Frequently Asked Questions About NAUI First Aid
Q: What is NAUI First Aid?
It is a comprehensive course in standard first aid, aquatic life injuries first
aid and scuba diving maladies first aid, CPR (including skills for the professional
rescuer), AED, Blood-borne Pathogens, and Emergency Oxygen Administration.
Q: Do I have to teach the entire course or can I teach each discipline separately?
No you need not teach the entire course every time. NAUI instructors have academic
freedom to design a course to meet their students’ educational needs. NAUI First
Aid can be conducted as a comprehensive course including all the segments (First
Aid, CPR, AED, Blood-borne Pathogens and Emergency Oxygen Administration) in a single
schedule or each of the segments may be delivered separately to meet specific needs
of the students who may only need training in one discipline or another. Certification
and recognition materials are delivered in a package with the textbook and are designed
to be flexible so that you may name some or all of the qualifications earned.
Q: What NAUI First Aid Materials are available?
Support materials include a textbook, student completion wall certificate and
certification card, and an instructor guide, instructor card and wall certificate.
The instructor guide is comprehensive and includes everything needed to teach any
of the courses.
Q: How is NAUI First Aid different from the NAUI/ASHI First Aid & CPR materials?
NAUI’s materials are designed to be consistent with our award winning product
line of student text and instructor guide support materials. This includes full
color text with highlighting and icons marking important knowledge points, end-of-chapter
knowledge review questions, and a fully integrated instructor guide with PowerPoint®
presentation, and final exams (A&B versions) with an examination matrix for
instructor reference and much more.
Q: What is ILCOR?
The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) was formed in 1993.
Its mission is to identify and review international science and knowledge relevant
to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) and
to offer consensus on treatment recommendations.1 The first aid training community
was confronted with a massive revision process to training materials as a result
of the ILCOR recommendations that were released at the very end of 2005. 2006 was
spent revising materials in order to incorporate the new recommendations.
Q: How do I qualify to teach NAUI First Aid?
As a NAUI instructor you are qualified to teach courses for which you have the
necessary support materials – in this instance the NAUI First Aid Instructor Guide.
Send in the materials agreement form to NAUI HQ and if you wish you may order instructor
recognition materials at that time. The order form is in the instructor guide on
the reverse of the materials use agreement.
Q: If I am currently a first aid instructor with another organization how do I crossover
to teach NAUI First Aid courses?
If you are also a NAUI member then it is simple, purchase the instructor guide
and begin teaching. If you are not a NAUI member then you will need to contact a
NAUI Instructor Trainer or Course Director who can organize a qualification course
for you. This qualification course will consist of a knowledge exam, skills test
and the evaluated teaching of an entire NAUI First Aid course, either with real
students or in a role playing environment with other instructor candidates.
Q: How long is the NAUI First Aid certification valid?
NAUI First Aid and CPR, as well as all the other certifications AED, O2, etc.
are valid for two years.
Q: Where can I purchase NAUI First Aid materials?
The general public can purchase them at NAUI dive centers throughout the world.
NAUI members may purchase them from NAUI at its offices around the world at special
member prices. Order them by the following item numbers and descriptions:
#16021 NAUI First Aid Instructor Guide software package
#14005 NAUI First Aid Instructor Guide (loose-leaf and CD)
#90040 NAUI First Aid student kit NAUI First Aid Textbook
Q: Is there a difference between the First Aid instructor guide software package
and the printed version?
Other than the printed matter there is no difference in the content of the two
products. When we first introduced the new design of our current instructor guides
we were the first to utilize PowerPoint® software for the presentations contained
in the guides and few people had access to computers and the desktop projectors
that are now ubiquitous in the classroom. Hence the need to provide printed matter
that could be used to produce overhead transparencies. There are still many who
prefer the printed matter as a reference (and some just like the feel of turning
real pages) and who use overhead projectors as part of their teaching repertoire
and so the current loose-leaf with CD-ROM will continue to be available. However,
as technology marches forward many see no need for and do not want the printed matter
and so the guide is also available in a software package.
Q: Why is NAUI offering first aid and CPR certifications?
Primarily, NAUI’s interest in this area of training stems from its traditional
requirement that all new member applicants be currently certified in first aid and
CPR. For many years this meant that membership growth was dependent to an extent
on a third party, i.e., American Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance, etc. That dependence
was mitigated by the reciprocity afforded in our agreement with ASHI in 1997. Now
ten years later the first aid training market has matured and the NAUI membership
has demonstrated its ability to train and certify the general public in first aid.
There is also an overarching authority (ILCOR) producing recommendations that address
what is legitimate content in first aid courses. This, together with our experience,
makes NAUI as legitimate a source for first aid training as any other and in the
case of diver specific first aid and aquatic life injuries even more so.
Q: Are NAUI first aid certification recognized by anyone?
NAUI is the authority that recognizes its certifications as legitimate to meet
the requirement for new member applicants to the Association. As to other entities,
we have made inquiries regarding recognition and will be continuing to announce
them as they come in. However, consider that in some U.S. States the law specifies
American Red Cross or American Heart Association certification (AHA has never offered
certifications in first aid, only CPR) so there will always be some “officials”
who are unwilling to accept a certification unless it is something with which they
are personally familiar. To some extent recognition is a function of proliferation
so that the more certifications which are in circulation the more familiar and “acceptable”
they become. Also please refer to the answer above regarding legitimacy of training.
NAUI first aid materials/courses were reviewed by medical, physiological and emergency
medical experts and contain all the ILCOR recommendations.
Q: Who were the experts who reviewed NAUI First Aid?
Dr. Ronald P. Bangasser, past president of the California Medical Association,
board member of the Underwater Hyperbaric Medical Society, and director of the Wound
Care Clinic at Redlands Community Hospital.
Dr. Jolie Bookspan, research physiologist, university and military laboratory research
in human performance in normal to extreme environments (subaquatic, aviation, thermal,
terrestrial, forensic) for acute and extended durations. University professor of
anatomy and physiology, environmental physiology, exercise physiology, statistics,
orthopedic and pain rehabilitation.
Keith Sliman, Director of Safety at Ford, Bacon and Davis, Inc., Emergency Medical
Technician, current board member and past Chairman of the National Association of
Underwater Instructors, and current board member of the Safety Council in Baton
Q: Does NAUI accept only NAUI first aid and CPR certifications now?
NAUI has and will continue to accept all legitimate training organizations’ certification
credentials for the purpose of qualifying new member applicants to the Association.
Q: Does NAUI require the use of a video?
No. The Instructor Guide and text are fully illustrated and skill descriptions
are complete therefore no video is necessary. Although any video that includes the
latest ILCOR recommendations is acceptable for use in NAUI first aid courses. Unlike
other training organizations NAUI instructors are required to maintain their skills
at demonstration level quality and we encourage them to demonstrate skills to students
whether it is how to clear a mask underwater or perform a chest compression.
Q: How do I maintain my instructor authorization to teach first aid?
Renew your NAUI membership annually and meet NAUI renewal requirements and your
first aid instructor authorization will also be “active.”
1. American Heart Association in collaboration with International Liaison Committee
on Resuscitation. Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular
Care — An International Consensus on Science. Resuscitation 2000;46:3—430.