Project Description

Assistant Instructor

The NAUI Assistant Instructor rating is a NAUI leadership level certification. The program is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics. It also teaches individuals the fundamental water skills needed to be capable assistants. Certification authorizes individuals to assist active-status NAUI Instructors in the conduct of dive training. NAUI Assistant Instructor certification is a highly recommended step in the progression to NAUI Instructor.

A current NAUI Assistant Instructor is qualified to assist active status NAUI Instructors in teaching skin and scuba diving courses, provided the activities and locale approximate those in which the Assistant Instructor is trained. Assistant Instructors are encouraged to apprentice under an active status NAUI Instructor prior to enrolling in a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC). A NAUI Assistant Instructor can be counted toward student-instructor ratios.
An active-status NAUI Assistant Instructor who completes all requirements as laid out by the NAUI Training Department, can teach the NAUI First Aid – Powered by DAN provider courses.
Leadership members of NAUI are entitled to benefits detailed in the Association Bylaws and in these standards. A NAUI leader may renew membership annually in any one of several statuses by meeting renewal requirements established by the NAUI Board of Directors.

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The NAUI Assistant Instructor rating is a NAUI leadership level certification. The program is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics.

What’s Next?

Continue your training by enrolling in a NAUI Divemaster Course.

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COURSE DETAILS

Academic: E-learning/Classroom

Practical Application:

Open Water Dives: 2 dives
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REQUIREMENTS – SKILLS

  • Diving Knowledge.
  • Review and Assess Core Theory and Applied Topics:
    • Equipment
    • Physics
    • Physiology
    • Decompression Theory (to include RGBM)
    • Decompression tables principles and use
    • Environment
    • Rescue
    • Nitrox
    • Dive Skills and Practices
  • Diving Safety
    • Diving rescue.
    • Emergency procedures and systems access
    • Common student danger signals and early problem recognition; the significance of such warning signs as rapid breathing, jerky movements, wide-open eyes, etc.
    • Open water skills application for the assistant instructor detailing:
      • Pre-dive equipment checks.
      • Buoyancy checks, recognizing over-weighting.
      • Instructor/assistant coordination.
      • In-water student control, escorting and assistance.
  • NAUI Orientation.
  • Methods of Instruction (Teaching techniques and student evaluation).
    • Teaching theory.
    • Oral communications.
  • Teaching Presentations: Classroom
    • Each candidate is to present at least four assigned teaching presentations selected from the list of the 10 core diving knowledge topics.  Each presentation is to be formally evaluated, but not graded for record. Presentations are to be 5 to 10 minutes in length.
  • Teaching Presentations: Confined Water
    • Each candidate is to present at least two confined water skin diving presentations.
    • Each candidate is to present at least two confined water scuba presentations.
    • Each presentation is to be formally evaluated, but not graded for record.
    • Business of Diving Instruction
      • Legal aspects of instruction, including such concepts as negligence, standard of care, liability, and waivers and indemnity agreements.
    • Swimming and Diving Skills
    • Course specific skills
      • Assisting (confined and open water). Wearing full scuba equipment appropriate for the area.
      • Pre-dive equipment checks for diver(s) simulating basic students.
      • Place and recover a flag, float and ascent line in the dive area for use in a qualification dive.
      • Escort of a diver simulating a basic student from the beach or boat to the dive area, performing a buoyancy check enroute.
      • Escort of a diver simulating a basic student with difficulties from the dive area to the beach or boat and exiting with proper standard of care.
      • Escort of two divers simulating basic students on an underwater tour while demonstrating proper positioning, control and management.
      • Assists for a diver in open water simulating each: panic, cramps, and breathing difficulties
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PREREQUISITES

  • Age. Minimum age of 18 years prior to enrollment and start of training.
  • Certification/Experience/Knowledge /Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • Specific Course Prerequisites
    • A minimum of 50 logged open water scuba dives with a minimum of 25 hours bottom time. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth, and activities.
    • The instructor is to ensure adequate student knowledge and capability before any open water training and shall use skill or other evaluations to do so. One open water dive (which does not count toward the minimum number of dives required for the course) may be used as a screening and evaluation dive. This is not required when the student’s diving proficiencies are well known to the instructor.
  • Equipment. Students shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own equipment. The instructor shall initially assist the student in checking all student gear to ensure it is adequate and in proper working order.
  • Materials. Contact the NAUI Training Department for current requirements
  • 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. In no event will medical approval be accepted wherein the physician signing the certificate is the student.
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