International Conference on Underwater Education




Your Scuba Show registration includes access to all ICUE seminars.

Make sure to also register for the ICUE Reception and Atlantis Dive Week Raffle.





Jeff Bozanic - Rebreather Testing in Antarctica

Walter Chin - Artisanal Fishermen Divers of the Yucatan Peninsula

Thomas (Tec) Clark - Lead the Culture: Define, Apply & Lead the Culture You Want to Create

Dr. Oswaldo Del Cima - Gas Diffusion Among Bubbles and Decompression Sickness Risks

Dr. Bill Dolen - Lionfish Venom: Cardiovascular, Neuromuscular, Cytotoxic & Immunologic Effects

Amie Hufton - Just Add Water: Engaging College Students and Youth in SCUBA Diving

Michael A. Lang, Ph.D. & Karen B. Van Hoesen, M.D. – Amazing Polar Diving Adaptations: What, Why and How?

Gareth Lock – Why "Human Error" is a Poor Term if we are to Improve Diving Safety

Dr. Bruce Wienke & Tim O’Leary - Two Decades of Deep Stop Training

Dan Orr - Diver Fatalities: Lessons Learned

Captain Michelle Thornton - Distress Beacons and SARSAT

Pasi Lammi & Pasi Laine - Applying Principles of 3D Photogrammetry Underwater


Be sure to ENTER the ICUE ATLANTIS DIVE WEEK RAFFLE for the chance to WIN a dive trip with Atlantis Dive Resorts & Liveaboards – Philippines!





Join us for the NAUI ICUE RECEPTION held aboard The Queen Mary on Friday, May 5 at 6:30pm. To purchase your ticket to the reception, which includes a ticket for the Atlantis Philippines Dive Week Raffle, go HERE. 





In 1969, NAUI launched the International Conference on Underwater Education (ICUE or simply IQ). The conference became a yearly diving event, predating the DEMA Show by several years. Divers and instructors from across the globe attended, and IQ became so popular that registration finally had to be limited. The location was usually a large hotel that could accommodate the crowds.

The overall purpose of the conferences was “making diving safer.” Each IQ lasted several days and were filled with presentations and seminars on all aspects of diving and the business of diving: the latest ideas and developments in educational theory and practice, diving sciences, equipment improvements, diving medicine, retailing and travel.

Papers on topics such as emergency skills, first aid, teaching techniques, team teaching, physics and physiology, younger students and special-needs students, store/instructor ties, specialty diving (cave, ice, wreck, etc.) and diving hobbies were solicited and welcomed. In other words, the same areas that concerned them in the 1970s concern us today. Each year’s abstracts and papers were published in a volume of IQ proceedings.

The exhibit halls were always filled with booths displaying the wares and offerings of equipment manufacturers, retailers, travel vendors and resorts. An underwater photography contest and exhibit was always a popular attraction.

When the annual DEMA Show began in the late 1970s, it started to siphon off some of the attendance at IQ. It was difficult for most people to afford the time and expense to attend two such major events each year. The last IQ was held in 2000 and was sponsored by NAUI Asia Pacific in Kuala Lumpur.

Today, scuba is again in a period of change. New challenges to maintaining and growing the popularity of our sport, changing methods and approaches to teaching and learning, new frontiers in diving technology and techniques, including development and popularization of specialty diving fields, new marketing techniques and the use of media options need the attention of all of us.

For all these reasons, NAUI is revisiting and bringing back IQ with two days of presentations and seminars to be held in conjunction with the 2017 Scuba Show in Long Beach, California. IQ will consist of two full days of seminars on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7. A reception aboard The Queen Mary will also be held on Friday, May 5. To purchase your ticket to the reception, which includes a ticket for the Atlantis Philippines Dive Week Raffle, go HERE

Set aside the dates of the Scuba Show on your calendar and plan to attend IQ 2017!