Introduction to Scuba Diving

This is an introductory, resort style course that is a non-certification program suitable to introduce non-divers to scuba diving. Participants scuba dive in closely controlled conditions. The participant may conduct an optional open water dive to a maximum depth of 12m (40ft). Instruction should be limited to the knowledge and skills needed to dive with minimal risk within the limitations of these standards.

Upon course completion a digital participation certificate will be available in the NAUI App.
At any point, the program may be converted to the NAUI Scuba Diver or NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver course. Within a six-month period from completion, credit for program training may be given to persons who complete it and subsequently enroll in a NAUI Scuba Diver or NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver course.

Get Started

Getting started is easy! Individuals ages 8+ and in good physical condition may enroll in a NAUI Introduction to Scuba course. Signing up for a class is easy, while wetsuits and fun await!

What’s Next?

Continue your training by enrolling in a NAUI Open Water Scuba  course.


Academic: E-learning/Classroom

Practical Application:

Confined Dives: 1 dives
Open water Dives (age 10+): 1 dives


  • General. Emphasis is on risk minimization, equipment and skills required to properly and effectively scuba dive with a buddy in a directly supervised group. Academics may be presented at the water site. The instructor shall deal with immediate concerns, rather than theory. Participants are to be informed of the benefits of the program and shown correct usage of the equipment and materials utilized. All participants are to be encouraged to enroll in an entry-level diver certification course.
  • The following participant capabilities are sufficient:
    • Prior to using scuba in confined water, participants are to be able to:
      • Explain why equalization is important; demonstrate mask pressure equalization and one method of equalizing middle ear pressure.
      • Explain proper scuba breathing and its importance, and the effects of pressure on air consumption.
      • Explain the concept of buoyancy and the methods for controlling it, including weights, breathing, and BC use.
      • List the safety rules for diving under supervision in confined water. This list will be provided to the participant by the instructor and will be appropriate for the locality.
    • Scuba Diving (confined water).
    • Don and adjust gear with instructor assistance. The participant may develop limited gear handling ability.
    • Demonstrate in confined water the ability to:
      • Locate, recover and purge a regulator second stage and resume breathing.
      • Clear a mask of water.
      • Inflate and deflate the BC using power inflator.
      • Equalize pressure in body and equipment spaces during descent.
      • Comfortably breathe from scuba underwater.
      • Respond appropriately to simple underwater communications.
      • Maintain buoyancy control with minimal assistance during diving activities.
      • Surface normally breathing from scuba.
      • Monitor the submersible pressure gauge, as well as monitor depth gauge and timing device if so equipped.
      • Establish surface flotation with BC using power inflator.
    •  Continuing Education. All participants and graduates are to be encouraged to obtain further training. Those who desire to dive extensively or at several locations are to be encouraged to take the NAUI Introduction to Scuba or NAUI Scuba Diver certification course.


  • Minimum is eight (8) years for confined water
  • Minimum is ten (10) years for open water
  • Certification/Experience/Knowledge. There is no certification required to enter this course.