International Conference on Underwater Education




IQ 2017 was held in conjunction with the Scuba Show in Long Beach, California, on May 6 & 7. After nearly two decades of silence, the International Conference on Underwater Education (ICUE) re-emerged at the Long Beach Scuba Show with a loud and definitive statement that NAUI’s commitment to quality education for divers has not diminished. Spread over three days, ICUE 2017 offered everything from a connection with diving legends to engaging and informative presentations spanning topics as diverse as diving in Antarctica and creating a culture of diving leadership that produces positive growth. Use the linked images below to get a recap of the weekend's events and access the IQ 2017 Proceedings. Images and posts can also be found on the official NAUI Facebook page and by searching "#IQ2017."










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 2018 Scuba Show in Long Beach, California. IQ will consist of two full days of seminars on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. Stay tuned for updates on special events and making arrangements to attend.

Set aside the dates of the Scuba Show on your calendar and plan to attend IQ 2018!