NAUI FIT (Familiarization-Instruction-Testing) Training Course
NAUI FIT Training – $499
The NAUI FIT (Familiarization-Instruction-Testing) training program is a prerequisite for advancement to the NAUI Professional Level training courses including Divemaster and Instructor. The FIT program includes online, classroom, and in-water training to prepare the diver who intends to become a NAUI professional level diver. The FIT Course is 3 days long and requires that you complete the online training prior to attending. Once you enroll with us we will send you the FIT packet containing the materials that you need during the course.
The NAUI FIT program is a non-certification program required as a prerequisite for enrollment in a NAUI Assistant Instructor Course, NAUI Divemaster Course or a NAUI Instructor Crossover Course (ICC).
The program includes both instruction and evaluation. Enrollees receive the information needed to prepare for NAUI membership and NAUI leadership training. Participants are given knowledge, water skill and other performance evaluations, critiques and counseling
to ensure they are aware of their state of preparedness for NAUI membership and continued leadership training.
Upon completion of the NAUI FIT Program, each participant will receive a written summary of staff recommendations regarding their readiness for leadership training. It is the responsibility of the individual participant to use this and other knowledge gained
in deciding when to enter a NAUI leadership course. Any number of NAUI FITs may be attended if re-evaluation of preparedness is desired. Candidates will receive a NAUI FIT Graduate recognition card that can be renewed annually by payment of the NAUI FIT
Leadership Attendance. Provided all other leadership prerequisites are met, current NAUI FIT graduates who are registered with NAUI may attend a NAUI Assistant Instructor
Course, Divemaster Course or Instructor Crossover Course. Other agency leaders who are NAUI FIT graduates may attend a NAUI Instructor Training Course. NAUI FIT graduates are
encouraged to attend their anticipated leadership course within the one-year timeframe of completing their respective courses when possible.
• Age. Minimum is 18 years by the water phase of the course.
• Certification/Experience/Recognition of Prior Learning
○○ Certified as a NAUI Scuba Diver or the equivalent.
○○ Certification as a NAUI Rescue Scuba Diver or the equivalent.
○○ Certified as a NAUI Nitrox Diver or equivalent.
○○ Certified as a NAUI Master Scuba diver or equivalent.
○○ Certified in NAUI First Aid for Dive Professionals or equivalent.
○○ Certified in NAUI Oxygen Provider or equivalent.
○○ A minimum of 25 logged open water scuba dives with a minimum of 12.5 hours bottom time. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth, and activities.
○○ Other agency leaders who meet all prerequisites may attend a NAUI FIT Program.
○○ One open water dive (which does not count toward the minimum number of dives required for the course) may be used as a screening and evaluation dive. This is not required when the student’s diving proficiencies are well known to the instructor.
• Equipment. Candidates shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor shall initially assist candidates in checking all their gear to ensure it is adequate and in proper working order.
• Materials. Contact KLDC for the current price for training materials. The cost of materials is not included in the course fee.
• 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. In no event will medical approval be accepted wherein the physician signing the certificate is the student.
FIT COURSE CURRICULUM – ACADEMIC
○○ NAUI FIT objectives.
○○ Leadership and Instructor courses overview.
○○ Learning theory, lesson planning and training aids.
○○ Establishing student learning objectives.
○○ Leadership oral presentations (staff demonstrations and candidate presentations).
○○ ITC chain teaching concept.
○○ Pool and confined water teaching techniques.
○○ Open water teaching techniques.
○○ Open water rescue techniques.
○○ Open water problem solving.
○○ Leadership open water scuba qualification dive.
○○ Equipment for dive leaders and instructors.
○○ Study sources and guidance for instructor training.
○○ Review and Assess Core Theory and Applied Topics:
—— Decompression Theory (to include RGBM)
—— Decompression tables principles and use
—— First Aid / CPR / O2 Provider
—— Dive Skills & Practices
REQUIREMENTS – SKILLS
• Swimming Skills (confined or open water)- no equipment.
○○ Swim underwater 25 yards (23 m) on one breath; no dive or push-off.
○○ Swim 450 yards (412 m) nonstop demonstrating at an intermediate level at least two strokes continually throughout the swim.
○○ Survival swim for 20 minutes.
• Skin Diving (confined or open water). To be performed wearing at least a wetsuit jacket, a weight belt adjusted for proper buoyancy, mask, fins, and snorkel.
○○ Kick 900 yards (823 m) nonstop, demonstrating effective
Scuba Diving (confined water). To be performed wearing a scuba unit and BC in addition to minimum skin diving gear.
○○ Scuba Diver Assist.
○○ Buddy breathe while swimming horizontally underwater for four minutes.
○○ Alternate shared air horizontal underwater swim for four minutes.
○○ Scuba Ditch and Recovery.
○○ Scuba Bailout.
Scuba Diving (open water). To be performed wearing a scuba
unit and BC in addition to minimum skin diving gear.
○○ Remove and replace the weight belt at the surface.
○○ Remove and replace the scuba unit at the surface.
○○ Remove and replace the weight belt on the bottom.
○○ Remove and replace the scuba unit on the bottom.
○○ Buddy breathe while stationary on the bottom.
○○ Alternate shared air ascent from a minimum of 15 feet
○○ Emergency Swimming Ascent from a minimum of 15 feet
○○ Scuba Diver Rescue.
○○ Recover and bring to the surface, from a depth of at least 20
feet of water, a weight of at least 10 pounds.
○○ Perform an open water scuba dive for evaluation including
the following activities:
—— Proper entries and exits.
—— A weighting/buoyancy check upon entry, with proper control of buoyancy thereafter.
—— Distance swim – 880 yards total during the dive.
—— Surface dives, underwater swimming and surfacing.
—— Mask clearing, including removal and replacement.
—— Remove, replace and clear a regulator.
—— Regain primary regulator from behind the shoulder, replace and clear.
• Teaching Presentations: Classroom.
○○ Minimum of one presentation.
• Teaching Presentations: Confined Water.
○○ Minimum of one presentation teaching confined water, skin
and scuba skills.
• Teaching Presentations: Open Water.
○○ Minimum of one presentation teaching open water, skin, and
REQUIREMENTS – EXAMS
• Completion of Required Training Materials.
• Completion of Required Examinations.
○○ The NAUI FIT examination is administered for diagnostic
purposes and is not scored for pass-fail. The examination is
intended to identfy strengths and weaknesses in preparation
for leadership training.