Trust NAUI-Certified Diving Instructors
Learn the safest, most fun ways to scuba dive with NAUI-certified diving instructors. The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) was the first “National” Diver Education agency, founded in 1959, and since has been the leader in diver education. NAUI offers the preferred scuba training regimen of the following organizations:
- The U.S. Navy Seals
- S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations
- Air Force Special Operations Weather
- S. Coast Guard Rescue Divers
- The Florida Aquarium
- Disney Resorts
The NAUI Scuba Diver Course is the only course that teaches students the skill of Unconscious Diver Rescue. Anyone wanting to be a NAUI Instructor must be able to satisfy the ultimate question of their Instructor Trainer, “Would I allow this instructor to teach my loved one to dive?” If the answer is “yes,” they gain the right and certification necessary to teach scuba diving.
Topics range from basic diving to advanced methods. The following are some of our NAUI-related classes:
- Skin Diver/Junior Skin Diver
- Scuba 4 Fun
- Scuba Diver/Junior Scuba Diver
- Advanced Scuba/Junior Advanced Scuba
- NAUI Master Scuba Diver
- Assistant Instructor (AI)
- Skin Diving Instructor (SDI)
- Divemaster (DM)
- NAUI Instructor Courses
Reasons to Choose NAUI
- NAUI was the first national agency dedicated exclusively to training recreational divers.
- In 1997, NAUI became the first recreational training agency to publish standards for Technical Diving
- NAUI was the first agency to approve the provision of Nitrox training standards for sport divers
- Hot water suits and customized dry suits systems were invented by a NAUI leader
- NAUI Board of Advisor member Jacques-Yves Couteau was instrumental in the development and promotion of open-circuit, self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA)
- Many of today’s certification agencies were founded by NAUI certified divers and or members.
- In 1987 NAUI inaugurated emergency oxygen administration training for use in scuba rescues.
- A NAUI leader developed the standard (RGBM Tables) used for many dive computers and advanced dive planning software.
- NAUI was the first agency to create a Divemaster designation
- NAUI set the standards for other recreational divers to follow.
- NAUI is focused to provide the highest quality education in scuba diving education
- Teaching Dive Safety Through Education since 1959
- NAUI divers complete their training knowing they are not only certified but qualified to dive.
- Many organizations specifically choose NAUI for their diver education programs including:Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida
- United States Navy SEAL Teams
- S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School
- S. Air Force Special Operations
- NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas (USA) where astronauts train for their space walks
- NAUI’s motto is “Dive Safety Through Education”, that a diver who not only understands how to do something but also the reasons behind it can make better decisions than one who only understands the “how”
- NAUI was the first training agency to certify all levels of divers ranging from traditional recreational training, through all levels of technical training and Leadership
- NAUI requires the student to learn the basics of rescuing an unconscious diver.
- NAUI Promotes the preservation and protection of the worlds underwater environment
- NAUI divers and leaders are striving to make scuba diving better and safer
- NAUI and DAN join together to extend reach of Dive Safety
Choosing PADI Certification
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) offer their own certification process for those interested in becoming scuba divers. The primary difference between NAUI and PADI is that a NAUI-certified instructor can withhold certification, even if the student has displayed all the necessary skills. Captain Rick’s Diving Adventure offers certification in both methods, and is happy to help you choose which is best for you based on your interests.
Open Water Class Room
Take this course for NAUI or PADI Scuba Diver: Open Water Certification. Fees include:
- Classroom: Store, Gahanna, Westerville, Zanesville, Cambridge, McConnelsville, New Albany, Delaware, Ft. Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Key Largo, and Key West
- Pool Training: Gahanna, Westerville, Zanesville, Cambridge, McConnelsville, New Albany, Delaware, Ft. Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Key Largo, and Key West
- Open Water Training (May – October): Circleville Twin Quarries, Portage, White Star, Gilboa, Summerville, WV, and Ft. Lauderdale, Key Largo, and Key West, Florida
- Nov – July Ft Lauderdale Florida
- You’re invited to do your Open Water Certification in Florida at Broward County Community College Diving Facility, Tiger Tail Lake located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for Dives 1, 2 and 3. Dive 4 will be off one of our boats located in Pompano Beach, Florida
- Crew Pak (books)
- Submersible RDP Dive Table
- Certification Fees
- Alternate air source necklace
- DAN Student Insurance
- Subscription of Training magazine
- Discount coupon booklet
- Free rental of scuba equipment to completion of open water
- Class Discount for Advanced Open Water
- Class Discount for Rescue class
- Class Discount for Nitrox class
Learn to Scuba Dive for Only $310.00
Starting with Open Water Certification
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Please Note: If you’ve completed your classroom work elsewhere and have a referral from that school, you may complete the open water training portion of your certification only. See below for prices.
What To Expect
Open Water certification is staffed by a team of professional instructors and divemasters who are dedicated to teaching diving in a fun, safe, and relaxing manner. To become part of this program, you need to be in reasonably good health.
Enjoy the use of the most modern and up-to-date training methods available. We utilize hands-on instruction in a complete, easy-to-follow format. We engage students in classroom conversation that makes for a much more relaxing and enjoyable course, with classroom modules to review and better understand what you have already learned in your manual. The classroom format is designed for your participation and keeps you involved in the many aspects of diving.
Pool Training Sessions
The pool training sessions are designed to help you enjoy a smooth transition into the underwater world. These sessions help you relax and have fun in the water using scuba equipment. All this is accomplished with your instructor by your side. We will have plenty of time to cover all scuba skills and gain proficiency in scuba techniques.
Open Water Training Sessions
All four of your open water training dives will be done in one of several locations in Ohio or off the shores of South Florida and on custom dive boats on the warm, colorful reefs of the fabulous Florida coast. On these dives you will confidently demonstrate scuba skills that were practiced in the pool. You will not be asked to do anything that you have not already practiced in the pool. The skill portion of the dive takes up to about five minutes. The rest of each dive, about 45 minutes, is spent exploring the fascinating underwater world.
PADI eLearning Open Water
Start your Open Water course
If you are learning to scuba dive for the first time or advance your scuba diving skills and training,
PADI eLearning is a convenient and interactive study option that allows you to learn anytime and anywhere to complete the academic part of your certification.
Whether you’re on the go or want to take it slow, you can complete the knowledge development portion of several PADI courses online at your own pace. This web-based training is a practical option for those trying to fit scuba training into a busy and active schedule. So, this means you can start your scuba diving course at any time day or night.
After you’ve finished the online portion, complete your scuba diving training at Captain Rick’s Diving Center. While you’re working through the PADI course online or after you complete all the segments, print your eLearning Record and bring it in to start your underwater adventures with our PADI scuba instructors. After doing the Quick Review, you will be ready to head to the water.
Start today on a lifetime of adventure and fun!
Open Water Diver certification process requires academic knowledge, pool training, and open water diving. These steps can easily be worked into any schedule with our online academics and pool schedules. We offer pool and academic training all year long and for your open water diving you can take a referral or dive with Captain Rick’s Diving Adventures all year.
Online Courses Cost $146.00
You will pay PADI directly, but you will want to make sure you have registered as a Captain Rick PADI Student first. Course work involves reading, videos, and exams. Allow 24 hours for training.
Confined Water and Open Water $164.00
This is where the diving starts. Our dive philosophy is to provide quality dive instruction with safety in mind, but have fun at the same time. Our training is designed with more skill review practice and fun games spread throughout the course. With self-evaluation check points, we make sure you are comfortable before moving forward. We create a diver friendly environment by incorporating pool sessions and classroom time to talk about gear, dive destinations, and further training. Our classes are small with an average of 4-6 students per instructor. Our heated indoor pools are located in Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna, Columbus, Zanesville, Ft. Lauderdale, Key Largo, and Key West so we can bring the classes closer to the students. The classroom and retail store are all under one roof for your convenience.
Included In the Class
- We provide the student with referral paperwork
- Submersible RDP Dive Table
- Log Book
- Certification Fees
- Alternate air source necklace
- DAN Student Insurance
- Subscription of Training magazine
- Discount Coupon Booklet
- Free Rental of Scuba Equipment to Completion of Open Water
- Class Discount for Advanced Open Water
- Class Discount for Rescue Class
- Class Discount for Enriched Air Class
- Open Water Site Fees
- Florida Open Water Certification Dives
What to Expect During Orientation
Orientation is the first meeting date and must be attended. This will allow time for students to meet the instructor, dive master, and other classmates. You will also need to fill out required release forms, bring in eLearning record from your online course, and complete additional paperwork. There will be a dive equipment overview, so you will want to bring your bathing suit and a towel.
NAUI eLearning Is Here!
Here is yet another choice that Captain Rick’s Diving Adventures offers for you to become a certified diver. When you buy a NAUI Scuba Diver Education System from us, you will have access to NAUI’s eLearning website. You can use this to complete the classroom portion of the class and to supplement the home study portion of the class. You can then enjoy greatly reduced classroom time during the course and focus more on the pool sessions and check out dives. The best part is that there is no extra charge to use the NAUI eLearning system.
How It Works
- Come to Captain Rick’s Diving Adventures and purchase the NAUI Scuba Diver Education System
- Click on the NAUI eLearning icon above or from the NAUI home page
- Click on the Activate A Course option
- Enter the Activation Code, NAUI Trainer Number, and NAUI Store Number that are provided in the Education System
- Create a user name and password
- Complete your eLearning student profile
- Start learning how to dive
NAUI offers a number of different courses with the eLearning system at no additional charge when taken through Captain Rick’s Diving Adventures. Contact us at the shop to sign up for any of these great courses:
- Advanced Scuba Diver
- Nitrox Diver
- Scuba Rescue Diver
- Master Scuba Diver
Just for Scuba Kidz
Take your whole family on an underwater adventure. Just for Scuba Kids teaches children as young as five to safely use scuba equipment and have fun.
SASY (for Kids 5-8)
Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth (SASY) trains children as young as five how to safely use scuba equipment while snorkeling. It also familiarizes kids with the breathing equipment for subsequent full Open Water Diver Certification. The session is about one hour and costs about $30 for the session.
PADI’s Bubble-Maker Program (for Kids 8-9)
Kids learn to breath underwater using compressed air while completely submerged in a pool. This is a good way for children to experience scuba diving in the pool in less than six feet of water.
SEAL Team (for Kids 8+)
The PADI SEAL Team is for young divers who are looking for a fun and action-packed introduction to scuba skills in a pool. Kids learn real scuba skills through a series of exciting “Aqua missions.” Young divers become familiar with scuba equipment and skills for safe diving. Buoyancy control, mask clearing, and regulator recovery are all covered. Once basic skills are learned, divers are introduced to underwater photography, wreck diving, navigation, environmental awareness, and more. Five completed courses and your diver will be a SEAL Team member. After completing ten missions, they earn a SEAL Team Master certificate. The following specialist courses are offered:
- Creature ID
- Inner Space
- Night, Safety, Search & Recover Skin Diver, Snapshot and Wreck Specialist
PADI Explorer Team (for Kids 10+)
You’re a pro at the underwater DPV (dive propulsion vehicle) course and building a compass is a piece of cake. On your last dive expedition you mapped a reef and, oh yeah, you created a new hand signal for the fresh water fish in Ohio. Sound like fun? This is just another day of diving for the underwater explorer.
This custom course uses the PADI Open Water Diver multimedia materials to introduce diving knowledge and skills. So from day one you will be on the path to Junior Open Water Diver, if you aren’t already. Getting started is easy -- just watch the great video and read chapter one from the DVD and you’re ready to attend your two-evening course to become an Underwater Explorer. Then it is all about the diving.
Participants receive explorer course instruction, explorer course materials, and an explorer certification card. Prerequisites include Discover Scuba experience, PADI SEAL certification, or diver certification.
For Mom & Dad
PADI’s Discover Scuba programs allow you and your family to master some basic concepts and scuba skills. The skills you complete during your adventure may earn you credit in the PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certifications. All you have to do is document your achievement and bring it to any PADI Dive Center or Resort to continue where you left off.
Older children from 10 to 12 years of age can receive a Junior Open Water Certification, allowing them to build experience, improve skills, and explore diving with limitations. They must be with a certified adult to a depth of 40 feet. PADI programs include Junior Open Water Diver (ages 10-14), Junior Advanced Open Water Diver (ages 12-14), and Junior Master Scuba Diver (ages 12-14).
At the age of 15 kids holding Junior Open Water Certification can convert it to an Open Water Certification. At this age the diver will no longer have age-related restrictions while scuba diving. Prior to this age, it is believed that children do not possess the emotional maturity necessary to deal with potential life-threatening dive emergencies.
All PADI courses are performance based, which means that you only earn your scuba certification when you demonstrate that you have mastered the required skills and knowledge. Therefore the sessions are extremely flexible and the amount of time it takes to complete the course will vary per individual. Basically, most students will complete their initial certification in about twenty-five hours spread over a few weekends.
Scuba Activities for Scouts
Want an impressive merit badge and valuable, underwater skills? The Scouts Scuba Diving program leads to the Scuba merit badge. All of the scuba activities for scouts offer group-rate discounts for groups of four or more.
Discover Snorkeling/Skin Diving for $10
Scouts learn the proper techniques for surface swimming, snorkel clearing, surface dives, safe ascents, buddy procedures, and communication skills, all while participating in fun and challenging games in our heated indoor pool. Students must be able to swim in deep water. Classes are designed to be 90 minutes in length and for ages eight and up.
Discover Scuba for $25.00
Your scouts discover the exciting world of scuba diving in a fun and safe pool environment. Students learn about the equipment, communication skills, diving science, and the importance of buddy systems while wearing full scuba equipment in the water. Student must be able to swim in water too deep to stand. This class is designed to be two hours long and is meant for children ages 10 and up.
Creature ID Specialist for $45.00
Become a Creature ID Specialist after the Discover Scuba experience. In this informative and fun course, scouts learn about common underwater sea creatures, coral reefs, and how to identify them using hand signals. Then they apply their knowledge in the underwater scuba game. The course is about two hours and requires Discover Scuba experience.
Shark Specialist for $45.00
In this informative and fun course, scouts learn about sharks, their names, anatomy, and lots of fun facts about them. Then it’s off to the pool to apply their knowledge in an underwater scuba game. Discover Scuba experience is required for this two-hour class.
Underwater Environmental Specialist for $45.00
As underwater detectives, scouts learn to identify good trash from bad by collecting the bad trash during a dive. Then they must solve the puzzle of the trash to determine how to stop the dumping in our waterways. This dive builds superior teamwork skills. Discover Scuba experience is required for this two-hour class.
PADI Seal Team Club (for Scouts 8 & 9 Years Old) for $100.00
PADI Underwater Explorer Club (10 - 14 Years Old) for $175.00
For groups of 4 or more, we have developed a program for scouts to dive on a regular basis in our pool. Both programs teach dive skills that allow divers to participate in regular dive activities like photography, creature identification, inner space, night diving, dive propulsion vehicles, navigation, shark identification, and many more. It’s more than a Discover Scuba lesson and less than the full scuba certification course. This is designed to provide scouts with continuing scuba activity on a regular basis. Courses can be adapted to your regular meetings. Fee includes training and academic material. Specialty dives are priced separately.
CPR w/AED for $55.00
This emergency first response course encompasses one and two rescuer CPR and AED training for adults, with the option for children and infants. This is a three-hour class and the certification is good for 2 years.
We would be happy to come and speak at your Scout meetings about any or all of the great programs we offer for Scouts. Please contact us for scheduling.
Scuba Activities for Scouts & Venturing Crews
Discover Snorkeling for $15.00 (Groups Of 4 or More)
This course is perfect for those who aren’t sure about scuba diving or just want to learn the proper snorkeling and skin diving techniques. This course teaches snorkeling and skin diving skills to make it a fun and safe activity. We have custom-designed games to enhance the learning experience. This class is about 90 minutes, good for ages eight and up, and participants must know how to swim in deep water.
Snorkeling BSA Award for $15.00
Following the guidelines from the Boy Scouts, we introduce your scouts to the special skills, equipment, and safety precautions associated with snorkeling. This class is about two-and-a-half hours and includes a special patch upon completion. Scouts must meet the BSA Snorkeling requirements for participation.
Snorkeling BSA Award Information
Discover Scuba for $15.00
Your group will experience firsthand the thrill of being weightless while breathing on scuba in our heated pool. We provide all of the equipment and supervision necessary for this experience. This single experience takes about two hours, is intended for groups of four or more, and is appropriate for ages 10 and up.
Scuba BSA Award for $45.00
This award is for boy scouts. They are introduced to the dive equipment, safety, and a general understanding of scuba diving. They perform basic dive skills in our heated pool under the supervision of a dive instructor. This class is about 3 hours and includes a patch.
Snorkeling BSA Award Information
Scuba Merit Badge for $285.00 (Groups of 4+)
Your scouts can become PADI Open Water divers and complete the training portion of the Scuba Merit Badge. This special price includes online academic courses, pool access, and local Open Water training. Academic materials and dive boots are included in the price. Required but not included are masks, snorkels, and fins.
Packages are available for Scout groups at a special pricing of $99.00 and up. Two pool sessions and one weekend of open water diving are required after completion of academics. Flexible schedules are available. Parents and siblings are welcome to join the class at the discounted price if space is available. Contact our Scuba Merit Badge counselors at the dive center for complete details.
Venturer High Adventure Scuba Activity for $175.00 (Groups of 4+)
Your group can become PADI Open Water divers and complete the training portion of the Scuba diving High Adventure activity. This special price includes the online academic course, pool and local open water training, academic materials, and dive boots. Required but not included are masks, snorkels, and fins.
Packages are available for Scout groups at a special pricing of $99.00 and up. Two pool sessions and one weekend of Open Water diving are required after completion of academics. Flexible schedules are available. Parents and siblings are welcome to join the class at the discounted price if space is available. Contact our Scuba Merit Badge counselors at the dive center for complete details.
PADI Seal Team Club for Cub Scouts – $100.00
PADI Underwater Explorer Club for Boy Scouts – $100.00
For groups of 4 or more, we have developed a program that allows your Scouts to dive on a regular basis in our pool. Both programs teach dive skills that allow the diver to participate in regular dive activities like photography, creature identification, inner space, night diving, dive propulsion vehicles, navigation, shark identification, and many more. It’s more than a Discover Scuba and less than the Scuba Merit Badge. This is designed to provide your Scouts with continuing Scuba activity on a regular basis. Course can be adapted to your regular meetings. Fee includes training and academic material. Specialty dives priced separate.
CPR w/AED for $45.00
For groups of six or more, this emergency first response course encompasses one and two rescuer CPR and AED training for adults, with the option for children and infants. This is a 3 hour class and the certification is good for two years.
Advanced Open Water Scuba Certification
Advanced Open Water Scuba Training covers all PADI and NAUI Dive Specialties. This will help the student become a more rounded diver. Plus, we beat everyone's prices.
PADI Open Water Diver Certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15
(12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
The PADI Advanced Open Water course includes five dives -- the Deep Dive, the Underwater Navigation Dive, and three of the following:
- AWARE-Fish Identification
- Boat Diver
- Digital Underwater Photography
- Dry Suit Diver
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Underwater Naturalist
- Underwater Navigator
- Deep Diver
- Diver Propulsion Vehicle
- Drift Diver
- Multilevel Diver
- Night Diver
- Search and Recovery Diver
- Underwater Videography
- Wreck Diver
The Best Place To Do Your Advanced Open Water Is In Florida
Enjoy warmer waters and exotic, underwater wild life in South Florida. We start with a boat dive, a drift dive, and move on to navigation exercises. We wrap up with a night dive as well as a deep dive.
The cost is $210.00, and includes the Advanced Open Water Crew pack, certification card after completion, student training packet, and certification fees.
Enriched Air Certification for $125
Few things have revolutionized recreational diving in the past decade as much as the introduction of Enriched Air Certification, Nitrox (EANx). Nitrox is nothing more than the air you are breathing right now with some additional oxygen added to reduce the concentration of nitrogen. While the additional oxygen offers no benefit in and of itself (and can, in fact, pose additional risk at depth), breathing less nitrogen provides divers with the following benefits:
- You enjoy longer no-decompression limits and shorter surface intervals, especially on repetitive dives
- Reduces the risk of decompression sickness compared to making the same series of dives using air
- Improved gas consumption, reduced fatigue, and better overall well-being.
- If you own a modern dive computer, odds are it is capable of tracking your exposure to both air and Nitrox. Isn’t it time you started taking advantage of your computer’s capabilities?
Among the many things you will learn as part of this program:
- Enriched Air Nitrox: The advantages and drawbacks
- Equipment for diving EANx
- Using standard dive tables with Nitrox
- Managing oxygen exposure
- Analyzing EANx cylinders
- EANx and diving emergencies
Who Can Enroll?
This course is open to divers who are:
- At least 15 years old
- Certified to the Scuba Diver level or equivalent
- Able to either answer “No” to all questions on the standard medical history form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class
What Is Involved?
This course consists of:
- Self study
- Two classroom sessions
- One (Combine with ADV SD) open water training dive
What Equipment Will I Need?
Students are responsible for supplying all of the following equipment:
- Mask, snorkel, fins
- Adequate exposure protection
- One cylinder per dive, per day
- Weight system, weights
- Buoyancy Control Device (BC)
- Regulator/alternate air source
- Depth gauge/timer or computer
- Audible surface signal
- Surface signal (safety tube)
- Cutting tool
- Dive tables and slate
Get Started Now on Enriched Air Certification Now!
Improving your underwater stamina is only a call or click away.
Rescue Diver Course
The Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for individuals to perform diver rescues and assists, manage diving accident situations, render proper first aid and qualify for Divemaster training. Rescue Diver training is an important step in expanding a diver’s knowledge beyond a purely recreational level.
- PADI Advanced Certification or equivalent
- 15 years of age
- PADI Emergency First Responder (EFR) or equivalent (CPR from Red Cross or American Heart Association within two years)
- 20 logged dives documenting experience in deep or navigation exercises
- Three-Day complete Rescue Diver Certification Course
- All instruction
- Certification fees
- Tank rental and air fills
What To Bring:
- All Scuba Equipment
- Regulator With Pressure Gauge
- Depth Gauge
- Compass & Octopus
- Buoyancy Compensator With Power Inflator
- Timing Device
- Weight Belt
- Wet Suit
- Pocket Mask
If you are missing any equipment, it can be purchased through our dive shop. A 10% student discount is available on equipment rentals and up to 20% on equipment purchases.
Rescue Diver candidates are required to do the PADI Rescue PADI E-Learning course study prior to the start of the course or take our classroom lessons. The Rescue Diver candidate should also be comfortable with their diving skills. If you are a little rusty or it has been over six months since your last dive we recommend that you do a pool check with an instructor and a day or two of diving prior to your class start date. If over a year since your last dive, a pool check with an instructor becomes a minimum requirement with emphasis on at least one dive prior to starting your course.
Cost: $225.00 add $100.00 for private class
How To Register: A $100.00 deposit is required two weeks prior to the course starting date and set up course assignments and itinerary sheet.
Medical Form: If applicant signs yes to any of the medical history questions, please consult your physician for approval.
Sharpen Your Skills with the PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating
You have the passion. You want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. You want to live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world and go places and see things you have never experienced. More than a pipe dream? Absolutely! Do it by becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver -- a rating that puts you in a class of distinction, writing your ticket to endless adventure and opportunities through the experience and scuba training that sets you apart.
The Fun Part
With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest nonprofessional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments. See all the specialty diver courses offered.
- 12 years old and up
- PADI Open Water Course or qualifying certification from another training organization
- PADI Advanced Open Water (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
- Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver Course
- Minimum of 50 logged dives
- For more information on becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver, contact Captain Rick’s Diving Adventures
- PADI Rescue Diver Certification or equivalent
- Proof of 30 logged dives prior to start of course with 60 at the end of course
- 18 years old and up
- Medical exam for diving within the past 12 months
- PADI EFR or equivalent in the past 2 yrs (CPR)
What To Bring:
- Full Scuba Equipment
- Regulator With Pressure Gauge
- Depth Gauge
- Compass & Octopus
- Buoyancy Compensator With Power Inflator
- Timing Device/Computer
- Weight Belt
- Wet Suit
A 10% student discount is available for equipment rentals and up to 20% on equipment purchases.
What To Expect
The PADI Divemaster Course is designed to train qualified Rescue Divers in how to control, manage and supervise groups of divers. This three-module course provides extensive development of one’s diving skills, stamina, and theoretical diving knowledge. The swim test involves a 400yd swim, an 800yd mask, fin, snorkel swim, a 100yd tired diver tow in full equipment, and a 15min tread -- all of which are time-based evaluation. There are also extensive written exams covering the areas of physics, physiology, equipment, dive management, supervision, skills, environment, and dive tables. Upon successful completion of the course, the student is certified as a PADI Divemaster and qualifies for PADI Membership and attendance at a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).
HOW TO REGISTER: A $100.00 deposit is required two weeks prior to the course starting date. Upon receipt, we will send you your course assignments and itinerary sheet.
MEDICAL FORM: If applicant signs yes to any of the medical history questions, please consult your physician for approval.
NAUI Instructor Course
A NAUI Instructor is a person dedicated to the motto of “Dive Safety Through Education” -- a person who others look to for leadership and knowledge. NAUI has always been and remains today the most prestigious agency focusing on diving instruction.
As an instructor, you can share the adventure and help create it! If you believe your work should be enjoyable and exciting, if you are eager to share your knowledge with others, if you believe that to train the best you must be among the best trained, join the finest -- join the adventure!
Prerequisites & Requirements
- Minimum age is 18 years
- Experience -- Specified for each Leadership course. Required logged dives shall be varied in environment and depth
- Rescue Certification -- At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required except for Skin Diving Instructor, for which a lifeguard certification is adequate.
- CPR and First Aid Certification -- Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. Certification training shall include one person adult CPR, infant/child CPR, two person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g. pocket mask, face shield
- Medical Approval -- Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving by a licensed physician within the preceding 12 months
- Administrative Requirements -- Submit a complete course application, provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water, and provide all required texts and materials.
- Meet all course prerequisites
- Be currently certified or have verified competency in CPR and first aid
- Complete all portions of the course
- Meet all course administrative requirements
- Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 75% or better
Membership Application & Registration
Upon completion of all certification requirements, each Leadership graduate must complete a NAUI membership application which the instructor will process in accordance with current procedures. Applicants will be registered as Leadership members in the appropriate category and status and be sent new member information.
Qualifications & Leadership Members
Leadership members of NAUI are entitled to benefits detailed in the Association Bylaws and in the NAUI standards. A NAUI Leader may renew membership annually in any one of several statuses by meeting renewal requirements.
Resource Materials for NAUI Leadership Programs
- NAUI Standards and Policies Manual / Risk Management Handbook / Deluxe Logbook
- NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide
- NAUI Student Scuba Diver Educational System (including book, tables, etc.)
- NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver Textbook
- NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver Textbook
- NAUI Master Scuba Diver Textbook
- NAUI Leadership and Instruction Textbook
- NAUI Leadership and Instruction Workbook
- Physics, Physiology and Decompression Theory for the Technical and Commercial Diver by Wienke
- High Altitude Diving by Wienke
- Scuba Equipment Care and Maintenance by Farley and Royer
- The U.S. Navy Diving Manual Volume 1 -- Air Diving
- The U.S. Navy Diving Manual Volume 2 -- Mixed-gas Diving
- The NOAA Diving Manual
- Diving Medicine, 2nd Edition by Bove and Davis
- Scuba Diving in Safety and Health by Dueker
- Stress and Performance in Diving by Bachrach and Egstrom
- A Medical Guide to Hazardous Marine Life by Auerbach
- Oxygen and the Scuba Diver by Hendrick and Thomson
- The Application of Enriched Air Mixtures by Betts
- Sport Diving in Depth, 2nd Edition by Griffiths
- Deeper Into Diving by Lippman
- The Physics and Engineering of Diving by Dickens
Qualifications of Certified Graduates
- Certified NAUI Instructor course graduates (ITC or ICC) are qualified to apply for Instructor membership in NAUI in any status provided for in the bylaws of the association
- An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently teach NAUI sanctioned courses and authorize NAUI certifications for graduates
- An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently conduct NAUI recognition and experience programs and authorize formal recognition for graduates.
- An active- or sustaining-status NAUI Instructor is a voting member of NAUI
- A NAUI member Instructor may renew such membership annually (in any one status) by meeting the requirements set by the NAUI Training Department and Membership Committee
Instructor Training Course (ITC)
The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify NAUI Instructor members. During the course future instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving Course Standards. The ITC may be presented in two phases. If done so, Phase One, called an Instructor Training Program (ITP), contains all developmental training except for the final evaluations. During an ITP, candidate practice performances must be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators, one of whom may be a STW completer and the other an IT or CD. The ITP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a week to an internship over an extended period.
The second or final phase of an ITC so organized is called the IQP, during which a Course Director must be in residence and all final evaluations will be made. The course assures the NAUI membership that candidates who receives certification as NAUI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness, and proper attitude to do so.
Prerequisites for Entering the Course
- General -- Meet prerequisites applying to all Leadership courses
- Dive Certification -- Be a currently certified NAUI Assistant Instructor or NAUI Divemaster, or a NAUI PREP Course graduate within the past 12 months
- Equipment -- Provide and be responsible for own instructor-level diving equipment suitable for teaching in open water
- Experience -- Have at least 100 logged dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth, and activities
- Materials -- See current guide to NAUI membership. A detailed and current list of necessary materials shall be provided each candidate in a supplemental fact sheet for specific ITCs.
- Teaching Activity -- Have taught or assisted in diving instruction for two or more courses
- Continuing Education -- Have attended one or more diving related activities per year since certification as a scuba instructor
NAUI Technical Courses
Is technical diving for you? NAUI Technical Courses are designed for divers whose interests include diving beyond traditional recreational limits and specific areas of technical diving. Accordingly, technical diving courses are designed to provide more detailed training than specialty diver courses and result in more extensive qualifications.
NAUI was the first training agency to certify all levels of diving ranging from traditional recreational training through all levels of technical training. Technical diving is a potentially dangerous activity that requires special training, equipment, and qualified support teams. NAUI Technical Instructors are qualified to not only certify you for your dive objective, but also to provide a healthy respect for the technical diving environment.
Cave Diver (Levels I and II)
Does the thought of diving through an underwater cave intrigue you? Are you fascinated by the possibility of diving where few have gone before? The NAUI Cave Diver Levels I and II courses build on skills and knowledge taught in the Cavern Diver course and develops the next level of skills and experience you need to be a NAUI certified Cave Diver Level I or II.
Upon successful completion of the NAUI Cave Diver Level I course, you are qualified to plan and execute limited-penetration, simple navigation, no-decompression cave dives to depths that do not exceed 100 fsw (30 msw).
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the Cave Diver Level I course. You must also have completed the NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving course (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 75 logged dives.
Upon successful completion of the NAUI Cave Diver Level II course, you are qualified to plan and execute longer penetration cave dives with staged cylinders involving complex navigation to depths that do not exceed 130 fsw (40 msw).
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Cave Diver Level II course. You must also be a certified NAUI Technical Decompression Diver and NAUI Cave Diver Level I (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 100 logged dives with at least 20 logged cave dives after certification as a Cave Diver Level I.
Cave Guide (Technical Support Leader)
The NAUI Cave Guide course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to plan and execute guided tours in caverns and caves. As a Cave Guide, your responsibilities might include escorting stressed diver(s) out of a cave system, repairing broken guide lines, and assuring that all guided divers are out of the cave after completion of a dive.
Your NAUI Cave Guide course includes a minimum of three dives, one cavern-guided dive, and two cave-guided dives. The course teaches you to become proficient in analyzing your own breathing gas mixture, the use of general navigational markings, zero visibility/touch contact communications while following a line, and many other skills that are necessary to be a competent NAUI Cave Guide.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Cave Guide course. You must also be a certified NAUI Divemaster and NAUI Cave Diver Level II (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 100 logged cave dives after certification as a NAUI Cave Diver Level II with at least 50 hours of bottom time.
The NAUI Cavern Diver course provides you with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for cavern diving at depths not exceeding 100 fsw (30 msw) and at a combined depth and distance penetration not exceeding 200 feet (61 meters) from the surface.
Your NAUI Cavern Diver course includes a minimum of four dives in at least two different cavern sites within no-decompression limits. This course teaches you to become proficient in the use of lines reels while handling a light, team and line placement, zero visibility/touch contact communications while following a line, as well as many other skills that are necessary to be a competent cavern diver.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Cavern Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver (or its equivalent). A NAUI EANx certification is highly recommended, but not required.
Closed Circuit Rebreather
The NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather course provides you with the training and experience necessary to understand the hazards and minimize the risks of using a closed circuit rebreather while breathing EANx with a constant oxygen partial pressure. Upon successful completion of the NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather course, you are qualified to plan and execute unit-specific, air-diluent, no-decompression, closed circuit rebreather dives to depths not exceeding 100 fsw (30 msw). You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather course. You must also be a certified NAUI EANx Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 10 EANx dives.
Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver
The NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based or trimix breathing diluent gas mixtures for dives with rebreathers and constant PO2 requiring decompression. Training in the Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course includes dive planning limits based on gas consumption of bailout stages, oxygen exposures, inert gas loading, and breathing gas mixtures. It also emphasizes underwater navigation, rescue and management of a diver experiencing oxygen toxicity, ascents with ascent reel and surface marker, and stage decompression.
Upon successful completion of the NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course, you are qualified to plan and execute technical, constant PO2 dives on unit-specific CCRs that require decompression and utilize helium-based or Trimix breathing gas mixtures to depths not exceeding 200 fsw (61 msw).
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Technical Decompression Diver and NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 100 logged hours on a close circuit rebreather with at least 60 hours on the specific closed circuit rebreather to be used for mixed gas training.
Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Technical Diver
The NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Technical Diver course provides you with the introductory skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks while conducting dives with a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) in open water.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Technical Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives.
Diver Propulsion Vehicle Extreme Exposure Diver
The NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Extreme Exposure Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks while conducting multistage, technical dives with a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) in open water.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Extreme Exposure Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Technical Diver and NAUI Technical Decompression Diver (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 100 logged dives with at least 20 logged dives using a DPV.
Extreme Exposure Diver
The NAUI Extreme Exposure Diver course provides you with the experience and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of diving to depths beyond 200 fsw (61 msw) while utilizing helium-based trimix breathing mixtures, hypoxic trimix breathing mixtures, helium-based and EANx-based travel gases, as well as EANx and oxygen during decompression.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Extreme Exposure Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Trimix Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 200 logged trimix dives.
Extreme Exposure Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver
The NAUI Extreme Exposure Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based or trimix breathing diluent gas mixtures for dives with rebreathers and constant PO2 requiring decompression.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Extreme Exposure Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Closed Circuit Rebreather Mixed Gas Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 100 logged hours on the specific unit with at least 60 hours of helium-based diving on the specific unit.
The NAUI Helitrox Diver course provides the training and experience necessary to understand the hazards of utilizing helium-enriched EANx for dives to depths not exceeding 150 fsw (46 msw) that may require staged decompression, utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.
Your NAUI Helitrox Diver course includes a minimum of four open water dives using a Helitrox mixture (26% oxygen / 17% helium); one dive is a repetitive dive. This course provides you with the training and experience you need to competently plan and execute extended range dives that require stage decompression utilizing Helitrox and oxygen. Topics covered in your training include:
- Oxygen Toxicity & Nitrogen Narcosis Limitations
- Emergency Planning Including Omitted Decompression, Decompression Sickness, & Equipment Failure
- Emergency & Contingency Procedures
- Entry & Descent Techniques
- Variable Ascent-Rate Techniques & Deep-Stop Models
- Tethered or Un-Tethered Decompression Methods
- Shore or Boat Based Dive Team Support & Chamber Locations
- Naui Technical Equipment Configuration (Ntec)
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Helitrox Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Technical Decompression Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 15 EANx dives.
The NAUI Ice Diver course provides a basic understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to minimize risks of diving under ice. Upon successful completion of the NAUI Ice Diver course, you are qualified to plan and execute ice dives that do not require staged decompression.
Your NAUI Ice Diver course includes a minimum of three open water dives limited to a maximum depth of 40 feet (12 meters) and not more than 100 feet (30 meters) in a horizontal line from the penetration hole. Your training includes developing proficiency in many skills, including
- Equipment Removal & Replacement
- Underwater Navigation
- Use Of Harnesses & Line Techniques
- Silt-Out/Black-Water Procedures
- Exposure Hazards & Treatment
- Ice Cutting & Characteristics
- & Much More
Additional topics covered in your course include atmospheric conditions and characteristics of ice structure, wind chill factors, cold stress, dehydration and first aid, surface clothing and dry suits, penetration holes, and dive site preparation.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Ice Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver (or its equivalent), and have at least 50 logged dives in a variety of conditions.
Introduction to Technical Diving
The NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving course (Intro to Tech) introduces recreational divers to the rigors and discipline of technical diving, and is a great preparatory course if you are considering specific technical diver training, such as cave or decompression diving, or are interested in streamlining your equipment configuration for maximum efficiency.
Learn about dive planning, physics and physiology, decompression, decompression associated with technical diving, buoyancy control, and side-mount configuration. The NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration (NTEC) training is also part of the NAUI Intro to Tech course.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving course. You must also be a certified NAUI Scuba Diver and NAUI EANx Diver (or their equivalents), and have at least 25 logged dives with at least 10 EANx dives.
Mixed Gas Blender & Oxygen Service Technician
The NAUI Mixed Gas Blender and Oxygen Service Technician course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to safely handle high pressure gases, prepare oxygen enriched air and helium-based mixtures, and prepare equipment for oxygen service.
Analyze the resulting breathing gas mixtures from your own breathing gas blending practice and master the breathing gas blending system used in training. This is a great course if you plan to work in a dive center and need additional training or if you wish to expand your knowledge of diving gas mixtures. You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Mixed Gas Blender and Oxygen Service Technician course.
Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver
The Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course provides you with the training and knowledge necessary to understand the hazards and minimize the risks of using a semi-closed circuit rebreather (SCR) while breathing EANx mixtures of 32% to 80% oxygen. Learn to analyze the following:
- Breathing Gas Mixtures
- Buoyancy Control Skills
- Diver Rescue Simulations Including Management Of a Diver Experiencing Underwater Convulsions, Hypoxia, Flooded System, & Out-Of-Breathing-Gas Scenarios
- Training In Redundant Breathing Gas Systems
- Proper Counter-Lung Flush Procedures
- Ascent With a Line Reel & Surface Marker While Simulating a Required Decompression Stop
Additional topics covered in your course include proper post dive procedures, physics and physiology, equipment, review of dive tables including RGBM tables, narcosis depth, dive planning requirements, and gas management planning.
Upon successful completion of the NAUI Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course you are qualified to plan and execute unit-specific, air-diluent semi-closed circuit rebreather dives to depths not exceeding 100 fsw (30 msw).
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the NAUI Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI EANx Diver (or its equivalent), and have at least 50 logged dives with at least 20 EANx dives.
The NAUI Sidemount Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks while conducting open water dives with a side-mounted cylinder configuration within the no-decompression limits. Learn about dive planning including limits based on:
- Gas Consumption
- Oxygen Toxicity Exposures
- Inert Gas Absorption Based On Depth & Time Within the No-Decompression Limits
- Appropriate Navigation for the Planned Diving Distance
- Diver Comfort
Upon successful completion of the NAUI Sidemount Diver course you are qualified to analyze and label your own breathing gas mixture.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Sidemount Diver course. You must also be certified in NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 25 logged dives.
Technical Decompression Diver
The NAUI Technical Decompression Diver course provides you with the theory, methods, and procedures of planned staged decompression diving while using optimal breathing gas mixtures.
Learn how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive to depths not exceeding 130 fsw (40 msw). Additional topics covered in your course include equipment and team requirements, NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration (NTEC), decompression breathing gas mixtures, and decompression techniques.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Technical Decompression Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Master Scuba Diver and be certified in NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 15 EANx dives.
Technical Support Leader (TSL)
The NAUI Technical Support Leader (TSL) course trains knowledgeable NAUI Instructors, Divemasters, and Assistant Instructors who are also technical divers to act as part of a support team for technical diving, training activities, and guiding technical dives that are not in an overhead environment. An active-status NAUI TSL is qualified to assist an active-status NAUI Technical Instructor in technical diving instruction. As a NAUI Technical Support Leader, your responsibilities might include:
- Providing Assistance To Teams Of Technical Divers
- Assisting During Training or Post-Certification Diving Activities
- Guide Technical Dives
- Shuttling Equipment
- Removal & Replacement Of Staged Decompression Gases & Equipment Rigging
- Setting Up Decompression Stations & Gases
- Monitoring Divers During Ascent & Staged Decompression Stops
- Assisting With Emergency Evacuation
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Technical Support Leader course. You must also be certified as a NAUI Instructor, NAUI Divemaster, or NAUI Assistant Instructor; NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver, NAUI Technical Decompression Diver, and NAUI First Aid, CPR, and Oxygen Provider (or their equivalents); and have a minimum of 50 logged dives as a Technical Decompression Diver.
Technical Wreck Penetration Diver
The NAUI Technical Wreck Penetration Diver course is a combination of technical diving and wreck exploration diving. This course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks in penetration wreck diving at depths beyond 130 fsw (40 msw) and utilize trimix for dives to depths not exceeding 180 fsw (55 msw) that require staged decompression, utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in the Technical Wreck Penetration Diver course. You must also be certified in NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving and be a certified NAUI Wreck Penetration Diver and NAUI Trimix Diver (or their equivalents); and have a minimum of 100 logged dives with at least 10 logged penetration wreck dives.
The NAUI Trimix Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based trimix breathing gas mixtures for dives to depths not exceeding 200 fsw (61 msw) requiring staged decompression and utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.
Learn how to plan and execute technical dives that require stage decompression and utilize helium-based trimix breathing gas mixtures with EANx as a travel gas and oxygen for decompression to depths not exceeding 200 fsw (61 msw).
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Trimix Diver course. You must also be a certified NAUI Technical Decompression Diver (or its equivalent), and have a minimum of 100 logged dives with at least 20 decompression dives.
Wreck Penetration Diver
The NAUI Wreck Penetration Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize risks in penetration wreck diving at depths not exceeding 130 fsw (40 msw). Wreck penetration diving is any diving inside a sunken vessel, aircraft, or similar structure. Learn about the following as it relates to wreck diving:
- Safety Hazards & Special Risks Of Overhead Environments
- Gas Management
- Limited Visibility
- Naui Technical Equipment Configuration (Ntec)
- Specialized Equipment Utilized In Wreck Penetration Diving
- Search Methods
- Underwater Navigation
- Legal Aspects
- And More
You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in a NAUI Wreck Penetration Diver course. You must also be certified in NAUI Introduction to Technical Diving and be a certified NAUI EANx Diver (or their equivalents), and have a minimum of 50 logged dives with at least 15 EANx dives.
- MK 15
- MK 16 MOD 0: Air Diluent 150fsw / HeO2 200fsw MILITARY
- MK 16 MOD 1: Air Diluent 190fsw / HeO2 300fsw MILITARY
- PRISM TOPAZ
- OXILUNG (MILITARY)
- LAR V (MILITARY)
- VOYAGER CCR AND SCR
- The Evolution
- The Inspiration
- Poseidon Mk VI Discovery
- InnerSpace Systems Megalodon
- Hollis Prism 2
- JJ CCR
- Hollis Explorer
- Aqua Lung FROG
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