SDI Assistant Instructor Course

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SDI Assistant Instructor Course

SDI Assistant Instructor Course Includes:
SDI Assistant Instructor Course

Using your VA Benefits

Our VA program enables veterans to use their GI Bill® benefits to learn to dive, continue their SCUBA education, or become a dive industry professional. This program offers multiple VA-approved certifications and professional-level licenses. These programs cover a range of courses, including beginner scuba diving education, technical diving, instructor courses, and more.

We encourage you to confirm your eligibility for this program with the Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Office or local VA Assistance Offices prior to committing to a course.

Eligibility is based on the following programs:

  • Montgomery GI Bill® – Active-Duty Educational Assistance Program Chapter 30
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Assistance Program Chapter 32
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® Chapter 33
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program Chapter 35
  • Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve Program Chapter 1606

These licenses and exams should deduct portions of months based on the dollar amount of the course taken. Each veteran has a different situation so confirming with the VA before starting is the best scenario to confirm eligibility and reimbursement.

You should confirm eligibility, time left and benefit level with your VA representative. The veteran will only be reimbursed the amount listed on our website. Equipment purchases are not covered under this program.

Course Information:

A build on to the SDI Divemaster Program by gaining practical teaching experience, learning to prepare lesson plans, and give academic presentations. You will work with an instructor to gain experience teaching before moving on to the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor level. Once you complete the Specialty Instructor training with a qualified SDI Instructor Trainer, you can become qualified to teach several SDI Specialty Diver courses.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Certified SDI Divemaster or equivalent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider,* where local law permits
  • Provide proof of at least 60 logged dives or 50 logged dives and 25 hours underwater accumulated time
  • Possess the minimum instructional equipment, as defined in leadership course standards section two of this manual.

* Note: CPR, first aid, and oxygen provider courses may be combined with the IDC Program by qualified instructors

What is included:

  • Semi-Private Class (4-6 Students MAX)
  • Air tank rentals
  • Certification Processing
  • Certification Hard Card
  • Digital Certification Card
  • Gear Discounts
  • Dive Club Entry

What is not included:

  • CPR, First Aid Training, & O2 Provider
  • Entry / Boat Fees: All entry fees and/or offshore or inshore boat fees.
  • Tips: (Boat crew, Instructor, Dive Master)
  • Personal Gear: Scuba Quality Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Boots, Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), Dive Slate. 
  • Gear: (BCD, Regulator Set, Wetsuit) Full Equipment list and requirements provided prior to class start.
  • Transportation to Training Locations or Dive Sites
  • Agency Fees: Application Fees, Crossover Fees, Upgrade fees, any additional fees required by agency.
  • Additional Materials: Additional materials maybe available that are not required for the course (Digital Instructor Guides & Course Manuals). Although not required they are highly recommended

The Florida Dive Company Difference:

We offer smaller class sizes than a typical dive shop. This means you receive the added benefit of a semi- private class at no additional cost. Our reduced class size allows our students to have direct experience with our Instructors which we believe produces a more knowledgeable, safe and confident diver. We do not rush you or your training as we understand the natural progression of learning as each individual learns at different speeds.

We take pride in our instructional methodology and adhere to our course standards all while providing a safe, fun, and memorable learning experience that will last a lifetime.

Florida Dive Company offers e-Learning options with our all-inclusive package pricing.

No Hidden Fees! (Tipping is not included) 



$1500.00 + Materials & Fees ($393.76)

Typical Materials and Fees Breakdown-**Prices may change without notice**

$316.76 SDI Assistant Instructor Kit (Purchased from Florida Dive Company)

Includes SDI Standards and Procedures Digital Resource,

SDI Logo Sticker, SDI Mask Strap,

SDI Professional Bag, Dive Leader Record Folder,

AI Manual, AI KQ, Online eLearning access code, 

$77.00 Registration Fee

Paid to SDI directly upon graduation.

Continuing Expenses

Yearly SDI Dive Professional renewal to stay active- $100.00 (Required by all Scuba Agencies)  

Proof of Scuba Professional General Liability Insurance - We can help you get a quote! (Required by all Scuba Agencies)  

Typical Class Schedule

Assistant Instructor
Day 1: Classroom
Day 2: Class & Pool 
Day 3: Class & Pool 
Day 4: Open Water   
Day 5: Open Water 
Day 6: Open Water 
Day 7: Open Water
Day 8: Rescue
Day 9: Rescue