of the key concerns any prospective student should have
is for the quality of the education that will be provided.
NAUI has been a leader in developing a comprehensive set
of principles, policies and standards to which its instructors
are expected to adhere. Following are examples of some of
the NAUI standards that guide our training processes:
An individual should not be qualified as a NAUI Instructor
unless those empowered to qualify the person would allow
that person to teach their loved ones to dive.
NAUI Instructors are qualified professional educators who
are granted academic freedom to teach diving in any reasonable
manner as long as NAUI standards and policies are met. NAUI
does not have a rigid approach to teaching diving. NAUI
training support materials are designed for flexibility
NAUI Instructors may exceed NAUI standards in ways that
do not jeopardize student safety. Examples include exceeding
the number of required open water dives or increasing the
NAUI adheres to the principle of continuing education for
divers. People cannot learn all they need to know about
diving in a single course of instruction and are to be encouraged
to obtain additional training to enhance their safety and
Diving instructors should be constantly improving the courses
they teach. As better ways to teach are developed, NAUI
Instructors have an obligation to share these developments
with other NAUI members.
Any individual who possesses the mental and physical abilities
to dive and the desire to do so can be taught to dive by
a patient, capable NAUI Instructor who will work with the
person until the person is qualified to dive safely.
NAUI divers would not be totally dependent upon their equipment
for their safety. NAUI members emphasize the skills of diving.
Anyone certified as a diver should be able to perform the
basics of a rescue of a buddy diver.
Standards requirements and student needs are the governing
factors controlling instruction and we oppose any controlling
factors that hinder or prevent the meeting of these requirements
Responsibility for safety should be gradually transferred
from the instructor to the student during training and students
should be capable of assuming full responsibility for their
own safety in order to be certified to dive without supervision."