One of the key concerns any prospective student should have is for the quality of the education that will be provided. NAUI has been a leader in developing a comprehensive set of principles, policies and standards to which its instructors are expected to adhere. Following are examples of some of the NAUI standards that guide our training processes:
1." An individual should not be qualified as a NAUI Instructor unless those empowered to qualify the person would allow that person to teach their loved ones to dive.
2. NAUI Instructors are qualified professional educators who are granted academic freedom to teach diving in any reasonable manner as long as NAUI standards and policies are met. NAUI does not have a rigid approach to teaching diving. NAUI training support materials are designed for flexibility in teaching.
3. NAUI Instructors may exceed NAUI standards in ways that do not jeopardize student safety. Examples include exceeding the number of required open water dives or increasing the academic content.
4. NAUI adheres to the principle of continuing education for divers. People cannot learn all they need to know about diving in a single course of instruction and are to be encouraged to obtain additional training to enhance their safety and enjoyment.
5. Diving instructors should be constantly improving the courses they teach. As better ways to teach are developed, NAUI Instructors have an obligation to share these developments with other NAUI members.
6. Any individual who possesses the mental and physical abilities to dive and the desire to do so can be taught to dive by a patient, capable NAUI Instructor who will work with the person until the person is qualified to dive safely.
7. NAUI divers would not be totally dependent upon their equipment for their safety. NAUI members emphasize the skills of diving.
8. Anyone certified as a NAUI diver should be able to perform the basics of a rescue of a buddy diver.
9. Standards requirements and student needs are the governing factors controlling instruction and we oppose any controlling factors that hinder or prevent the meeting of these requirements and needs.
11. Responsibility for safety should be gradually transferred from the instructor to the student during training and students should be capable of assuming full responsibility for their own safety in order to be certified to dive without supervision."