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NAUI Basic Scuba Diver

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Imagine gliding through a weightless underwater enviroment , leaving everyday stress and tension behind. It's the most exciting sensation imaginable. The NAUI Scuba Diver course will teach you everything you need to know to independently and competently scuba dive with your buddy to explore and discover. You'll train with some of the most competent and professional Diving Leaders in the Delaware Valley. NAUI instructors teach in a fun and relaxed atmoshpere.


NAUI Scuba Diver is our 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.


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. Sixty feet (18 m) is the maximum depth for any open water training dives during the course.

  • Age. Minimum is 15 years for Scuba Diver certification. (Junior certification for ages 10 - 14 years is allowed. See “Policies Applying to All Courses”, Age, Junior Certification.”)
  • 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.

Experienced Scuba Diver Course


This course provides a means for experienced scuba divers with no recognized recreational diving certification to become certified by NAUI. These divers may have military, commercial or scientific diving training or may not have any formal training. Graduates receive NAUI Scuba Diver certification with all designated qualifications.


When all eligibility requirements have been met and the instructor is assured the diver is ready, the diver shall undertake the open water diving portion of the NAUI Scuba Diver Course (5 dives).


if time or conditions do not allow the experienced diver to take the preferred open water training portion of the NAUI Scuba Diver Course, the following requirements shall be substituted:

  • The diver is to complete all appropriate skin and scuba diving skill requirements from the Scuba Diver Course in a pool and/or confined water.
  • The diver is to complete at least two open water dives, satisfactorily completing all of the open water skill requirements from the Scuba Diver Course.
  • All course activities are to be recorded in the student’s diving log and authenticated by the instructor.
  • Age. Minimum is 15 years.
  • Diver Certification. None required, but must provide proof of diving experience of at least 25 open water scuba dives.
  • Diving Knowledge. Pass an entry-level written examination on scuba diving.