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NAUI Scuba Diver
Scuba Diver is the NAUI entry level scuba certification course.
It provides the fundamental knowledge and skills to scuba dive.
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are
considered competent to engage in open water diving
activities without supervision, provided the diving activities
and the areas dived approximate those of training.
• Age. Minimum is 15 years for Scuba Diver certification.
(Junior certification for ages 12 –14 years is allowed.
• Diver Certification. None required.
• Prior Training. Students who hold credentials from the
NAUI Passport Diver Program may, at the discretion of the
instructor, be awarded credit for skills and knowledge acquired.
• Ratios. Standard ratios apply. (see ”Policies Applying to
Specific open water supervision policies are detailed below.
Academic - 14 hours estimated.
Practical Application - 17 hours including not less than
10 water hours.
• Open Water Dives. The minimum number of open water
dives is five. They may be all scuba dives or one skin dive and
four scuba dives. No more than two scuba dives may be made
on a single day during the course. Open water training may
be completed in two days with a skin dive and two scuba dives
on one day and two additional scuba dives on the other day.
All open water training must take place during daylight hours.
• Daily Hours. No more than eight hours of training may be
conducted during any one day.
• Depth. Sixty feet (18 m) is the maximum depth for any
open water training dives during the course.
• Escorting. Certified assistants may escort students during
surface excursions and exits, ascents and descents and may
temporarily attend to remaining students while the instructor
conducts a skill with other students. The maximum num-ber
of students allowed per escort during underwater tours is
• Touring. During the second or subsequent open water
dives, pairs of students may be escorted on tours. The instructor
must evaluate the following skills for each student before
that student is allowed to tour with a certified assistant:
– Remove, replace and clear a regulator.
– Regain primary regulator from behind the shoulder.
– Mask clearing, including removal and replacement.
(In cold water environments when mitts and hood
seals are used, confined water removal and replacement
– Hover without support or significant movement.
– Give, recognize and respond appropriately to common
– In a stationary position at a depth of approximately
20 feet (6 m), share air in a controlled manner with
another diver; be both the donor of air and the receiver
– Monitor air supply and communicate amount remaining
• Navigation Exercises. Certified assistants may accompany
students during navigational exercises or the students
may be overseen by the instructor.
• Dives Beyond Those Required. No dives are to be interspersed
between ”required” dives. Following satisfactory
completion of all dives required for certification, dives for the
purpose of expanding the qualified diver”s experience may be
overseen. (See definition ”Overseeing” in ”Glossary”).
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