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NAUI Scuba Diver



OVERVIEW


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.

 


PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE COURSE

• 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.

COURSE POLICIES

• Ratios. Standard ratios apply. (see ”Policies Applying to

All Courses”).

Specific open water supervision policies are detailed below.

• Hours.

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

two.

• 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

is sufficient.)

– Hover without support or significant movement.

– Give, recognize and respond appropriately to common

underwater communications.

– 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

of air.

– Monitor air supply and communicate amount remaining

upon request.

• 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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