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
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!
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 five 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!
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
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!
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 12-year-old
(or older) 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
Master Scuba Diver
Gain the in-depth knowledge that will establish you as a recognized authority in
your diving club or group. Thrill to the adventure of open water dives in settings
that will test your abilities to their limit while expanding your diving capabilities
and experience. Then proudly carry the most coveted and respected certification
card in recreational diving - that of the NAUI Master Scuba Diver.
The Master Scuba Diver course is a continuing education certification course for
divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment of diving. This course
is an excellent progression toward NAUI Leadership roles.
During your training, you will engage in a minimum of eight open water dives including
the following required dives:
- Emergency procedures and rescue
- Deep/simulated decompression diving
- Limited visibility or night diving
- Underwater navigation
- Search and recovery – light salvage
You can also choose from many different dives for your elective dives such as:
- Skin diving
- Environmental study or survey
- Air consumption (practical application)
- Boat diving
- Shore diving
- Hunting and collecting
- +Or other special interest dives
If you are 15 years old and have a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver certification or its
equivalent, you may be ready for the Master Scuba Diver class. Ready, set, learn!