NAUI Technical Courses

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.


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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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