one!!

    Heesh – UK
  • We did our PADI Advanced Open Water course here, it was Excellent!! Great instructor, not only teaches but gave us confidence, Thanks Tim and everyone in DJL!

    Han and Sammi – Hong Kong
  • Thank you for a great course, the happy girls from Norway

    Gina and Hege – Norway
  • Thanks DJL and Luke for the awesome dives, you guys helped me overcome my fear of the open water. Cheers!!

    James – Canada
  • I don’t want to leave! I’ve had such an amazing time here and a lot of that is thanks to the great team at DJL! Thanks to my instructors Giles & Simon and the Divemasters Bob & Harry for all the teaching and support you’ve given me.

    Sally – UK
  • This is a day i’ll always remember, my first time diving, the instructor was great, I will be back!

    Ofir - Israel
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