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Why Captain Rick's? 

Captain Rick’s Diving Adventures focus on safe diving practices with in-depth education on dive theory, dive physics and dive physiology. 
The Academic classes are held through the e-Learning Course plus full lecture on each chapter. The e Learning includes nine online chapters, small quizzes after each chapter, and a final online exam after the completion of the course.  Lectures will be held in the classroom with your instructor for in-depth clarification and questions which can be done at any time convenient for you.  

Captain Rick is a NAUI Course Director, PADI MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) and Eric Morgan is a NAUI Instructor Trainer, Matt Delp and Mike Dumas are NAUI FIT Instructors
Captain Rick’s Diving Adventures teaches the following Organizations: NAUI, PADI, SSI, SDI

Boy Scouts counselors, Sponsor of the Scuba Venture Crew,  Scuba Re, Simon Kenton Council member, US NAVY Sea Cadet Scuba Instructor and background check by the FBI.   

We teach scuba diving in the Westerville & New Albany High Schools program for class credit.

We sponsor CRDA Reef Project in South Florida and Key Largo Coral Reef Project.

 Some of Captain Rick’s Diving Adventures students have furthered their diving career with:

  • The U.S. Navy Divers and Navy Seals
  • U.S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations
  • U.S. Air Force Special Operations
  • NASA
  • NOAA
  • US. Coast Guard Rescue Divers
  • Police and Fire Departments
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Marine Biologist and Scientist
  • Commercial Divers

We train in Ohio using many of the local quarries & South Florida from West Palm to Key West.

We are NAUI, where the Best Divers in the World Train.


Note: Some courses have prerequisites, please check with your NAUI Instructor to determine what those are for specific courses.

NAUI FIT  (Familiarization-Instruction-Testing) Training Course

The NAUI FIT (Familiarization-Instruction-Testing) training program is a prerequisite for advancement to the NAUI Professional Level training courses including Divemaster and Instructor. The FIT program includes online, classroom, and in-water training to prepare the diver who intends to become a NAUI professional level diver. The FIT Course is 3 days long and requires that you complete the online training prior to attending. Once you enroll with us we will send you the FIT packet containing the materials that you need during the course.

The NAUI FIT program is a non-certification program required as a prerequisite for enrollment in a NAUI Assistant Instructor Course, NAUI Divemaster Course or a NAUI Instructor Crossover Course (ICC).

The program includes both instruction and evaluation. Enrollees receive the information needed to prepare for NAUI membership and NAUI leadership training. Participants are given knowledge, water skill and other performance evaluations, critiques and counseling
to ensure they are aware of their state of preparedness for NAUI membership and continued leadership training.
Upon completion of the NAUI FIT Program, each participant will receive a written summary of staff recommendations regarding their readiness for leadership training. It is the responsibility of the individual participant to use this and other knowledge gained
in deciding when to enter a NAUI leadership course. Any number of NAUI FITs may be attended if re-evaluation of preparedness is desired. Candidates will receive a NAUI FIT Graduate recognition card that can be renewed annually by payment of the NAUI FIT
Registration Fee.

Leadership Attendance. Provided all other leadership prerequisites are met, current NAUI FIT graduates who are registered with NAUI may attend a NAUI Assistant Instructor
Course, Divemaster Course or Instructor Crossover Course. Other agency leaders who are NAUI FIT graduates may attend a NAUI Instructor Training Course. NAUI FIT graduates are
encouraged to attend their anticipated leadership course within the one-year timeframe of completing their respective courses when possible.

Price for this course- $200.00

Included in this rate:

  • E-Learning material
  • Lectures
  • in water sessions
  • Certification Fees


NAUI Divemaster Training Course

The NAUI Divemaster Training Course is professional level training which prepares the successful graduate for employment as a paid NAUI Divemaster. The course is 7 days long and involves both classroom academics, confined water training, and open water training. The NAUI Divemaster Training Course is conducted under the supervision of our staff Instructor Trainer. Course materials additional.

The NAUI Divemaster rating is the highest NAUI leadership level certification with the exception of instructor. The program is designed to train experienced and knowledgeable divers to organize and conduct enjoyable open water dives for certified divers. An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct dives for certified divers if the diving activities and locale approximate those in which the divemaster is trained. Additional training, knowledge or experience is necessary for the dive master who desires to organize highly specialized activities, such as wreck penetration, cavern, ice, or other technical dives or enter a new locale. An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct NAUI recognition programs (such as International Diver)
and award appropriate recognition materials to participants. An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct Refresher Scuba training for certified divers. An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to assist an active-status NAUI Instructor in diving courses.
An active-status NAUI Divemaster who completes a NAUI-DAN First Aid Instructor orientation, who has completed all required NAUI-DAN orientation modules and is using the NAUI-DAN training and support materials, may teach the NAUI-DAN First Aid programs.
If all other prerequisites are met, a current NAUI Divemaster is qualified to enter a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC).
Leadership members of NAUI are entitled to benefits detailed in the Association Bylaws and in these standards.

Price for this course- $600.00


Skin Diving Instructor (SDI)

Want to begin working as a professional in the field, organizing your own courses, issuing certifications and conducting open water skin dives? NAUI Skin Diving Instructor training will enable you to join NAUI as a leadership member and independently conduct skin diving training. Because of the growing popularity of snorkeling and skin diving, this may gain you substantial financial rewards. You can also team-teach with a NAUI Instructor, offering the skin diving portion of the Scuba Diver Course.

This is a leadership level certification course designed to train and qualify persons and issue certifications in skin (breath-hold) diving.

The course will make available to individuals, schools, camps, or similar groups NAUI Leaders who can effectively teach people to enjoy skin diving with minimal risk.

Price for this course- $375.00

Assistant Instructor (AI)

As an Assistant Instructor, you will be authorized to teach all aspects of skin and scuba diving under the supervision of a NAUI Instructor. This is the best possible way to develop your instructional skills. The rating can be a step toward full Instructor, or an end in itself. Match your time, talent and interests with the NAUI programs near you, and enjoy the adventure of personal and professional enhancement as a NAUI leader.


The NAUI Assistant Instructor rating is a NAUI leadership-level certification. The program is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics. It also tests individuals in fundamental water skills needed to be capable assistants. Certification authorizes individuals to assist active-status NAUI Instructors in the conduct of dive training. NAUI Assistant Instructor certification is a highly recommended step in the progression to NAUI Instructor.

Assistant Instructor Course- Cost $500

Instructor Course

NAUI values and respects the knowledge, skills and abilities of its instructors. As such, NAUI Instructors are authorized and can be approved to teach every level of diving in which they possess the training, knowledge and experience. NAUI also allows its instructors to develop their own "instructor specified" specialty courses. If you are someone who seeks even more adventure and specialization, NAUI provides pathways to gaining Public Safety Diver, Technical and Freediving Instructor ratings.


The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify NAUI Instructor member applicants. During the course candidate instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI diving course standards.

The course assures the NAUI membership that candidates who receive certification as NAUI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness and proper attitude to do so.

Course- Cost $900, 
For more details call or visit the Captain Rick's Dive Center (614) 948-3481

Instructor Crossover

The NAUI Instructor Crossover Course (ICC) is designed to train and qualify applicants in good standing with non-NAUI recreational scuba training organizations as a NAUI Instructor member.  During the course, candidate instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving Course Standards.
Course- Cost $800

Instructor Trainer

The Instructor Trainer designation is a formal NAUI leadership designation, not a certification. The NAUI Instructor Trainer designation (IT) provides recognition to NAUI Instructors who have completed a combination of training and evaluated experience specific to the preparing, training, evaluating and counseling of NAUI Instructor candidates.

Instructor Trainer- Cost $1200
For more details call or visit the Captain Rick's Dive Center (614) 948-3481

Course Director- Cost $1500

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  • Captain Rick's
  • 614-948-3481
  • 760 South State Street
    Westerville, OH 43081
  • Monday - Saturday 11am - 7pm
    Sunday 12pm - 6pm