NAUI

NAUI Diving Certification Course from Coral Edge Adventures

Note: Some courses have prerequisites, please check with your NAUI Instructor to determine what those are for specific courses.

There is only one reason why we've dedicated over 40 years to developing the finest recreational diving instructors in the world and supporting them with the most stringent recreational diving safety standards... that reason is you.

Scuba diving is an adventure sport, and as such, it has inherent risks. NAUI understands this. We also understand that the only way to minimize risk is to maximize education. There are many scuba certification programs available today, but there is only one that can be called a scuba education program. And, education is the true NAUI difference.

To earn the coveted NAUI Instructor rating our Instructor candidates undergo a grueling leadership training program requiring extensive diving knowledge and superior water skills. At every step they are challenged to make independent and correct decisions and value judgments regarding the level of risk inherent in all types of diving situations.

Those who successfully complete this exceptional program become NAUI Instructors and are granted the freedom to adapt their teaching to meet the individual and regional needs of their students... individuals like you.
Our Promise to You
The combination of exceptional leadership, sound educational materials, and true concern for the individual, has resulted in the most respected safety record in the recreational diving community. So, when you enroll in a NAUI diving program, you can be assured you're receiving the finest diving education available. Our instructors won't accept anything less... and neither should you.

In the list below you'll discover the many fine programs offered by NAUI. Click on the Course name for more information and some of the course prerequisites. For complete descriptions, prerequisites, course schedules and course fees, contact your local NAUI-sanctioned training facility.
 The NAUI Progression of Training:

NAUI Recreational Courses

Welcome! Since 1959, members of the National Association of Underwater Instructors, NAUI Worldwide, have been training people just like you to be the best skin and scuba divers in the world!

Diving can lead to adventures in exotic tropical locales and an exciting lifetime profession anywhere in the world. Choosing NAUI training means you're only satisfied with the very best. NAUI has the highest training standards in the diving industry and NAUI divers enjoy a worldwide reputation for being accomplished underwater explorers where each breath turns a new page in a journey into the unknown.

Scuba diving is the ultimate role playing activity where you live each moment and venture into places where no one else has been before. Experience weightlessness like an astronaut orbiting the Earth. Breathe underwater while suspended in a cool, refreshing, aquatic world. See strange and exotic fishes and other denizens of the deep like only other NAUI divers do.

Learning to be a NAUI diver is an adventure all in itself! Grab a friend and start at home today with a NAUI educational system from your local NAUI Dive Center. Join the millions of others who discovered NAUI scuba diving and changed their lives forever. Want more information? Scroll on and get ready for the adventure of your life and a lifetime of adventure!


 Skin Diver/Junior Skin Diver
Imagine floating on a clear sea of liquid watching fishes, crustaceans, corals - everything from dolphins to dugongs face-to-face. Your NAUI Instructor will coach you through the process of snorkeling and breath-hold diving and your fun will grow as your skills increase!

Fun for the whole family, this certification class is for 8 year-olds and older whether you are an accomplished swimmer or someone who has never spent time in the water. (Even the younger family members can share the fun: 5-year olds and older can enjoy a “Snorkeling for Kids of All Ages” non-certification class.)

Once you’ve completed your training and two open water dives, you will have the skills you need to be a comfortable and safe Skin Diver. And, you can use what you’ve learned towards the next step of becoming a NAUI Scuba Diver.

What are you waiting for? Dive in!

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 Scuba Diver/Junior Scuba Diver
Your underwater adventure begins! Imagine watching the water level move up your mask as you slowly go below the surface - and continue to breathe! It's the most exciting feeling imaginable and yours when you become a NAUI Scuba Diver!

Scuba Diver is our entry level scuba certification course during which you will learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to safely scuba dive in open water. When you complete your class you and your buddy will be free to explore and discover the many wonders of the underwater world…and, you will have earned a NAUI Scuba Diver certification card – the most respected diver certification card in the world!

Come on and dive in…a lifetime of fun, adventure, memories, experiences, and new friends awaits you!
What You Will Learn
Your instructor will teach you about dive equipment, the science of diving, responsible diving practices and the environment. You will also learn many skills in the water with practice time for your safety and comfort; and complete your training with a minimum of four open water dives.
How Do You Get Started?
As long as you are 10 years or older and in good physical condition, you can enroll in a NAUI Scuba Diver course. Find a NAUI Training Center or Instructor near you by visiting the Dive Center Locator. Sign up for your class, grab your bathing suit and get ready to have FUN!
What's Next?
Once you become a certified diver, perhaps you want to further your training with an Advanced Scuba Diver or Rescue Scuba Diver course? Maybe you or someone you know was certified long ago and needs a refresher course. Perhaps you want to become a dive professional and go all the way to Divemaster or even become an Instructor! Whatever your scuba and skin diving needs, we can help you realize your dreams!
Experienced Scuba Diver
This is the perfect course for the diver with experience but not a formal certification (such as military, commercial or scientific divers) who wishes to gain a NAUI diver certification.

You must be 15 years of age and have proof of at least 25 open water scuba dives to enroll in an Experienced Scuba Diver course. Once you’ve completed your NAUI exam and open water training, you will gain a NAUI Scuba Diver certification – the most respected diver certification card in the world!

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 Advanced Scuba/Junior Advanced Scuba
Let your underwater adventure continue! Apply your scuba skills as you explore new dive sites and activities under the supervision and training of your NAUI Instructor. Learn which diving specialties interest you, and what type of diving you enjoy most. Gain more confidence and capability. Begin to consider the direction diving will take you, as you go for everything it has to offer.

The Advanced Scuba Diver course is an enjoyable certification course for certified divers who desire additional training, have moved from one diving area to another and desire local orientation, do not have, but wish to obtain, NAUI certification, or who desire orientation to a variety of diving sites and conditions.

As part of your certification, you will complete a minimum of six open water dives including three separate dives for navigation, night or low visibility diving and deep diving (130 feet/40 meters maximum depth), plus three different dives. Some of the many different dives you can do include:

  • Search and recovery

  • Boat diving

  • Light salvage

  • Hunting and collecting

  • Exploration and underwater mapping

  • Wreck diving (non-penetration)

  • Observation and data collection

  • Diving in surf or currents

  • Altitude diving

  • Salt water diving (in areas where most diving is in fresh water)

  • Fresh water diving (in areas where most diving is in salt water)

  • Shore diving

  • Diving for photos or video

  • Using dive computers

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 Master Scuba Diver
Gain the in-depth knowledge that will establish you as a recognized authority in your diving club or group. Hone your diving skills to the level of a professional NAUI Leader. Thrill to the adventure of open water dives in settings that will test your abilities to their limit while enhancing and expanding your diving capabilities. Then proudly wear the most coveted and respected patch in recreational diving - that of the NAUI Master Scuba Diver.
Overview
The course is an continuing education certification course for divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment of diving. Emphasis is on student participation and practical application of knowledge in open water after a classroom discussion of subjects. This course is an excellent progression toward NAUI Leadership roles.

Some subject areas are a review and expansion of material from previous courses. Each subject area is a progression in study not a definitive study in the particular diving activity. However, instructors will specify performance objectives for related course diving activities, for example, during a navigation dive the student will swim a reciprocal course to within 10 feet (3 m) of its origin.

The course may be divided and taught in sections with the student’s Diving/Training Log being signed off for each activity until all requirements are met.

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

Open water Dives

A minimum of eight open water dives is required. A maximum of three dives per day shall be applied toward course requirements. No more than one skin dive may count toward the eight dive minimum.

Required Dives

  • Emergency procedures and rescue
  • Deep/simulated decompression diving
  • Limited visibility or night diving
  • Underwater navigation
  • Search and recovery – light salvage
Elective Dives

  • Skin diving
  • Review of basic scuba skills
  • Environmental study or survey
  • Air consumption (practical application)
  • Boat diving
  • Shore diving
  • Hunting and collecting
  • Special interest
Prerequisites For Entering This Course
  • Age - Minimum is 15 years.
  • Diver Certification - NAUI advanced certification or the equivalent is required. The instructor is to ensure adequate student knowledge and capability before any open water training and shall use skill or other evaluations to do so.
  • Equipment - Students shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor shall initially assist the student in checking all student gear to insure it is adequate and in proper working order.


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 NAUI Specialty Courses 

Whether you are interested in underwater phototgraphy, hunting &: collecting, search &: recovery, or expanding your training to include advanced rescue skills or diving with Nitrox, NAUI has a specialty course for you!

Below are just some of the more popular courses available to you as a certified scuba diver. Read on...there's bound to be a NAUI course that's just right for you!

Deep Diver
Dry Suit Diver
Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)
Scuba Rescue Diver
Search and Recovery Diver
Training Assistant
Underwater Archaeologist
Underwater Ecologist
Underwater Ecologist: Kelp Forest
Underwater Ecologist: Coral Reef
Underwater Environment
Underwater Photographer
Underwater Hunter and Collector
Wreck Diver (External Survey)
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 Deep Diver
Does the thought of deep diving fascinate you? If you are at least 18 and have a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent, you can enroll in a Deep Diver course where you'll gain the knowledge and skills to plan and make enjoyable deep dives while minimizing risks of deep diving.

Although this is not a decompression techniques course, you will learn about decompression procedures including nitrogen narcosis and decompression sickness, and the use of dive computers including avoiding the need for stage decompression. Your course will also include teachings on the purpose, problems, hazards, planning, preparation, equipment, air supplies, personnel, techniques, gas management, emergency procedures, and depth limits for recreational diving. Deep diving is defined as dives made between 60 feet / 18 meters and 130 feet / 40 meters.

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 Dry Suit Diver
While dry suits were once used almost exclusively for situations such as ice diving or deep wreck diving, many sport divers are now using dry suits regularly for every day recreational dives all over the world. Perhaps you live in a cold-water climate or want to travel to one? If so, the Dry Suit Diver course is for you!

The Dry Suit Diver course will give you a basic knowledge and skills needed to minimize risks and gain experience in dry suit diving, as well as train you to properly use and maintain your dry suit.

NAUI Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent is required for enrollment - or your NAUI instructor can teach you both courses in combination so you can be comfortable and warm from your very first open water dive.

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 Enriched Air Nitrox Diver
Want to extend your bottom time, lessen your surface interval, and maximize every dive? Become an Enriched Air Nitrox diver!

You will learn how to choose the proper blend of Nitrox for your dive profile, determine maximum depth limits for your Nitrox mixture, analyze your breathing mixture, and plan and safely execute each dive. Your instructor will teach you about the physiology of oxygen and nitrogen; advantages, disadvantages, and risks of nitrox; oxygen toxicity; hazards and precautions of handling oxygen; the concept of Equivalent Air Depth; use of EANx with standard Air Dive Tables; common gas mixing procedures; and more.

After your exam, you can qualify for the Nitrox recognition card, or go ahead and complete two dives to receive your Nitrox Diver certification card. And, your NAUI instructor can integrate your Nitrox course into your Scuba Diver course!

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 Scuba Rescue Diver
Once you are 15 years of age and a certified scuba diver, you can expand your diving knowledge with a Scuba Rescue Diver course. Learn how to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies, how to assist and transport divers, and how to perform surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat and shore based skin and scuba divers.

CPR and First Aid certifications are required to complete this course. Your Scuba Rescue Diver training moves you on your pathway to becoming a NAUI Leader: Skin Diving Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Divemaster, or Instructor.

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 Search & Recovery Diver
At some point in your diving career, you or your buddy will either loose or find something underwater and the knowledge and skills you gain in the Search and Recovery Diver course will help you when you do!

In your Search and Recovery Diver course you'll learn about underwater navigation using natural and compass techniques; the problems, methods, equipment, hazards, and safety procedures regarding limited visibility diving; proper search methods and techniques; and how to handle light salvage or recovery, including rigging and knot tying.

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 Training Assistant
If you possess the desire to assist in the training of other divers, a Training Assistant specialty course might be for you. This course will qualify you in the skills and knowledge necessary to perform as a training assistant during diver training courses overseen by an active-status NAUI Instructor.

As a certified NAUI Training Assistant, you will be qualified to temporarily directly supervise students while an instructor conducts skills with other students; escort students on the surface or on underwater tours; and assist an active-status NAUI Instructor with other tasks, all under the direction of a NAUI instructor.

Compass navigation; underwater communications; assisting divers with cramps, anxiety, breathing difficulties, and signs of pre-panic; escorting a diver to safety; escorting divers during an open water dive; and performing a scuba diver rescue are just some of the techniques and skills you will learn during your course.

To enroll in a Training Assistant course, you must be at least 18 years old, have the training and experience equivalent to at least NAUI Advanced Diver, have certification in NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver or equivalent, and have current CPR and First Aid certifications.

While certification as a Training Assistant does not confer any NAUI Leadership certification, the experience, knowledge and confidence you gain working as a Training Assistant can help you achieve your goal of becoming a NAUI member!

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 Underwater Archaeologist
Qualified divers are essential to collect and record archaeological data on submerged cultural resources and often perform invaluable volunteer assistance to accredited archaeologists by assisting during field work.

In the Underwater Archaeologist course you will learn specific skills and knowledge that are helpful for wreck diving activities and provide increased enjoyment when visiting submerged cultural resources. You'll gain the basic information and skills that are used in underwater archaeological interpretation of wreck and other sites, as well as mapping, sketching, and researching techniques.

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 Underwater Ecologist
As you become more environmentally aware of your underwater surroundings, you may find yourself particularly interested in the ecology of two major oceanic environments, the Kelp Forests and the Coral Reefs. NAUI proactively promotes sound environmental diving techniques to help protect our planet's ecosystems, and teaching divers how to better interface with the delicate kelp and coral environments. Through the Underwater Ecologist courses, you will learn more about our favorite diving environments.

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 Underwater Ecologist: Kelp Forest
The Underwater Ecologist (Kelp Forest) specialty course focuses on the complex and productive ecosystem bordering much of the west coast of North America, from Alaska to Baja California. Kelp forests are also found in other cooler coastal waters of South America, Tasmania, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and many other locations. This course examines the kelp forests, their occupants such as mollusks, crustaceans, fish and marine mammals.

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 Underwater Ecologist: Coral Reef
Coral reefs are primarily found in three major biogeographic regions of the world: The tropical western Atlantic (Caribbean), the Red Sea, and the Indo-Pacific region. Coral colonies are composed of thousands of tiny polyps, each with its own protective skeleton. The Underwater Ecologist (Coral Reef) specialty course focuses on the vertebrates and invertebrates of the complex living reef. This course examines coral zonation, seagrass beds, lagoons, mangroves, and the common reef algae, invertebrates and reef fishes.

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 Underwater Environment
Want to learn more about the underwater environment in which you dive? Enroll in an Underwater Environment course and learn about the physical and biological aspects of the diving environment with emphasis on your local area. You'll study related sciences, such as oceanography, limnology, geology, biology, and ecology, and learn about various types of plant and animal life, conservation and pollution issues, the characteristics of water movement, shore, bottom and surface conditions, and how to plan dives in diverse diving locations.

Your course may include trips to aquariums or oceanariums, exposing you to several diving environments such as lakes or the ocean, rocky reefs, and sand beaches. Whether you are a skin or scuba diver, an Underwater Environment course will catch your interest!

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 Underwater Photography
Our underwater environment presents divers with scenes of breathtaking beauty with wild and weird creatures that amaze and fascinate. How can you possibly remember each one unless you bring them back through photography?

In the Underwater Photographer course you will be taught the skills, techniques, and tricks of underwater photography including lighting, use of photographic equipment, the fundamentals of photography, underwater camera techniques, and underwater photo problems. For added interest, you can combine other diving courses or activities to provide additional photographic opportunities.

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 Underwater Hunter And Collector
If spearfishing or collecting underwater specimens interests you, the Underwater Hunter and Collector course may be just right for you. You'll learn about skin diving techniques, hazards and cautions, safety concerns, spear-fishing and collection equipment, and specific techniques on how to hunt and collect responsibly, while minimizing the diving risks of such activities.

Your instructor will also teach you about conservation, fishing laws and regulations, sportsmanship, utilizing your catch, selecting specimens, preservation, shell collecting, aquaria, and hunting and collecting dive locations.

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 Wreck Diver (External Survey)
If you are at least 18 years old and have a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent thereof, you can take a Wreck Diver (External Survey) course and start exploring sunken vessels, aircraft, and other amazing wrecks in the underwater world.

Your NAUI Wreck Diver (External Survey) instructor will teach you about safety, hazards and cautions, special risks of overhead environments, entanglement, limited visibility, deep diving, equipment, location of wrecks, sources of information, search methods, underwater navigation, legal aspects, artifacts, treasure, salvage, archaeology, and much more. Get ready to start exploring!

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The courses listed above are only some of the more popular NAUI Specialty and Recognition courses available. Contact your local NAUI Dive Center to learn more about the dozens of specialty courses that can help you expand your diving experience and enjoyment.

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 NAUI Technical Courses 

Is technical diving for you? NAUI Technical Courses are designed for divers whose interests include diving beyond traditional recreational limits and specific areas of technical diving. Accordingly, technical diving courses are designed to provide more detailed training than specialty diver courses and result in more extensive qualifications.

NAUI Technical Divers

NAUI was the first training agency to certify all levels of diving ranging from traditional recreational training through all levels of technical training. Technical diving is a potentially dangerous activity that requires special training, equipment, and qualified support teams. NAUI Technical Instructors are qualified to not only certify you for your dive objective, but also to provide a healthy respect for the technical diving environment.

Contact a local NAUI Technical Training Dive Center or NAUI Technical Instructor to enroll in a course that meets your goals, whether you are just starting your technical diving adventure, or if you are training in the next technical diving discipline. Be sure to ask your NAUI Technical Instructor about previous training or experience you may need, and get ready to enter the unique world of Technical Diving! Below are just some of the NAUI Technical courses available:

Cave Diver (Levels I, and II)
Cave Guide (TSL)
Cavern Diver
CCR Mixed Gas Diver
Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver
Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver
DPV Extreme Exposure Diver
Extreme Exposure Diver
Extreme Exposure CCR Mixed Gas Diver
Helitrox Diver
Ice Diver
Introduction to Technical Diving
Mixed Gas Blender and O2 Service Tech
Semi-Closed Rebreather Diver
Sidemount Diver
Technical Decompression Diver
Technical Support Leader (TSL)
Technical Wreck Penetration Diver
Trimix Diver
Wreck Penetration Diver

Rebreathers approved for training by NAUI are listed below:

MK 15
MK 16 MOD 0: Air Diluent 150fsw / HeO2 200fsw MILITARY
MK 16 MOD 1: Air Diluent 190fsw / HeO2 300fsw MILITARY
PRISM TOPAZ
OXILUNG (MILITARY)
LAR V (MILITARY)
VOYAGER CCR AND SCR
The Evolution
The Inspiration
Poseidon Mk VI Discovery
InnerSpace Systems Megalodon
Hollis Prism 2
JJ CCR
Hollis Explorer

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 Cave Diver (Levels I & II)
Does the thought of diving through an underwater cave intrigue you? Are you fascinated by the possibility of diving where few divers go? The NAUI Cave Diver Levels I and II courses build on skills and knowledge taught in the Cavern Diver course and develops the next level of skills and experience you need to be a NAUI certified Cave Diver Level I or II.

Upon successful completion of the NAUI Cave Diver Level I course, you are qualified to plan and execute limited-penetration, simple navigation, no-decompression cave dives to depths that do not exceed 100 fsw (30 msw).

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the Cave Diver Level I course. You must also have completed the NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving course (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 75 logged dives.

Upon successful completion of the NAUI Cave Diver Level II course, you are qualified to plan and execute longer penetration cave dives with staged cylinders involving complex navigation to depths that do not exceed 130 fsw (40 msw).

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Cave Diver Level II course. You must also be a certified NAUI Technical Decompression Diver and NAUI Cave Diver Level I (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 100 logged dives with at least 20 logged cave dives after certification as a Cave Diver Level I.

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 Cave Guide (Technical Support Leader)
The NAUI Cave Guide course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to plan and execute guided tours in caverns and caves. As a Cave Guide, your responsibilities might include escorting stressed diver(s) out of a cave system, repairing broken guide lines, as well as assuring that all guided divers are out of the cave after completion of a dive.

Your NAUI Cave Guide course includes a minimum of three dives, one cavern guided dive and two cave guided dives. Become proficient in analyzing your own breathing gas mixture, the use of general navigational markings, zero visibility/touch contact communications while following a line, as well as many other skills that are necessary to be a competent NAUI Cave Guide.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Cave Guide course. You must also be a certified NAUI Divemaster and NAUI Cave Diver Level II (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 100 logged cave dives after certification as a NAUI Cave Diver Level II with at least 50 hours of bottom time.

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 Cavern Diver
The NAUI Cavern Diver course provides you with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for cavern diving at depths not exceeding 100 fsw (30 msw) and at a combined depth and distance penetration not exceeding 200 feet (61 meters) from the surface.

Your NAUI Cavern Diver course includes a minimum of four dives in at least two different cavern sites within no-decompression limits. Become proficient in the use of lines reels while handling a light, team and line placement, zero visibility/touch contact communications while following a line, as well as many other skills that are necessary to be a competent Cavern Diver.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Cavern Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver (or its equivalent). A NAUI EANx certification is highly recommended but not required.

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 Closed Circuit Rebreather
The NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather course provides you with the training and experience necessary to understand the hazards and minimize the risks of using a closed circuit rebreather while breathing EANx with a constant oxygen partial pressure.

Upon successful completion of the NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather course, you are qualified to plan and execute unit-specific, air-diluent, no-decompression, closed circuit rebreather dives to depths not exceeding 100 fsw (30 msw).

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather course. You must also be a certified NAUI EANx Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 10 EANx dives.

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 Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver
The NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based or trimix breathing diluent gas mixtures for dives with rebreathers and constant PO2 requiring decompression.

Training in the Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course includes dive planning limits based on gas consumption of bailout stages, oxygen exposures, inert gas loading, and breathing gas mixtures; underwater navigation, rescue and management of a diver experiencing oxygen toxicity; ascents with ascent reel and surface marker; and stage decompression.

Upon successful completion of the NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course, you are qualified to plan and execute technical, constant PO2 dives on unit-specific CCRs that require decompression and utilize helium-based or Trimix breathing gas mixtures to depths not exceeding 200 fsw (61 msw).

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Technical Decompression Diver and NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 100 logged hours on a close circuit rebreather with at least 60 hours on the specific closed circuit rebreather to be used for mixed gas training.

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 Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Technical Diver
The NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Technical Diver course provides you with the introductory skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks while conducting dives with a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) in open water.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Technical Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives.

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 Diver Propulsion Vehicle Extreme Exposure Diver
The NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Extreme Exposure Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks while conducting multistage, technical dives with a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) in open water.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Extreme Exposure Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Technical Diver and NAUI Technical Decompression Diver (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 100 logged dives with at least 20 logged dives using a DPV.

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 Extreme Exposure Diver
The NAUI Extreme Exposure Diver course provides you with the experience and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of diving to depths beyond 200 fsw (61 msw) while utilizing helium-based trimix breathing mixtures, hypoxic trimix breathing mixtures, helium-based and EANx-based travel gases, as well as EANx and oxygen during decompression.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Extreme Exposure Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Trimix Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 200 logged trimix dives.

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 Extreme Exposure Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver
The NAUI Extreme Exposure Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based or trimix breathing diluent gas mixtures for dives with rebreathers and constant PO2 requiring decompression.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Extreme Exposure Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 100 logged hours on the specific unit with at least 60 hours of helium-based diving on the specific unit.

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 Helitrox Diver
The NAUI Helitrox Diver course provides the training and experience necessary to understand the hazards of utilizing helium-enriched EANx for dives to depths not exceeding 150 fsw (46 msw) that may require staged decompression, utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.

Your NAUI Helitrox Diver course includes a minimum of four open water dives using a Helitrox mixture (26% oxygen / 17% helium); one dive is a repetitive dive. This course provides you with the training and experience you need to competently plan and execute extended range dives that require stage decompression utilizing Helitrox and oxygen.

Topics covered in your training include oxygen toxicity and nitrogen narcosis limitations; emergency planning including omitted decompression, decompression sickness, and equipment failure; emergency and contingency procedures; entry and descent techniques; variable ascent-rate techniques and deep-stop models; tethered or un-tethered decompression methods; shore or boat based dive team support and chamber locations; and NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration (NTEC).

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Helitrox Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Technical Decompression Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 15 EANx dives.

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 Ice Diver
The NAUI Ice Diver course provides a basic understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to minimize risks of diving under ice. Upon successful completion of the NAUI Ice Diver course, you are qualified to plan and execute ice dives that do not require staged decompression.

Your NAUI Ice Diver course includes a minimum of three open water dives limited to a maximum depth of 40 feet (12 meters) and not more than 100 feet (30 meters) in a horizontal line from the penetration hole. Your training includes developing proficiency in many skills including equipment removal and replacement, underwater navigation, use of harnesses and line techniques, silt-out/black-water procedures, exposure hazards and treatment, ice cutting and characteristics, signaling, and much more. Additional topics covered in your course include atmospheric conditions and characteristics of ice structure, wind chill factors, cold stress, dehydration and first aid, surface clothing and dry suits, penetration holes, and dive site preparation.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Ice Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver (or its equivalent), and have at least 50 logged dives in a variety of conditions.

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Introduction to Technical Diving 
The NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving course (Intro to Tech) introduces recreational divers to the rigors and discipline of technical diving, and is a great preparatory course if you are considering specific technical diver training, such as cave or decompression diving, or are interested in streamlining your equipment configuration for maximum efficiency.

Learn about dive planning, physics and physiology, decompression, decompression associated with technical diving, buoyancy control, and side-mount configuration. The NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration (NTEC) training is also part of the NAUI Intro to Tech course.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving course. You must also be a certified NAUI Scuba Diver and NAUI EANx Diver (or their equivalents), and have at least 25 logged dives with at least 10 EANx dives.

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 Mixed Gas Blender and Oxygen Service Technician
The NAUI mixed Gas Blender and Oxygen Service Technician course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to safely handle high pressure gases, prepare oxygen enriched air and helium-based mixtures, and prepare equipment for oxygen service.

Analyze the resulting breathing gas mixtures from your own breathing gas blending practice and master the breathing gas blending system used in training. This is a great course if you plan to work in a dive center and need additional training or if you wish to expand your knowledge of diving gas mixtures.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Mixed Gas Blender and Oxygen Service Technician course.

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 Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver
The Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course provides you with the training and knowledge necessary to understand the hazards and minimize the risks of using a semi-closed circuit rebreather (SCR) while breathing EANx mixtures of 32% to 80% oxygen.

Learn to analyze breathing gas mixtures; buoyancy control skills; diver rescue simulations including management of a diver experiencing underwater convulsions, hypoxia, flooded system, and out of breathing gas scenarios; training in redundant breathing gas systems; proper counter-lung flush procedures; and ascent with a line reel and surface marker while simulating a required decompression stop. Additional topics covered in your course include proper post dive procedures, physics and physiology, equipment, review of dive tables including RGBM tables, narcosis depth, dive planning requirements, and gas management planning.

Upon successful completion of the NAUI Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course you are qualified to plan and execute unit-specific, air-diluent semi-closed circuit rebreather dives to depths not exceeding 100 fsw (30 msw).

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI EANx Diver (or its equivalent), and have at least 50 logged dives with at least 20 EANx dives.

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 Sidemount Diver
The NAUI Sidemount Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks while conducting open water dives with a side-mounted cylinder configuration within the no-decompression limits.

Learn about dive planning including limits based on: gas consumption, oxygen toxicity exposures, inert gas absorption based on depth and time within the no-decompression limits, appropriate navigation for the planned diving distance, and diver comfort. Upon successful completion of the NAUI Sidemount Diver course you are qualified to analyze and label your own breathing gas mixture.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Sidemount Diver course. You must also be certified in NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 25 logged dives.

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 Technical Decompression Diver
The NAUI Technical Decompression Diver course provides you with the theory, methods, and procedures of planned staged decompression diving while using optimal breathing gas mixtures.

Learn how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive to depths not exceeding 130 fsw (40 msw). Additional topics covered in your course include equipment and team requirements, NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration (NTEC), decompression breathing gas mixtures, and decompression techniques.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Technical Decompression Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Master Scuba Diver and be certified in NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 15 EANx dives.

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 Technical Support Leader (TSL)
The NAUI Technical Support Leader (TSL) course trains knowledgeable NAUI Instructors, Divemasters, and Assistant Instructors who are also technical divers to act as part of a support team for technical diving, training activities, and guiding technical dives that are not in an overhead environment. An active-status NAUI TSL is qualified to assist an active-status NAUI Technical Instructor in technical diving instruction.

As a NAUI Technical Support Leader, your responsibilities might include providing assistance to teams of technical divers, assisting during training or post-certification diving activities, guide technical dives, shuttling equipment, removal and replacement of staged decompression gases and equipment, rigging and setting up decompression stations and gases, monitoring divers during ascent and staged decompression stops, and assisting with emergency evacuation.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Technical Support Leader course. You must also be certified as a NAUI Instructor, NAUI Divemaster, or NAUI Assistant Instructor; NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver, NAUI Technical Decompression Diver, and NAUI First Aid, CPR, and Oxygen Provider (or their equivalents); and have a minimum of 50 logged dives as a Technical Decompression Diver.

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 Technical Wreck Penetration Diver
The NAUI Technical Wreck Penetration Diver course is a combination of technical diving and wreck exploration diving. This course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks in penetration wreck diving at depths beyond 130 fsw (40 msw) and utilize trimix for dives to depths not exceeding 180 fsw (55 msw) that require staged decompression, utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the Technical Wreck Penetration Diver course. You must also be certified in NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving and be a certified NAUI Wreck Penetration Diver and NAUI Trimix Diver (or their equivalents); and have a minimum of 100 logged dives with at least 10 logged penetration wreck dives.

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 Trimix Diver
The NAUI Trimix Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based trimix breathing gas mixtures for dives to depths not exceeding 200 fsw (61 msw) requiring staged decompression and utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.

Learn how to plan and execute technical dives that require stage decompression and utilize helium-based trimix breathing gas mixtures with EANx as a travel gas and oxygen for decompression to depths not exceeding 200 fsw (61 msw).

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Trimix Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Technical Decompression Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 100 logged dives with at least 20 decompression dives.

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 Wreck Penetration Diver
The NAUI Wreck Penetration Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks in penetration wreck diving at depths not exceeding 130 fsw (40 msw). Wreck penetration diving is any diving inside a sunken vessel, aircraft, or similar structure.

Learn about the safety hazards and special risks of overhead environments, gas management, entanglement, limited visibility, NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration (NTEC), specialized equipment utilized in wreck penetration diving, search methods, underwater navigation, legal aspects, artifacts, treasure, salvage, archaeology, and more.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Wreck Penetration Diver course. You must also be certified in NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving and be a certified NAUI EANx Diver (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 15 EANx dives.

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Approved Rebreathers
MK 15
MK 16 MOD 0: Air Diluent 150fsw / HeO2 200fsw MILITARY
MK 16 MOD 1: Air Diluent 190fsw / HeO2 300fsw MILITARY
PRISM TOPAZ
OXILUNG (MILITARY)
LAR V (MILITARY)
VOYAGER CCR AND SCR
The Evolution
The Inspiration
Poseidon Mk VI Discovery
InnerSpace Systems Megalodon
Hollis Prism 2
JJ CCR
Hollis Explorer

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 NAUI Leadership Courses

NAUI Progression of Leadership Training (Leadership and Instructor Levels)
The leadership and instructor levels of certification are:
The Skin Diving Instructor certification (formerly Skin Diving Leader) has long been unique to NAUI. It qualifies individuals to train and certify skin divers and conduct snorkeling experience programs.

Both the Assistant Instructor and Divemaster ratings allow individuals to attend an Instructor Training Course (ITC) to be trained and qualified as NAUI Instructors. Completion of an Instructor Preparatory Course (IPC) is recommended prior to participation in an ITC.

NOTES:
  • For details on the various certifications and programs, refer to the standards for the specific course or program.

  • Active status NAUI scuba instructors are authorized to teach skin and scuba diving and authorize the issuance of certifications. Active status NAUI skin diving instructors are authorized to teach skin diving and authorize skin diving certification. Active status divemasters are authorized to organize and conduct open water diving activities for certified divers, including Diver Recognition Programs. Assistant instructors are authorized to assist NAUI scuba instructors, but may not teach, guide or certify independently.

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Policies Applying to All Leadership & Instructor Courses
Prerequisites and Requirements:
  • Age - Minimum is 18 years. Experience - Specified for each Leadership course. Required logged dives shall be varied in environment and depth.

  • Rescue Certification - At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required except for Skin Diving Instructor, for which a lifeguarding certification is adequate.

  • CPR & First Aid Certification - Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. Certification training shall include one person adult CPR, infant/child CPR, two person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g. pocket mask®, face shield.

  • Medical Approval - Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving by a licensed physician within the preceding 12 months.

  • Administrative Requirements - Submit a complete course application, provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water and provide all required texts and materials.
Certification Requirements
  • Meet all course prerequisites.

  • Be currently certified or have verified competency in CPR and first aid.

  • Complete all portions of the course.

  • Meet all course administrative requirements.

  • Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 75% or better.

Membership Application and Registration
Upon completion of all certification requirements, each Leadership graduate must complete a NAUI membership application which the instructor will process in accordance with current procedures. Applicants will be registered as Leadership members in the appropriate category and status and be sent new member information.

Qualifications and Leadership Members
Leadership members of NAUI are entitled to benefits detailed in the Association Bylaws and in the NAUI standards. A NAUI Leader may renew membership annually in any one of several statuses by meeting renewal requirements.

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Resource Materials for NAUI Leadership Programs
Required

  • NAUI Standards and Policies Manual / Risk Management Handbook / Deluxe Logbook

  • NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide

  • NAUI Student Scuba Diver Educational System (including book, tables, etc.)

  • NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver Textbook

  • NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver Textbook

  • NAUI Master Scuba Diver Textbook

  • First Aid Student Kit

  • First Aid Instructor Guide

  • NAUI Leadership and Instruction Education System

  • Suggested References

    • Physics, Physiology and Decompression Theory for the Technical and Commercial Diver by Wienke

    • High Altitude Diving by Wienke

    • Scuba Equipment Care and Maintenance by Farley and Royer

    • The U.S. Navy Diving Manual Volume 1 - Air Diving

    • The U.S. Navy Diving Manual Volume 2 - Mixed-gas Diving

    • The NOAA Diving Manual

    • Diving Medicine, 2nd Edition by Bove and Davis

    • Scuba Diving in Safety and Health by Dueker

    • Stress and Performance in Diving by Bachrach and Egstrom

    • A Medical Guide to Hazardous Marine Life by Auerbach

    • Oxygen and the Scuba Diver by Hendrick and Thomson

    • The Application of Enriched Air Mixtures by Betts

    • Sport Diving in Depth, 2nd Edition by Griffiths

    • Deeper Into Diving by Lippman

    • The Physics and Engineering of Diving by Dickens



     Instructor Courses (ITC)
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    A NAUI Instructor is a person dedicated to the motto of "Dive Safety Through Education"; a person whom others look to for leadership and knowledge. NAUI has always been and remains today the most prestigious agency focusing on diving instruction. You can share the adventure - and help create it! If you believe your work should be enjoyable and exciting, if you are eager to share your knowledge with others, if you believe that to train the best you must be among the best trained, join the finest. Join the adventure!
    Prerequisites and Requirements
    • Age - Minimum is 18 years.
    • Experience - Specified for each Leadership course. Required logged dives shall be varied in environment and depth.
    • Rescue Certification - At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required except for Skin Diving Instructor, for which a lifeguarding certification is adequate.
    • CPR & First Aid Certification - Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. Certification training shall include one person adult CPR, infant/child CPR, two person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g. pocket mask®, face shield.
    • Medical Approval - Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving by a licensed physician within the preceding 12 months.
    • Administrative Requirements - Submit a complete course application, provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water and provide all required texts and materials.
    Certification Requirements
    • Meet all course prerequisites.
    • Be currently certified or have verified competency in CPR and first aid.
    • Complete all portions of the course.
    • Meet all course administrative requirements.
    • Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 75% or better.
    Membership Application and Registration
    Upon completion of all certification requirements, each Leadership graduate must complete a NAUI membership application which the instructor will process in accordance with current procedures. Applicants will be registered as Leadership members in the appropriate category and status and be sent new member information.
    Qualifications and Leadership Members
    Leadership members of NAUI are entitled to benefits detailed in the Association Bylaws and in the NAUI standards. A NAUI Leader may renew membership annually in any one of several statuses by meeting renewal requirements.



    Resource Materials For NAUI Leadership Programs
    Required

    • NAUI Standards and Policies Manual / Risk Management Handbook / Deluxe Logbook
    • NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide
    • NAUI Student Scuba Diver Educational System (including book, tables, etc.)
    • NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver Textbook
    • NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver Textbook
    • NAUI Master Scuba Diver Textbook
    • NAUI Leadership and Instruction Textbook
    • NAUI Leadership and Instruction Workbook
    Suggested References

    • Physics, Physiology and Decompression Theory for the Technical and Commercial Diver by Wienke
    • High Altitude Diving by Wienke
    • Scuba Equipment Care and Maintenance by Farley and Royer
    • The U.S. Navy Diving Manual Volume 1 - Air Diving
    • The U.S. Navy Diving Manual Volume 2 - Mixed-gas Diving
    • The NOAA Diving Manual
    • Diving Medicine, 2nd Edition by Bove and Davis
    • Scuba Diving in Safety and Health by Dueker
    • Stress and Performance in Diving by Bachrach and Egstrom
    • A Medical Guide to Hazardous Marine Life by Auerbach
    • Oxygen and the Scuba Diver by Hendrick and Thomson
    • The Application of Enriched Air Mixtures by Betts
    • Sport Diving in Depth, 2nd Edition by Griffiths
    • Deeper Into Diving by Lippman
    • The Physics and Engineering of Diving by Dickens



    A NAUI Instructor is a person dedicated to the motto of "Dive Safety Through Education"; a person whom others look to for leadership and knowledge. NAUI has always been and remains today the most prestigious agency focusing on diving instruction. You can share the adventure - and help create it! If you believe your work should be enjoyable and exciting, if you are eager to share your knowledge with others, if you believe that to train the best you must be among the best trained, join the finest. Join the adventure!
    Qualifications of Certified Graduates
    • Certified NAUI Instructor course graduates (ITC) are qualified to apply for Instructor membership in NAUI in any status provided for in the bylaws of the association.
      • An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently teach NAUI sanctioned courses and authorize NAUI certifications for graduates.
      • An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently conduct NAUI recognition and experience programs and authorize formal recognition for graduates.
      • An active- or sustaining-status NAUI Instructor is a voting member of NAUI.
    • A NAUI member Instructor may renew such membership annually (in any one status) by meeting the requirements set by the NAUI Training Department and Membership Committee.


  •  Instructor Training Course (ITC)
    The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify NAUI Instructor members. During the course future instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving Course Standards.

    The ITC may be presented in two phases. If done so, Phase One, called an Instructor Training Program (ITP), contains all developmental training except for the final evaluations. During an ITP, candidate practice performances must be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators, one of whom may be a STW completer and the other an IT or CD. The ITP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a week to an internship over an extended period.

    The second or final phase of an ITC so organized is called the IQP, during which a Course Director must be in residence and all final evaluations will be made.

    The course assures the NAUI membership that candidates who receive certification as NAUI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness and proper attitude to do so.
    Prerequisites For Entering The Course
    • General - Meet prerequisites applying to all Leadership courses.
    • Dive Certification - Be a currently certified NAUI Assistant Instructor or NAUI Divemaster; or a NAUI PREP Course graduate within the past 12 months.
    • Equipment - Provide and be responsible for own instructor-level diving equipment suitable for teaching in open water.
    • Experience - Have at least 50 logged dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.
    • Materials - See current Guide to NAUI Membership. A detailed and current list of necessary materials shall be provided each candidate in a supplemental fact sheet for specific ITCs.

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     Divemaster (DM)
    Would you like to lead dives and dive trips; take certified divers on vacations to the world's best dive sites? Many Divemasters are employed full-time or work independently supervising certified divers during club, store, resort or charter tour and travel activities. As a NAUI Divemaster you enjoy again and again adventures to which you introduce your clients. Another option leading to NAUI Instructor qualification.
    Overview
    The NAUI Divemaster rating is the highest NAUI leadership-level certification with the exception of Instructor. The program is designed to train experienced and knowledgeable divers to organize and conduct enjoyable open water dives for certified divers.
    Qualifications of Graduates
    • An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct dives for certified divers if the diving activities and locale approximate those in which the Divemaster is trained. Additional training, knowledge or experience is necessary for the Divemaster who desires to organize highly specialized activities, such as wreck penetration, cavern or ice dives or enter a new locale.

    • An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct NAUI Recognition (such as International Diver) and Experience Programs (such as Stingray Experience) and award appropriate recognition materials to participants.

    • An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to assist an active-status NAUI Instructor in diving courses.

    • If all other prerequisites are met, a current NAUI Divemaster is qualified to enter a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC). [Attending a NAUI Instructor Preparatory Program (PREP) and NAUI Assistant Instructor certification are recommended prior to attending an ITC.]
    Prerequisites for Entering the Course
    • General - Meet the requirements applying to all Leadership courses. (See “Policies Applying to Leadership Courses.”)

    • Materials - (See current guide to NAUI membership.)

    • Diver Certification - The preferred minimum certification level is NAUI Assistant Instructor. Individuals not possessing the preferred certification may be accepted for training only if they meet the following criteria:


      • Certification - Certification as NAUI Master Scuba Diver and NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver or their equivalent. Divers with evidence of equivalent training and experience may be enrolled provided they pass the NAUI Master Scuba Diver written examination with a minimum score of 75%.

      • Experience - Documentation of diving experience with a minimum of 60 logged open water dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

      • Waterskills - Ability equivalent to that of a NAUI Assistant Instructor. Skills from the Assistant Instructor standards shall be evaluated if the candidate is not already certified as a NAUI Assistant Instructor

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     Skin Diving Instructor (SDI)
    Want to begin working as a professional in the field, organizing your own courses, issuing certifications and conducting open water skin dives? NAUI Skin Diving Instructor training will enable you to join NAUI as a leadership member and independently conduct skin diving training. Because of the growing popularity of snorkeling and skin diving, this may gain you substantial financial rewards. You can also team-teach with a NAUI Instructor, offering the skin diving portion of the Scuba Diver Course.
    Overview
    This is a leadership level certification course designed to train and qualify persons and issue certifications in skin (breath-hold) diving.

    The course will make available to individuals; schools, camps, or similar groups NAUI Leaders who can effectively teach people to enjoy skin diving with minimal risk.
    Qualifications of Graduates
    • An active-status NAUI Skin Diving Instructor may independently teach the NAUI Skin Diving Course and designated specialty courses as skin diving courses and authorize NAUI to issue certifications for these.

    • An active-status NAUI Skin Diving Instructor may, while being overseen by an active-status NAUI Instructor, perform as an assistant during NAUI scuba diving courses. If certified as a scuba diver, this may include scuba training activities.

    • An active-status Skin Diving Instructor may independently perform the swimming skills evaluation and teach the Skin Diving portions of the NAUI Scuba Diver Course.
    Prerequisites for Entering the Course
    • General - Meet the requirements applying to all Leadership courses. (See “Policies Applying to Leadership Courses.”)

    • Materials - (See current guide to NAUI membership.)

    • Diver Certification - Certified skin or scuba diver by a NAUI recognized agency with a minimum of 25 logged skin dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

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     Assistant Instructor (AI)
    As an Assistant Instructor, you will be authorized to teach all aspects of skin and scuba diving under the supervision of a NAUI Instructor. This is the best possible way to develop your instructional skills. The rating can be a step toward full Instructor, or an end in itself. Match your time, talent and interests with the NAUI programs near you, and enjoy the adventure of personal and professional enhancement as a NAUI leader.
    Overview
    The NAUI Assistant Instructor rating is a NAUI leadership-level certification. The program is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics. It also tests individuals in fundamental water skills needed to be capable assistants. Certification authorizes individuals to assist active-status NAUI Instructors in the conduct of dive training. NAUI Assistant Instructor certification is a highly recommended step in the progression to NAUI Instructor.
    Qualifications of Graduates
    • A current NAUI Assistant Instructor is qualified to assist active-status NAUI Instructors in teaching skin and scuba diving during sanctioned diving courses provided the activities and locale are similar to those of the training. Additional training or experience is to be obtained by the Assistant Instructor who desires to assist in highly specialized training activities, such as deep, wreck penetration, cavern or ice dives.

    • A NAUI Assistant Instructor and can be counted toward student-instructor ratios.

    • After assisting an active-status NAUI Instructor with at least one complete, NAUI Scuba Diver course a current NAUI Assistant Instructor is qualified, if all other prerequisites are met, to enter a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC). (Attending a NAUI Instructor Preparatory (PREP) Program and certification as a NAUI Divemaster are recommended prior to attending an ITC.)
    Prerequisites for Entering the Course
    • General - Meet the requirements applying to all Leadership courses. (See “Policies Applying to Leadership Courses.”)

    • Materials - (See current guide to NAUI membership.)

    • Diver Certification - Certification as NAUI Master Scuba Diver and NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver or their equivalent. Divers with evidence of equivalent training and experience may be enrolled provided they pass the NAUI Master Scuba Diver written examination with a minimum score of 75%.

    • Experience - Have at least 20 logged open water scuba dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.

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 NAUI Instructor Courses

Prerequisites and Requirements
  • Age - Minimum is 18 years.
  • Experience - Specified for each Leadership course. Required logged dives shall be varied in environment and depth.
  • Rescue Certification - At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required except for Skin Diving Instructor, for which a lifeguarding certification is adequate.
  • CPR & First Aid Certification - Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. Certification training shall include one person adult CPR, infant/child CPR, two person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g. pocket mask®, face shield.
  • Medical Approval - Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving by a licensed physician within the preceding 12 months.
  • Administrative Requirements - Submit a complete course application, provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water and provide all required texts and materials.
Certification Requirements
  • Meet all course prerequisites.
  • Be currently certified or have verified competency in CPR and first aid.
  • Complete all portions of the course.
  • Meet all course administrative requirements.
  • Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 75% or better.
Membership Application and Registration
Upon completion of all certification requirements, each Leadership graduate must complete a NAUI membership application which the instructor will process in accordance with current procedures. Applicants will be registered as Leadership members in the appropriate category and status and be sent new member information.

Qualifications and Leadership Members
Leadership members of NAUI are entitled to benefits detailed in the Association Bylaws and in the NAUI standards. A NAUI Leader may renew membership annually in any one of several statuses by meeting renewal requirements.



Resource Materials For NAUI Leadership Programs
Required

  • NAUI Standards and Policies Manual / Risk Management Handbook / Deluxe Logbook
  • NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide
  • NAUI Student Scuba Diver Educational System (including book, tables, etc.)
  • NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver Textbook
  • NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver Textbook
  • NAUI Master Scuba Diver Textbook
  • NAUI Leadership and Instruction Textbook
  • NAUI Leadership and Instruction Workbook
Suggested References

  • Physics, Physiology and Decompression Theory for the Technical and Commercial Diver by Wienke
  • High Altitude Diving by Wienke
  • Scuba Equipment Care and Maintenance by Farley and Royer
  • The U.S. Navy Diving Manual Volume 1 - Air Diving
  • The U.S. Navy Diving Manual Volume 2 - Mixed-gas Diving
  • The NOAA Diving Manual
  • Diving Medicine, 2nd Edition by Bove and Davis
  • Scuba Diving in Safety and Health by Dueker
  • Stress and Performance in Diving by Bachrach and Egstrom
  • A Medical Guide to Hazardous Marine Life by Auerbach
  • Oxygen and the Scuba Diver by Hendrick and Thomson
  • The Application of Enriched Air Mixtures by Betts
  • Sport Diving in Depth, 2nd Edition by Griffiths
  • Deeper Into Diving by Lippman
  • The Physics and Engineering of Diving by Dickens



A NAUI Instructor is a person dedicated to the motto of "Dive Safety Through Education"; a person whom others look to for leadership and knowledge. NAUI has always been and remains today the most prestigious agency focusing on diving instruction. You can share the adventure - and help create it! If you believe your work should be enjoyable and exciting, if you are eager to share your knowledge with others, if you believe that to train the best you must be among the best trained, join the finest. Join the adventure!
Qualifications of Certified Graduates
  • Certified NAUI Instructor course graduates (ITC) are qualified to apply for Instructor membership in NAUI in any status provided for in the bylaws of the association.
    • An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently teach NAUI sanctioned courses and authorize NAUI certifications for graduates.
    • An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently conduct NAUI recognition and experience programs and authorize formal recognition for graduates.
    • An active- or sustaining-status NAUI Instructor is a voting member of NAUI.
  • A NAUI member Instructor may renew such membership annually (in any one status) by meeting the requirements set by the NAUI Training Department and Membership Committee.



Instructor Training Course (ITC)
The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify NAUI Instructor members. During the course future instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving Course Standards.

The ITC may be presented in two phases. If done so, Phase One, called an Instructor Training Program (ITP), contains all developmental training except for the final evaluations. During an ITP, candidate practice performances must be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators, one of whom may be a STW completer and the other an IT or CD. The ITP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a week to an internship over an extended period.

The second or final phase of an ITC so organized is called the IQP, during which a Course Director must be in residence and all final evaluations will be made.

The course assures the NAUI membership that candidates who receive certification as NAUI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness and proper attitude to do so.


Prerequisites For Entering The Course
  • General - Meet prerequisites applying to all Leadership courses.
  • Dive Certification - Be a currently certified NAUI Assistant Instructor or NAUI Divemaster; or a NAUI PREP Course graduate within the past 12 months.
  • Equipment - Provide and be responsible for own instructor-level diving equipment suitable for teaching in open water.
  • Experience - Have at least 50 logged dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.
  • Materials - See current Guide to NAUI Membership. A detailed and current list of necessary materials shall be provided each candidate in a supplemental fact sheet for specific ITCs.
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