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The NAUI Ladder

Course Min Age Dives Rec. Hours Prerequisite
Junior Skin Diver Course 8 2 10 -
Skin Diver Course 12 2 10 -
Junior Scuba Diver Course 10 5 31 -
Scuba Diver Course 15 5 31 -
Experienced Diver Course 15 2+ - 15 Logged
Open Water Dives
Junior Advanced Diver Course 10 6 8 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Advanced Diver Course 15 6 8 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Master Scuba Diver 15 8 26 Advanced Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Night Diver 15/10 Jr. 2 12 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Underwater Environment 15/10 Jr. 2 12 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Underwater Photographer 15/10 Jr. 2 12 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Search and Recovery Diver 15 2 24 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Underwater Hunter and Collector 15 2 12 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Cavern Diver 18 4+ 12 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Cave Diver 18 4+ 24 Cavern Diver
Wreck Diver ( External Survey ) 18 2 12 Advanced Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Wreck Diver ( Penetration ) 18 3 24 Wreck Diver ( External Survey )
Ice Diver 18 3 12 Advanced Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Deep Diver 18 2 12 Advanced Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Enriched Air Nitrox ( ENA ) Diver 15 2 15 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Training Assistant 18 3 20 Advanced Scuba Diver
and Rescue Diver
Rescue Diver Specialty Courses 15 3 12 Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
Advanced Scuba Rescue Diver 17 5 20 Advanced Scuba Diver +
Skin Diving Instructor Course ( SDI ) - 1+ 17 / 7 Skin Diver or Scuba Diver
or qualifying rating
25 Logged Skin Diving
Assistant Instructor Courses ( AI ) - 1+ 13 / 7 NAUI Master Scuba Diver
or NAUI Rescue Diver
or qualifying rating
20 Logged Open Water Dives
Divemaster Course ( DM ) - 10 20 / 10 NAUI Master Scuba Diver
and NAUI Rescue Diver
or qualifying rating
60 Logged Open Water Dives
Instructor Training Courses ( ITC ) - 3+ 75 / 15 NAUI AI or NAUI DM
or Finish PREP within 12 months
50 Logged Open Water Dives
Instructor Crossover Courses ( ICC ) - 1+ 27 / 5 Instructor from the Dive Associations which NAUI recognises
50 Logged Open Water Dives
Instructor Preparatory Program ( PREP ) - 1+ 18 / 6 NAUI AI or NAUI DM