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April 4, 2017

NAUI Relaunches its Passport Scuba Diver Program

Tampa, Fla. (April 4, 2017) – The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) is excited to announce the revision of its NAUI Passport Scuba Diver Program in an effort to further promote entry level diver education and engagement worldwide.

The story of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) begins with a shared vision of what quality scuba training should be and a commitment to "Dive Safety Through Education." In staying true to these values, NAUI continues to develop and implement new programs intended to introduce people around the world to the world of diving.

NAUI is excited to announce the revision of its NAUI Passport Scuba Diver program with an effort to further promote dive education and engagement worldwide. This unique program is intended to allow Passport holders to dive during their very first training session!

“The NAUI Passport Scuba Diver program has existed for more than two decades, yet its full value has not been fully realized by most members,” said NAUI’s Director of Marketing, Derik Crotts. “The program relaunch not only increases opportunities for the public to become better acquainted with the quality of NAUI training, but it also provides them an opportunity to experience diving in settings and at a pace with which they are most comfortable.”

The NAUI Passport Scuba Diver course is EUF/ISO certified and approved as a Level 1 “Supervised Diver” program. This makes the NAUI Passport Scuba Diver equivalent to the entry level “Scuba Diver” certification programs of several other training agencies. This program provides an opportunity to learn about the value of NAUI training in a flexible and cost-effective manner. To do this, the Passport contains log pages for divers to use on scuba trips to conduct “supervised” diving activities.

With that in mind, the NAUI Passport Scuba Diver Program makes diving accessible and convenient for first-time divers.  Upon successful completion, the student may continue to enjoy scuba diving at resorts worldwide under the direct supervision of a NAUI Dive Leader for up to 12 months. To keep their Passport active, students simply log more dives! In addition, individuals with an active Scuba Passport may be able to apply their Passport training and experience toward completing a NAUI Scuba Diver Certification Course.

Making the program more fun, each log page contains a section for environmental awareness stamps. Collecting these stamps helps promote diver awareness and continued education by encouraging participants to conduct dives in different environments and with various environmentally-focused objectives. One stamp, NAUI Local Awareness, is specifically designed to encourage diver engagement with their local NAUI dive operator and is only obtained by participating in a dive with a local NAUI Affiliate.

NAUI strives to provide consumers with an opportunity to learn about the value of NAUI training in a flexible and cost-effective manner. To do this, NAUI includes a Passport in each of its renewed Affiliate packets; after which, additional Passports can be purchased at discounted pricing. Passports are also distributed at consumer shows where NAUI participates. The intent is for the physical Passports and Passport Scuba Diver eLearning to easily available to consumers and encourage them to pursue further training and NAUI Passport Scuba Diver certification alongside a NAUI professional.

The NAUI Passport Scuba Diver program consists of three components:

  1. NAUI Passport Scuba Diver eLearning and/or academics
  2. NAUI Passport Scuba Diver Confined Water Training
  3. NAUI Passport Scuba Diver Open Water Training

Once all three components are completed, the diver’s Passport agreement is signed by the certifying instructor and Passport holder. When registered by the certifying instructor, the NAUI Passport Scuba Diver is ready to explore a world of excitement, fun and beauty. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and get your Passport to the underwater world today!

To learn more about the relaunch of NAUI's Passport Scuba Diver program, complete with a new logbook, certification card and support materials that include eLearning, go to https://www.naui.org/certifications/introductory/try-scuba/

and/or contact the Training Department: training@naui.org or +1 813-628-6284. Look for a NAUI Afiiliate or Instructor near you at www.naui.org/locate-dive-centers/.

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Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is the scuba industry's largest not-for-profit agency whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world's underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: The Definition of Diving!