Scuba Training Standards and Procedures

Recreational Scuba

Assistant Instructor Trainer

Intent

The SSI Assistant Instructor Trainer Seminar provides candidates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to certify Assistant Instructors, and to assist in teaching the Instructor Training Course.

Minimum Instructor Rating

An active status Instructor Trainer may conduct the Assistant Instructor Trainer Seminar.

Candidate Prerequisites

  • Minimum age: 18 years old.
Have the following active status SSI certifications or an equivalent from a recognized training agency:
  • Divemaster Instructor
Have issued at least 45 certifications including:
  • 30 Open Water Diver
  • 3 Diver Stress & Rescue
  • 3 Dive Guide
  • 3 Science of Diving
  • 6 Advanced Adventurer and/or additional specialty program
The candidate may also apply completed Try Scuba, Basic Diver, Referral Diver, and Scuba Diver programs toward the minimum requirements for Open Water Diver certifications.
  • Twelve (12) Try Scuba recognitions are equivalent to one (1) Open Water Diver certification.
  • Six (6) Basic Diver certifications are equivalent to one (1) Open Water Diver certification.
  • Two (2) Referral Diver certifications are equivalent to one (1) Open Water Diver certification.
  • Two (2) Scuba Diver certifications are equivalent to one (1) Open Water Diver certification.
  • An Open Water Diver upgrade from Referral Diver counts as one (1) Open Water Diver certification.

Duration

  • Recommended hours for completion: 30-45.

Minimum Supervision

  • An active status Instructor Trainer must directly supervise all academic and in-water activities.

Requirements For Completion

  • Complete all academics sessions as outlined in the instructor manual for the Assistant Instructor Trainer Seminar.
  • Complete the program’s final exam.
  • Complete the Candidate Water Fitness Evaluation as outlined in the SSI General Training Standards.
  • Complete and pass all requirements and evaluations listed in the instructor manual for the Assistant Instructor Trainer Seminar.

Certification

  • Upon completion of training, upload the candidate’s training record with all required documentation into the MySSI System or send it to the responsible SSI Service Center.
  • The candidate will be certified as an Assistant Instructor Trainer.

Active Status Requirements

  • Attend all applicable mandatory updates scheduled by SSI International.

Active Status Qualifications

In addition to the programs taught by active status Divemaster Instructors, active status Assistant Instructor Trainers may teach, supervise and issue certifications for the following programs:
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Specialty Instructor Seminar (if they have the applicable Specialty Instructor certification).
  • Dive Professional Crossover (up to the Assistant Instructor level)
Active status Assistant Instructor Trainers may also:
  • Assist an Instructor Trainer in conducting all SSI Instructor-level programs.
  • Create Personal Note
  • Report Translation Mistake
  • Report Technical Error