NAUI Instructor Course

UPDATE: We have relocated to the Tampa area and are building a new shop! We will still have instructors in the Fayetteville area but the physical shop has moved. We have some limited classes scheduled in the Tampa area until the new shop opens. Please contact us for details.

A NAUI Instructor is a person dedicated to the motto of "Dive Safety Through Education"; a person whom others look to for leadership and knowledge. NAUI has always been and remains today the most prestigious agency focusing on diving instruction. 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!


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.


Age: Minimum is 18 years.
Experience: We require 150 logged dives by the completion of your instructor training. Required logged dives shall be varied in environment and depth.
Divemaster Certification: Divemaster certification is required.
CPR & 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.


Submit a complete course application.
Provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water.
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.


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.


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.



NAUI Standards and Policies Manual
NAUI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide
NAUI Student Training Kit (including book, tables, etc.)
Scuba Rescue: Skills and Techniques
Mastering Advanced Diving Technology and Techniques
Mastering NAUI Leadership
Leadership Courses Instructor Guide
NAUI/ASHI First Aid & CPR Instructor Guide


NAUI Nitrox: A Guide to Diving with Oxygen Enriched Air by Hamilton and Silverstein
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


The NAUI Instructor Course tuition is $1500. The tuition does not cover other course costs such as required NAUI materials, checkout dives, NAUI membership fees, or quarry entrance fees. Contact us to discuss your training options and to get started.