NAUI Member Code of Ethics
NAUI Members agree to abide by a Code of Ethics. They include a commitment to the
student, the public, their profession, professional employment, and to the Association.
National Association of Underwater Instructors Code of Ethics
Members of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) recognize the
importance of underwater activity for recreation, public service, education, research
and business purposes and the necessity of preparing students with the knowledge
and skill necessary to engage in recreational underwater activity while minimizing
risk. NAUI leaders recognize the right of mature persons with requisite skills and
physical capacity to receive instruction without discrimination as to race, sex,
or beliefs, and pledge to practice the profession according to the highest ethical
standards. NAUI members acknowledge the nature of the responsibilities of instructing
students in skin and scuba diving and exposing them to a potentially hazardous environment
and are committed to improving safe diving instruction.
- COMMITMENT TO THE STUDENT - The NAUI member’s first duty is to student safety.
Success is measured by the progress of each student toward gaining the skills, knowledge
and habits essential to minimize the risk of underwater activity. The instructor
is obligated to stimulate the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, physical
skills, fitness and the formulation of safe personal diving practices. The NAUI
Instructor is pledged to promote “Dive Safety Through Education.” In fulfilling
this obligation, the instructor shall:
COMMITMENT TO THE PUBLIC - NAUI members are responsible for the support and development
of sound public policy relating to diver education, the use and conservation of
wet lands, bodies of water, aquatic life and for the promotion and encouragement
of programs and policies directed at such use and conservation. In fulfilling this
obligation to the public, NAUI members shall:
- assure the safety of students.
- expose the student to varying points of view and theories.
- instruct in all subject matter as required by NAUI standards and policies.
- present equipment of various manufacturers with fair and impartial comparisons of
products by feature without degrading any manufacturer, except that the instructor
is free to express honest opinions consistent with personal experience.
- personally follow all safe diving principles, recognizing that influence by example
is the cornerstone to the development and promotion of safe diving practices.
- instruct objectively, without favoritism or granting special advantage or placing
special requirements, and not expose the student to prejudice, embarrassment or
- enroll and instruct any student physically and psychologically qualified and not
engage in any arbitrary discriminatory practice or procedure. maintain a level of
physical, educational and professional competence meeting or exceeding the standards
and policies established by the Association.
- conduct all training sessions personally or arrange for them to be conducted by
a designated qualified substitute NAUI member.
- certify only those students who have satisfactorily achieved the established standards
of a NAUI course and award certification materials within a reasonable period of
- instruct in conformity with established association standards and policies so that
all students are eligible to be certified by the Association upon satisfactory completion
of the NAUI course.
- fully disclose to the prospective student all reasonably anticipated costs, charges,
fees and assessments before enrollment or obligation is established.
COMMITMENT TO THE PROFESSION - NAUI underwater instructors recognize that the quality
of their services influences the attitudes of other water users, the public in general
and governmental bodies. The NAUI Instructor pledges to:
- participate in the implementation of sound educational and conservational policies.
- keep informed of developments in diving equipment, techniques, procedures, technology
- officially represent the Association to the press and public only
when specifically authorized and in other cases specifically identify personal views
and opinions as such.
COMMITMENT TO PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTUAL INSTRUCTION - The NAUI member
regards an employment agreement as a pledge to be executed in spirit and fact in
a manner consistent with quality instruction. NAUI members recognize that sound
professional relationships with employers and employees are built upon integrity,
dignity, and mutual respect. NAUI members shall not conduct or participate in any
course where unqualified persons are utilized in underwater instruction or engage
in any course of instruction that fails to meet commitments to the student, the
public, the profession, or the Association. In fulfilling employment obligations,
NAUI members shall:
- raise professional standards.
- improve instructor services.
- encourage qualified and interested persons to pursue the profession.
- contribute actively to the support, planning and programs of the Association. In fulfilling this obligation to the profession,
NAUI instructors shall:
- instruct in conformity with course standards and policies
established by the National Association of Underwater Instructors, as amended and
- accord just and equitable treatment to all members of NAUI.
- cooperate in a professional inquiry if and when requested by the Association.
- accurately represent their professional qualifications.
- when requested by the Association and, for good
cause, accurately evaluate performance and qualifications of other instructors.
- avoid endangering the life, physical well being or property of any student, member
or the general public.
COMMITMENT TO THE ASSOCIATION - NAUI instructors, by virtue of their voluntary membership
in NAUI, recognize a responsibility and obligation to promote the Association and
support the official decisions and policies of the Association. In fulfilling this
obligation to the Association, the NAUI instructor shall:
- only apply for and accept a position on the basis of professional qualification.
- give prompt notice to the employer of any change in the availability of service
- adhere to the terms of an employment agreement, unless these terms have
been legally terminated, falsely represented or breached.
- not delegate assigned tasks to unqualified personnel.
VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE OF ETHICS - In order to maintain high standards of professional
conduct the Board of Directors of the National Association of Underwater Instructors
shall have the power to censure, suspend, or expel any NAUI member, or impose any
other discipline, sanction, supervision, or probation. The Board of Directors may
review and, with good cause, reinstate a suspended or expelled member. The Board
of Directors may appoint Ethics Committees to hear complaints regarding alleged
violations of the Code of Ethics and to recommend a course of action to the Board
- publicly support NAUI as an association.
- bear in mind that NAUI is unique in the
worldwide recreational diving industry, in that it is a truly democratic organization
with a leadership directly elected by the membership. This democratic structure
is the best possible mechanism for ensuring that Association activity meets the
needs of the majority of the members, and members have the real opportunity, if
they wish, to lead the Association at the highest levels.
- make every effort to bring about necessary changes in a professional manner by direct personal contact with
those fellow-low members who are in positions of authority and responsibility.
- prior to instructing in any fashion, be in Active status.