Downey DuckAssistant Instructor 
Your next step toward a dive career is the highly rewarding Assistant Instructor course. You will learn teaching methodology and in an internship relationship with a Master Instructor, you'll gain hands-on teaching experience with students, the best possible way to develop your instructional skills. This rating can be a step toward full Instructor, or an end in itself. Match your time, talent and interests with the diving programs near you, and enjoy the adventure of personal and professional enhancement as a diving leader. 


The Assistant Instructor rating is a leadership level course that will teach you how to instruct students effectively. It also divelops individuals in water skills needed to be capable instructors. Assistant Instructor certification is a highly recommended step in the progression to Instructor. 

Qualifications Of Graduates

An Assistant Instructor is qualified to assist instructors in all phases of dive training, and teach Discover Scuba and Skin Divers independently.  Additional training or experience is to be obtained by the Assistant Instructor who desires to assist in highly specialized training activities, such as deep, wreck penetration, cavern or ice dives. An Assistant Instructor can be counted toward student-instructor ratios. 

Program Description 

Individual study, seminars, in water sessions and hands-on teaching of actual students (under supervision). Experience with Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Advanced Plus programs and Rescue Diver classes. The best route for the up-and-coming instructor. 

Program Steps

  1. Register with Downey Diving to receive required study materials.
  2. Attend required knowledge development & pool sessions.
  3. Complete internship.


  • Age:  Minimum is 18 years. 
  • Certification:  NAUI or PADI Divemaster certification or the equivalent is required. 
  • Experience:  Have completed and logged at least 60 dives.
  • Medical:  Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician.  This must be current within the previous 12 months.

Class Schedule





Downey Diving 
Call 724 869-1989 or email
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