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4940 Rusina Rd
Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
United States


Underwater Connection, has been serving the Colorado Springs water sports community since 1989. What started as a scuba shop 25 years ago, has now grown into a legacy of aquatic adventures. Now offering everything you need for Whitewater Kayak, SUP, Swimming, Triathlon Aquatics, and of course, Scuba.

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Assistant SCUBA Instructor - Colorado Springs

Underwater Connection teaches SSI Assistant Instructor courses in Colorado Springs; the program consists of knowledge development, confined water development, and open water development.

Assistant Instructor Course

Looking to continue your education and be able to offer more to your Dive Center? Do you enjoy working with divers and want to be able to do more with students then just lead them on a tour?

As an Assistant Instructor you are able to qualify to independently conduct certain Specialty courses as well as teach parts of the core courses. This increases the opportunity to make additional income as well as increases your enjoyment level as a dive professional. Courses that Assistant Instructors can qualify to teach include but are not limited to:

  • Open Water class & pool sessions (with the exception of emergency ascent skills)

  • Altitude

  • Boat

  • Equipment Techniques

  • Full Face Mask

  • Perfect Buoyancy

  • Navigation

  • Scuba Rangers

  • Try Scuba

  • Waves, Tides, & Currents


  • Must have a RSTC Medical Release signed by a physician within 12 months directly preceding the course, and must be valid throughout (the physician must be a MD or DO. Nurse practitioners and PAs are not valid).

  • Must hold certifications for CPR, First Aid, and Oxygen provider valid within 24 months directly preceding the course, and must be valid throughout.

  • Must hold a Divemaster rating from an RSTC organization.

  • Must have proof of 60 logged dives totaling 40 hours or more of bottom time.

The Program consists of two sections:

  1. Academics

  2. Confined Water training


During the knowledge development portion of the Assistant Instructor course you will learn how to teach in the classroom and confined water. The course also covers learning styles and teaching strategies. You will develop the skills necessary to create engaging and exciting presentations for students.

Confined Water training:

During the confined water development portion of the Assistant Instructor course you learn how to set up confined water teaching presentations. You also learn how to evaluate student diver skills, how to spot potential problems, correct those problems that students may encounter, and utilize certified assistants. You will also be required to perform the Open Water diver skills at an instructor level.


Assistant Instructor Course: $525.00

Course Fees Include:

  • All academic sessions

  • All watermanship sessions

  • All Open Water Dives

  • Tanks & weights for all sessions

Course Fees Do Not Include:

  • Meals

  • Student Materials (listed below).

  • SSI Professional Registration ($70 - not applicable if you already are a SSI Professional).

Student Materials: $684* or $843

  • ITC Digital kit ($585)

    Includes the following materials:

    • Open Water Diver Instructor Kit

    • Advanced Adventurer Instructor Kit

    • Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor Kit

    • Diver Stress and Rescue Instructor Kit

    • Perfect Buoyancy Instructor Kit

    • Dive Guide Instructor Kit (DGI)

    • Scuba Ranger Instructor Kit

  • SSI Professional Wetnotes set ($99)

  • SSI Pro Basic Package ($89)

  • SSI Pro Registration Fee ($70)

* If you already are a SSI Professional, you already have the Pro Basic Package and have already paid for the Pro Registration Fee at Divemaster level. You do not have to purchase them again. If you are coming from a different RSTC agency, you will need those materials.

Please, also note that a SMB (surface marker buoy) and reel are required to all professional levels. The cost varies. See our retail staff to learn about your options.


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  • Spring/Summer schedule coming soon!