Scuba Diver/ Junior Scuba Diver:
This is the entry level course NAUI offers. Immerse yourself in this training and become a certified diver! Scuba Diver is our entry level scuba certification course during which you will learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to safely scuba dive in open water. When you complete your class you and your buddy will be free to explore and discover the many wonders of the underwater world…and, you will have earned a NAUI Scuba Diver certification card – the most respected diver certification card in the world! Come on and dive in…a lifetime of fun, adventure, memories, experiences, and new friends awaits you! This class is the first in a lifetime of diving experiences. We offer several 6-8 week long classes throughout the year. Please contact us for information about our next class or checkout our calendar. Class requirements: You must have your own mask, fins, snorkel and booties which you can purchase from us at the student rate. Cost: $110.00 for books/elearning $290.00 for classroom, pool rentals, and pool sessions. Open water: $120.00 for check out dives. Lodging and food are separate. Total: $520 or $490 cash discount .
Skin Diver/ Junior Skin Diver:
Imagine floating on a clear sea of liquid watching fishes, crustaceans, corals – face-to-face. We will coach you through the process of snorkeling and breath-hold diving and your fun will grow as your skills increase! Fun for the whole family, this certification class is for 8 year-olds and older whether you are an accomplished swimmer or someone who has never spent time in the water. (Even the younger family members can share the fun: 5-year olds and older can enjoy a “Snorkeling for Kids of All Ages” non-certification class.) Once you’ve completed your training and two open water dives, you will have the skills you need to be a comfortable and safe Skin Diver. And, you can use what you’ve learned toward the next step of becoming a NAUI Scuba Diver. What are you waiting for? Dive in!
Advanced Scuba Diver:
Let your underwater adventure continue! Apply your scuba skills as you explore new dive sites and activities under the supervision of your NAUI Instructor. Learn which diving specialties interest you, and what type of diving you enjoy most. Gain more confidence and capability. Begin to consider the direction diving will take you, as you go for everything it has to offer. As part of your certification, you will complete a minimum of six open water dives including three separate dives for navigation, night or low visibility, and deep diving (130 feet/40 meters maximum depth), plus three different specialty dives. Tuition: $225.00 Books and e-learning materials: $110.00 Open water: $180.00 for 6 minimum required dives.
Gain the in-depth knowledge that will establish you as a recognized authority in your diving club or group. Hone your diving skills to the level of a professional NAUI Leader. Thrill to the adventure of open water dives in settings that will test your abilities to their limit while enhancing and expanding your diving capabilities. Then proudly wear the most coveted and respected patch in recreational diving – that of the NAUI Master Scuba Diver. Books and e-learning $175.00 Instruction including open water dives $350.00Equipment rental, tanks and lodging are separate.
The course is a continuing education certification course for divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment of diving. Emphasis is on student participation and practical application of knowledge in open water after a classroom discussion of subjects. This course is an excellent progression toward NAUI Leadership roles.Some subject areas are a review and expansion of material from previous courses. Each subject area is a progression in study not a definitive study in the particular diving activity. However, instructors will specify performance objectives for related course diving activities, for example, during a navigation dive the student will swim a reciprocal course to within 10 feet (3 m) of its origin.The course may be divided and taught in sections with the student’s Diving/Training Log being signed off for each activity until all requirements are met. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.
- Would you like to lead dives and dive trips; take certified divers on vacations to the world’s best dive sites? Many Divemasters are employed full-time or work independently supervising certified divers during club, store, resort or charter tour and travel activities. As a NAUI Divemaster you enjoy again and again adventures to which you introduce your clients. Another option leading to NAUI Instructor qualification.
- The NAUI Divemaster rating is the highest NAUI leadership-level certification with the exception of Instructor. The program is designed to train experienced and knowledgeable divers to organize and conduct enjoyable open water dives for certified divers.
Qualifications of Graduates
- An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct dives for certified divers if the diving activities and locale approximate those in which the Divemaster is trained. Additional training, knowledge or experience is necessary for the Divemaster who desires to organize highly specialized activities, such as wreck penetration, cavern or ice dives or enter a new locale.
- An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to organize and conduct NAUI Recognition (such as International Diver) and Experience Programs (such as Stingray Experience) and award appropriate recognition materials to participants.
- An active-status NAUI Divemaster is qualified to assist an active-status NAUI Instructor in diving courses.
- If all other prerequisites are met, a current NAUI Divemaster is qualified to enter a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC). [Attending a
- NAUI Instructor Preparatory Program (PREP) and NAUI Assistant Instructor certification are recommended prior to attending an ITC.]
As an Assistant Instructor, you will be authorized to teach all aspects of skin and scuba diving under the supervision of a NAUI Instructor. This is the best possible way to develop your instructional skills. The rating can be a step toward full Instructor, or an end in itself. Match your time, talent and interests with the NAUI programs near you, and enjoy the adventure of personal and professional enhancement as a NAUI leader.
The NAUI Assistant Instructor rating is a NAUI leadership-level certification. The program is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics. It also tests individuals in 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.
Qualifications of Graduates
- A current NAUI Assistant Instructor is qualified to assist active-status NAUI Instructors in teaching skin and scuba diving during sanctioned diving courses provided the activities and locale are similar to those of the training. Additional training or experience is to be obtained by the Assistant Instructor who desires to assist in highly specialized training activities, such as deep, wreck penetration, cavern or ice dives.
- A NAUI Assistant Instructor and can be counted toward student-instructor ratios.
- After assisting an active-status NAUI Instructor with at least one complete, NAUI Scuba Diver course a current NAUI Assistant Instructor is qualified, if all other prerequisites are met, to enter a NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC). (Attending a NAUI Instructor Preparatory (PREP) Program and certification as a NAUI Divemaster are recommended prior to attending an ITC.)
Instructor Training Program(s)
Prerequisites and Requirements
- Age – Minimum is 18 years.
- Experience – Specified for each Leadership course. Required logged dives shall be varied in environment and depth.
- Rescue Certification – At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required except for Skin Diving Instructor, for which a lifeguarding certification is adequate.
- CPR & First Aid Certification – Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. Certification training shall include one person adult CPR, infant/child CPR, two person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g. pocket mask®, face shield.
- 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.
- Administrative Requirements – Submit a complete course application, provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water and provide all required texts and materials.
- Meet all course prerequisites.
- Be currently certified or have verified competency in CPR and first aid.
- Complete all portions of the course.
- Meet all course administrative requirements.
- Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 75% or better.
Membership Application and Registration
Upon completion of all certification requirements, each Leadership graduate must complete a NAUI membership application which the instructor will process in accordance with current procedures. Applicants will be registered as Leadership members in the appropriate category and status and be sent new member information.
Qualifications and Leadership Members
Leadership members of NAUI are entitled to benefits detailed in the Association Bylaws and in the NAUI standards. A NAUI Leader may renew membership annually in any one of several statuses by meeting renewal requirements.
Nitrox Diver (EANx)
Want to extend your bottom time, lessen your surface interval, and maximize every dive? Become an Enriched Air Nitrox diver!
You will learn how to choose the proper blend of nitrox for your dive profile, determine maximum depth limits for your Nitrox mixture, analyze your breathing mixture, and plan and safely execute each dive. Your instructor will teach you about the physiology of oxygen and nitrogen; advantages, disadvantages, and risks of nitrox; oxygen toxicity; hazards and precautions of handling oxygen; the concept of Equivalent Air Depth; use of EANx with standard Air Dive Tables; common gas mixing procedures; and more.
After your exam, you can qualify for the Nitrox recognition card, or go ahead and complete two dives to receive your Nitrox Diver certification card. And, we can integrate your Nitrox course into your Scuba Diver course!
This class literally saves your dives. We take your through all of your gear and how to trouble shoot problems you might have while in the field with it. We help you assemble a Save-A-Dive kit; show you how to replace o-rings; how to repair tears in your wet suit in the field. replace/ glue dry suit seals etc. This is a very hand’s on class that will save you dives and money.
Underwater Hunter and Collector
Learn how to SUSTAINABLY harvest your own seafood using your scuba skills OR free diving techniques. This popular class takes you through local spearfishing regulations, spear gun and pole spear use and safety, rigging float lines to your gun, breath holding techniques, stalking, and shot placement. An extra day can be added to this class on student request that includes cleaning and vacuum packing your catch, cooking techniques, preparing ceviche, and a prepared meal. The open water for this class is in the river shooting targets. There is always an optional dive for actual harvesting.
Search and Recovery Diver
At some point in your diving career, you or your buddy will either loose or find something underwater and the knowledge and skills you gain in the Search and Recovery Diver course will help you when you do!
In your Search and Recovery Diver course you’ll learn about underwater navigation using natural and compass techniques; the problems, methods, equipment, hazards, and safety procedures regarding limited visibility diving; proper search methods and techniques; and how to handle light salvage or recovery, including rigging and knot tying.
Scuba Rescue Diver
Once you are 15 years of age and a certified scuba diver, you can expand your diving knowledge with a Scuba Rescue Diver course. Learn how to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies, how to assist and transport divers, and how to perform surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat and shore based skin and scuba divers.
CPR and First Aid certifications are required to complete this course. Your Scuba Rescue Diver training moves you on your pathway to becoming a NAUI Leader: Skin Diving Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Divemaster, or Instructor.
Waves, Tides and Currents
Learn the science and application of moving water in this class. It is designed to be both academic and hands-on giving you greater awareness in reading the water and making you a much more comfortable diver in heavier currents. Open water will be in the Clackamas River both on Scuba and snorkeling and free diving.
Dry Suit Diver
While dry suits were once used almost exclusively for situations such as ice diving or deep wreck diving, many sport divers are now using dry suits regularly for every day recreational dives all over the world. Perhaps you live in a cold-water climate or want to travel to one? If so, the Dry Suit Diver course is for you!
The Dry Suit Diver course will give you a basic knowledge and skills needed to minimize risks and gain experience in dry suit diving, as well as train you to properly use and maintain your dry suit.
NAUI Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent is required for enrollment – or your NAUI instructor can teach you both courses in combination so you can be comfortable and warm from your very first open water dive.
Does the thought of deep diving fascinate you? If you are at least 18 and have a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent, you can enroll in a Deep Diver course where you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to plan and make enjoyable deep dives while minimizing risks of deep diving.
Although this is not a decompression techniques course, you will learn about decompression procedures including nitrogen narcosis and decompression sickness, and the use of dive computers including avoiding the need for stage decompression. Your course will also include teachings on the purpose, problems, hazards, planning, preparation, equipment, air supplies, personnel, techniques, gas management, emergency procedures, and depth limits for recreational diving. Deep diving is defined as dives made between 60 feet / 18 meters and 130 feet / 40 meters.
First Aid, CPR, AED Training and Certification and Oxygen Provider
First Aid and CPR are always important skills and knowledge to have. Whether you are a Scuba Diver or not, you are welcome to get trained and certified here at EcoDive NW. We now offer the new NAUI First Aid course as a part of the NAUI curriculum for those interested in Scuba safety, leadership or just in personal development.
The NAUI First Aid course is actually a comprehensive series of courses in First Aid, CPR, AED, Blood-borne Pathogens and Emergency Oxygen Administration. These courses will train you in the knowledge and skills needed to render emergency care at the scene of an accident or respond to an emergency. NAUI course graduates are considered competent to perform consistent with the level of training completed. You will also learn about some of the legal considerations of providing First Aid
If you possess the desire to assist in the training of other divers, a Training Assistant specialty course might be for you. This course will qualify you in the skills and knowledge necessary to perform as a training assistant during diver training courses overseen by an active-status NAUI Instructor.
As a certified NAUI Training Assistant, you will be qualified to temporarily directly supervise students while an instructor conducts skills with other students; escort students on the surface or on underwater tours; and assist an active-status NAUI Instructor with other tasks, all under the direction of a NAUI instructor.
Compass navigation; underwater communications; assisting divers with cramps, anxiety, breathing difficulties, and signs of pre-panic; escorting a diver to safety; escorting divers during an open water dive; and performing a scuba diver rescue are just some of the techniques and skills you will learn during your course.
To enroll in a Training Assistant course, you must be at least 18 years old, have the training and experience equivalent to at least NAUI Advanced Diver, have certification in NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver or equivalent, and have current CPR and First Aid certifications.
While certification as a Training Assistant does not confer any NAUI Leadership certification, the experience, knowledge and confidence you gain working as a Training Assistant can help you achieve your goal of becoming a NAUI member!
As you become more environmentally aware of your underwater surroundings, you may find yourself particularly interested in the ecology of two major oceanic environments, the Kelp Forests and the Coral Reefs. NAUI proactively promotes sound environmental diving techniques to help protect our planet’s ecosystems, and teaching divers how to better interface with the delicate kelp and coral environments. Through the Underwater Ecologist courses, you will learn more about our favorite diving environments.
Want to learn more about the underwater environment in which you dive? Enroll in an Underwater Environment course and learn about the physical and biological aspects of the diving environment with emphasis on your local area. You’ll study related sciences, such as oceanography, limnology, geology, biology, and ecology, and learn about various types of plant and animal life, conservation and pollution issues, the characteristics of water movement, shore, bottom and surface conditions, and how to plan dives in diverse diving locations.
Your course may include trips to aquariums or oceanariums, exposing you to several diving environments such as lakes or the ocean, rocky reefs, and sand beaches. Whether you are a skin or scuba diver, an Underwater Environment course will catch your interest!