National Association of Underwater Instructors

The National Association of Underwater Instructors, NAUI short, is one of the oldest dive organizations in the world. Your goal is to make scuba diving through education and safe to create standards in the diving industry.

  • 3.1 Divemaster
  • 3.2 Assistant Instructor
  • 3.3 Instructor
  • 3.4 Staff Instructor
  • 3.5 Instructor Trainer
  • 3.6 Course Director / Examiner


In the 1950s, when scuba diving on the U.S. West Coast has become increasingly popular, Albert Tillman as director of the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation ( parks and recreation areas in Los Angeles County) worked. He notice that more and more divers - brought into life-threatening situations, which is why he set up a government-sponsored training and certification system for free-diving and scuba diver - without any knowledge. 1955, the first Instructor Development Course were held to establish the training of civilian divers on the Los Angeles County also. This created one of the first civilian diving organizations that became known as the Los Angeles County Certification. Following their example, the immersion programs of the Red Cross, the YMCA and others were shortly thereafter, in the U.S., built.

Jim Auxie and Chuck Blakeslee published in 1950 a scuba diving magazine named Skin Diver Magazine. 1951 met Neal Hess for editorial and wrote regularly contents dive training, including a column entitled National Diving Patrol, in which the names were published by the newly brevetieren instructors.

1960 wanted Neal Hess, Jim Auxie and Chuck Blakeslee hold an Instructors Course. But they were in 1959 in contact with Albert Tillman and John C. Jones, who led the former diver program of the Red Cross. That same year, the National Diving Patrol in the National Association of Underwater Instructors ( NAUI ) and renamed the NAUI by Albert Tillman, John C. Jones, Neal Hess, Garry Howland ( U.S. Air Force), Jim Auxier and James Cahill from baptism lifted. In August 1960, the first 72 instructors were trained by the NAUI in Houston, Texas and certified. The first consists of the founding members of the Executive Board, the Tillman presided as President, was professionally advised by an advisory board consisting of Albert Behnke, 'George Bond, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Andy Rechnitz.

The actor and active divers Lloyd Bridges was the first volunteer instructor of NAUI and carried in collaboration with Zale Parry and Albert Tillman, in the 1960s, mainly through films and publications to the popularization of scuba diving in general and attentive to safety dive training at. Bridges combined hobby and profession, in which he played in television series and films in which the diving played a central role, was diving demonstrations and created next teaching aids, books and films for dive training.

The 1960s and 70s were marked by a strong growth of NAUI. In 1969, the first International Conference on Underwater Education (International Conference on Underwater Education, short ICUE, later IQ) by NAUI in Santa Ana was aligned. The IQ Conference is still one of the most important platforms for dive training and diving safety. In the 1970s, various branch offices originated outside the United States, including the NAUI Europe. 1979 Certification Fee of 5,000. Tauchlehreres was celebrated.

In 1981 the headquarters was moved to Montclair in California. In 1992, NAUI was the world's first diving organization, which started for scuba divers Nitrox training in their offer. 1995 NAUI Worldwide was established as an umbrella organization and central certification authority for the national or regional NAUI associations to life. Published in 1997, the NAUI minimum requirements for a unification of different diving courses diving organizations. These minimum requirements later led to the now recognized by most diving organizations standards ISO 24801 and ISO 24802nd In the same year a training program for technical divers was presented and moved the headquarters to Riverview in Tampa, Florida.

Diving courses for divers

Skin Diver

  • The diver should learn how to breath-hold diving in this course.
  • Minimum age: 12 years.

Passport Diver

  • This is not a diving course, but a way for lay readers get a taste of the subject diving.
  • Includes two guided dives in a pool or confined water.
  • Complies with ISO 1112.
  • Minimum age: 12 years.

Scuba Diver

  • The course is a basic scuba training in the student diver scuba diving is to learn in open water.
  • Complies with ISO 24801-2 (Autonomous Diver):

Experienced Scuba Diver

  • This configuration allows divers who are certified with another diving organization to move into the NAUI Training System.
  • Minimum age: 15 years
  • Prerequisite is any dive training and at least 25 logged dives.

Advanced Scuba Diver

  • This course is an advanced course.
  • The course includes a minimum of six open water dives. Three dives include exercises for underwater navigation, night diving and deep diving to max. 40 meters.
  • For three dives of the exchange students from 14 specialized courses to choose from.

Master Scuba Diver

  • This training is intended to increase the level of a Tauchlehrens the diver 's skill and knowledge.
  • The course includes a minimum of eight open water dives. Five dives include exercises to the rescue, decompression, limited sight distance, underwater navigation, and search and recovery.
  • For three dives the student diver can select any NAUI specialty training.

Special Courses

NAUI has numerous specialty courses:

  • Advanced Skindiver ( advanced freedivers )
  • Blackwater Rescue ( Rescue from black water rivers )
  • Boat Diver ( Boat Diver )
  • Computer Assisted Diving ( diving with dive computer )
  • Deep diver ( scuba diving )
  • Diving Accident Assessment ( rescue and first aid)
  • Dry suit diver (dry diving)
  • Enriched Air Nitrox (oxygen enriched breathing air / Nitrox, corresponds to the standard: ISO 11107 )
  • Equipment Repair & Maintenance ( equipment and repair specialist )
  • Fish Identification ( Fish Identification )
  • Helicopter Emergency Extraction Device ( rescue by rescue helicopter )
  • High Altitude Diver ( Diving in Mountain Lakes )
  • Industrial Orientation ( professional divers )
  • Marine Naturalist ( Marine Biology )
  • Oxygen Administration ( oxygen operator)
  • Public Safety Diver ( backup divers)
  • River Diver ( drift diving )
  • Scuba rescue diver ( Rescue Diver )
  • Search and Recovery Diver ( search and rescue )
  • Shark Ecology ( Haiökologie )
  • Stingray Experience ( Stage Bottles )
  • Training Assistant ( Assistant Instructor )
  • Underwater Archeologist (underwater archeology)
  • Underwater Ecologist ( Biology and Ecology )
  • Underwater Environment ( oceanography, geology, biology, and ecology)
  • Underwater Hunter and Collector ( spear fishing )
  • Underwater Modeling ( underwater mapping )
  • Underwater Photographer ( Underwater Photography )
  • Wreck Diver (External Survey, Wreck Diving outside the wreck )

Training for professional diving


  • The training to become a divemaster (DM) is a diver impart the skills and knowledge to guide you safely as a dive guide a group. A NAUI Divemaster should also be able to support an instructor at the training.
  • In addition to the group leadership of the course provides an understanding of all the diving is included in the the building upon instructor training. Except, of course, are mentioned in the instructor training didactic themes.
  • Largely corresponds to the standard ISO 24801-3 ( Dive Leader )
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Requirements are at least 25 logged dives and a NAUI Master Scuba Diver and NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver is a certification, or equivalent.

Assistant Instructor

  • The training to Assistant Instructor (AI) provides the didactic knowledge to train beginners and advanced divers under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Complies with ISO 24802-1
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Requirements are at least 20 logged dives and a NAUI Master Scuba Diver and NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver certification or equivalent.


  • The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC ) provides the instructor candidate's skills to teach student divers and remove tests.
  • The NAUI Instructor Crossover Course (ICC ) makes it possible to be certified instructors from other dive organizations as a NAUI Instructor.
  • Complies with ISO 24802-2
  • Requirement for the ITC is a certification as a NAUI Assistant Instructor or NAUI Divemaster, which is not older than one year, and at least 50 logged dives.
  • Prerequisite for the ICC is a certification according to ISO 24802-2, at least 80 hours of experience as Tauchleher and at least 50 logged dives.

Staff Instructor

  • The Certification Fee Staff Instructor (SI ) shall be entitled to training, consulting and evaluation of instructor candidates.
  • The necessary knowledge learned of Staff Instructor candidate in a so-called NAUI Staff Instructor Workshop ( SIW ), which is headed by a NAUI Course Director.
  • The prerequisite is a NAUI Instructor certification and prolonged experience as an instructor.

Instructor Trainer

  • The Certification Fee for Instructor Trainer (IT ) shall be entitled to purchase instructor exams under the supervision of a NAUI Examiner and can only be requested by a NAUI Examiner and assigned by NAUI Worldwide Training Department.
  • The necessary knowledge learned of an Instructor Trainer candidate to a so-called NAUI Instructor Trainer Workshop ( TIW ), which is headed by a NAUI Course Director.
  • Requirement is a NAUI Staff Instructor 's Certificate.

Course Director / Examiner

  • Course Director and Course Examiner is the highest NAUI certification card from. Entitles you to the certification of instructors and teaching programs. There are few owners of this certifications worldwide.
  • This certification card is awarded by the NAUI Worldwide Training Department.

Technical diving courses

In addition to training for recreational divers who always form the basis NAUI also offers technical diving courses. The offer includes the following courses:

  • Cave Diver levels 0001I ( cave diving in Zone 2 )
  • Cave Diver levels 0002II ( cave diving in zone 3 )
  • Cave Guide ( also Technical Support Leader, Cave Diving Guide)
  • Cavern Diver ( Cave diving in zone 1 )
  • CCR Mixed Gas Diver ( rebreather with breathing gas mixture Trimix )
  • Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver ( rebreather with geschossenem circle purchase)
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver ( DPV, underwater scooter )
  • Extreme Exposure DPV Diver ( Underwater scooter under difficult conditions )
  • Extreme Exposure Diver (diving with appropriate breathing gas mixtures below 61 meters depth. )
  • Extreme Exposure CCR Mixed Gas Diver ( rebreather with breathing gas mixture Trimix below 61 meters depth )
  • Helitrox Diver ( diving with the breathing gas mixture Helitrox )
  • Ice Diver ( ice diving )
  • Introduction to Technical Diving (one possibility for scuba technical diving know to learn. )
  • Mixed Gas Blender and O2 Service Tech (breathing gas mixer and pure oxygen specialist )
  • Semi- Closed Rebreather Diver ( rebreather with partially geschossenem circle purchase)
  • Sidemount Diver ( Stage Bottles )
  • Technical Decompression Diver ( Dekompressionstauchgange with multiple breathing gas mixtures)
  • Technical Support Leader ( TSL short, dive guide for technical diving )
  • Technical Wreck Penetration Diver ( wreck diving inside for advanced)
  • Trimix Diver ( diving with the breathing gas mixture Trimix )
  • Wreck Penetration Diver ( wreck diving inside )

Partners and Customers

The diver in the U.S. Navy SEALs and the U.S. Coast Guard are trained in basic training under the rules of NAUI and certified. Also, can the National Park Service (NPS ) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA) personnel trained by NAUI. Worldwide form numerous academic institutions and other research-based organizations their research divers from under the rules of NAUI.

The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA in Houston serves to prepare astronauts on outboard inserts in a large swimming pool. The safety diver and instructor of the NBL are certified as NAUI Instructors.

The Chinese Underwater Association ( CUA) translated in collaboration with the China Water Sports Administration ( CWSA ) training materials in Mandarin and certified divers in the People's Republic of China on behalf of the NAUI.

The Malaysian Sport Diving Association ( MSDA ) is entitled to represent NAUI in Malaysia.

NAUI supports the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando with training materials, dive certifications and training of personnel. In Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion in Epcot theme park, there is the opportunity to complete NAUI courses for visitors.