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Master Scuba Diver is a continuing education certification course for divers who wish to increase their understanding and enjoyment of diving. Emphasis is on student participation and practical application of knowledge in open water after a classroom discussion of subjects. This course is an excellent progression toward NAUI Leadership roles.

Some subject areas are a review and expansion of material from previous courses. Each subject area is a progression in study not a definitive study in the particular diving activity However, instructors will specify performance objectives for related course diving activities, for example, during a navigation dive the student will swim a reciprocal course to within 3m of its origin.

The course may be divided and taught in sections with the student's Diving/Training Log being signed off for each activity until all requirements are met.

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.


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Age. Minimum is 15 years Hours. Estimated 23 hours including dive brief/debriefings etc. Required: Emergency procedures and rescue

Deep or simulated deep diving

Limited visibility or night diving

Underwater navigation

Search and recovery- light salvage


Diver Certification. NAUI advanced certification or the equivalent is required. Deep Dives. No dives are to require actual stage decompression, nor be deeper than 40m.  
Equipment. Ideally students should have their own equipment. Open Water Dives. A minimum of eight open water dives is required. A maximum of three dives per day  
  Projects. Independent projects may also be assigned.  
    Elective: Choose 3 from a list of elective dives or an area of interest to the class.


  • Applied Sciences - This is a review and continuation of the material covered in the NAUI Scuba Diver and Advanced Scuba Diver courses. Included are physics, physiology, medical aspects and fitness. Emphasis will be placed on the applied aspects, so that the diver is able to perform diving skills and tasks involving buoyancy control, pressure changes, air consumption and personal limitations.

  • Diving Equipment - this area reviews and expands upon the information presented in the Scuba Diver Course by covering the care of equipment, detailed functioning, specialised gear and applications, plus additional gear to be used in the Master Diver Course. Technical information on scuba mechanics may be included.

  • Diving Risks - This is to cover rescue, first aid and emergency procedures as applied to diving in open water. Underwater communications, orientation and navigation, the environment, dive planning and safety measures, including the benefits of emergency oxygen first aid, are also to be covered. First aid is to include the definition, types, cause, prevention, signs, symptoms and care of: shock, wounds, drowning, heart attack, fractures, sunburn, overheating, exposure, hypothermia, lung overpressure injuries, decompression sickness and seasickness. Rescue training is to include problem recognition, diver assists, rescues, in-water rescue breathing techniques, transports, carries and an orientation to CPR. Diving Environment-This area is to provide the diver with a better understanding and appreciation of both the physical and biological aspects of the environment, which affect or engage the diver. Coverage will include: plant and animal identification, relationships, dangers, regulations and uses; conservation, preservation and pollution; water movement and characteristics; shore, bottom and surface conditions; and diving locations.

  • Deep and Simulated Decompression Diving - This area enables the diver to anticipate and prevent problems, utilise concepts, methods, and equipment used in this type or diving. The diver is to acquire a thorough knowledge of the dive tables. Deep diving in this case is defined as any actual or simulated dive made between 18 and 40 m.

  • Limited Visibility Diving -This area prepares the diver to function safely and effectively in dirty water or at night. The problems, techniques, skill levels, hazards and safety procedures will be covered.

  • Underwater Navigation -This area provides the diver with the skills needed to use a compass and natural aids for orientation in order to: establish relative position, swim in prescribed directions for set distances and find particular locations while submerged and at the surface.

  • Search and Recovery -This area provides the diver the information and training needed to select an appropriate search pattern and method for a given area and then perform a search using proper techniques. The problems, planning, methods, techniques and equipment are to be covered.

  • Light Salvage -This area prepares the diver to recover intermediate-sized objects with limited or basic equipment. Theory, problems, hazards, methods, gear, rigging, calculations and principles involved are to be covered.

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Scuba Africa -
The New Harbour Hermanus

Aron de Gouveia
NAUI Instructor Trainer #10487
Cell : 083 731 8235

P.O. Box 417, Onrus, 7201, South Africa.
Tel / Fax: +27 (0)28 316 2362


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