The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) has announced the revision and relaunch of its NAUI Passport Scuba Diver Program.
The NAUI Try Scuba/Passport Scuba Diver Program is an introductory scuba program and makes diving accessible and convenient for first-time divers. The Try Scuba portion of the program is designed to simply introduce new divers to scuba diving in a pool or confined water. Upon successful completion of the Passport Scuba Diver portion of this program, a diver may continue to enjoy scuba diving under the direct supervision of a NAUI Instructor for up to 12 months. Engaging in such activities during the initial 12-month period automatically extends your passport for an additional 12 months.
The NAUI Passport Scuba Diver program consists of three components:
– NAUI Passport Scuba Diver eLearning and/or academics
– NAUI Passport Scuba Diver Confined Water Training
– NAUI Passport Scuba Diver Open Water Training
Once all three components are completed, the diver’s Passport agreement is signed by the certifying instructor and Passport holder.
Individuals ages 10 and older and in good physical condition may enroll in a NAUI Try Scuba and Passport Diver program. Individuals ages 8 and older may participate in the confined water portion of the program.
The NAUI Passport Scuba Diver Program is certified and meets ISO Level “Supervised Diver” Standards. This makes the NAUI Passport Scuba Diver equivalent to the entry level “Scuba Diver” certification programs of several other training agencies.
While unique, the NAUI Passport Diver program isn’t new.
“The NAUI Passport Scuba Diver program has existed for more than two decades, yet its full value has not been fully realized by most members,” said NAUI’s Director of Marketing, Derik Crotts. “The program relaunch not only increases opportunities for the public to become better acquainted with the quality of NAUI training, but it also provides them an opportunity to experience diving in settings and at a pace with which they are most comfortable.”
To keep diving enjoyable and interesting, each log page contains a section for environmental awareness stamps. Collecting these stamps helps promote diver awareness and continued education by encouraging participants to conduct dives in different environments and with various environmentally-focused objectives. One stamp, NAUI Local Awareness, is specifically designed to encourage diver engagement with their local NAUI dive operator and is only obtained by participating in a dive with a local NAUI Affiliate.
To learn more about the relaunch of NAUI’s Passport Scuba Diver program, complete with a new logbook, certification card and support materials that include eLearning, go to https://www.naui.org/certifications/introductory/try-scuba