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Skin Diver / Junior Skin Diver

Imagine floating on a clear sea of liquid watching fishes, crustaceans, corals – everything from dolphins to dugongs face-to-face. Your Instructor will coach you through the process of snorkeling and breath-hold diving and your fun will grow as your skills increase!

Fun for the whole family, this certification class is for 8 year-olds and older whether you are an accomplished swimmer or someone who has never spent time in the water. (Even the younger family members can share the fun: 5-year olds and older can enjoy a “Snorkeling for Kids of All Ages” non-certification class.)

Once you’ve completed your training and two open water dives, you will have the skills you need to be a comfortable and safe Skin Diver. And, you can use what you’ve learned towards the next step of becoming a Scuba Diver.

What are you waiting for? Dive in!

Advanced Open Water Diver

Let your underwater adventure continue! Apply your scuba skills as you explore new dive sites and activities under the supervision and training of your instructor. Learn which diving specialties interest you, and what type of diving you enjoy most. Gain more confidence and capability. Begin to consider the direction diving will take you, as you go for everything it has to offer.

The Advanced Scuba Diver course is an enjoyable certification course for 10-year-old (or older) certified divers who desire additional training, have moved from one diving area to another and desire local orientation, or who desire orientation to a variety of diving sites and conditions.

As part of your certification, you will complete a minimum of six open water dives including three separate dives for navigation, night or low visibility diving and deep diving (130 feet/40 meters maximum depth), plus three different dives. Some of the many different dives you can do include:

  • Search and recovery
  • Boat diving
  • Light salvage
  • Hunting and collecting
  • Exploration and underwater mapping
  • Wreck diving (non-penetration)
  • Observation and data collection
  • Diving in surf or currents
  • Altitude diving
  • Salt water diving (in areas where most diving is in fresh water)
  • Fresh water diving (in areas where most diving is in salt water)
  • Shore diving
  • Diving for photos or video
  • Using dive computers

Master SCUBA Diver

Gain the in-depth knowledge that will establish you as a recognized authority in your diving club or group. Thrill to the adventure of open water dives in settings that will test your abilities to their limit while expanding your diving capabilities and experience. Then proudly carry the most coveted and respected certification card in recreational diving – that of the Master Scuba Diver.

The Master Scuba Diver course is a continuing education certification course for divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment of diving. This course is an excellent progression toward Leadership roles.

During your training, you will engage in a minimum of eight open water dives including the following required dives:

  • Emergency procedures and rescue
  • Deep/simulated decompression diving
  • Limited visibility or night diving
  • Underwater navigation
  • Search and recovery – light salvage
  • You can also choose from many different dives for your elective dives such as:
  • Skin diving
  • Environmental study or survey
  • Air consumption (practical application)
  • Boat diving
  • Shore diving
  • Hunting and collecting
  • Or other special interest dives
  • If you are 15 years old and have an Advanced Scuba Diver certification or its equivalent, you may be ready for the Master Scuba Diver class. Ready, set, learn!

Deep Diver

Does the thought of deep diving fascinate you? If you are at least 18 and have a Advanced Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent, you can enroll in a Deep Diver course where you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to plan and make enjoyable deep dives while minimizing risks of deep diving.

Although this is not a decompression techniques course, you will learn about decompression procedures including nitrogen narcosis and decompression sickness, and the use of dive computers including avoiding the need for stage decompression. Your course will also include teachings on the purpose, problems, hazards, planning, preparation, equipment, air supplies, personnel, techniques, gas management, emergency procedures, and depth limits for recreational diving. Deep diving is defined as dives made between 60 feet / 18 meters and 130 feet / 40 meters.

Dry Suit Diver

While dry suits were once used almost exclusively for situations such as ice diving or deep wreck diving, many sport divers are now using dry suits regularly for every day recreational dives all over the world. If you want to dive in the Pacific Northwest, the Dry Suit Diver course is for you!

The Dry Suit Diver course will give you a basic knowledge and skills needed to minimize risks and gain experience in dry suit diving, as well as train you to properly use and maintain your dry suit.

Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent is required for enrollment – or your instructor can teach you both courses in combination so you can be comfortable and warm from your very first open water dive.

Nitrox (EANx) Diver

Want to extend your bottom time, lessen your surface interval, and maximize every dive? Become an Enriched Air Nitrox diver!

You will learn how to choose the proper blend of Nitrox for your dive profile, determine maximum depth limits for your Nitrox mixture, analyze your breathing mixture, and plan and safely execute each dive. Your instructor will teach you about the physiology of oxygen and nitrogen; advantages, disadvantages, and risks of Nitrox; oxygen toxicity; hazards and precautions of handling oxygen; the concept of Equivalent Air Depth; use of EANx with standard Air Dive Tables; common gas mixing procedures; and more.

After your exam, you can qualify for the Nitrox recognition card, or go ahead and complete two dives to receive your Nitrox Diver certification card. And, your NAUI instructor can integrate your Nitrox course into your Scuba Diver course!

Rescue Diver

Once you are 15 years of age and a certified scuba diver, you can expand your diving knowledge with a Scuba Rescue Diver course. Learn how to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies, how to assist and transport divers, and how to perform surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat and shore based skin and scuba divers.

CPR and First Aid certifications are required to complete this course. Your Scuba Rescue Diver training moves you on your pathway to becoming a Leader: Skin Diving Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Dive master, or Instructor.

Search and Recovery

At some point in your diving career, you or your buddy will either loose or find something underwater and the knowledge and skills you gain in the Search and Recovery Diver course will help you when you do!

In your Search and Recovery Diver course you’ll learn about underwater navigation using natural and compass techniques; the problems, methods, equipment, hazards, and safety procedures regarding limited visibility diving; proper search methods and techniques; and how to handle light salvage or recovery, including rigging and knot tying.

Wreck Diver

Our underwater environment presents divers with scenes of breathtaking beauty with wild and weird creatures that amaze and fascinate. How can you possibly remember each one unless you bring them back through photography?

In the Underwater Photographer course you will be taught the skills, techniques, and tricks of underwater photography including lighting, use of photographic equipment, the fundamentals of photography, underwater camera techniques, and underwater photo problems. For added interest, you can combine other diving courses or activities to provide additional photographic opportunities.

Tri-Mix – Level I and II

The Trimix Diver Course consists of two levels, Trimix Diver Level I and Trimix Diver Level II. These courses will give you the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based Trimix breathing gas mixes for dives to a maximum depth of 250 fsw / 76 msw requiring stage decompression and utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.

Your Trimix Level I instructor will teach you to plan and execute technical dives that require stage decompression and utilize helium-based tri-mix breathing gas mixtures and EANx and/or oxygen for stage decompression to depths above 200 fsw / 61 msw. In your Tri-mix Level II course, you will learn how to safely extend your diving depths down to no greater than 250 fsw / 76 msw.

To enroll in either Trimix course, you must be certified as a Decompression Techniques Diver and Technical Helitrox Diver or equivalent, and have a minimum of 100 logged dives 20 of which must have been decompression dives.

Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR)

The Closed Circuit Rebreather course provides the EANx certified diver with the training and experience necessary to understand the hazards and minimize the risks of using a closed circuit rebreather while breathing Nitrox with a constant oxygen partial pressure.

This no-stop decompression course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of using Closed-circuit Underwater Breathing Apparatus to a maximum depth of 100 fsw / 30 msw.

Closed-circuit Underwater Breathing Apparatus used for certification and training must have been independently tested for authorization of training on a specific model.

Mixed Gas Blender

If you want to prepare EANx breathing gas mixtures for use by divers, sign up for the Mixed Gas Blender and Oxygen Service Technician course. This is a great course if you plan to work in a dive center and need additional training, or wish to expand your knowledge of diving gas mixtures.

In it, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to safely handle high pressure gases and prepare Nitrox breathing gas mixtures for use by divers. You’ll analyze the resulting breathing gas mixtures from your own breathing gas blending practice and master the breathing gas blending system used in training.

Oxygen First Aid for SCUBA Diving Injuries

As a recreational diver, you can receive training to provide vital first aid that can make a difference to a scuba diver with decompression illness. The Oxygen Provider Course provides entry-level training in the recognition and management of possible diving-related injuries using emergency oxygen first aid.

Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies

This course trains non-divers and professional rescuers (such as lifeguards) to recognize near-drowning / submersion incidents and other aquatic medical emergencies and to provide basic life support including the use of oxygen first aid.

Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Diving Emergencies

This advanced-level program is designed to train existing DAN Oxygen Providers to use the MTV-100 or a Bag Valve Mask while providing care for a non-breathing injured diver.

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

Serious hazardous marine life injuries are rare, but most divers experience minor discomfort from unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures. This course teaches divers to minimize these injuries and reduce diver discomfort and pain.

Automated External Defibrillators for Diving Emergencies

More than 10 percent of all dive fatalities are actually caused by cardiovascular disease, according to DAN dive accident and fatality statistics. This course teaches divers and other interested parties to provide care for sudden cardiac arrest including the use of an automated external defibrillator (AEDs).

Basic Life Support for Diving

The remote nature of dive accidents, whether a few hours from shore or days from civilization, frequently requires more advanced levels of care than are offered by traditional or entry-level CPR programs.