Assistant Instructor

Hawaiian Diving Adventures

This Assistant Instructor course is a stepping-stone to being a full-fledged Open Water Dive Instructor. This program provides the crucial skills and teaching concepts, along with actual teaching experience, all required to become a successful SSI Assistant Instructor.  


You will learn the SSI Teaching System and philosophy, how to assist Instructors in training, and how to independently teach a variety of SSI training programs.

How It Works

This course starts with online e-Learning. We step back into the classroom and teach you how to give lessons to students. You prepare lectures and learn how to lead discussions with students. We will also spend at least 2 days in confined water. where you will learn how to present and evaluate skills. This course usually takes 4-5 days, depending on how quickly you learn the materials.


The online e-Learning courses can be completed over a span of just a few days. Next, we spend 2-3 sessions in the classroom and 2-3 sessions in confined water. Each session is about 4 hours long but is adjustable.  Instructor courses are typically taught on an individual basis with one on one instruction; scheduling is fluid depending on your needs and staff availability.

What to Bring

  • All divers who are working their way towards earning an Assistant Instructor Certification must own their own equipment. This includes a wetsuit, finsmasksnorkel, BCD, regulator, gauge, and dive computer.
  • You can bring a towel, sunglasses & maybe a hat for the boat trips (we have a dry storage area).
  • Bring your underwater camera & its waterproof casing to get the best shots!
  • We provide drinking water, fresh pineapple & snacks, but you can also bring your own.

Special Considerations

  • The minimum age is 10 years old.
  • To dive, you must have basic swimming skills and overall physical fitness.
  • You must complete a medical questionnaire, and may need a doctor’s approval if you have any disqualifying conditions.
  • If you have questions, please contact Hawaiian Diving Adventures to discuss your particular circumstances before registration.
  • When scheduling your training dives, you must allow at least 18 hours after diving before flying. This is important — you cannot fly the same day after scuba diving.

* The cost and time commitment of this program depends on which Specialty Courses you choose, and the number of dives you need to complete the twelve required dives.

* Gratuity for the captain and crew is voluntary, but if you have a great time on your dives, it is customary to tip 10-20%.

Courses must be booked over the phone: call now at 808-232-3193.

Assistant Instructor Certification

Assistant Instructors act as certified assistants, helping instructors teach all levels of scuba training.  They may also independently lead confined water programs like Scuba Rangers and Try Scuba, as well as open water programs like Scuba Skills Update and Perfect Buoyancy.


Courses must be booked over the phone: call now at 808-232-3193.

Contact Hawaiian Diving Adventures with any questions, or to sign up for your next class!