NAUI FIT Program (The NAUI Familiarization-Instruction-Testing)
Think you’re fit to become a dive leader? NAUI’s FIT program will test your skills and tell you where you stand.
This mandatory program will introduce you to NAUI’s standards and procedures, and give you an overview of how NAUI educates divers. It will show you how to instruct and lead the NAUI way using classroom presentations, confined and open water training, testing, and evaluations.
At the conclusion of your FIT training, you’ll receive a written evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll know if you’re ready to become a NAUI Leader. Video
NAUI FIT Program – OVERVIEW AND QUALIFICATIONS
The NAUI Familiarization-Instruction-Testing (FIT) program is a non-certification program required as a prerequisite for enrollment in a:
– NAUI Assistant Instructor Course;
– NAUI Divemaster Course;
– 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.
NAUI FIT Program – PREREQUISITES
- Age. Minimum age is 18 years of age prior to the start of training.
- Certification/Experience/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
NAUI FIT Program – POLICIES
- Ratios. The instructor is to accompany students during the first training dive in excess of 60 feet (18 m).
- Academics (estimated hours). 20 hours.
- Practical Application.
MINIMUM REQUIRED HOURS:
- Six hours.
MINIMUM REQUIRED DIVES:
- The minimum number of open water dives is one.
- The maximum depth for any open water dive during this course is 130 feet (40 m). No dives are to require actual staged decompression. However, simulated staged decompression may be added to the ascent of a no-required-stop dive. Any simulated decompression time spent deeper than 7.6 m must be included in the actual dive time.
NAUI FIT Program – 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 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 system adjusted for proper buoyancy, mask, fins, and snorkel.
- Kick 823 m nonstop, demonstrating effective technique.
- Legacy Skills Workshop. Not required but may be presented as a challenge to the candidate to demonstrate exceptional skill and ability underwater.
- Skin Diving Ditch & Recovery.
- Scuba Equipment Exchange.
- 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 system at the surface.
– Remove and replace the scuba unit at the surface.
– Remove and replace the weight system on the bottom.
– Remove and replace the scuba unit on the bottom.o Buddy breathe while stationary on the bottom.
– Alternate shared air ascent from a minimum of 15 feet (4.6 m).
– Emergency Swimming Ascent from a minimum of 15 feet (4.6 m).
– Scuba Diver Rescue.
– Recover and bring to the surface, from a depth of at least 6 m of water, a weight of at
least 4.5 kg.
- Perform an open water scuba dive for evaluation including the following activities:
– Proper entries and exits.
– Problem solving.
– A weighting/buoyancy check upon entry, with proper control of buoyancy thereafter.
– Distance swim – 805 m total during the dive.
– Surface dives, underwater swimming and surfacing.
– Mask clearing, including removal and replacement. (In cold water environments when mitts
and hood seals are used, confined water removal and replacement is sufficient.)
– 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 scuba skills.