About NAUI

In 1948 Jacques-Yves Cousteau convinced Rene Bussoz of California to import a new design for a self-contained underwater breathing unit (Scuba) known as the Aqua-lung. Within a few short years aqualungs could be found in several shops across the country and a new breed of diver entered the water. Scuba diving had arrived!

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A short History of NAUI

The history of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) is the story of how the idea of safe diving instruction evolved into a vision. Imparting safe diving skills and working to preserve the world's aquatic environments are the noble purpose shared by the pioneers who first formed Naui.

In 1948 Jacques-Yves Cousteau convinced Rene Bussoz of California to import a new design a for self-contained underwater breathing unit (Scuba) known as the Aqua-lung. Rene imported a couple of units thinking that the market will be small but within a few short years aqualungs could be found in several shops across the country and a new breed of diver entered the water. No more breathholding!

In 1951 Skin Diver magazine hired Neal Hess to write and cover teaching techniques for instructors. He started “certifying” instructors under a new program called “National Diving Patrol” During the same period Al Tillman pushed through the idea for a training program for scuba divers in Los Angeles County.

The rest of the 1950’s saw an amazing growth in diving due to books by Cousteau and Hans Hass and a television series called Sea Hunt.

In 1960 at a meeting in Houston, Texas the National dive patrol was renamed the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI).

Today NAUI remains the oldest dive organization worldwide (50 years old) with its head office in California, USA. NAUI is not only history but also the future.

NAUI’s primary purpose is reflected in it’s motto “Dive Safety Through Education”. The NAUI slogan "The Quality Difference" continues to seperateNAUI members fromthe rest.

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Why NAUI?

The quality difference !

Since 1960 the National Association of Underwater Instructors have been training people like you to be the best scuba divers in the world – and to have fun!

NAUI Worldwide is the world's oldest, most respected dive training facility in the world.

As an adventure sport diving has inherent risks. We understand that the only way to minimize risk is to maximmize education.From its inception , NAUI Worldwide has set the teaching standards that has been admired and imitated by the diving industry.

Today after 50 years of excellence in diving, more than 25000 instructors carry the tradition of “Dive Safety Through Education” to all corners of the globe.

Diving is a sport like no other. Once you’ve tried it, you will never be the same again.

No matter what your qualification or experience we are here to enhance your diving experience.

One thing you will notice immediately about your NAUI training is that scuba diving is fun. NAUI instructors are taught to teach and not just recite the training material.

"We don't teach diving we teach people to dive"

Your training will be part of the adventure!

For the experienced diver, NAUI has courses to develop your skills and open and extend new horizons in your diving adventures.

With NAUI you’re not only certified …. You are qualified

Ask astronauts, who are all NAUI certified divers!

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 Naui and the US space program

NAUI has a long standing relationship with NASA's Neutral Bouyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Centre.

The astonauts and safety divers who dive in the NBL are all NAUI trained and certified scuba divers.

NAUI and Disney World

NAUI has been associated with "The Living Seas" attraction at Disney World for more than 10 years.

This attraction is one of the largest man-made ocean environments in the world.

For the past 10 years NAUI has been the official dive training agency for Walt Disney World Resorts.