Begin your underwater explorations by enrolling in a NAUI Scuba Diver class. This is our entry-level certification course where you will learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to safety dive in open water.
Earning your NAUI Scuba Diver Certification card is an accomplishment for which you will rightfully feel proud and you will be ready to begin a lifetime of underwater adventures and discovering.
During your NAUI Scuba Diver class, you will learn about modern dive equipment, diving sciences, responsible diving practices and the environment. Diving skills will be taught and practiced first in the comfort and convenience of a confined water environment and finally during your open water training dives with your NAUI Instructor.
Experienced Scuba Diver
Divers at least 15 years of age with a minimum of 25 open water scuba dives but who do not have formal certification (such as military, commercial, or scientific divers), and who wish to gain a NAUI diver certification may complete a NAUI Experienced Scuba Diver course designed just for them. This course reviews all the knowledge and skills taught in the NAUI Scuba Diver course, based on the experience and needs of the student. Graduates receive NAUI Scuba Diver certification with all privileges thereof as a NAUI certified diver.
Getting started is easy! Individuals ages 10+ and in good physical condition may enroll in a NAUI Scuba Diver course. To enroll, find a NAUI Training Center or instructor near you by visiting the NAUI Dive Center and Professional Locator. Signing up for a class is easy, while wetsuits and fun await!
Continue your training by enrolling in a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver, NAUI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver, NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver or NAUI First Aid course.
Advanced Scuba Diver/Junior Advanced Scuba Diver
Enroll in a NAUI Advanced Diver Course to explore new dive sites and undertake exclusive activities under the supervision of a NAUI Instructor. This course allows individuals to learn about specialties and diving activities of particular interest. Your confidence and skill as a diver will increase while you experience the excitement of learning more about the underwater world.
During training, students complete a minimum of six open-water dives, including three separate dives for navigation, night or low visibility diving, and deep diving (130 feet/40 meters of maximum depth), plus three additional dives based on your individual preferences and available options.
Possible activities include:
Search and recovery
Hunting and collecting
Exploration and underwater mapping
Wreck diving (non-penetration)
Observation and data collecting
Diving in surf or currents
Salt Water diving (in areas where most diving is in fresh water)
Fresh water diving (in areas where most diving is in salt water)
Diving for photos and videos
Using dive computers
The Advanced Scuba Diver course is for certified divers who desire additional training or orientation to a variety of diving sites and conditions. Divers must be a minimum of 10 years of age, in good health and must be previously certified as a NAUI Scuba Diver or equivalent.
After becoming a certified NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver, individuals should enroll in a NAUI Master Diver or NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver or NAUI First Aid course to develop additional expertise and comfort in the water.
NAUI Specialty Diver Courses
NAUI training continues far beyond the basics! NAUI Instructors teach a wide range of specialized type of diving ranging from the popular to the esoteric. Subject areas include rescue training, underwater photography, videography, underwater hunting, search & recovery and using gases other than air. Just about any area of underwater interest is probably taught in a NAUI Specialty course. Join the fun and continue diving today!
NAUI Night Diver
If you’re like most divers, you’ll love exploring at night even more than during the daylight. At night the reef comes alive as many of the daylight inhabitants retreat to the safety of dens and ledges while nocturnal creatures take over the reef during the nighttime hours. The NAUI Night Diver course focuses on the specific skills and knowledge needed to increase your enjoyment and minimize the risks of diving at night.
Minimum age for this course is 15 years plus certification as a NAUI Scuba Diver or equivalent. (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.)
NAUI Deep Diver
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).
Minimum age for this course is 18 years plus certification as a NAUI Advanced Diver or equivalent.
Divers who especially enjoy deeper dives will be interested in the full range of NAUI Technical Diving programs that extend the diving range beyond traditional recreational limits of depth and time. Technical divers make dives in excess of 130 ft (40 m), explore overhead environments such as caves and shipwrecks, and use specialized equipment depending on their personal goals and objectives.
Our underwater environment presents divers with scenes of breathtaking beauty with wild and incredible creatures that amaze and fascinate. How can you possibly remember each one unless you bring them back through photography or videography? NAUI has trained some of the best underwater photographer and videographers in the world! Enroll in a NAUI Underwater Photographer or NAUI Underwater Videographer course today and begin taking home more than just sea stories to share with your friends and family!
NAUI Underwater Photographer
In the NAUI 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.
NAUI Underwater Videographer
In the NAUI Underwater Videographer course you will master the skills and knowledge needed to safely enjoy making underwater videos. Your instructor will help you master the camera techniques and underwater camera controls to produce videos to share with family and friends.
Minimum age for these courses is 15 years plus certification as a NAUI Scuba Diver or equivalent. (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.)
For added interest, you can combine other diving courses or activities during your NAUI Underwater Photography course or Underwater Videography course to provide additional imaging opportunities to document your underwater adventures. With a little bit of practice, you just might be next Emmy Award winning underwater explorer!
NAUI Training Assistant
If you possess the desire to assist in the training of other divers, a NAUI 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 NAUI 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.
As a NAUI Training Assistant, you will learn more about underwater navigation, communications, how to escort and assist divers during an open water training dives and how to assist with problem management during diver training evolutions.
Minimum age for these courses is 18 years plus certification as a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver or equivalent, NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver or equivalent and current certification in first aid and CPR.
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!
Public Safety Diver
Public Safety Divers are a special breed! Many start as recreational divers, but because of their intense desire to serve their local communities many join local volunteer and paid Public Safety Diver teams to provide emergency, rescue and investigative services to the public.
The NAUI Public Safety Diver program introduces the fundamental skills needed by Public Safety Divers during underwater search, rescue and recovery operations. The NAUI Public Safety Diver course is an entry-level course in public safety diving for current or future members of PSD teams.
Minimum age for these courses is 18 years plus certification as a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver or equivalent, a minimum of 20 open water scuba dives and current certification in first aid and CPR at the professional rescuer level.
Continue your training by becoming a professional member of NAUI. Many PSD teams rely on in-house NAUI Divemasters and Instructors for increased safety and training.
With NAUI the learning never ends. Our experienced world-class instructors are the best at introducing divers to new skills and helping you reach your personal goals as a NAUI certified diver. In addition to the specific continuing education opportunities listed below, NAUI Instructors are authorized to build individual courses for certification based on their personal expertise and the needs of the learner. If you want to learn how to do it underwater, there is a NAUI Instructor ready to help you move to the level.
Enroll in a NAUI Underwater Environment course to learn about the physical and biological aspects of the diving environment with an 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.
Search & Recovery Diver
At some point in your diving career, you or your buddy will either lose or find something underwater and the knowledge and skills you gain in the NAUI Search and Recovery Diver course will help you when you do. 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 knot tying.
Underwater Hunter and Collector
If spearfishing or collecting underwater specimens interests you, the NAUI Underwater Hunter and Collector course may be just right for you. You’ll learn about skin diving techniques, hazards and cautions, safety concerns, spearfishing and collection equipment, and specific techniques on how to hunt and collect responsibly, while minimizing the diving risks of such activities.
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 world. During your training, you will learn 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!
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: 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.
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. 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.
Prerequisites vary so check with your NAUI Training Center or instructor for complete details.
NAUI offers a full range of specialty courses designed to enhance your enjoyment of the underwater world while minimizing risks associated with scuba diving. Continue your NAUI training with any of over 50 NAUI courses to choose from or enroll in the NAUI Master Scuba Diver course for a more comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and science behind the sport of diving and the marine environment.