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!
Dry Suit Diver
Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx)
Scuba Rescue Diver
Search and Recovery Diver
Underwater Hunter and Collector
Wreck Diver (External Survey)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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 Archeologist 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.