NAUI values the knowledge, skills, and abilities of its instructors. As a result, NAUI instructors are authorized to teach any level of diving for which they have the training, knowledge, and experience. NAUI also allows its instructors to develop their own specialty courses. If you are looking for even more adventure and specialization, NAUI offers pathways to become a Public Safety Diver, Technical Diver, or Freediving Instructor.


The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is a comprehensive training program that prepares candidates to become NAUI Instructors. The course covers all aspects of teaching skin and scuba diving, including the NAUI diving course standards, effective teaching methods, and safety procedures.

The ITC assures the NAUI membership that candidates who receive certification as NAUI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness, and proper attitude to teach diving safely and effectively.

Qualifications of Graduates

  • Certified NAUI Instructor course graduates are qualified to apply for NAUI Instructor membership 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 certification for graduates. An active-status NAUI Instructor may independently conduct NAUI recognition and experience programs and authorize formal recognition for graduates.

  • An active-status NAUI Instructor who completes a NAUI-DAN First Aid Instructor orientation, who has completed all required NAUI-DAN orientation modules and is using the NAUI-DAN training and support materials, may teach the NAUI-DAN First Aid programs.

Prerequisites For Entering The Course

  • Minimum age is 18 years by the water phase of the course.
  • Current certification as a NAUI Assistant Instructor or NAUI Divemaster or other agency leaders who are NAUI FIT Program graduates.
  • Current certification in NAUI First Aid for Dive Professionals or equivalent.
  • Current certification in NAUI Oxygen Provider or equivalent.
  • Certified as a NAUI Nitrox Diver or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 60 logged open water scuba dives with a minimum of 30 hours bottom time. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth, and activities.
  • Instructor candidates must pass the NAUI Instructor Prequalification Examination prior to the start of the ITC.
  • 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.
  • Materials – Contact the NAUI Training Department for current requirements.

What’s Next?

Complete your details and brief introduction to begin the registration process.