Earning your NAUI Scuba Diver Certification card is an accomplishment for which you will rightfully feel proud and you will be ready to begin a lifetime of underwater adventures and discovering.
During your NAUI Scuba Diver class, you will learn about modern dive equipment, diving sciences, responsible diving practices and the environment. Diving skills will be taught and practiced first in the comfort and convenience of a confined water environment and finally during your open water training dives with your NAUI Instructor.
Instruction will be at Fort Custer and Battle Creek YMCA. There will be an open water dive at Gilboa Quarry in Northwest Ohio.
Due to the safety of all participates cadets must be able to follow directions, pay attention to instructions, and have attention to detail. SCUBA is no place for shenanigans. Disciplinary issues will not be tolerated. One and done.
NAUI vs PADI vs SSI: These are the top scuba certification agencies in the USA. NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors.) Even though PADI is the largest agency (think Walmart) NAUI has a much better program. Standards are higher and the agency is respected highly within the industry. NAUI is the oldest certifying agency in the USA but was nonprofit for many years, thus why they are not as big as PADI. Regardless of size, your NAUI scuba certification is ACCEPTED WORLDWIDE and it is GOOD FOR LIFE, it never expires. SSI is also a good agency but can be limiting if you want get into shipwreck diving and ice diving.
Must be able to pass 2nd Class Swim Qual, see description below. For the safety of all do no try to gundeck this requirement. You do not need to be a strong swimmer; however you do need to be comfortable in the water. Your first pool session will consist of a swimming evaluation. This is the most strenuous portion of the entire class. The evaluation will be used to determine everyone’s skill level, which will then allow for any course adjustment that may be needed. We are most impressed with people who know how to pace themselves. The evaluation consists of swimming pool laps, treading water, diving to the bottom of the pool, and an underwater swim. After the first session, the pool work is more mentally challenging than physically exerting. Humans instinctively hold their breath underwater, which can lead to serious problems while scuba diving. The skills taught during this course will break the breath holding instinct and allow you ample time to become familiar with the dive gear.
We must have these forms completed and uploaded to Magellan to "Approve" your training. In addition, payment in the form of a money order in the amount of $400 payable to "USNSCC, Fort Custer Training". Payment Is mailed to: LCDR Jack Madsen, 5805 N. Brandon Brook Lane, Muncie, IN 47304.
You will need assistance from your unit to upload the required documents to Magellan.