Assistant Instructor (AI) | Oahu Diving Association

NAUI Assistant Scuba Instructor

As an Assistant Instructor you will be authorized to teach all aspects of skin and scuba diving under the supervision of an active Scuba Diving Instructor. This is the best possible way to develop your confidence and  instructional skills.   The NAUI Assistant Instructor rating is a NAUI leadership-level certification. The program is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics.  It also tests individuals in the fundamental water skills needed in order to be capable assistants.  This rating can be used as a step moving toward full instructor certification depending on how far you’d like to go.


The Fun Part

It’s about learning what it’s like to teach others to do what they enjoy so much–scuba diving! You’ll get hands on experience while assisting an Open Water NAUI Scuba Instructor conduct two Open Water Scuba courses.  You’ll important techniques for organizing, managing, and conducting scuba diving course.  You’ll assist students in confined and open water.  Meanwhile you’ll everything you’ve learning will be reinforced with academic training.


What You’ll Learn

As an Assistant Instructor in training, you will learn not just how to properly assist a Sucba Instructor but more importantly learn how to teach all aspects of skin and scuba diving under the supervision of a NAUI Instructor. This is the best possible way to develop your instructional skills. The rating can be a step toward full Instructor, or an end in itself.  Match your time, talent and interests with the NAUI programs near you, and enjoy the adventure of personal and professional enhancement as a NAUI leader.


Classroom Teaching Presentations

Being able to teach scuba in a professional setting is a key strength of NAUI leaders.  You will have to present at least four assigned teaching presentations selected from the list of the 10 core diving knowledge topics. Each presentation is formally evaluated, but not graded for record.  Each presentation is 5 to 10 minutes in length.


Confined Water Teaching Presentations

In addition to classroom presentations, Assistant Scuba Instructor candidates sharpen their presentations skills by giving

• at least two confined water skin diving presentations; and 

• at least two confined water scuba presentations
*Each presentation will be formally evaluated, but not graded for record.*


What You Can Teach

Aside from being able to assist with scuba students as well as teaching them scuba and skin diving skills, if you’ve completed the NAUI First Aid – Powered by DAN Instructor orientation and DAN modules, you can teach the NAUI First Aid – Powered by DAN courses independently.


Who can take this course? 

Scuba Divers from BSAC, CMAS, NAUI, PADI, SDI, SSI, etc. who meet the following requirements are welcome to take this course:

• minimum age 18 years old;

• fifty logged dives with a minimum of 25 bottom hours;

• NAUI Master Scuba Diver or Divemaster from another agency;

• Emergency Oxygen Provider; and

Diving First Aid for Professionals certification.


Course Fees & Tuition

Tuition $899.95

Candidate Packet. $320.00


The Gear You’ll Use

NAUI Assistant Scuba Instructors in training are required to have their own scuba gear including dive lights for night diving, an SMB, dive knife, a 100′ finger spool, etc.