Earning the SDI Assistant Instructor rating is one of the most important steps along the way within an SDI, TDI and/or ERDI Dive Leader’s career, as it is where you will learn to successfully train new and seasoned divers alike. This course has been meticulously crafted to help further your knowledge and experience with regard to the theories and techniques involved in teaching scuba diving as a whole. In this course you will have the opportunity to delve into how and why people learn; common barriers associated with learning and ways to overcome those barriers; the SDI Teaching Philosophy and why it works; risk management and how it applies to being a dive leader; and new ways to successfully market and sell scuba.
Of course, as with all other SDI, TDI and ERDI courses, we believe it’s important that you have the opportunity to fine-tune your current knowledge and skills as well. That’s why we present within this course a review of the knowledge and skills we believe are the foundation on which all dive leaders build. This includes brief but concise information regarding diving physics and pertinent gas laws; diving physiology and related concerns; and most importantly, how it all applies to the dive leader. Further, while we don’t expect that your skills are poor, you will spend time with an instructor in the pool or confined water to hone scuba skills to match those expected of an SDI Dive Leader.
This program’s goal is to provide you with the appropriate tools to be able to transfer knowledge and help shape the experiences of future students. SDI, TDI and ERDI have selected the information that we believe is most vital for you to impart to students and we have gathered proven teaching techniques for delivering that information. In addition, over the duration of this program, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights by way of peer education, practice sessions and workshops designed to develop teaching skills. Your instructor will provide feedback based on his knowledge and experiences, and help mold individual teaching style. After all, you are unique and should learn to exploit distinct instructional talents. It will then be up to you — the Assistant Instructor – to deliver this critical core package to the student. Together, this is the fundamental partnership between SDI, TDI, ERDI and the SDI Assistant Instructor.
Over the progression of this course you will experience plenty of opportunities and much room to grow as an SDI Assistant Instructor. There are a host of specialties available for an Assistant Instructor to teach without the supervision of another instructor. Some of those are CPROX1stAED (SDI’s First Aid and CPR Course), Underwater Photography and Video, Marine Eco Systems and Equipment Repair specialties.
A knowledgeable and professional SDI Assistant Instructor is a great asset to an SDI Open Water Instructor and the SDI Facility they work with; however, should you decide that you’re ready for the next step, you can become an SDI Open Water Instructor. This course more than prepares you for the challenges that presents. After the SDI Instructor rating is obtained, even further opportunities will open up to you in the form of the ability to gain instructor ratings in the technical diving field with TDI or emergency response diving with ERDI.