Scuba Center has been selling quality scuba diving and snorkeling equipment since 1973. You will find a wide selection of scuba and snorkeling equipment at both our Eagan, Minnesota and Minneapolis, Minnesota locations. Scuba Center Eagan
1571 Century Point
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
(651) 681-8434
Scuba Center Minneapolis
5015 Penn Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
(612) 925-4818

PADI Assistant Instructor Development Course
PADI Assistant Instructor Course | As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor! You build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed 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 Instructor.If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PRO with an Assistant Instructor Development Course at Scuba Center.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.
Assistant Instructor Prerequisites:
  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have 60 logged dives, including nightdeep, and navigation dives

  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

  • Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months

  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

  • Complete the PADI Instructor Development Course online...

PADI Assistant Instructor Course in Eagan, Minnesota | Go Pro with PADI | The Way the World Learns to Dive

How does the eLearning component work?
You begin your IDC knowledge and skills development through online independent study consisting of 15 curriculum components. It is recommended you complete all independent eLearning prior to beginning the IDC, however, it is possible to start the IDC (or AI course/OWSI program) and complete independent study as you progress.

Required PADI Instructor materials:  
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • PADI IDC eLearning
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, Coral Reef Conservation and Project AWARE Specialty Course Instructor Guides
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual or eLearning
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPml, including Instructions for Use booklets
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual or eLearning
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual or eLearning
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual or eLearning
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Skill Development Preparation slate
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online

PADI Assistant Instructor Development Course Materials -- Scuba Center stocks a wide selection of PADI course materials including log books, the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP), the Wheel, course manuals, and other items. If we don't have the PADI item you need in stock, we would be happy to order it. Many items can also be ordered in several languages to make the learning process as smooth as possible. Please contact us with any questions you may have. ** Order PADI Course Materials Online **

PADI 5 Star IDC | Go Pro with PADI | Complete your PADI Instructor Development Course ( IDC ) conveniently in Minnesota | PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers meet all PADI Five Star Dive Center standards and provides the same level of service. They also meet additional training requirements and offer PADI Instructor-level training. If your goal is to become a PADI Scuba Instructor find a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center near you, by visiting the online PADI Dive Shop Locator.

 PADI Assistant Instructor
Course Fee: $900*

*Course materials, eLearning,
& PADI Application Fee not included.

Fee and cancellation policy


PADI AI sessions held in Eagan, Minnesota

2021 PADI Assistant Instructor ( AI ) Schedules:

Please contact our Eagan location to register: (651) 681-8434

Assistant Instructor Course
(Must attend all sessions listed below)


(Must attend all sessions listed below)

Mar. 20-21 8 am - 6 pm
Apr. 24-25 8 am - 6 pm

(Must attend all sessions listed below)

All ending times are approximations. Sessions may run longer if necessary (Based on student preparation, participation, skill completion, etc).