Training Assistant


This course is to qualify the diver in the skills and knowledge necessary to perform as a training assistant during diver training sessions. The key objective is to train divers to assist others during training activities overseen by an active-status NAUI Instructor. This course is to enhance the diver’s general skills and abilities and is not a substitute for specific NAUI courses which create NAUI leadership members. Although this course results in certification as a NAUI Training Assistant it does not confer any NAUI leadership certification nor does it qualify the graduate to apply for or receive the benefits of NAUI membership. Consequently, this certification does not allow the graduate to be counted toward student-to–instructor ratios.

Certified training assistants are qualified to perform the tasks of:

  • Temporarily directly supervising remaining students while an instructor conducts a skill with other students.
  • Escorting no more than two diving students on the surface.
  • Escorting no more than two diving students on underwater tours after the instructor has verified the student has demonstrated all entry-level skills.
  • Assisting an active-status NAUI Instructor with other tasks which enhance the safety of students or improve the efficiency of diver training so long as the assistant is under the direction of the instructor and no other standards are violated.


  • Age. Minimum is 18 years by the water phase of the course.
  • Certification/Experience/Knowledge.

o Certification as a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver or the equivalent is required.

o Certification as a NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver or the equivalent is required.

o Current certification in first aid and CPR is required. Note: Adult CPR training (approximately four hours) meets the requirement for NAUI Training Assistant certification. However, additional CPR training that includes two-person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g. pocket mask, face shield, is required to meet the requirements for NAUI leadership certification.

o 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.

  • Equipment. Students shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor shall initially assist the student in checking all student gear to ensure it is adequate and in proper working order.