The SSI Assistant Instructor program provides you with the knowledge and training necessary to perform the duties of an assistant instructor. These duties include conducting entry-level scuba training under the indirect supervision of an Open Water Instructor, and independently conducting Scuba Skills Updates, Try Scuba, and Perfect Buoyancy programs.
During the Assistant Instructor course, you will learn what goes into Classroom and pool presentations. You will practice giving classroom teaching presentations and learn how to develop knowledgeable dive students. You will also learn about each skill taught to scuba students in confined water (pool training). During the East Coast Divers Assistant Instructor course, you will learn and practice the teaching techniques for training scuba students and get an opportunity to work with real students.
After the course, you are able to teach pool and classroom sessions with indirect supervision from a current instructor. After completing the Assistant Instructor course the next step is Instructor. During the Instructor Course, you learn how to teach skills that require more control such as emergency skills in the pool and the Open Water Checkout Dives of the Open Water Course not to mention specialty programs such as Nitrox and Dive Guide.
At East Coast Divers our priority is to create Comfortable, Safe, and Fun divers and instructors. That is why all of our training from the Basic Open Water course through Instructor is all done while neutrally buoyant and each student is worked with directly to address their strength and weaknesses to ensure you don’t just get an instructor card but become a confident, passionate dive instructor.
As an active status SSI Assistant Instructor you are able to teach academic and non-emergency pool skills from the Open Water Certification course along with being able to independently teach the following programs:
- Scuba Rangers
- Try Scuba
- Scuba Skills Update (refresher)
- Perfect Buoyancy
You are also eligible to become a training specialist and independently teach the following programs after specialty training:
- Altitude Diving
- Boat Diving
- Computer Diving
- Equipment Techniques
- Photo & Video
- Science of Diving
- Waves, Tides, & Currents